Recharge for the Holidays at a Luxury Retreat

A preholiday retreat at one of these destinations could be the key to your best holiday season yet.

woman doing yoga at holiday retreat Rancho La Puerta

The holiday season is rapidly approaching. This year, why not preempt the onset of holiday-season stress with a retreat designed to help you relax and recharge? The four luxury retreats listed below offer options ranging from sunrise yoga and meditation to horseback riding and sculpture—and they might be the key to starting the season rested, refreshed, and glowing.

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona
Why go: Overlooking a desert landscape at the base of Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains, Miraval is an all-inclusive resort that emphasizes wellness. You can enjoy outdoor nighttime massages, daily meditation, and low-tech activities like beekeeping and conscious cooking classes that make a point of reducing food waste.
How it can help for the holidays: Guests can try meditative experiences like a water treatment that uses blindfolds and noise-canceling headphones with Thai massage, or a shaman-led spa ritual to remove negative energy and clear the mind for the future—perfect for eliminating stress so you can embrace the holiday season.
Rates: Starting at $639/night

hiking on holiday retreat at Mountain Trek Fitness

Get out in nature on one of the of world-class hiking trails at Mountain Trek Fitness Retreats and Health Spa.

Mountain Trek Fitness Retreats and Health Spa, Nelson, British Columbia
Why go: At Mountain Trek, the mission is to get guests outside and moving—and spending some time in the great outdoors could be just what the doctor ordered before party season.
How it can help for the holidays: The boot camp is all-inclusive and works as a detox program: Guests are led on different hikes each day, and each guest enjoys a personalized program of yoga, massage, and instruction on how to manage stress, sleep, and health. On-site nutritionists and fitness coaches, plus a calorie-controlled menu, make this a place to drop a few preholiday pounds—and the stunning mountain and lake views mean that you might not even notice.
Rates: $5,100 (seven-day program)

painting on holiday retreat to Rancho La Puerta

Tap into your creativity at Rancho La Puerta with activities such as watercolor painting, sculpture, and jewelry making.

Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico
Why go: Less than an hour from San Diego sit 4,000 acres of gardens, mountains, and meadows dedicated to mental, spiritual, and physical wellness. The all-inclusive Rancho La Puerta encourages guests to leave their electronics at home and spend their days exploring holistic therapies like water dancing, acupuncture, and Reiki.
How it can help for the holidays: Learning is an important part of the experience: Classes in sculpture, sketching, and cooking encourage a focus on the immediate and tangible, creating a sense of peace and relaxation that will ease you into the holiday season.
Rates: Weeklong stays start at $3,900 per person (double occupancy)

Travaasa Hana, Maui, Hawaii
Why go: A digital detox can be as powerful as a physical one, and spending a few days without a computer or smartphone can work wonders on a stressed-out mind.
How it can help for the holidays: Rooms at Travaasa have no TVs, alarm clocks, or Wi-Fi (although there is Wi-Fi in a designated room if you must), so check your devices at reception and focus your attention instead on dips in the pool, snoozing under the palm trees, or spoiling yourself at the spa with scrubs, wraps, and massages that make good use of local honey, sugarcane, and volcanic mud. If you’re suffering from screen withdrawal, try an activity such as coconut husking, lei making, spear throwing, yoga, or ukulele lessons. Maybe you can even craft your holiday gifts.
Rates: Starting at $475/night

Nell McShane Wulfhart is a freelance writer based in Montevideo, Uruguay. Images courtesy of Rancho La Puerta and Mountain Trek Fitness Retreats & Health Spa

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