Has wedding planning left you a ball of stress and nerves, not to mention serious knots? It’s understandable and totally repairable once you’ve made it official – crying, laughing, and dancing your way to marital bliss. The best cure for an exhausted bride and groom is a honeymoon, which includes wellness in every way – and no, that doesn’t mean a bootcamp without alcohol. (For those who fancy a deep dive, however, check out Intrepid Travel’s customizable India itineraries, which include Ayurveda training and yoga practice with local gurus.) We’ve rounded up a dozen places to indulge yourself – and we really mean indulge yourself and take some mental, physical, and spiritual action to ensure you have the perfect headspace and shape to tackle your new life.
Civana and L’Auberge de Sedona, a destination hotel, Arizona
The place says it all – Civana, a new holistic wellness resort, is located in Carefree, Arizona and it’s a place to let go and relax (price is achievable too!). Wellness honeymoons are fully customizable and can include bespoke spa trips to comprehensive and free programs such as sound bath healing, floating meditation, hiking, biking, farmers market tours, vision board-making, and sessions to find your inner spirit animal (rawr). In the quaint L’Auberge de Sedona, L’Apothecary Spa offers bespoke yoga, vinyasa vortex, and signature tree house sessions where couples learn a heightened sense of presence, let themselves be moved by a sound bath, and then intentions for that Determine the future.
This beauty resort hidden in St. Lucia has added mindfulness classes and fresh spa treatments to its wellness program, making it an ultimate option for honeymooners: a couples massage followed by a chocolate mud wrap on your body to nourish your skin. Newlyweds can also learn the art of couple massage in a class that will teach you secrets for home practice and strengthen not only your physical but also your emotional bond.
Those who feel that nature and wellness go hand in hand should consider the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in beautiful Banff National Park, where the spectacular setting is perfect for all-inclusive wellness retreats, self-care and self-discovery promote. There’s always a range of free fitness and wellness classes on offer, as well as incredible trails, sleigh rides, and ice skating on the lake – before a couples massage, of course.
The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is not only relaxing in the Swiss Alps, but also good for the body and mind, also because of its natural local thermal water from the Tamina Gorge, which has healing properties and amazing minerals. Then there is the private spa with whirlpool, steam room, sauna, home theater, and private dining and treatment areas for things like haki rituals, which use the “art of touch” to relieve daily emotional pressures. The property also offers a Michelin-starred dining experience that includes 30 shared dishes with curated wine pairings – because good food is also part of wellbeing.
Two hours from New York City is a sprawling estate with a 20,000 square foot spa where honeymooners can relax after meeting a personal wellness advisor to assess goals and recommend therapies. Both modern scientific and ancient practices play a role here. So you can opt for couple-specific meditation of connectedness, forest bathing, a traditional hammam (Turkish bath) treatment, or purification rites, all of which aim to reset both inside and out. and increase well-being.
Secret Bay and Jungle Bay Eco-Resort, Dominica
Dominica, the “natural island” of the Caribbean, is home to diving, snorkeling, sulphurous hot springs, bubbling mud baths and the longest hiking trail in the region. Hence, it is ideal for the adventurous types. In the five-star Secret Bay, the Waitukubuli wellness package includes consultations to measure body health, energy and chakras. plus Reiki, reflexology, yoga and massages. The Jungle Bay Eco-Resort, which opened after severe hurricane damage in June 2019, offers a wellness adventure package with numerous outdoor activities, as well as organic foods and juices and a huge spa for all the treatments your heart desires.
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa and Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa, California
Active couples will thrive in Cal-a-Vie north of San Diego, which has a five-to-one guest-to-guest ratio (and only 32 private villas) and 150+ fitness classes, beach volleyball, golf, pools, and ten miles of hiking trails with first class sunset varieties. Spa and mind-body sessions are also abundant, and even couples can practice yoga by candlelight in a 400-year-old chapel. The recent renovation of the Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa revealed a new high-tech wellness experience with eight Sleep Smart beds that track sleep activity and body temperature and offer sleep coaching – perfect if you are arguing about the blanket or the firmness of your mattress . There are also personalized AI trainers, meditation headbands that track brain activity, and adaptogenic blends of Moon Juice to get you on the right track.
Valua is ultralux and ultra rejuvenating and has a new energy program that, in addition to mental health, focuses on body shape and muscle mass, with HIIT, spinning, circuit training and yoga classes. Those who appreciate technology will love using Gen Smart DNA tests, which provide metabolic details and genetic history, to aid the path to ultimate health and fitness. Of course, there are also water sports, tennis and squash courts, pools, a golf academy and a comprehensive spa for muscle pain relief.
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Florida
You don’t have to go far to indulge in unforgettable partner treatments like an energizing massage on a crystal quartz bed and a menu of global ritual therapies from the European skin care brand Comfort Zone. There are kombucha facials, salt baths, infrared saunas, and fitness classes like Rock Wall Boot Camp – and stunning Miami Beach is just the thing for a classic honeymoon experience.
Combine a beach vacation with a few days in a lush rainforest near the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica, where the Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa allows honeymooners to wear plush robes and not much more around the clock. Natural mineral-rich pools with hot springs ensure lazy days and nights, as well as spa treatments in private, tree-covered outdoor bungalows. Toucans, howler monkeys, and other critters provide a soundtrack for your down-facing dogs side by side.
Sunrise Springs Spa Resort and Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, New Mexico
Unsurprisingly, Santa Fe is an epic wellness destination – and a romantic one too. At Sunrise Springs, the two of you can learn everything from horticulture and gardening to body as brush art classes, while simulating creativity and relaxation. There is also a spiritual guide for staff who conduct tarot card readings and spiritual purifications of newlyweds’ auras for those who are so inclined. The Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado is home to a unique wellness program called the Equus Experience, a bespoke offering that encourages horses to discover themselves and learn – think problem solving, the art of being present, non-verbal communication, beliefs and intentions, and how to inspire rather than check. The lessons learned through joyful interaction with one another and with the mighty mammals could not be more appropriate for a couple embarking on the journey of their lives.
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Nestled in the Berkshires is the prestigious Canyon Ranch luxury spa and wellness resort, where newlyweds have endless opportunities to reconnect and relax after the wedding. Options include a watsu duet – a kind of graceful hot water massage that is very calming and relaxing – a private photo hike in the mountains, canoeing on the lake, a coconut melt treatment for couples, heart-based yoga, and personal cooking classes with healthy recipes. It’s all you need to get back to normal life.