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Wellness & Detox Retreats

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If we’re honest, it’s a lot more fun to get healthy when you have the company of an amazing spa, and specialists to usher you through the process.

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa

29402 Spa Havens Way, Vista | 866.772.4283

Even if you’re the type to lose interest a few days into a detox, the schedules for each of the customized wellness programs at this San Diego health spa are so jam-packed that you simply won’t have time to get bored. For example: A seven-night stay can include up to sixteen spa treatments (you do the math), nutrition consultations, cooking classes, hikes, and so much more. The sprawling, meticulously manicured property itself is designed to promote well-being from the moment you check in, with tricked out fitness facilities, beautifully turned out rooms, and plenty of nooks for introspective thought.

Golden Door

777 Deer Springs Rd., San Marcos | 866.420.6414

We’ve heard great things about this recently revamped spa, which comes complete with onsite Japanese gardens: If possible, you'll want to check-in for a full week, and accordingly, a full reset, thanks to a daily menu of exercise and spa treatments. Styled after a Japanese “ryokan” or inn, the rooms here all resemble traditional Japanese houses—with an impressive collection of art and antiques from the 18th century to match. The decorations are simple, with sliding doors, dark wood, and Asian-influenced accents. While weight loss isn’t necessarily the goal of a stay, bring running shoes, as there’s a packed schedule of hikes, yoga, and fitness classes to choose from. The Golden Door is meant to be place for detoxing both mind and body, and the food is accordingly local, organic, and healthy—so much so, that you may even spend time in the vegetable garden picking your own greens.

Lumeria Maui

1813 Baldwin Ave., Makawao | 808.579.8877

Chill out surrounded by lush, tropical gardens at this historic Maui compound and learn to live Aloha for a while. Here you can practice mindfulness, learn to meditate, take an aromatherapy class–or learn about the land through their horticulture programs. The beauty and serenity of the island attracts yogis of all disciplines and from all over the world to practice, so check the calendar for upcoming retreats and workshops. You'll leave feeling completely refreshed.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

7100 Aviara Resort Dr., Carlsbad | 760.448.1234

Tucked into the hills overlooking some the lushness of the California coast, The Park Hyatt Aviara is the kind of staycation destination that feels entire worlds away. And while the nearby town of Carlsbad and surf-friendly ocean (more on that later) are worthy draws, the resort has made it its business to offer guests every creature comfort imaginable, so there's no need to venture far. The immaculately manicured Spanish-style property is home to an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, multiple tennis courts, two pools (the kid's pool plays host to pizza nights, movie screening, and more), and a full-service spa. If you’re looking for a more intensive approach to incorporating wellness rituals into your life, the VeraVia Health and Wellness Center—elements of which guests can add onto their stay or go all-in with a dedicate retreat—employs a knowledgeable staff who focus on nutrition, stress management, spiritual healing, and overall quality-of-life enhancement. A fun add-on whether you're partaking in the wellness program or not, the Surfing With the Chef experience combines Executive Chef Pierre Albaladejo's (he oversees the culinary programs for all five Aviara restaurants) love of surfing and good food into a single, all-senses-on-deck experience: Start the day with a from-scratch breakfast, then go down to the water for a surf session, and finish with a gourmet beach picnic.

The Pearl Laguna

21095 Raquel Rd., Laguna Beach | 949.715.1674

A week-long holistic retreat on the beach, The Pearl offers guests a luxurious way to detox and decompress with daily hikes, yoga, and restorative massage, as well as introductions to new practices like Tai Chi or chakra balancing. After a week of clean eating, days full of exercise, quality time in nature, and lots of sleep, you'll leave here feeling lighter in every sense of the word.

The Ranch at Live Oak

12220 Cotharin Rd., Malibu | 310.457.8700

When you find yourself reaching for your iPhone to check emails in the middle of the night, it's time for The Ranch. This week-long luxury bootcamp in the mountains of Malibu encourages you to power down, let go of stress, and break less-than-healthy habits of the day-to-day; and bring back balance through exercise, diet, massage, and rest. Whether it's a a bowl of their signature granola with almond milk or a bar of their lavender pumice soap, each element of this program has been been curated to ensure guests have the best of the best.

The Ranch 4.0

2 Dole Dr., Westlake Village | 310.457.8700

This four-day program from the people behind The Ranch promises to deliver similar results. The Ranch 4.0 operates in partnership with the Westlake Village Four Seasons, so you’ll be taking up residence there—though the daily itinerary is the same as what you’d expect to encounter at the main ranch. (Keep in mind that it is a business hotel, though, so don't be surprised when you roll in.) Every morning begins with a four-hour hike, followed by an afternoon of abdominal work, toning, and yoga—all dictated by diagnostic fitness and metabolic rate testing you’ll submit to when you check in. Rest assured, though, all this activity is mitigated by a daily massage. While the days are packed with activities, they’re admittedly not packed with carbs: All 16 participants abide by a strict, vegetarian diet of 1,400 calories. (It’s delicious.) In addition to eating, there are cooking demonstration and nutrition classes.

We Care

18000 Long Canyon Rd., Desert Hot Springs | 760.251.2261

Less is more when it comes to this detox program in Desert Hot Springs, California. Check in for three, six, or eight days and prepare for many, many beverages (green drinks, hot broths, water), along with colonics and massages every day. Read a book or relax by the pool while your body cleanses and recalibrates. Add a bit of therapeutic pampering to your stay with a mud wrap or lymphatic stimulation, though there's also nothing wrong with just taking a lot of naps and hanging out in the infrared sauna.