Best Health & Wellness Resort (2017)


Travel doesn't have to compromise your health, especially when you book a stay at one of these health and fitness retreats with a focus on fitness and longevity. For the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their favorites from our pool of 20 nominees, chosen by a panel of luxury travel experts. The results are in.

  • Hilton Head Health

    Hilton Head Health
    Hilton Head, S.C.

    Hilton Head Health is nationally recognized as the leading health and weight loss resort. Located on beautiful Hilton Head Island South Carolina, H3’s comprehensive program provides a holistic weight loss approach that incorporates healthy eating, fitness, mindfulness and wellness education. Guests enjoy Mediterranean inspired dining at True and unwind between activities at The Indigo Spa. H3 guests leave with the strategies and knowledge to continue their weight loss journey at home.
    Photo courtesy of Hilton Head Health

  • Art of Living Retreat Center

    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

  • The Lodge at Woodloch

    The Lodge at Woodloch
    Hawley, Penn.

    The Lodge at Woodloch, an all-inclusive, adults-only spa resort in the heart of the Pennsylvania Poconos, invites guests to step away from the whirlwind of life to refocus. Guests enjoy a full-service spa and a wide range of classes and activities – everything from meditation, yoga or spinning to painting, cooking or wine tasting.
    Photo courtesy of Lodge at Woodloch

  • Lake Austin Spa Resort

    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

  • New Life Hiking Spa

    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.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • The Ranch Malibu

    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

  • Mii Amo

    Mii Amo
    Sedona, Ariz.

    With a location nestled in Boynton Canyon in Sedona’s fabled Red Rock Vortex land, it’s no surprise there is a special energy at Mii Amo, a resort and destination spa offering individual treatments and 3, 4 and 7-day themed journeys. The Native American offerings are what make this spa special, earning it a host of spa industry awards.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • Golden Door

    Golden Door
    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 American Club

    The American Club
    Kohler, Wis.

    Wisconsin might not leap to mind for wellness, but that's the name of the game at the five-star Kohler Waters Spa at The American Club. Between treatments, health-conscious guests can practice yoga overlooking Wood Lake, take tennis lessons, polish up on cooking skills at the Kitchens of Kohler or bask in the tranquility of the resort's 1,000 acres of gardens.
    Photo courtesy of American Club

  • Canyon Ranch

    Canyon Ranch

    This stunning hotel resort is a popular retreat for visitors seeking to luxuriate in the warmth and peace of the desert. Rooms are designed to reflect the earth tones of the surrounding landscape while providing guests with range of in-room amenities for a comfortable and luxurious stay. Programs focus on mindfulness, weight loss and overall health, with wellness activities like yoga, golf, desert cycling, cooking demos and creative arts sessions.
    Photo courtesy of Canyon Ranch


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

  1. Hilton Head Health - Hilton Head, S.C.
  2. Art of Living Retreat Center - Boone, N.C.
  3. The Lodge at Woodloch - Hawley, Penn.
  4. Lake Austin Spa Resort - Austin
  5. New Life Hiking Spa - Killington, Vt.
  6. The Ranch Malibu - Malibu, Calif.
  7. Mii Amo - Sedona, Ariz.
  8. Golden Door - San Marcos, Calif.
  9. The American Club - Kohler, Wis.
  10. Canyon Ranch - Tucson

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), Claire Endean-Cance (Luxury Travel Diary), Eric Grossman, Gerrish Lopez and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the hotel scene across the nation.

Congratulations to all these winning retreats.

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