8 hotels that put the focus on wellness
Book a room and a spa treatment and a fitness class…
Wellness continues to be a huge travel trend, and more hotels than ever are embracing it with special programs and amenities dedicated to helping guests reduce stress, sleep better and even lose weight.
Once considered places to simply lay your head during a trip, many hotels have now become destinations in themselves, offering retreats and multi-night packages filled with activities, classes and spa treatments. And, even if you are just laying your head there, it’s likely to be on a specially-designed bed, accompanied by an extensive menu of pillow options.
Here are eight hotels that will make you feel so good, you’ll never want to check out. If only insurance would cover them.
Terranea Resort – Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Listen to the sound of the waves during your spa treatment at Terranea — Photo courtesy of Terranea
A hidden gem on the Southern California coastline, not far from Los Angeles, Terranea is a stunning property and a great place to get away from it all. Situated on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the breathtaking scenery is healing in itself and provides more than 100 acres of space to play, to relax and to soak in the good life.
There are so many ways to nurture your soul here, from guided horseback rides and tide pool excursions to lessons in everything from falconry to cake decorating. And the spa! Oh, the spa. Spend time in the Himalayan salt room, whose negative ions help improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety. And don’t miss signature treatments like Honey Body Bliss, inspired by the bees on Terranea’s own farm, and Sound Sleep, combining sound therapy, aromatherapy and massage for the sweetest dreams.
Enchantment Resort – Sedona, Arizona
Sedona’s red rocks take on a starring role at Enchantment Resort — Photo courtesy of Enchantment Resort
The view of the red rocks alone would probably be enough to improve your well-being, but Enchantment Resort channels all the power of Sedona’s healing vortexes to make each guest’s stay a transformational experience. In fact, everything takes on a bit of a spiritual quality, from hiking and mountain biking to stargazing and art classes.
Even better, guests have access to Mii amo, Enchantment’s sister property acclaimed for its restorative spa treatments, wellness programming and stunning architecture designed to connect you with nature and promote healing. It’s like getting a double dose of bliss.
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village – California
Experience a soothing sound bath at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village — Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Recharge in style at this luxurious hotel that’s home to the life-changing Center for Health & Wellbeing. Your personalized journey begins with experts helping you curate the ideal classes, workouts, treatments and one-on-one consultations to improve your physical, mental and emotional health.
Customized wellness retreats can focus on sustainable weight loss, optimum performance or spa and beauty – all of which include meals and snacks, guided hikes through the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu coastline, morning meditations and so much more. The award-winning spa offers a comprehensive menu of indulgent treatments that are not just skin-deep.
Park Hyatt New York – New York
Yes, this saltwater pool is in midtown Manhattan at Park Hyatt New York — Photo courtesy of Park Hyatt New York
A haven of tranquility in the urban jungle, the five-star Park Hyatt New York is a luxurious place to take time for yourself and rejuvenate. Surrounded by stunning views, their high-in-the-sky indoor saltwater pool is truly unique for midtown Manhattan, even featuring a stirring underwater playlist curated by Carnegie Hall, the hotel’s famous neighbor.
And, although it’s located in the city that never sleeps, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. To ensure you get your z’s, book the Sleep Suite by Bryte with its AI-powered bed designed to help you fight jet lag, fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. The suite also comes with a variety of sleep-enhancing amenities including a diffuser and essential oil, an eye mask, Nollapelli linens and a collection of sleep-themed books. You’ll wake up refreshed and ready to take a bite of the Big Apple.
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa – Carlsbad, California
The Spa at La Costa is all about wellness and relaxation — Photo courtesy of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
There are so many ways to experience wellness at the California resort often referred to as the “original destination for mind, body, and sport.” Complimentary access to their renowned Athletic Club is provided to all guests, but you’ll definitely want to add a spa package, which includes a world-class treatment (or two) and a delicious meal at the Spa Café.
For a total wellness experience, opt for a half-day, full-day or multi-day Best Life-ing retreat. In addition to nurturing spa treatments, each custom itinerary includes sessions like hypnotherapy, guided meditation and life coaching, plus activities like nature hikes, sunrise meditation and mindful journaling.
The Westgate Hotel – San Diego, California
Work out with a view of San Diego at The Westgate Hotel — Photo courtesy of The Westgate Hotel
San Diego’s iconic downtown hotel continues to make history, this time being in the wellness space. And what a wellness space they offer! All guests are granted complimentary access to AquaVie, their 40,000-square-foot fitness center, where you can take classes, work out on state-of-the-art equipment and relax in the steam room or sauna.
You can also take advantage of the rooftop deck, featuring a heated lap pool, a running track and more machines. Or you can just stretch out in the hot tub or on a lounger and take in the city views. A dedicated wellness concierge will help you arrange it all, including a treatment at the full-service spa.
W Philadelphia – Pennsylvania
Hydroga is a must-try at W Philadelphia — Photo courtesy of The Lab
With its outdoor heated pool, cozy fire pits and bespoke wellness services, W Philadelphia is a hip sanctuary in the city. Its crown jewel is the brand’s signature AWAY Spa, which offers a variety of treatments designed to detox and restore harmony.
Sign up for Hydroga, a one-of-a-kind underwater yoga class, or break a sweat at FIT, the 24/7 fitness center, where you can take classes with top local pros. Afterwards, chill out in the Secret Garden, an Eden-like green space high above City Hall. Philadelphia is often referred to as the “birthplace of America” and W Philadelphia just may become the birthplace of the new you.
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina – California
The Hideaway at Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina won’t be a secret for long — Photo courtesy of Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
This big, beautiful hotel on the bay is always bustling, but hidden away in its own little corner – accessible only by one dedicated elevator – you’ll find The Hideaway, the aptly named spa with a tropical vibe. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage or facial, then head out to enjoy the San Diego sunshine with a bike ride around the marina, a walk to Seaport Village or an afternoon of paddleboarding. Fall asleep in a room overlooking the water and experience the positive effects of gratitude.