Holiday preparations can frazzle even those who are the most calm and resilient, leading to overwork and stress that can harm your health. The staff at Mayo Health Clinic recommends planning ahead to prevent last-minute chaos and setting aside certain days for shopping, cleaning, cooking, etc. We think this is also the perfect time to curl up with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and plan time off to care for you. These top 10 winners of the “Best for Going Solo” category of the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards all offer exceptional programs and activities for the solo traveler that will help you be your best in the year ahead.
Ananda in the Himalayas,
Ananda, an award-winning luxury destination spa in the Himalayan foothills in Northern India, offers the ultimate in wellness luxury. Located on a 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, Ananda integrates traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta with international wellness experiences, fitness and healthy organic cuisine to restore your balance and harmonize energy.
Blackberry Farm, United States View Property
Blackberry Farm invites guests to “slip into a Blackberry state of mind” on a pastoral 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains. This famous resort celebrates all points of wellness from relaxation to fitness, including bicycling, hiking and visits to the award-winning spa
BodyHoliday Saint Lucia, Caribbean View Property
BodyHoliday promises: “Give us your body for a week and we will give you back your mind.” Set on a secluded cove of white sand beach at the edge of the Caribbean Sea, BodyHoliday Saint Lucia is recognized as one of the finest destination resorts and centers of wellbeing and specializes in designing custom wellness vacations for individual guests.
Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa / Villa Stéphanie
Villa Stéphanie is an entire villa within the famous Benners Park devoted to spa therapy and health treatments. Set over five floors, the spa incorporates a 500-square-metre sauna, hammam and gymnasium, martial arts, personalized physio spa and every positive in beauty. Villa Stèphanie is directly connected to ‘Haus Julius’, another Brenners’ mansion designed to offer exclusive medical care for guests.
Green Mountain at Fox Run, United States
Green Mountain believes most weight loss programs don’t work, and even worse, cause many to gain weight. The caring staff is devoted to finding what is naturally healthy and sustainable and helping each guest eat mindfully and celebrate fitness. At Green Mountain you will be surrounded by people who get you and learn how to care for yourself.
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa, Thailand View Property
This award-winning wellness sanctuary and holistic spa resort offers solutions for detox, stress and burnout and a healthy lifestyle. A team of international naturopaths works with guests who are looking for personalized wellness experiences from Kamalaya’s extensive range of holistic medicine, spa and healing therapies.
Miraval Resort & Spa
, United States
This award-winning wellness destination and luxury spa resort is dedicated to inspiring a “Life in Balance.” Known for its “Girls Getaways” and special events featuring guest experts and workshops, Miraval’s daily activities include innovative spa treatments, yoga, hiking, a renowned equine program, challenge course and a range of fitness programs.
Rancho La Puerta,
At Rancho La Puerta, near San Diego, California, guests learn to escape from life’s stress and distractions on a healthy vacation that empowers their true selves. The Ranch encourages integrative wellness for women and men of all ages and fitness levels through energetic fitness options, delicious organic cuisine, specialty weeks and fun and relaxation.
Spa The Peninsula, France View Property
Set in the luxurious Peninsula Paris, just steps from the Arc de Triomphe and within walking distance of some of the world’s most famous monuments, museums and a luxury shopping district, this luxuriously appointed area within the hotel allows guests to refresh and revitalize body and mind. The spa caters to solo travelers and offers a full treatment menu, fitness center and pool.
Green Mountain at Fox Run, United States, and Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa, Canada, round out this year’s “Going Solo” top 10 list.