Art of Living Retreat Center Named Best Health & Wellness Resort

New Life Hiking Spa, Hilton Head Health, Lake Austin Spa Resort and Red Mountain Resort also winners

Who says vacationing has to be unhealthy? The growing popularity of health and wellness retreats in the U.S. is testament to our growing interest in fitness and longevity, even while traveling. 

  • Art of Living Retreat Center
    Boone, N.C.

    Tucked high among the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the Art of Living Retreat Center offers yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic detox retreat programs for wellness-minded visitors. Fire circles, community singing, hiking and pottery classes are also offered.
    Photo courtesy of Art of Living Retreat Center

  • New Life Hiking Spa
    Killington, Vt.

    New Life Hiking Spa is one of the oldest and best destination spa programs in the country, welcoming some 800 guests each season. Eleven-night weight loss retreats cater to 40 people at a time and include hiking programs for beginner through advanced fitness levels. Yoga, outdoor workouts and a healthy eating program round out the resort's holistic approach to health and wellness.
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  • Hilton Head Health
    Hilton Head Island, S.C.

    "Eat right. Move more. Less Stress." Those are the pillars supporting the wellness, weight loss and longevity programs at Hilton Head Health on South Carolina's beautiful Hilton Head Island. True Restaurant serves Mediterranean-style menus during all programs, and visitors can unwind between activities at the Indigo Spa.
    Photo courtesy of Hilton Head Health

  • Lake Austin Spa Resort

    Lake Austin Spa Resort is an award-winning destination spa tucked away in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, offering more than 100 treatments alongside luxurious accommodations, gourmet meals, a variety of fitness activities and special programs. Many of the thoughtfully-appointed guest rooms have been completely updated, and dogs are allowed in the cottages. Rates include three gourmet meals daily and a variety of fitness activities and daily events, from yoga and paddle boarding to culinary classes and life skills workshops.
    Photo courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort

  • Red Mountain Resort
    Ivins, Utah

    Fitting for its Utah location, Red Mountain Resort specializes in what it calls "Adventure Vacations." Surrounded by red rock cliffs and canyons, guests enjoy three healthy meals per day, as well as guided activities, like hiking, yoga and fitness classes. Part- and full-day excursions equip guests to actively explore the nearby national parks.
    Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Resort & Spa

  • VeraVia
    Carlsbad, Calif.

    The wellness program at VeraVia, a luxury wellness resort in Carlsbad, includes a behavioral health component to help maximize results once guests have left the resort. All-inclusive vacation packages are designed to address a range of health and wellness concerns, with amenities like organic farm-to-table meals, yoga and meditation sessions, spa treatments and one-on-one consultations with the experts.
    Photo courtesy of VeraVia

  • Golden Door Spa Resort
    San Marcos, Calif.

    Tucked away in the hills of Escondido, Golden Door Spa Resort welcomes only 40 guests per week who stay in luxurious ryokan-style accommodations. Weekly activities are tailored to guests-in-residence and range from fitness classes of all levels to nutritional and spiritual counseling. Ingredients are sourced locally or from the onsite biodynamic gardens and prepared into delicious, nutritious and filling meals. Morning hiking on the resort's private trails is also extraordinary.
    Photo courtesy of Golden Door Spa Resort

  • The Ranch Malibu
    Malibu, Calif.

    The Ranch Malibu, an intensive one-week luxury boot camp, eliminates "decision fatigue" with a no-option daily fitness routine featuring group hiking, yoga, weight training and ab work, all amid spectacular hills above the Pacific Ocean. Healthy meals prepared with fresh, organic ingredients exclude processed sugars, alcohol and caffeine.
    Photo courtesy of The Ranch Malibu

  • The Oaks at Ojai
    Ojai, Calif.

    Beautiful Ojai, California sets the stage for wellness for guests of The Oaks at Ojai. Casual and welcoming, stays at this all-inclusive wellness retreat include accommodation, 15 optional daily fitness activities (think yoga, hiking, pilates, boot camp or belly dancing), three daily meals, evening programs and access to the resort's fitness equipment, pool, sauna and hot tubs.
    Photo courtesy of The Oaks at Ojai

  • Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa

    More than 100,000 guests worldwide have visited the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa in Miami, both to prevent and reverse problems such as excess weight, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer risk factors. Certified physicians provide each guest with the expert medical attention required for achieving major life changes, while faculty --leaders in the fields of medicine, nutrition, psychology and exercise – lead eye-opening classes focused on subjects including dining out, reading labels and calorie density.
    Photo courtesy of Pritikin Longevity Center + Sp

10Best editors used input from a panel of luxury travel and spa experts, industry awards and guest reviews to determine our 20 nominees for the category Best Hotel Spa. Then we turned it over to you to vote for your favorites. 

The top 10 winners in the category Best Health and Wellness Resort are as follows:

  1. Art of Living Retreat Center - Boone, N.C.
  2. New Life Hiking Spa - Killington, Vt.
  3. Hilton Head Health - Hilton Head, S.C.
  4. Lake Austin Spa Resort - Austin
  5. Red Mountain Resort - Ivins, Utah
  6. VeraVia - Carlsbad, Calif.
  7. Golden Door Spa Resort - San Marcos, Calif.
  8. The Ranch Malibu - Malibu, Calif.
  9. The Oaks at Ojai - Ojai, Calif.
  10. Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa - Miami

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Anne Dimon (Travel To Wellness), Dena Roché, Ava Roxanne Stritt (Spa Travel Gal), Marla Cimini (USA TODAY) and Yasmin Pullman (Luxury Travel Diary) were chosen based on their spa and luxury travel experience.

Additional nominees in this category included Aja Malibu, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, California Health & Longevity Institute, Canyon Ranch, The Greenbrier, Longboat Key Club & Resort, Mii Amo, Miraval Resort & Spa, Rancho La Puerta and Sky Ranch.

Congratulations to all our winning resorts.

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