Best Health & Wellness Resort: Skyterra Wellness Retreat

This reader favorite resort welcomes guests of all fitness levels

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.

  • Skyterra Wellness Retreat
    Lake Toxaway, N.C.

    Guests at Skyterra are encouraged to set aside the worries of day to day life and focus on health and wellbeing. Classes are small, giving each participant personalized attention, and all fitness levels are welcome. The resort hosts only 20 guests at a time to promote a sense of intimacy, exclusivity and a more individualized experience.
    Photo courtesy of Skyterra Wellness Retreat

  • 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

  • The 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

  • Lake Austin Spa Resort
    Austin

    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
    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 New Life Hiking Spa / Facebook

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ten Thousand Waves
    Santa Fe, N.M.

    Ten Thousand Waves takes inspiration from the mountain hot springs resorts of Japan. Guests here enjoy indoor and outdoor hot tubs, accommodations in a ryokan-inspired Zen room and access to an upscale Japanese izakaya-style restaurant serving shareable small plates.
    Photo courtesy of Ten Thousand Waves / Facebook

  • Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
    Tucson

    Oprah was the first to make most people aware of Miraval, a luxury resort that allows guests to immerse themselves in well-being, 24/7. The comprehensive wellness program incorporates exercise, healthy food, meditation and sleep. Aside from its emphasis on mind, body and spirit healing, the hotel offers a luxurious stay in a one of Tucson's most scenic open desert areas.
    Photo courtesy of Miraval Resort & Spa

  • 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

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

  1. Skyterra Wellness Retreat - Lake Toxaway, N.C.
  2. Hilton Head Health - Hilton Head, S.C.
  3. The Art of Living Retreat Center - Boone, N.C.
  4. Lake Austin Spa Resort - Austin
  5. New Life Hiking Spa - Killington, Vt.
  6. The Ranch Malibu - Malibu, Calif.
  7. Red Mountain Resort - Ivins, Utah
  8. Ten Thousand Waves - Santa Fe
  9. Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa - Tucson
  10. Mii amo - Sedona, Ariz.

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 Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Anne Dimon (Travel To Wellness), Eric Grossman, Gerrish Lopez, Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids), Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) and Ava Roxanne Stritt (Spa Travel Gal) were chosen based on their knowledge of the American hotel and spa scene.

Congratulations to all these winning properties!

License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo

AlertThe Experts

Marla Cimini

Marla Cimini

Anne Dimon

Anne Dimon

Eric Grossman

Eric Grossman

Gerrish Lopez

Gerrish Lopez

Eileen Ogintz

Eileen Ogintz

Christopher Parr

Christopher Parr

Ava Roxanne Stritt

Ava Roxanne Stritt