Wake up. Go to work. Eat dinner. Sleep. Repeat. Even if your summertime ritual includes the occasional Summer Friday off, life can still feel like a routine. If you find yourself in need of an de-stressing escape before the fall season begins, a wellness retreat may be the perfect solution for you. From the shores of Long Island to the Saint Tropez peninsula, these four resorts and retreats are upping the self-care quotient with hammams, meditation studios, nutritious menus, restorative yoga sessions and more.
Shou Sugi Ban House
Water Mill, NY.
Shou Sugi Ban House only recently opened in the Hamptons hamlet of Water Mill. As the first wellness retreat of its kind on Long Island, the ultra-private three-acre sanctuary encompasses 13 guest studios surrounding the main pool, a Main Barn with a demonstration kitchen, a Healing Arts Barn with a tea bar, a treatment spa with hydrotherapy pools and roof deck, an open-air Movement Pavilion, ceremonial fire circle, fitness center, autumn cherry dining orchard, organic vegetable and herb gardens from which the dining menus are sourced.
The all-inclusive Mii amo resort was awarded the No.1 Destination Spa in the United States for two years in a row. Set in an adobe and stone sanctuary within Enchantment Resort Mii amo offers one of the best customizable, expert-led wellness itineraries around. Visitors can choose from three different personalized wellness “journeys” lasting three, four or seven nights. Daily meals, emphasizing locally sourced grains, produce and meats, are included with introductions to chakras, reiki and sound healing.
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Lily of the Valley
Set atop a hill surrounded by protected nature reserves with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean coastline, Lily of the Valley welcomes guests to a year-round wellness sanctuary of 38 guest rooms and six suites designed by renowned architect Phillipe Starck. At the heart of the hotel is a 21,000-square-foot “Wellness Village” complete with seven cabins, two steam rooms, a snow-shower, sauna, health-focused restaurant with vegan and vegetarian options, and 25-meter swimming pool. Wellness offerings range from detox programs to energy treatments and immersive sport and yoga retreats. A team of top-notch coaches and therapists, a gym with the latest equipment, and another pool for everything from lap swimming to aqua pilates also round out the amenities.
+33 4 22 73 22 00, www.lilyofthevalley.com
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Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
After a massive $125 million renovation of the former Pacific Beach Hotel in 2018, Alohilani Resort rests across the street from the semi-protected waters of Kūhiō Beach. Amenities inside the 839-room modern resort include a 200,000-gallon oceanarium, a saltwater infinity pool, a club for kids and two destination restaurants by Morimoto — but it’s the focus on wellness that makes this resort unique. Think astrology readings, vision boards and an eco-conscious tree-planting ceremony in Oahu’s first Hawaiian Legacy Forest to ground your intentions and offset your carbon emissions.