The Best Places to Book a Healthy Getaway This Year
Hotel Restaurants: North Branch Inn; North Branch, New York
Don’t miss the chef ’s counter experience here. You’ll watch as your five-course meal is prepared using fresh ingredients sourced from local farms. (One recent dish? Duck prosciutto.) Cap off your evening by bowling a few frames in the vintage lane.
Book it: Rooms from $169 per night, northbranchinn.com
Hotel Restaurants: The Whitelaw Hotel; Miami Beach
Plant Theory, the restaurant in this trendy South Beach hotel, is 100-percent vegan and uses organic, local, and responsibly grown ingredients whenever possible. That means a menu filled with every flavor of plant-based burger (beet, artichoke heart, jackfruit), plus healthy juices and even vegan ice cream.
Book it: Rooms from $79 per night, whitelawhotel.com
(Related: Healthy Eats Worth Traveling For)
Hotel Restaurants: Farmhouse Inn, Forestville California
The hotel’s restaurant menu changes daily to keep up with the harvest. You’ll dine on whatever looked good that day at the nearby farms. The wine list is filled with area delights too, from Sonoma and Napa wine country.
Book it: Rooms from $400 per night, farmhouseinn.com
Curated Experiences: Conrad Hotels and Resorts; worldwide.
As part of the Conrad 1/3/5 program, the luxury chain offers one-, three-, and five-hour curated itineraries (available at stayinspired.com). If you have an hour in Fort Lauderdale, for instance, you can visit an Airstream RV that serves handcrafted cocktails.
Book it: Rooms from $150 per night, conradhotels.com
Curated Experiences: Journy; worldwide
Fill out a questionnaire about where you want to go and how you like to travel. A travel designer will craft your dream trip, creating an itinerary and doing most of the booking too.
Book it: Fee starts at $25 per day, gojourny.com
Curated Experiences: Peek; nationwide and Mexico
Search through thousands of experiences by city, or let Peek pick: Take a quiz to determine your travel personality (by choosing the activities that most appeal to you—cheese tasting vs. SUP-ing, say). Then click through the offerings.
Book it: Activities from $10, peek.com
Family Getaways: Grand Palladium Colonial Resort and Spa; Riviera Maya, Mexico
Balance beach time with family-friendly activities like volleyball, archery, soccer, kayaking, sandcastle competitions, and mini golf. The hotel also offers kids’ clubs where little ones can be entertained before dinner.
Book it: Rooms from $253 per night, palladiumhotelgroup.com
Family Getaways: Grand Hyatt Baha Mar; Bahamas
Drop your kids off at the Baha Mar Explorer's Club. Counselors will guide them through close marine encounters with stingrays and sea turtles, teach them shell crafts, and lead them through scavenger hunts.
Book it: Rooms from $225 per night, bahamar.grand.hyatt.com
Family Getaways: Willard InterContinental; Washington, DC
The Willard’s Children’s Concierge will call before check-in and set your room up with any necessities (a crib or a microwave, say). Kids will love the library and treasure chest of games, and their gratis room service dessert.
Book it: Rooms starting at $309 per night, washington.intercontinental.com
Hotel Gym: Hotel Kabuki; San Francisco
This boutique hotel’s newly renovated fitness center overlooks a meditation garden, where guided Zen sessions are led by the nearby Soto Zen Buddhism International Center. If you can, also check out the Detox:Retox class—a yoga-cardio blast followed by 20 percent off drinks at the bar.
Book it: Rooms from $259 per night, jdvhotels.com
Hotel Gym: The Hotel at Midtown; Chicago
When you check in, you get access to the Midtown Athletic Club, a 575,000-square-foot urban sports resort. There are 16 indoor tennis courts, golf simulators, a pool, classes that range from boxing to Pilates, 100 yards of simulated turf, and all the weight lifting machines you could want. And that’s just scratching the surface.
Book it: Rooms from $199 per night, midtownhotelchicago.com
Hotel Gym: Whitney Peak Hotel; Reno, Nevada
This hotel has something your hometown gym doesn’t: a 164-foot outdoor climbing wall and a 7,000-square-foot indoor bouldering park. There are yoga classes, too, for those who prefer to stay grounded.
Book it: Rooms from $125 per night, plus discounted guest fees for gym, whitneypeakhotel.com
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Healthiest Amenities: Om Boocha at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort; Vail, Colorado
Healthiest Amenities: Well + Fit Kit at Hotel Theodore; Seattle
Healthiest Amenities: On Demand Meditation at the Benjamin; New York City
Hotel Spa: The Aman Spa at Amangiri; Canyon Point, Utah
Your surroundings—the mesas and slot canyons of Utah—will instantly send your stress levels down a few notches. And the spa will take care of any lingering tensions, with treatments inspired by the healing traditions of the Navajo and the four elements: earth, wind, fire, and water. You can get a traditional Thai massage or try something out of the ordinary, like flotation therapy, cranial sacral therapy (a more intense scalp massage), or a crystal sound bath.
Book it: Rooms from $1,400 per night, aman.com
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Hotel Spa: The Spa at the Miami Beach EDITION; Miami Beach
The Spa’s cutting-edge therapies are truly innovative. Take the new “Healing Waves” treatment, during which you wear ear clips that send electromagnetic waves through the body to stimulate your nerves, increase blood flow, and release endorphins, leaving you totally Zen—all while a rejuvenating charcoal eye mask and essential oils from Tata Harper do their work.
Book it: Rooms from $362 per night, editionhotels.com
Hotel Spa: The Spa at Belmond El Encanto; Santa Barbara, California
Located in the hills of Santa Barbara, the Spa at Belmond El Encanto offers personalized pampering. Thought and care are given to even the smallest details: The tranquil treatment rooms have individual temperature controls and let you play your own music. Special seasonal treatments feature herbs and other ingredients handpicked from the seven acres of gardens on site.
Book it: Rooms from $525 per night, belmondelencanto.com
Business Hotels: EVEN Hotels; nationwide
Business Hotels: AKA Hotel Residences; nationwide and London
This extended-stay hotel has concierges who will ask about your passions and deliver related experiences. If your dream is to make it as an artist, for instance, they’ll help you find art classes.
Book it: Rooms from $450 per night for one week, stayaka.com
Business Hotels: Harbor Court San Francisco; San Francisco
Order a smoothie on a tablet before walking into one of the hotel’s 90 weekly YMCA classes. Afterward, your drink will be waiting for you in the lobby café.
Book it: Rooms from $180 per night, harborcourthotel.com
Ski Lodges: Washington School House Hotel; Park City, Utah
The structure was built in 1889. It’s been a luxury getaway since 2011, but it still features vintage decor. Between ski runs, relax in the heated outdoor pool, enjoy après-ski snacks, or sink into your plush bed for some R&R.
Book it: Rooms from $405 per night, washingtonschoolhouse.com
(Related: The Healthy Travel Guide to Park City, Utah)
Ski Lodges: Post Hotel & Spa; Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Whether you’re into dog sledding or wine drinking, this lodge has you covered. The concierge is happy to help you book helicopter skiing or snowmobile tours, and the wine cellar is stocked with over 25,000 bottles.
Book it: Rooms from $355 per night, posthotel.com
Ski Lodges: Omni Mount Washington Resort; Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Activity Outfitters: Caravan Tours
Explore the Grand Canyon or cruise around the Panama Canal. The knowledgeable Caravan guides will take you to the must-see sites as a group but give you ample time to walk around and explore on your own.
Book it: Tours from $1,195 for eight to nine days, caravan.com
Activity Outfitters: Wildland Trekking
This outfitter offers options for every level of hiker. Book a challenging backpacking trip, a porter-supported glamping trip, or an inn-based trip in awe-inspiring locations. Most of the must-see U.S. national parks are on their list, plus Peru, Europe, and Iceland.
Book it: Trips from $990 for three days, wildlandtrekking.com
Activity Outfitters: Trek Travel
This bicycling outfitter offers custom trips or preplanned tours. Popular options include a 42-day cycle from Santa Barbara to Myrtle Beach and a multisport tour of Iceland. The boutique hotels along the way and the first-class bikes are the cherries on top.
Book it: Tours from $1,599 for five to six days, trektravel.com
Healthiest Cruises: Princess Cruises
The Lotus Spas on Princess Cruise line’s 17 ships boast state-of-the-art fitness centers. Book an appointment with a certified personal trainer or join an aerobics class to get your endorphin fix.
Book it: Cruises from $539 per person for seven days, princess.com
Healthiest Cruises: Blue World Voyages
This new cruise line is all about wellness and features a large sports deck with TRX and Spinning studios and a seawater lap pool. On shore, you’ll stay active with kayaks, paddleboards, and bikes.
Book it: Cruises from $3,400 per person for seven days, blueworldvoyages.com
(Related: 5 Ways to Stay Fit On a Cruise Ship)
Healthiest Cruises: Ocean Cruises
Enjoy mat Pilates, yoga, Spinning, and tai chi, then indulge at the Crystal Spa and Salon. It features rejuvenating treatments like aroma stone therapy and Japanese silk booster facials.
Book it: Cruises from $2,500 per person for six days, crystalcruises.com
Pet Amenities: Hilton Chicago; Chicago
The hotel will pack up a Bone Appetite Doggy Bag, with treats like a watermelon “pupsicle” for your pet to enjoy at nearby Grant Park. They don’t forget about dog moms, either: You’ll receive a cute T-shirt that says “My Babies Have Fur.”
Book it: Rooms from $221 plus a $50 pet fee, hilton.com
Pet Amenities: XV Beacon; Boston
With XV Beacon’s personalized plate of peanut butter treats at check-in, a plush dog bed, a list of pet-friendly establishments nearby, and a turndown service that includes bottled water and biscuits, your dog’s tail won’t stop wagging. Best of all, the suggested pet fee you pay is donated to animal charities in Boston.
Book it: Rooms from $490 plus $25 pet fee, xvbeacon.com
Pet Amenities: The Cottages at the Boat Basin; Nantucket, Massachusetts
Book a Woof Cottage, which comes equipped with doggie beds and bowls, a pet tag, and treats. The waterfront haven will also provide a map with directions to dog-friendly beaches so your pup can join you on your long, relaxing vacation walks.
Book it: Woof Cottages from $175, thecottagesnantucket.com