Poke fun at sound healing and dog yoga all you want, but wellness is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries and we’ve hand-picked a few of the best to help inspire your next healing adventure.
Whether you’re in the mood for soaking in a sand bath or unwinding in a floating cocoon pod, below are some of the best treatments and spa highlights from around the world.
Bathe in Sand in Kagoshima, Japan
Take advantage of Japan’s abundant geothermal activity with a sand bath – bury yourself in volcanic sand for improvements in blood circulation, joint pain and muscular aches. On the sandy coasts of Ibusuki and Yamakawa, visitors can experience unique and natural steam sand baths. Borrow a yukata, settle in the sand pit and let the attendants do the rest. The heated sand will warm your whole body, and its weight aids blood flow and circulation. Located right by the sea, visitors are able to enjoy the sound of relaxing waves upon the shore while they unwind.
Vinotherapy in Wine Country, Sonoma County, California
With more than 40 spas and wellness centres, Sonoma County is the perfect place to restore your mind, body and spirit. Local spas are inspired by vineyards, with Kenwood Inn specialising in vinotherapy baths for soaking in Pinot Noirs, Chardonnay or sparkling wine salts, oils and grape elixirs. Be sure to sip a glass of whatever wine you’re bathing in.
Vapour Cave at Yampah Spa & Salon, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Glenwood Springs in Colorado is famous for its hot springs, which have attracted visitors for thousands of years to discover the restorative powers of its water. The hot springs vapour caves at Yampah Spa & Salon utilise the minerals to enhance the spa-day experience and offer a range of soothing treatments.
Poekura Spa, The Islands of Tahiti
Meaning ‘Pearl of Light’ in Tahitian, the Poekura Spa is nestled in the heart of a coconut grove at the Kia Ora Resort on Rangiroa, one of the largest atolls in the world. Treatments include body scrubs, warps, relaxation massages and facials. Each therapist uses premium products and natural oils made with Polynesian ingredients such as monoi, vanilla, coconut, mango and passion fruit. Enjoy the luxury rain shower after a day of pampering.
Chaminade Resort and Spa adds CBD oil massages to its menu in Santa Cruz, California
A spectacular mountaintop escape with views overlooking redwoods and out to the Pacific Ocean, the Chaminade Resort and Spa recently added a host of new treatments to its menu, including CBD oil massages. Choose between 50 and 80 minutes to restore and rejuvenate. Chaminade uses an organic 50mg CBD cream with 8 healing herbs in a nourishing shea-butter base to soothe sore joints and muscles.
Fukiage Onsen Hounkaku, Miyagi, Japan
The Tohoku region is famous for its active geothermal activity, and Fukiage Onsen in particular is beloved of locals for its geysers and waterfalls. The natural, outdoor onsen is ideal for beginners, as women are allowed to wrap their bodies in bath towels. After you soak in the natural minerals, be sure to visit nearby Mount Zao, a volcanic mountain range that’s perfect for hiking.
Wine Crush at Boon Hotel + Spa – Sonoma County, California
If you love spas and wine then you’ll love Wine Crush season throughout autumn in Sonoma County. After a long day of wine tasting and touring wineries in the middle of harvest, a relaxing massage or spa treatment is the perfect way to end the day. Many Sonoma County resort spas offer special packages for the Wine Crush Season. Tucked away in the redwood oasis of the Russian River, boon hotel + spa has a modern, clean-lined design and a variety of services to enhance your Wine Crush experience. Enjoy a poolside cocktail before or after your spa appointment or an evening hot tub under the stars.
Float Therapy at Float Seattle, Seattle, Washington
With three locations across the city, Float Seattle is the number one place for visitors and Seattleites alike to discover the physical, meditative and physiological benefits of float therapy. Guests enter bath-tub sized pods that are filled with a water and salt solution, allowing them to float effortlessly.
Salt Cave Yoga in Santa Barbara, California
The largest underground crystal salt cave in North America is the perfect place to heal your body and refresh your mind. Offering a variety of treatments – from scrub massages and sound baths to yoga and meditation – these salt caves provide the ultimate peaceful experience. Salt therapy is growing increasingly popular around the world, but it’s far from being a new Instagram fad; its benefits for the skin and respiratory system have been championed for generations dating as far back as the ancient Greeks.
Sound Bath at Unplug Meditation, West Hollywood, California
Unplug Meditation is the world’s first drop-in secular meditation studio offers a variety of classes to suit every need. The Sound Healing class – for experiential meditation – offers a soothing and rejuvenating treat for the senses. Float into relaxation as your body gets bathed in vibrational currents of ancient sound healing instruments. Crystal bowls are used to shift and cleanse the energy fields so you can go back to your day feeling renewed.
Onsen with sweeping sea views, Hiroshima, Japan
Enjoy a traditional Japanese onsen and sweeping views of the Seto Inland Sea at Tomonoura hot springs, located in the eastern corner of the Hiroshima prefecture. Enjoy fresh oysters, the delicacy Hiroshima is famous for, before enjoying a private terrace bath with unrivalled sea views. After a dip, head to the salon downstairs where visitors can indulge in aroma oil therapy and deep tissue massages. Be sure to explore the endearing village of Tomonoura, a picturesque, old-fashioned fishing town.
The Lodge at Edgewood in South Lake Tahoe, California
Located on the shores of Lake Tahoe, The Lodge at Edgewood is home to a year-round lakefront heated pool and hot tub, which are the perfect place to unwind with views of one of the clearest lakes in the world at 99.7% purity. Nestled in a private, yet expansive area on the second floor of the Lodge is the Spa at Edgewood Tahoe—an 8,500 sq. ft. space that offers guests uninterrupted serenity amongst a peaceful and inviting atmosphere. With a stunning streamlined design aesthetic influenced by the innate beauty of the area’s natural surroundings, the Spa at Edgewood inspires relaxation, rejuvenation and inner balance.
Tamanoyu Onsen, Okayama, Japan
This onsen is the perfect place to enjoy sweeping views of the Seto Inland Sea. Conveniently located next to Uno, a popular port town, Tamanoyu Onsen offers a wide variety of rotenburos (open-air baths), bedrock and salt scrub saunas, facial and body treatments. Enjoy traditional and authentic Japanese meals while you soak in the spring’s natural vitamins and minerals.
Pacific Waters Spa at the Hyatt Regency Resort, Huntington Beach, California
Reminiscent of a warm, elegant Spanish-style estate, the 20,000 square foot spa fuses elements of the Mediterranean with Southern California style. Steps away from the beach, Pacific Waters Spa at the Hyatt Regency Resort is the perfect place to enjoy a blissful massage, facial, body or salon treatment as you retreat to pure serenity.