Get The Feel: Top 9 Luxurious Retreats
Getaway from the everyday grind and nurture your body, mind and spirit at one of our favorite spa & wellness retreats. From secluded treehouses to ocean-front sanctuaries, we’ve got it covered.
1. THE SPA AT TERRANEA
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Spanning 50,000 square feet, the award-winning spa,salon, wellness and fitness center at Terranea blends a tranquil Mediterranean ambiance with state-of-the-art design by the foremost experts in wellness and restorative therapy. Holistic body treatments reflect the beauty and energy of the Spa’s Pacific oceanfront setting. Resort guests and daytime visitors discover a private sanctuary with 25 treatment rooms that overlook a glistening, panoramic seascape and Catalina Island. The Spa at Terranea features an oceanfront yoga and Pilates studio, expansive fitness center (with seaside spinning where guests often catch a glimpse of a whale during their ride!), full-service salon, Spa Cafe and boutique.
2. LA QUINTA RESORT & SPA
La Quinta, CA
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the rugged Santa Rosa Mountains, the legendary La Quinta Resort & Club is the longest- running resort in the Palm Springs desert area. Spanning 45 vibrant acres, its’ verdant grounds are accentuated by beds of colorful flowers; fragrant orange, lemon, tangerine, tangelo and grapefruit trees; cypress trees and cacti; sparkling pools and picturesque courtyards, all framed by towering palms. The historic property offers a variety of distinctive accommodations including 620 guest rooms, 98 villas and 41 swimming pools. A 2014 multi-million dollar restoration has now burnished the luster of this iconic resort with a fresh, modern look in line with the property’s storied history and serene desert surroundings. La Quinta Resort & Club also boasts championship-caliber golf and tennis facilities, award-winning dining, expansive spa and fitness facilities, a variety of boutiques and shops and some of the region’s top indoor and outdoor meeting spaces.
3. ESALEN INSTITUTE
Big Sur, CA
Esalen Institute, a nonprofit organization, is considered the birthplace of the human potential movement and serves as a sacred place for personal transformation on the central coast of California. Renowned for its natural hot mineral baths perched above the Pacific Ocean, Esalen offers more than 500 weekend and week-long workshops each year on topics like yoga, massage, meditation, psychology, leadership, sustainability, relationships, creativity and more, while extended work-study education programs and apprenticeships allow participants to dive deeply into a topic of interest while becoming integrated into the residential community that lives and works at Esalen. The 120 acre campus is also home to a working organic farm, a massage school, and an innovative early childhood educational program. Through these various avenues, Esalen provides unique opportunities for individuals toforge a deeper understanding of self andsociety in order to pioneer new paths for social change.
4. BERNARDUS LODGE & SPA
Carmel Valley, CA
Bernardus Lodge & Spa is set on 28 lush acres of vineyards, gardens and fragrant lavender in Carmel Valley, California. The 73-guestroom property is ideal for romantics seeking a needed getaway or families ready to reconnect. The Villas & Suites offer an unparalleled experience deserving of the lodge’s wine country estate- style environment. Stunning lifestyle accommodations will transport you to a private sanctuary paired with butler services, complimentary Mercedes-Benz convertibles, alfresco rain showers and a three-to-one staff ratio focused on exceeding guests’ expectations.
Enjoy a luxurious bath in a copper tub surrounded by heated marble floors, yoga with a view, or lawn bocce with a glass of Pinot in hand. Bernardus Lodge & Spa sets the tone for an authentic adventure – be it hiking Big Sur, scouting the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, or swirling award-winning Pinot Noir.
5. XINALANI RETREAT
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Xinalani Retreat is an eco-resort and leading center for yoga retreats in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico that brings together the best yogfacilities, beautiful eco-chic accommodations, delicious and healthy food and a supportive staff to make your dream retreat come true, all set on a wide pristine beach and a jungle of breathtakingnatural beauty. Xinalani, meaning “seeds” in pre-hispanic language, creates exclusive life-enriching experiences for active conscious travelers to enjoy healthy vacations in preserved environments and awe-inspiring architecture. Xinalani facilitates retreats thatopen opportunities of transformation through stress-relieving disciplines, mind-blowing adventures, and utter delight of the senses. Come plant the seeds of wellness.
6. POST RANCH INN
Big Sur, CA
High atop the cliffs of Big Sur, 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, sits Post Ranch Inn, a sanctuary for the soul. Located along California’s Highway One, known as one of the world’s most scenic drives, Post Ranch is set amongst majestic state parks, beaches and waterfalls.Recognized as one of the top luxury resorts in the country and the only hotel in Big Sur able to offer an ocean view, Post Ranch offers the ultimate destination for romance, relaxation and rejuvenation.
7. RETREAT YOURSELF WELL
Los Angeles, CA
Retreat Yourself Well embraces the need we all have in our lives to pause. Featuring retreat hosts and the highest quality retreats that they have planned for you, Retreat Yourself Well gives you quick access to planning your next “pause”. It’s Retreat Yourself Well’s mission to invite on a retreat experience with passionate teachers that provide quality yoga teachings in some of the most ideal locations in the world. Whether you are a student, a teacher, or a studio owner, Retreat Yourself Well can help you connect with the yoga community, broaden your experience and find your next yoga adventure.
8. THE PEARL LAGUNA
Laguna Beach, CA
The Pearl Laguna is an intimate retreat located in Laguna Beach, California. Week-long and multi-week programs designed to harness the transformative powers of yoga and nature revitalizes guests by combining a proven cleansing diet with yoga, hiking and meditation. The Pearl Laguna is a place and a program of rejuvenation. Guests come to cleanse and to get into shape – renewing their spirit and emerging from their stay stronger and transformed.
9. THE RANCH
The Ranch Malibu’s 7-day, results-oriented fitness boot camp delivers sustainable results through a strict, “no- options” philosophy based upon years of collective experience. Ongoing regime adjustments ensure the most weight and inches are lost in a safe and sustainable way. Limited to 18 guests per session, the knowledgeable staff tends to guests’ every need and is trained in all aspects of fitness and rehabilitation to support and nurture, while guiding each individual to achieve their personal program goals. Each day consists of 8 hours of activity – centered around a breathtaking and varied 4 hour group hike each morning – nap time, afternoon fitness classes and daily massages. Guests also enjoy a weekly cooking class and tour of our on-site, certified organic garden.