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April 02, 2014

Top Wellness Escapes

Whether your focus is fitness, nutrition, weight loss or overall well-being, new offerings at recently debuted properties and well-known retreats alike deliver.

Once upon a time, a vacation was an excuse to form bad habits: drink a little extra, eat a bit more, laze indefinitely. But in the last few years there has been a reversal, with a surge of wellness properties and packages infiltrating the market. Nowadays, healthy habits and a refreshed mind are the ultimate souvenirs.

Focused on objectives like weight loss, fitness, digital detox, spiritual enrichment, peace of mind and general rebooting, these retreats aim for holistic health—something guests can’t get enough of. Wellness travel is growing faster than the overall global tourism industry by a predicted 50 percent, with an estimated worth of $440 billion, according to Holidays for Humanity, a company specializing in luxury health-orientated getaways.

Naturally, the hospitality industry has responded with a flurry of fresh offerings. BodyHoliday in St. Lucia, for example, highlights its WellFit program, while Clinique La Prairie in Montreux, Switzerland, centers on a highly sophisticated medical spa and center. Travaasa in Austin, Texas, takes measures to focus on men, and Amansara in Siem Reap, Cambodia, makes full use of its storied surroundings.

Whichever of the ten on our list you choose, expect to find precisely what you need.