Trending: NYE wellness retreats

Where high performers are headed in lieu of cocktail-fueled parties

There is nothing—literally nothing—worse than starting a new year with a raging hangover. That's why the fitness-obsessed are forgoing the classic champagne-fueled New Year's Eve this year and instead, spending a few days re-energizing and rejuvenating their minds and bodies. At one of these world-class wellness destinations around the globe, you'll immerse yourself in feel-good activities like yoga, meditation and spa treatments. By the end of it, you’ll be feeling more ready than ever to take on the year ahead.

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  • Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

    Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

    About 30 minutes from San Diego, Rancho Valencia is situated near the sands of the Del Mar beaches—known worldwide for their surf, dramatic cliffs, and hiking trails. But the property is a world of its own, neighbored only by polo fields and horse ranches. Spend your days playing golf, tennis, saying ‘om’ on the serenity pavilion, or lounging at the hacienda-style spa, which is surrounded by palm trees. The ‘You Had Me At Spa Day’ package includes a bath soak, a 60-minute massage or facial, lunch (think: fresh lobster tacos), and a glass of cava … because hey, it’s still New Year’s Eve. 

    Learn more here. 

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  • Amangiri


    This hotel’s name derives from the Sanskrit words for peace (aman) and mountain (giri), of which it boasts both. Picture: views of sandstone cliffs, plateaus, and seemingly endless desert—a stark contrast to the sleek, contemporary lines of the hotel itself. Highlights from Amangiri’s four-night New Year’s wellness program include guided group hikes through the property’s 600 acres of land or nearby spots like the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park and a custom itinerary specialized around your goals (like finally busting that stress). The artsy won’t want to miss the stone-lined step pool with views of the desert, a steam room, and a plunge pool.

    Learn more here

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  • Golden Door

    Golden Door

    Celebs (everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Elizabeth Taylor) have flocked to Golden Door spa for years. Perhaps it was the privacy they craved: No more than 42 guests are allowed here at a time. Amidst the quiet, you’ll find a 3,000-square-foot computerized greenhouse; biodynamic culinary gardens; 30 miles of hiking trails; and fresh décor (thanks to designer Victoria Hagan). Book the women’s New Year celebration. It’s five days of ‘me time’ which means spa treatments, workouts with a trainer, meals crafted with food from the spa’s own garden, meditation sessions, and more.  

    Learn more here

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  • The Mulia

    The Mulia

    Bali’s Five-star Mulia resort is situated right on the beach in Nusa Dua, an idyllic background for sunrise yoga. The property is also peppered with hydrotherapy pools and a meditative steam room. Find your true zen with unique special-offer spa treatments. The crystal healing ritual includes a gentle crystal massage followed by a deep tissue Balinese massage, which incorporates warm, calming oils. And the Mother of Pearl Luxury Journey features body brushing, a healing bath, and mild cryotherapy in the ice room. 

    Learn more here

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