Wellness holidays are as old as the Roman Empire, when taking thermal waters and rejuvenating a stressed body was a regular ritual. These wellness-focused resorts, located in some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Northeast, offer the opportunity to embark on a path to better health and well-being, while enjoying imbued with the serenity of nature.
Miraval Berkshires Resort and Spa – Lenox, Massachusetts
Miraval Berkshires Resort and Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
This vast and beautiful campus encircled by the spellbinding Berkshire hills keeps the body busy with a million expertly curated and led classes, from kickboxing to archery to yoga, and with highly specialized equine meditation, tension release exercises and positional therapy. Outdoor activities include zipline lessons, hiking, kayaking, and a lovely outdoor pool with lounge chairs.
The sprawling but soothing Life in Balance Spa has 28 treatment rooms, a large co-ed relaxation room, a courtyard with a fire pit, an indoor-outdoor pool and changing rooms, each with a hot tub, saunas and steam rooms. Unwind over a meal at Harvest Moon or have a drink at Roost, the coffee bar open 24/7. And sleep soundly on impossibly plush beds in spacious, modern rooms with French doors to balconies or patios to take in the views.
Troutbeck – Amenia, New York
Troutbeck in Amenia, New York — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
Surrounded by nature, this Hudson Valley country retreat is endemic to soothing stressed nerves and resting busy bodies. The grounds are simply stunning, and include this estate’s original walled garden built in the 1920s, as well as a health-focused resort, The Barns, where studio classes range from yoga to tai chi.
The Barns includes a Technogym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, and its adjacent spa features traditional and muscle-soothing detoxifying infrared saunas. Treatments include highly specialized therapies such as somatic experience for trauma and stress or an acupuncture facial. Simple pleasures such as lawn games, tennis and hiking trails through the 250 acres can be enjoyed at leisure.
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health – Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
The largest yoga center in the United States goes far beyond a downward dog, deep into the traditional Eastern health practices of yoga and Ayurveda. The tools for wholeness and wellness are all there for clients to choose from and use. The rooms have a Bauhaus modernist simplicity and don’t have a TV. Use of the device is limited to technical areas or your bedroom.
The food, taken in the dining room – sometimes in silence – is wonderfully healthy and mainly vegan with favored organic products. Classes, guided hikes and workshops explore practices for regaining or improving health – physical, emotional and spiritual. The Healing Arts Center is where you will experience the best hands-on healing massage.
A key element is being immersed in nature and cut off from technology, with no commerce in sight, looking out over Lake Mahkeenac and the Berkshire hills.
Four Columns Inn – Newfane, Vermont
Four Columns Inn in Newfane, Vermont — Photo courtesy of Four Columns Inn
This quaint little village founded in the 1700s in the beautiful Green Mountains of southern Vermont combines farm-to-table cuisine and a back-to-nature spa with a gorgeous inn and beautiful gardens that lead to a river and pond. woods filled with that elusive peace and tranquility. . There is nothing to do and plenty of opportunities to be.
Services at the spa, located in the small cottage in the garden, focus on health-restorative massages incorporating locally crafted aromatherapy potions and mists, as well as a lavender and salt body scrub made from the flowers of the garden. Even better, a massage can be taken outside in warm weather in a private corner of the grounds, surrounded by free-range chickens, roaming delightfully.
YO1 Health Resort – Monticello, New York
YO1 Health Resort in Monticello, New York — Photo courtesy of YO1 Health Resort
For wellness veterans and those embarking on a new path to feeling better about themselves, this spa resort in New York’s Catskill Mountains offers personalized programs for its guests. YO1’s introductory package, for example, pairs guests with a senior naturopathic and Ayurveda advisor who is responsible for creating a program to get the guest back on the path to health.
Programs include traditional naturopathic therapies, Ayurveda and yoga. Each personalized stay is designed to enable guests to create balance between mind, body and soul, as well as general health issues such as weight loss, diabetes, cholesterol management, depression and the stress.
Ocean House – Watch Hill, Rhode Island
Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
There’s something invigorating about the ionic sea air, but at this luxury resort, the fresh, healthy air is just a bonus to fitness programs that include indoor and outdoor activities, spa treatments and moments of relaxation at the serene Ocean and Harvest Spa.
This health haven with lavish treatment rooms, saunas, fitness center, saltwater pool and beautiful relaxation terrace offers treatments ranging from deep tissue massage untangling muscle knots to facials. personalized seasonal displays using local plants. Pair that with gorgeous rooms with spa-like bathrooms, delicious food and totally attentive service for a truly refreshing break.
The Lake House on Canandaigua – Canandaigua, New York
The Lake House on Canandaigua in Canandaigua, New York — Photo courtesy of Chris Mottalini
Located in the remote and scenic Finger Lakes region, and located directly on Lake Canandaigua, this luxury resort offers outdoor activities and wellness. Her daily schedule includes yoga, basic classes, and nearby outdoor activities including stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking (lessons or rental), hiking, and biking.
The resort’s Willowbrook Spa is connected to Lake Canandaigua by two water-view barrel saunas for detoxification between bespoke treatments using custom-blended herbal tinctures and herbal-infused massage oils.
The Spa at the Norwich Inn – Norwich, Connecticut
The spa at the Norwich Inn in Norwich, Connecticut — Photo courtesy Connecticut Office of Tourism
Located halfway between New York and Boston in scenic eastern Connecticut, this traditional New England-style inn features a health and wellness program centered around its luxurious spa. With more than 30 treatment and activity rooms, guests enjoy signature massages, personalized facials, and even spiritual and emotional wellness services like tarot readings.
It should be noted that the programming accommodates clients who require treatment while recovering from minor injury or illness. The juice bar and spa cafe offer nutritious breaks for breakfast, lunch and dinner, allowing for a program of wellness activities throughout the day.
Mirbeau Inn and Spa – Rhinebeck, New York
Mirbeau Inn and Spa in Rhinebeck, New York — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
When it comes to taking time out and taking a break from the daily grind, it’s hard to beat Mirbeau family properties. These adults-only resorts each offer a myriad of activities, including all manner of aerobics and strength-training classes in the gym. Detox in the outdoor hot tub, steam or sauna cabins and indulge in treatments ranging from hot stone massages to facials. Basically, put on a bathrobe and slippers and spa your way to rest.
Winvian Farm – Morris, Connecticut
Winvian Farm in Morris, Connecticut — Photo courtesy of Winvian Farm
This Relais & Châteaux luxury retreat is many things to many people: lavish lodge, foodie paradise, elegant retreat. But what’s universal is its peaceful setting in the Litchfield Hills of western Connecticut, surrounded by farmland. The property itself is superbly relaxing, with lovely gardens and a secluded spa.
Enjoy the healing benefits of treatments, such as Ashiatsu, a barefoot massage that goes deeper than normal deep tissue, helping relieve chronic pain, releasing tight muscles and realigning the body. Or try sound therapy, which uses sound frequencies to readjust our inner vibrations. Of course, if a simple but mind-blowing Swedish massage or facial is needed, those are also available.