12 U.S. Wellness Retreats That Offer Incredible Spas, Outdoor Activities, Meditation Experiences, and More

From Florida to California, these wellness resorts in the U.S. will help you rest and recharge.

Sometimes, resetting your mental and physical health requires more than a 20-minute meditation session or sweaty HIIT class. Sometimes, making real change means doing away with long-held habits and shifting your mindset — two things that are much easier when you can step away from the grind of daily life and retreat to a place that supports your desire for a life adjustment through physical, psychological, and spiritual offerings.

That's where wellness retreats come into play. They're designed to aid in transformation — be it body or soul — through a combination of unique amenities, expert staff, and locales that can be spacious and extravagant or remote and minimal. From spas with sensory deprivation tanks and hydrotherapy circuits to structured group health programs and remote meditation experiences, these U.S.-based wellness retreats have it all. All you have to do is find one that speaks to you and carve out time to start your journey.

Castle Hot Springs, Arizona

Castle Hot Springs in Arizona
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Tucked into the red-rock Bradshaw Mountains, this remote, otherworldly resort provides a true escape from the monotony of daily life. Once frequented by affluent families like the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts, and visited by both Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, the oasis was closed to the public for more than 40 years before reopening in 2019. Today, a visit to Castle Hot Springs feels like stepping back in time. You can enjoy the resort's slow pace, soak in the natural thermal water, nosh on farm-to-table fare, and enjoy the plentiful spa services and yoga classes.

Golden Door, California

This tranquil, Japanese-style resort is found in Southern California on 600 mountainous acres. At the Golden Door, you'll have access to 30 miles of private hiking trails, a bamboo forest, zen gardens, and 80 rejuvenating classes. Included in the exclusive experience is a daily massage, sessions with a private trainer, a skin analysis and treatment, all meals, and a personalized take-home fitness plan. In your downtime, you can walk the labyrinths, take a dip in the pool, or hike through the citrus groves.

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Florida

Breakfast with a view at the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
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This five-star resort sits on one of Miami Beach's longest beachfronts and serves up a nourishing selection of wellness offerings at the largest spa and wellness facility on the East Coast. At Carillon Miami, there are boot camps, boxing courses, HIIT, yoga classes, and an expansive hydrotherapy circuit. You can book a cryotherapy or acupuncture session, float in a sensory deprivation tank, or hop in Miami's only igloo.

YO1 Health Resort, New York

Just over two hours northwest of New York City, YO1 is a wellness retreat that sits on 1,300 lush acres in the Catskills. At the resort, you can work under the guidance of experts to create a personalized wellness experience. Offerings include an ayurvedic health center and health programs that address anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, infertility, and diabetes, among others. The property comprises 68,000-square-feet and offers plenty of outdoor space for hiking, practicing yoga, and enjoying nature.

Sensei Lanai, Hawaii

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Billed as a "luxurious wellness enclave," the Four Seasons' adults-only Sensei Lanai property on Lanai, Hawaii, gives tranquility seekers optimum solitude and seclusion for all their soul-searching needs. Here, you can opt into one-on-one sessions with on-site wellness guides, Thai aquatherapy, lakeside yoga, and elevated spa experiences made possible by infrared saunas, Japanese soaking pools, and more. The Optimal Wellbeing Program for One is a structured five-night program packed with fitness and meditation classes, personal nutrition and fitness assessments and guidance, a thermal body mapping experience, and guided hiking.

The Ranch, California

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The Ranch's sought-after seven-day wellness retreat is limited to just 25 guests a week and offers an immersive health experience that includes fitness programs and local plant-based meals. Each day, guests take on eight hours of activity and enjoy afternoon naps, massages, and an organic vegan diet. Those looking to go deeper can book The Ranch Private experience, a weeklong program that's tailored to you and takes place at a distance from the group wellness retreat.

Hilton Head Health, South Carolina

Located on beautiful Hilton Head Island off the coast of South Carolina, Hilton Head Health offers guests an all-inclusive approach to wellness. You can join a boot camp, yoga, or TRX class, or go kayaking or paddleboarding. Meanwhile, the on-site restaurant serves healthier versions of favorites like eggs Benedict and shrimp and grits. When you need a moment to yourself, the Indigo Spa provides custom services that support the resort's health and wellness programs in a tranquil, stress-free setting.

Amangiri, Utah

Amangiri pool surrounded by red rocks at sunset

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This vast Aman property spans almost 1,000 acres in Utah's section of the Colorado Plateau. Red rock-dotted nothingness sets the scene for wellness and healing using treatments "shaped by the healing traditions of the Navajo." Amangiri offers a Grounding Journey — a trio of spa treatments encouraging reconnection, stillness, and perspective — and Movement Journey — spa treatments mixed with movement sessions — plus yoga on top of a rock formation with panoramic views of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Crestone Mountain Zen Center, Colorado

This Zen Buddhist monastery, located at the base of the towering Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado, gives you the chance to get away from it all and reset. You can create a personal retreat that fits your needs — from a weekend trip to a monthlong stay — and either enjoy the solitude or join the monks in meditation and ceremony. During your daily stay at the remote Crestone Mountain Zen Center, three simple, delicious meals can be had privately or with the monks and other guests.

The Barns at Troutbeck in New York
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The Barns at Troutbeck, New York

The Troutbeck is a 250-acre estate hotel in New York's Hudson Valley, and in 2020, it opened The Barns, an on-site wellness facility. At The Barns, there's a 1,250-square-foot studio space where daily yoga, meditation, and Kinesoma classes take place, and services include both body and facial acupuncture, massages, and somatic experiencing, a therapy that works to relieve symptoms of mental and physical trauma-related health problems.

Lake Austin Spa Resort, Texas

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On the banks of Lake Austin in Texas Hill Country, Lake Austin Spa Resort packs its daily calendar with the usual yoga classes, yes, but also some less conventional programming like sound bathing and chakra bracelet making. Food centers around wellness, too, with the resort's Nurturing Table concept, favoring ingredients so local they're sometimes picked a few steps from the kitchen. Spa offerings are extensive, with more than a dozen facials, a gemstone treatment, couples' foot treatments, and floating meditation on the menu.

The Lodge at Woodloch, Pennsylvania

The Poconos Mountains provide a perfect environment for a digital detox, say, or a sleep vacation. Surrounded by 500 acres of woodland, the Lodge at Woodloch operates on a "let nature nurture" philosophy. The schedule includes 35 activities daily, some of them taking place in the on-site organic garden, which plays an integral role in the resort's wellness programming. Opportunities to get your hands dirty nourish the mind while spa products made from herbs and flowers grown on the grounds nourish the body.

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