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Yoga and meditation are great ways to find your center—but the spa, well, that’s an entirely different journey inside. Asanas have nothing on the skilled handiwork of a massage therapist or the supple fingers of an aesthetician. From aqua yoga in Virginia’s Hot Springs to a crystal massage in Maui, check out these 10 spa vacation spots perfectly suited for yogis in need of serious R&R.
Omni Homestead Resort
Hot Springs, Virginia
The Omni Homestead Resort, tucked in the verdant, and aptly named Bath County, is home to the first spa structure in America. (Thomas Jefferson is said to have bathed in the on-property mineral hot springs to relieve rheumatism pains.) The kid-friendly property—croquet! archery!—keep your family occupied, while you unplug at the eucalyptus thermal suite and the adult-only spa garden pools. The pebble reflexology path is a sure way to get grounded. Then soak in the gently burbling hot spring to let it all go. Try the Japanese-inspired Hanakasumi body treatment, which includes a thorough foot-and-ankle massage to give your piggies respite from all those Chaturanga Dandasanas. Don’t miss the Saturday Aqua Yoga class in the hot springs pool (during cooler months it’s at the mineral spring-fed indoor pool)—you’d be surprised how buoyancy transforms the Warrior sequence. Plus, book on OmniHotels.com and your spa-cation will provide dinner for a week to a family of four thanks to a partnership with Feeding America.
From $200 per night or $75 for Aqua Yoga with spa garden day pass, omnihotels.com
ITC Grand Bharat
The “Tree of Life” painting in the lobby of ITC Grand Bharat pays homage to the eight stages of life outlined in the Vedas and sets the tone for your yogic vacation. Calling the Kaya Kalp Spa palatial is no understatement. At 35,000 square feet, the holistic space is a haven for traditional Indian therapies and Ayurvedic practices. The 3-night Signature Well-Being retreat includes a meeting with an Ayurvedic doctor who will identify your dosha, a body treatment, a massage, a personalized yoga and meditation session as well as a signature bath ritual at turndown service (start with the Kundalini bath that uses orange blossom, cardamom and jasmine to revamp the nervous system and assuage jet lag). The complimentary Swasthya dinner menu includes items like mahi tikka and soyabean daal to enhance sirath (internal) and surat (external) beauty. Take a break from pampering and try zorbing, AKA hiking in a bubble across the bucolic property.
From $800 for 3-nights, itchotels.in
Red Mountain Resort
St. George, Utah
Red Mountain Resort offers more than 15 different types of yoga and mindfulness activities—from the signature flexibility-enhancing Yoga MELT to chakra balancing to outdoor Canyon View yoga on the petrified sand dunes of Snow Canyon State Park. The Sagestone Spa & Salon, known for its use of natural skin care lines, offers yogic treatments like the stimulating Table Thai Yoga massage and Himalayan Salt Stone massage that promises to relieve sore muscles. End your stay with the Desert Dreams Ritual, a footbath accompanied by singing bowls and a specialized tea blend of loose leaves of lavender, white, green and peppermint teas. You’ll be humming “Nama-stay” the whole time.
From $175 per night or $265 all-inclusive, redmountainresort.com
True Blue Bay Boutique Resort
St. George’s, Grenada
Discover the sweet side of spa therapies with Cocoa Coffee body scrub and the Grenada Chocolate facial at the Blue Haven spa at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort. The cocoa phytochemicals are said to nourish and rejuvenate skin—science confirms. Or, go for the Indian Head Massage—a 30-minute treatment that focuses on pressure points to improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage. Between spa sessions take free Hatha and Yin classes at the Sankalpa Yoga Studio on-site. Better yet, sign up for the three-day scuba yoga program that implements meditation and pranayama to assist with buoyancy control underwater—ideal for nervous divers.
From $189 per night or $1,421 for all-inclusive 8-night retreat with spa treatment and airport transfers, truebluebay.com
Carillon Miami Beach
Miami Beach, Florida
The masterminds at the Carillon Miami Beach offer spa treatments that certainly appeal to yogis. Launch your spa day at the eucalyptus-mint-scented steam room that boasts a 17-by-18-inch clear quartz crystals to neutralize negative energy and promote calmness. Then carry on with the Sound Massage that heals with primordial music vibrations as the spa therapist rubs away stress and tension. For the ultimate take on savasana, book the Ayurvedic Renewal Ritual. The 110-minute session includes Shirodhara, an ancient therapy of oil pouring that activates your Third Eye. Bonus: the wellness-focused hotel offers more than 40 fitness classes daily, with at least six yoga and meditation workshops.
From $345, carillonhotel.com
Sumba Island, Indonesia
While a spa safari sounds like something out of a dream, it is quite real at Nihiwatu, a secluded hideaway on practically undeveloped 567 acres of wilderness. You’ll start with a 90-minute guided hike though Sumbanese villages before reaching a private bale for a day—with unlimited spa therapies. And if that wasn’t enough, when you come back to the resort you can continue with additional massages and body treatments. It might be hard to think about anything but relaxing, but if you do decide to get on the mat, the 360-degree yoga pavilion offers seven different yoga classes—from Ashtanga to surfer’s stretch yoga. What’s more, a portion of all profits from the resort goes to the Sumba Foundation, an organization that helps local with everything from malaria control to school lunches.
From $650 for lodging, plus $595 for Spa Safari for two, nihiwatu.com
Don’t blame us if you’ll want to set up camp at the Crystal Spa of Lumeria—a 20-acre boutique property (organic linens! Aveda products!) on Maui’s north shore. Start with the Crystal Massage to tune up your inner energies as expert therapists show off their kneading skills with Hawaiian sandalwood aromatherapy oils. The Yoga and Sport Massage is designed for anyone with a vigorous practice and will open up any trouble spots. Between spa sessions, try the resort’s complimentary workshops—up to five a day—which range from essential oil blending to anusara yoga to hula. To capture Hawaii’s yoga spirit, sign up for a private SUP yoga excursion to view the sunset over the Haleakala Crater.
From $289 a night, $169 per person for SUP yoga, lumeriamaui.com
Eastern Townships, Quebec
The idyllic Spa Eastman—a wellness resort known for its Nordic Baths, spa and clean cuisine—is just a 75-minute drive east of Montreal. Start your sojourn with a bit of sauna-hopping: the infrared sauna heats up to très toasty 120º F, it will make you sweat three to six times more than a regular sauna, working that much harder to release toxins; a session in the dry Finnish sauna may improve sleep; and the steamy Hammam helps ease muscle and ligament soreness. In addition to more traditional facials and body treatments, Spa Eastman offers unique therapies, like Watsu, a Shiatsu-like massage done in a body-temperature shallow pool that soothes your body and mind. You can also sign up for a neuropathic consultation and lifestyle workshops such as “Yoga and Creativity.” The restaurant chefs continue to embrace wholesome living with its gluten-and-dairy-free menu (think: red beet tartar and organic salmon with black garlic) paired with local organic wines.
From $155 all-inclusive, spa-eastman.com
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Round Hill Hotel and Villas
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Round Hill Hotel and Villas, a posh hideaway along the Montego Bay coastline will definitely have you saying, “Yea, mon.” All of the Ralph Lauren-design rooms offer azure views of the bay and the underwater reef—meaning you can tune out the world and meditate without leaving your bed. Not only did the property upgrade to a 2,300-square-foot fitness center, the open-air yoga pavilion offers Hatha, core and stretch classes. Post-yoga try the Vichy Shower and let the seven jets soothe your nervous system, then head to the spa’s new juice bar for “smoothie shots” like spirulina, goji, wheatgrass or acai. For something more substantial, ring the spa butler and ask about the gazpacho made with the ingredients from the property’s on-site garden. The spa itself is located on ten acres of beachfront lawn. During the Stone facial—a Basalt stone massage on the face and neck that does wonders for circulation and sinus congestion—the only thing you’ll hear is the soft lull of the Caribbean.
From $479, roundhill.com
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Live Aqua Cancún
The adult-only Live Aqua Cancún is loved for its yoga program that focuses on ashtanga and vinyasa classes. Après yoga, nurture your body at the spa—we recommend the Aromavedic Baths specifically suited to your dosha. Follow with the Fango massage that comes with a salt crystal and sea clay wrap that’s rich in toxin-eliminating phytochemicals.
From $260 per person all-inclusive, liveaqua.com
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