Is getting fit and healthy one of your new years’ resolutions? Perhaps it’s time to plan a healthy holiday - and the USA is just the destination with a different type of wellbeing holiday to cater for every need. From serious yoga retreats to a pampering me-time at a luxury spa hotel, how you choose to reenergise is up to you. Here’s our pick of some of the best places for a wellness break in the USA.
Get deep in the desert in Tucson, Arizona
, right, is a top place for a digital detox, surrounded by staggeringly beautiful landscapes. Destination spas including Miraval Life in Balance Spa and Canyon Ranch, offer treatments using local ingredients from the surrounding Sonoran Desert. Post treatment, Tucson
is surrounded by spectacular terrain of desert and mountains, making for incredible hiking and cycling if you fancy getting more active.
Soak your feet in Yosemite, Tuolumne County
Feeling stressed? An ionic foot detox at The Amala Detox Lounge in downtown Sonora, Tuolumne County
, claims may be just the ticket. The treatment — which can pull toxins out of your body through your feet, a bit like iron filings pulled to a magnet — claims to be able to remove everyday pesticides, additives and preservatives found in food, water and beauty products. The result is said to be rejuvenating and can help with everything from eczema, to insomnia, tiredness and anxiety.
Discover the healing vortex in Ojai, California
If yoga’s your thing, head to California’s
charming and peaceful Ojai region, known for the pink glow of the nearby Topa Topa Mountains at sunset and a magnet for spiritual types. At the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
, left, a historic, luxury resort 80 miles north of LA, visits can take part in sunrise and full-moon yoga classes on Meditation Mount with sweeping views of Ojai Valley. Other mind-body wellness experiences include Kuyam, a treatment that combines the therapeutic effects of intense dry heat, self-applied desert clays and inhalation therapy.
Get hot in the city, West Hollywood
Want to lose calories without the effort? Head to Shape House in West Hollywood
, to shape up while you chill out at America’s first ‘urban sweat lodge’. During this alternative cleansing ‘workout’ session, participants are wrapped in hot blankets whilst watching Netflix. During the hour-long sweat session the heart is said to receive a workout similar to that of a ten-mile run, burning between 800-1,600 calories. Following the cleanse visitors can receive vitamin injections to rehydrate. Oh, and take a shower.
Goat Yoga in Portland, Oregon
The city of Portland
, Oregon, has gone crazy for Goat Yoga, right. During a particularly unique hour-long vinyasa class, friendly pygmy and full-sized goats hop on your back, nuzzle your legs or even try to throw off your balance. Why? Dude, this is goat yoga. It’s animal-assisted therapy to help you relax, smile and be happy. Silly, it may be, but it’s also absurdly popular. The goats even hug. Allegedly.
Seek solace through silence, California
For a full wellness getaway, take a trip to Shasta Abbey, a Buddhist monastery set in a 16-acre forest near the base of Mount Shasta in California. The monastery offers several types of retreat from a three-day introductory retreat to through to extended stays. The three-day introductory retreat encourages visitors to try Soto Zen through guided meditation, Dharma talks, and mindfulness, and there is an opportunity for private spiritual counselling.
Find your zen in Santa Barbara
The world largest man-made underground crystal salt cave in North America may not be the most obvious choice for Pilates, Tai Chi or Yoga class but in actual fact, a workout in the Salt Caves in Santa Barbara
, left, is good for both the lungs and the skin, as the cave is infused with micro-particles of salt and minerals, which can do you the power of good.
Scotch that stress at Greater Palm Springs
If you’re having trouble laying off the booze, then you might be highly motivated by the whiskey-tasting, breathing and stretching class on offer at The Agua Serena Spa in the Indian Wells Hyatt Regency Resort in Greater Palm Springs
. The private class is designed to stimulate blood flow and flexibility while exploring complex tastes and smells of whisky. During two-hour class, the group shares four single malt and blended Scotch whiskies with different taste notes to enhance all senses. Guests can finish up by choosing from a selection of premium, imported cigars to round off this unconventional experience.
Posted on: 26/01/2019