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The challenge to get guests in tip-top shape is heating up as resorts expand their holistic offerings to focus on total wellness—that’s physical, mental and spiritual. Here are seven resorts that go that extra mile with your health in mind.

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The Aquaveda bed at The Chateau

1. The Chateau Spa and Organic Wellness Resort, Malaysia
Set within a lush tropical rainforest 3,000 feet above sea level, guests can relax in the resort’s Aquaveda bed, a massage table outfitted with an automated body scrub. Herbal baths, an aromatherapy hydro pool and saltwater pool are on-site to rejuvenate the mind and body. The resort also boasts a salt grotto steam room embellished with Swarovski crystals.


The foot soak at Amatara

2. Amatara Wellness Resort, Thailand
This luxury destination spa in Phuket won the 2016 World Luxury Spa Award. Here, guests can indulge in the world’s first Thai Hammam, an experience that combines Thai spa therapy and Turkish bathing practices. The spa’s salt relaxation room promises rejuvenation from the inside out (as well as relief from asthma and allergies), while signature wellness treatments focus on detoxing, connecting and reviving body and soul.

3. Pranamar Villas & Yoga Retreat, Costa Rica
Located in a world-class surfing destination along Santa Teresa Beach, Pranamar offers all-inclusive yoga vacations and retreats. The resort’s spa director designs programs for guests focused on the three pillars of a healthy lifestyle: 1) yoga practice, 2) healthy nutrition, and 3) massage therapies, which include Reiki and reflexology treatments.

Photo courtesy of the Aqua Wellness resort

4. Aqua Wellness Resort, Nicaragua
If you’re looking to amp up your wellness in a rustic, eco-lodge setting, this is it. Set on a hillside overlooking Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, this is the place to “detox in the luxury of nature.” Wake your inner spirits on the oceanview yoga platform or work out your mind and body in nature by horseback riding, rappelling or surfing. The personalized retreat programs include a personal health coach to help guests reach their goals.

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5. Miraval, Arizona
Situated on 400 acres at the base of Southern Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains, this all-inclusive luxury resort features more than 120 wellness experiences. The signature Life in Balance Spa educates guests in the science of Ayurveda that creates balance inside and out. Body renewal therapies make use of Sonoran mud, crystal salt stones and mountain clay. East meets West in a series of revitalizing treatments, including acupuncture, Thai massage, crystal energy work and Qi grounding.

Photo courtesy of Tree of Life Resort & Spa

6. Tree of Life Resort & Spa, India
This boutique wellness resort in the Aravali Hills features 13 luxury villas. The spa prides itself on traditional Indian wellness rituals using indigenous ingredients like a turmeric salt scrub. For a spiritual wellness experience, the resort encourages guests to partner with a local villager and experience the region with a hike through the forest, while learning about ancient rituals including a sacred tree, and mountain-biking through the villages to chat with the locals.

7. The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort, Costa Rica
This 54-room boutique hotel in La Fortuna has awe-inspiring views of the Arenal volcano. Wellness experiences take advantage of the resort’s natural surroundings including a number of geothermal pools and a one-of-a-kind volcanic steam room sauna, built outdoors on top of hot springs where slats in the floor allow the natural humidity to waft into the room and purify the senses.

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Beth Graham
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