12 Relaxing Wellness Hotels to Visit in North America

by Tracy Hopkins

12 Relaxing Wellness Hotels to Visit in North America

by Tracy Hopkins
Smart Luxury

Dreaming of a spa vacation? (Us too.) Whether you want to try forest bathing in the Poconos, energy cleansing in Santa Fe, or meditating in Mexico, here are 12 wellness-centric hotels to visit in North America.

Dreaming of a spa vacation? (Us too.) Whether you want to try forest bathing in the Poconos, energy cleansing in Santa Fe, or meditating in Mexico, here are 12 wellness-centric hotels to visit in North America.

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Four Seasons Hotel Lanai at Koele, A Sensei Retreat / Courtesy of the property
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
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Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Florida

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is ideal if you’re craving a bit of zen among the bustle of South Beach. The 70,000-square-foot spa has four pools, 20-25 fitness classes a day and about 160-180 fitness classes a week, plus a two-story indoor rock wall. Other amenities include nine hot and cold thermal hydrotherapy suites. The property also offers acupuncture and nutrition counseling. Rates from $382 per night. 

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is ideal if you’re craving a bit of zen among the bustle of South Beach. The 70,000-square-foot spa has four pools, 20-25 fitness classes a day and about 160-180 fitness classes a week, plus a two-story indoor rock wall. Other amenities include nine hot and cold thermal hydrotherapy suites. The property also offers acupuncture and nutrition counseling. Rates from $382 per night. 

Sunrise Springs Spa Resort
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Sunrise Springs, New Mexico

Spanning 70 acres in Santa Fe, Sunrise Springs is one of those resorts you'll never want to leave. Popular activities include soaking in the spring-fed Repose Pools, visiting the sweat lodge, or snuggling with puppies (yes, please). In terms of accommodations, the resort features 20 Southwestern-style casitas; each is equipped with a gas fireplace and king bed (plus Garden View rooms). Additionally, the property offers several packages, some of which include meals, treatments, and other services. Rates from $190 per night. 

Spanning 70 acres in Santa Fe, Sunrise Springs is one of those resorts you'll never want to leave. Popular activities include soaking in the spring-fed Repose Pools, visiting the sweat lodge, or snuggling with puppies (yes, please). In terms of accommodations, the resort features 20 Southwestern-style casitas; each is equipped with a gas fireplace and king bed (plus 32 Garden View rooms). Additionally, the property offers several packages, which include meals, treatments, and other services. Rates from $190 per night. 

Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Koele
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Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Koele, Hawaii

Surrounded by lush greenery and majestic mountains, there’s lots to love about this adults-only, all-inclusive wellness retreat. The “Balance Purpose With Play” package includes roundtrip airfare from Honolulu, all food and drink, a two-hour spa experience (plus additional treatments), daily hikes, private consultations, off-property excursions and activities (horseback riding, snorkeling, and sunset cruises, to name a few), and more. Rates from $4,574 per night; three-night minimum required.

Surrounded by lush greenery and majestic mountains, there’s lots to love about this adults-only, all-inclusive wellness retreat. The “Balance Purpose With Play” package includes roundtrip airfare from Honolulu, all food and drink, a two-hour spa experience (plus additional treatments), daily hikes, private consultations, off-property excursions and activities (horseback riding, snorkeling, and sunset cruises, to name a few), and more. Rates from $4,574 per night; three-night minimum required.

CIVANA Wellness Resort and Spa
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CIVANA Wellness Resort and Spa, Arizona

Located just outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, CIVANA Wellness Resort and Spa — which spans over 20 acres in the Sonoran Desert — offers complimentary fitness and personal growth classes, private meditation spaces, and free mountain bike rentals. Meanwhile, the spa features therapeutic hot and cold pools, a multi-climate sauna, and unique treatments like sound bowl healing and crystal-inspired facials. Standard rates from $179 per night; packages from $529 per night. 

Located just outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, CIVANA Wellness Resort and Spa — which spans over 20 acres in the Sonoran Desert — offers complimentary fitness and personal growth classes, private meditation spaces, and free mountain bike rentals. Meanwhile, the spa features therapeutic hot and cold pools, a multi-climate sauna, and unique treatments like sound bowl healing and crystal-inspired facials. Standard rates from $179 per night; packages from $529 per night. 

Palmaïa, The House of AïA
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Palmaïa – The House of AïA

This brand-new Riviera Maya property (which opened in January 2020) is best known for its "Architects of Life" programming that wellness offerings like sound healing, transformative ceremonies, ancient rituals, and three different kinds of yoga — all led by the property’s in-house shaman. Rates from $708 per night (based on double occupancy); includes meals, wifi, bike rentals, butler service, and more. 

This brand-new Riviera Maya property (which opened in January 2020) is best known for its "Architect of Life" programming that features wellness offerings like sound healing, transformative ceremonies, ancient rituals, and three different kinds of yoga — all led by the property’s in-house shaman. Rates from $708 per night (based on double occupancy); includes meals, spa access, wifi, bike rentals, butler service, and more. 

The Lodge at Woodloch
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The Lodge at Woodloch, Pennsylvania

The Lodge at Woodloch in the Pocono Mountains offers morning hikes, hydromassage waterfalls, sound therapy, and evening walks under the stars. Forest bathing (basically, a walk in the woods) is one the most popular activities, and a snow room will be unveiled in spring 2020. Midweek nightly rates start at $299 per person, per night based on double occupancy; includes meals, wellness workshops, fitness classes, and cooking demonstrations. 

The Lodge at Woodloch in the Pocono Mountains offers morning hikes, hydromassage waterfalls, sound therapy, and evening walks under the stars. Forest bathing (basically, a walk in the woods) is one the most popular activities, and a snow room will be unveiled in spring 2020. Midweek nightly rates start at $299 per person, per night based on double occupancy; includes meals, wellness workshops, fitness classes, and cooking demonstrations. 

Red Mountain Resort
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Red Mountain Resort, Utah

Most mornings at Utah's Red Mountain Resort start with a guided morning hike. From there, guests can take a fitness class (there are tons), swim in the indoor or outdoor (seasonal) pool, or explore the sprawling grounds. Add a spa credit to your retreat experience or pay à la carte for a facial, massage, or detoxifying body wrap at the resort's Sagestone Spa & Salon. Three-night, all-inclusive retreat packages start at $420 per night. 

Most mornings at Utah's Red Mountain Resort start with a guided morning hike. From there, guests can take a fitness class (there are tons), swim in the indoor or outdoor (seasonal) pool, or explore the sprawling grounds. Add a spa credit to your retreat experience or pay à la carte for a facial, massage, or detoxifying body wrap at the resort's Sagestone Spa & Salon. Three-night, all-inclusive retreat packages start at $420 per night. 

Montages Los Cabos
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Montage Los Cabos, Mexico

Montage Los Cabos features one of the largest spas in the area. Additional wellness offerings here include a fitness center, hot and cold pools, and a yoga studio. The resort also has its own in-house shaman, Leonardo Ortega, who leads the resort’s nightly "Canopy of Stars" — a guided ceremony of purification, transformation, and stargazing performed to the sound of the sea. Rates from $560 per night.

Montage Los Cabos features one of the largest spas in the area. Additional wellness offerings here include a fitness center, hot and cold pools, and a yoga studio. The resort also has its own in-house shaman, Leonardo Ortega, who leads the resort’s nightly "Canopy of Stars" — a guided ceremony of purification, transformation, and stargazing performed to the sound of the sea. Rates from $560 per night.

Kripalu Center For Yoga & Health
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Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Massachusetts

Kripalu, which spans over 100 acres in the Berkshires, has been a leading yoga and mindfulness destination for years. The property’s popular R&R retreat includes three daily all-natural meals, evening workshops and events, use of the fitness room and sauna, and daily movement classes. Guests also have access to private hiking trails, walking paths, and a private lakefront area. Midweek rates from $85 per night; stay three nights midweek anytime from March 1 through June 30, 2020 and get a fourth night free.

Kripalu, which spans over 100 acres in the Berkshires, has been a leading yoga and mindfulness destination for years. The property’s popular R&R retreat includes three daily all-natural meals, evening workshops and events, use of the fitness room and sauna, and daily movement classes. Guests also have access to private hiking trails, walking paths, and a private lakefront area. Midweek rates from $85 per night; stay three nights midweek anytime from March 1 through June 30, 2020 and get a fourth night free.

Rosewood Mayakoba
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Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico

Rosewood Mayakoba has become well-known for its opulent suites, which are outfitted with private plunge pools. But, the property's wellness programming is just as incredible. The Sense Spa is equipped with hot and cold pools, steam, saunas, and a make-you-own scrub bar. There are yoga and meditation classes, along with Ayurvedic rituals and an on-site temazcal (a type of sweat lodge that dates back centuries). Rates from $537 per night.

Rosewood Mayakoba has become well-known for its opulent suites, which are outfitted with private plunge pools. But, the property's wellness programming is just as incredible. The Sense Spa is equipped with hot and cold pools, steam, saunas, and a make-you-own scrub bar. There are yoga and meditation classes, along with Ayurvedic rituals and an on-site temazcal (a type of sweat lodge that dates back centuries). Rates from $537 per night.

Grail Springs Resort
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Grail Springs, Canada

Located in Bancroft, Ontario — the mineral capital of Canada — Grail Springs offers an array of wellness-centric activities. In addition to meditation and yoga classes, you’ll also find a volcanic ash healing bed, a prayer tree, and a medicine wheel (which offers a private space to meditate and practice mindfulness), as well as an outdoor mineral soaking tub. All-inclusive packages are available from $295 per person, per night.

Located in Bancroft, Ontario — the mineral capital of Canada — Grail Springs offers an array of wellness-centric activities. In addition to meditation and yoga classes, you’ll also find a volcanic ash healing bed, a prayer tree, and a medicine wheel (which offers a private space to meditate and practice mindfulness), as well as an outdoor mineral soaking tub. All-inclusive packages are available from $295 per person, per night.

Sparkling Hill Resort
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Sparkling Hill Resort, Canada

Sitting atop a granite bluff overlooking Canada’s Lake Okanaga, Sparkling Hill Resort is home to the KurSpa, derived from the words “healing water.” Book a stay to enjoy the property's steam room and sauna, the heated outdoor infinity pool, the indoor hot and cold pool, Kneipp hydrotherapy, and incredible relaxation rooms. Rates from $311 per night; includes daily breakfast and free wifi. 

Sitting atop a granite bluff overlooking Canada’s Lake Okanaga, Sparkling Hill Resort is home to the KurSpa, derived from the words “healing water.” Book a stay to enjoy the property's steam room and sauna, the heated outdoor infinity pool, the indoor hot and cold pool, Kneipp hydrotherapy, and incredible relaxation rooms. Rates from $311 per night; includes daily breakfast and free wifi. 

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