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Oct/07/2023 / by Lindsey Galloway

These three luxury destinations put health and wellness at the center of the vacation experience

Vacations have long been about getting away for some rest and relaxation, but more destinations across the world have worked at putting wellness at the center of the travel experience. From expanded fitness offerings to mindful meditation to healthy eating options, these trips center the whole self to truly emerge rejuvenated and refreshed. 

Viceroy Bali

Ubud, Bali

Just five minutes from the city center of Ubud in Bali, the Viceroy and its 40 luxury villas feel tucked away in paradise. In fact, the name Ubud itself comes from the word obat meaning “herb” or “medicine,” making the mountainous destination a renowned center for healing. The resort recently reopened the reimagined Akoya Spa, which offers state-of-the art therapies like IV infusions and peptide therapies, all meant to rejuvenate skin and body. The resort prides itself on combining the best of both Eastern and Western therapies for the most relaxing experience. Try the Four Hands massage, a traditional Balinese massage given by two therapists at the same time.

AmaMagna Cruise Ship


While cruise ships are often thought to be the ultimate indulgence, Ama Waterways combines the cruising experience without travelers needing to sacrifice their healthy lifestyle. The AmaMagna—known for its sailings throughout the Danube River in Europe—comes outfitted with an expansive Zen Wellness Studio and offers off-shore active biking and walking excursions. The ship also made history by being the first river cruise line to install a full-size pickleball court. With a juice bar and vegetable-forward restaurant Al Fresco, you also don’t have to ditch your diet onboard.

Watershed Spa + Baths 

Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Just opened last year, this innovative combination of baths and spas is the first of its kind to open in Minneapolis. ”A watershed moment is a turning point, a time when important change happens,” explains founder Nell Rueckl. “We’re at a moment in history when we need deep healing for ourselves, our communities, and our planet.”
The bath experience walks you through a seven-step ritual, walking you through a hot soak, steam room, sauna, and cold plunge pool. Spa treatments like traditional massage, or integrative cupping for treating muscle pain, can be added on top of the bath ritual. Or combine the soak with a yoga class or sound bath.

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