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15 U.S. Wellness Retreats That Offer Incredible Spas, Outdoor Activities, Meditation Experiences, and More

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Resetting your mental and physical health sometimes requires more than a 20-minute meditation session or a sweaty HIIT class. Making changes often means doing away with long-held habits and shifting your mindset — which is easier when you can step away from the daily grind and retreat to a place that supports your physical, psychological, or spiritual well-being.


That’s where wellness retreats come into play. They’re designed to aid in transformation through specialized amenities, expert staff, and atmospheric locales. From destination spas with innovative treatments to structured fitness programs, these 15 wellness resorts in the U.S. have it all.


Booking Tip

Some retreats include all spa treatments, meals, and wellness classes in the base fare, while others charge for these individually. Research what’s included before you book to avoid any surprise fees.




Castle Hot Springs – Morristown, Arizona

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Tucked into the red rock Bradshaw Mountains, Castle Hot Springs provides a true escape from the monotony of daily life. Once frequented by affluent families like the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts, the oasis was closed to the public for more than 40 years before reopening in 2019. Today, the luxurious retreat offers everything from sound bath sessions to scenic e-bike tours. You can relish in the resort’s slow pace, soak in the geothermal mineral springs, nosh on farm-to-table fare, and enjoy spa treatments and yoga classes.


I stayed in a Spring Bungalow during my visit in March 2023 and was treated to an indoor-outdoor fireplace and a spring-fed tub. Castle Hot Springs is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway, with a renowned spa run by some of the best therapists and healers in the state, and plenty of adventure — including a via ferrata and a slot canyon hike.



Golden Door – San Marcos, California

This tranquil, Japanese-style resort sits on 600 mountainous acres in Southern California. Here, you can access more than 30 miles of private hiking trails, a bamboo forest, and about 80 rejuvenating classes each week. The exclusive experience includes a daily massage, skin treatments, and farm-to-table meals. During your downtime, you can relax in the Japanese gardens, take a dip in the pool, or hike the mountain and meadow trails.





Carillon Miami Wellness Resort – Miami

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This five-star resort is located in Miami’s North Beach neighborhood, and it has one of the largest spas on the East Coast. At Carillon Miami, guests can challenge themselves with boot camps, boxing courses, yoga classes, or hydrotherapy sessions that end in an igloo-style cooling suite. Book a cryotherapy session, float in a sensory deprivation tank, or enjoy the Atlantic Ocean views from one of the luxury apartment-style accommodations.



YO1 Longevity & Health Resorts – Monticello, New York

YO1 is a wellness retreat set on 1,300 acres in New York’s Catskills region, a roughly two-hour drive northwest of Manhattan, At the resort, you can work under the guidance of experts to create a personalized experience. Offerings include an Ayurvedic health center and programs that address anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, infertility, and diabetes. The property includes 68,000 square feet of therapy areas, and it offers plenty of outdoor space for hiking, practicing yoga, and enjoying nature.



Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort – Lanai City, Hawaii

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Billed as a “luxurious wellness enclave,” Four Seasons’ adults-only Sensei Lanai, in Hawaii, gives tranquility seekers optimum solitude and seclusion for all their soul-searching needs. Here, you can opt into one-on-one sessions with experts, Thai aqua therapy, lakeside yoga, and elevated spa experiences featuring infrared saunas, Japanese soaking pools, and more. The Optimal Wellbeing Program for One is a structured five-night program packed with fitness and meditation classes, personal nutrition and fitness assessments and guidance, a thermal body mapping experience, and guided hiking.


“The food is fabulous — how could it not be with breakfast, lunch, and dinner by Nobu? I enjoyed every meal, including in-room breakfast one lazy morning and a cocktail and snack at the Garden Bar,” said T+L contributor Patricia Doherty, who has visited Sensei Lanai twice, most recently in July 2022. “Sensei can be a romantic retreat for couples, an intensely wellness-focused vacation, or a getaway for total pampering for both men and women. It’s a place for rejuvenation, and the serenity, privacy, and flexibility also make it perfect for a solo trip.”



The Ranch Malibu – Malibu, California

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The Ranch‘s sought-after seven-day wellness retreat is limited to just 25 guests and offers an immersive experience that includes fitness programs and plant-based meals. Guests stay in one of 21 private cottages and enjoy an active schedule of low-impact exercise, massages, and a 1,400 calorie-a-day vegan diet. Those looking to go deeper can book The Ranch Private experience, a weeklong personalized program with minimal interaction with other guests.



Hilton Head Health – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Located on beautiful Hilton Head Island off the coast of South Carolina, Hilton Head Health offers guests an all-inclusive approach to wellness. You can join boot camp, yoga, or TRX classes or go kayaking or paddleboarding. The on-site restaurant serves healthier versions of favorites like eggs Benedict and shrimp and grits. When you need a moment to yourself, the Indigo Spa provides custom services that support the resort’s health programs in a tranquil, stress-free setting.



Amangiri – Canyon Point, Utah

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This vast Aman property spans almost 1,000 acres in Utah’s section of the Colorado Plateau. And the majestic red rock surroundings set the scene for treatments influenced by both Asian and Navajo wellness traditions. Amangiri offers a Grounding Journey — a trio of spa treatments encouraging reconnection, stillness, and perspective — and Movement Journey — spa treatments mixed with movement sessions. At sunrise, join a yoga class on top of a rock formation with panoramic views of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.


“I’m often asked which campus is better: the original, clean-lined, Brutalist wonderland of Amangiri (now approaching its 15th anniversary), or its secluded tented pavilion extension at Camp Sarika. My suggestion? Experience both,” says T+L contributor Travis Levius. “Whether you arrive coupled, solo, or with friends, prepare to be mesmerized: It’s the only U.S. resort, in my opinion, that can truly be deemed ‘otherworldly.’”



Crestone Mountain Zen Center – Crestone, Colorado

This Zen Buddhist monastery and retreat, located at the base of the towering Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado, allows you to get away from it all and reset. You can create a personal program that fits your needs — from four nights to a three-month stay — and either enjoy the solitude or join group meditations. A stay at the remote Crestone Mountain Zen Center includes three simple, delicious daily meals that can be enjoyed privately or with other guests.


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The Barns at Troutbeck – Amenia, New York

Troutbeck is a 250-acre estate hotel in New York’s Hudson Valley, and in 2020, it opened The Barns, an on-site wellness facility. At The Barns, there’s a 1,250-square-foot studio space where daily yoga, meditation, and dance-based movement classes take place. Spa services include acupuncture, massages, and somatic experiencing, a body-focused therapy that works to relieve symptoms of mental and physical trauma-related health problems.



Lake Austin Spa Resort – Austin, Texas

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On the banks of Lake Austin in Texas Hill Country, Lake Austin Spa Resort packs its daily calendar with yoga classes, sound bathing, and more. Dining experiences center around wellness, too, with the resort’s Nurturing Table concept favoring local ingredients – including produce grown a few steps from the kitchen. Spa offerings are extensive, with gemstone treatments, floating meditation, and more than a dozen facials on the menu.



The Lodge at Woodloch – Hawley, Pennsylvania

The Pocono Mountains provide an idyllic environment for a digital detox. Surrounded by 500 acres of woodland, the Lodge at Woodloch operates under a “let nature nurture” philosophy. Guests can choose from 35+ daily activities, including gardening on the on-site organic farm. Getting your hands dirty nourishes the mind, while spa products made from locally grown herbs and flowers soothe the body.


“While guests can partake in dozens of activities ranging from archery to cooking demos, I opted to spend most of my time at the 40,000-square-foot spa, where my favorite amenity was the al fresco infinity pool overlooking the woods,” says T+L contributor Lauren Dana Ellman of her recent trip to the resort with her husband. “Following a multicourse dinner, we’d end our nights roasting s’mores or stargazing by the lake — and yes, it was just as glorious as it sounds.”



Sensei Porcupine Creek – Rancho Mirage, California

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Combining data-driven health programs and the scenic beauty of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Sensei Porcupine Creek is more than just a wellness resort. The 230-acre property sits on billionaire Larry Ellison’s former private estate and features an 18-hole golf course once only open to professional athletes, celebrities, and dignitaries like President Barack Obama. Now, anyone who books one of the 22 luxurious rooms, casitas, or villas can get the star treatment, which includes meeting with medical experts to create a personalized itinerary of fitness programs, spa treatments, and nutritious meals from the restaurant, Sensei by Nobu.





Mii Amo – Sedona, Arizona

If your idea of a serene wellness getaway includes stunning architecture, look no further than the adults-only Mii Amo, nestled in Sedona’s Boynton Canyon. The long-standing retreat unveiled a sweeping renovation in February 2023, with sleek spaces designed by Gluckman Tang Architects (best known for its work on cultural institutions like the Picasso Museum in Malaga and New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art). Guests can choose from several all-inclusive journeys ranging from three to 10 nights and spend their days indulging in sound baths, spa treatments, walking meditations, and bike rides on the 400-acre trail network. While the surrounding red rocks are a highlight, so are the atmospheric indoor spaces – from the airy, light-filled restaurant to the 23 casitas equipped with cozy fireplaces and heated bathroom floors. 


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Stanly Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection – Napa, California

Wellness and wine go hand-in-hand at Stanly Ranch, Auberge’s third resort in Napa Valley. Set on a working vineyard, the property features 135 nature-inspired rooms and cottages, local and seasonally-driven dining, and an extensive wellness program centered around sleep, hydration, fitness, and mindfulness. Drop by the Halehouse to plan your holistic wellness journey with sports experts, medical professionals, and wellbeing specialists. This might include a neuro-stimulation treatment at the spa or a movement workshop at the Fieldhouse. Then cap off your day at the Springhouse, a circuit featuring saunas, cold plunges, salt therapy, and a hyperbaric oxygen chamber – all designed to support recovery and restoration.

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