Wellness & Detox Retreats
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.
Canyon Ranch Lenox165 Kemble St., Lenox | 413.637.4100
Though a weekend at Canyon Ranch is arguably about exercising restraint, there’s nothing spare about this wellness retreat, which is situated in a gorgeous, fully-restored 19th-century manor nestled in the Berkshires. The understated rooms here are designed to be relaxing, and to that end, there’s not much to distract you from your weekend of centering and healthy living. That’s no problem, though, since you won’t be spending much time in them: Days at Canyon Ranch revolve around the spa, working out, and a wealth of activities, including cross-country skiing. There are about 50 classes on the roster, along with myriad pools, a full gym, and assorted extras like a ropes course and squash courts. When you’re not working out, you might be taking a cooking class or learning how to diagnose your dreams. The food is healthy, but it’s also delicious—and all-you-can-eat.
Pritikin Longevity Center8755 NW 36th St., Doral | 888.254.1462
Situated on a lavish estate outside downtown Miami, the Pritikin health center is particularly well suited for those looking to slim down, control their diabetes, and manage other weight-related issues. The accommodations have all the creature comforts of a luxury hotel, which is good considering you’ll likely find yourself beat after a day packed with exercise classes, lectures, nutrition demonstrations, and spa visits. The one- and two-week programs are popular choices for those looking for an intense overhaul. Meanwhile, the Family Health Camp gets the whole family involved, and the center also offers nutrition-centric programs that focus on teaching healthy cooking skills.
Sivananda AshramP.O. Box N7550 Paradise Island, Nassau | 866.559.5167
As far as ashrams go, Sivananda's approach to yoga is as traditional as it comes. What separates it from the pack, though, is its otherworldly Paradise Island location. Flanked by dense tropical gardens and white-sand beaches, the retreat makes next-level nirvana seem totally achievable. But don't be fooled by the idyllic setting, the yogic lifestyle is fully immersive here: A 5:30am wake-up call marks the beginning of a jam-packed day consisting of two mandatory meditations, two yoga classes, lectures, chanting, and nature walks. Accommodations are humble yet comfortable and range from shared beach huts and dormitories to private tents and garden rooms. At mealtime, the fare is vegetarian and prepared fresh on-site. Be sure to check the schedule as they host really interesting retreats.