As the first Fourth of July weekend since the reopening of travel, it’s never been a better time to book a vacation. Pressed for time and don’t want to spend half your vacation travelling? We’ve got you covered. With hotels elevating their wellness offerings in recent years, it’s increasingly easy to find some R&R without having to leave, or at least travel very far from, your city. From innovative spa treatments to sleep amenities to healthy menus, the following hotels—located either in or nearby major cities—prove that you don’t have to travel far to find wellness.
Located less than an hour outside San Francisco, the newest property from the brand known as a pioneer of the wellness retreat concept is a dream destination for those seeking some R&R. On-staff wellness guides help make the most of your weekend by providing customized itinerary support weeks in advance. Most weekends have a theme (think, “Finding Passion” and “Finding Your Best Self”) but with so much to do on and off-property—from horse therapy to yoga classes to forest bathing—you could easily fill the weekend with your own activities too. The onsite steam and sauna room are perfect places to unwind following a treatment at the spa, while upstairs, local, vegetable-forward cuisine is served with forest views. The real standout wellness experience here however, is the rooms themselves—towering treehouses with curtain-less windows set high in the canopy of the Redwoods.
Those looking for a staycation in the heart of it all will love this sophisticated West Hollywood hotel located off the Sunset Strip. 149 guest rooms and suites invite you to slow down with decor inspired by ocean waves, blackout shades and comfortable beds fitted with luxury linens. Fitness fanatics will appreciate the 24-7 fitness center which has everything you need for a workout. Unwind afterwards with a treatment at Spa Pendry, where unique therapies (think, a deep tissue massage that combines CBD with a vibration therapy device) are elevated with world-class skincare products from Babor’s Cleanformance and Priori. Need a pick-me-up? Spa Pendry has partnered with the Hydration Room to deliver customized vitamin injections and IV therapies. Relaxation is also found upstairs at the intimate rooftop pool where fresh California fare and handcrafted cocktails are served poolside.
Beloved for their state-of-the-art gym facilities, the Equinox Hotel is a no-brainer destination for wellness. Fitness fanatics will love the packed daily schedule of classes that range from yoga to swimming to boxing. Recharge with a smoothie or acai bowl from casual eatery Broken Coconut, or for a more refined experience, head to Electric Lemon for farm-fresh, vegetable-forward cuisine. Rest is equally as important as the workout here, with rooms designed in partnership with sleep advisors to embody “dark, quiet and cool” with blackout shades, temperature-regulating mattresses and sleep-inducing supplements. Recovery is also found at the spa, where treatments target five different needs—from beauty (with facials) to inner body (think, IV drips) to temperature therapy (infrared sauna combined with cryotherapy). Book three nights and get your fourth free.
With sumptuous interiors imagined by renowned designer Kelly Wearstler, this Santa Monica location of the beloved Proper brand is a destination in its own right. Set in a 1920’s era-landmark building just minutes away from the beach, the popular Santa Monica Farmers Market and the many health-conscious cafes of the area, it makes for the perfect beach getaway from Los Angeles. Work up a sweat at the 24/7 fitness center, in a complimentary yoga and boot camp class or in a one-on-one personal training session. Cool off with panoramic views from the rooftop pool deck, the only of its kind in Santa Monica.
Relaxation is also found at the 3,000-square-foot Surya Spa, where Indian wellness principles meet modern Ayurveda with treatments created in partnership with Ayurvedic doctor and herbalist Martha Soffer. Extend your stay to four nights and you get a $250 dining credit to use at dining venues Calabra Rooftop—think, Mediterranean meets California cuisine—and Palma—the lobby lounge serving casual snacks and craft cocktails. Both restaurants have recently released new menus with Ayurvedic ingredients curated by the Surya Spa.
Located less than an hour’s drive north of Miami, locals and visitors alike are drawn to this hotel for their WET deck pool set five floors above the ocean and beachside dining venues Steak 954 and El Vez overseen by James Beard award-winning restauranteur Stephen Starr. But with the W’s mantra being “detox, retox and repeat,” they take their R&R offerings as seriously as their parties. Indulge in a refreshing facial, massage or body treatment at AWAY spa—whatever you choose, the experience begins with a complimentary ‘detox elixir’ made of healthy ingredients. Those looking to work up a sweat will appreciate the 24/7 fitness center, and complimentary beach fitness and yoga classes.
If you’re an Angeleno looking for cutting edge wellness treatments, a visit to the Beverly Hilton’s Upgrade Labs is a mxust. Home to the first-ever biohacking human upgrade facility, it’s no surprise locals come here for the Lab’s 15 customized, high-tech treatments that optimize the brain and body. But having undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation, the bright and airy rooms upstairs are worth staying the night. Relax by the Aqua Star Pool, one of the most famous pools in the area, “christened” by film star Esther Williams at the opening night gala in 1955, or work up a sweat on PRECOR equipment in the renovated fitness center. Healthy Mediterranean-meets-California cuisine is served on the rooftop at Sant’olina while locally sourced California classics are found at all-day eatery Circa 55.
This windy city hotel recently completed a $100 million dollar renovation, and the spa was not exempt. Treatments were created in partnership with aestheticians from Kalma Spas, so you know they take relaxation seriously. Inspired by the shores that surround it, treatments incorporate natural materials like heated stones used in the men’s massage, and natural ingredients like Moroccan oil, used in the scalp massage. The outdoors is also brought indoors in the greenhouse-inspired café, where you’ll find fresh-squeezed juices and sandwiches. For a more elevated experience, head to the 12th floor for Italian steakhouse Torali. The Relax & Restore Package gets you the best of both the spa and restaurants with a $100 dollar spa credit and $100 food and beverage credit, as well as valet parking.
As one of the three spas in Los Angeles to receive a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star designation, you know they’re doing something right here. Luxury skincare line AUTEUR was recently incorporated into new treatments like the Signature Facial which involves oxygen infusion to stimulate tissue repair and a Knesko Luxury Diamond face mask. And spa treatments aren’t limited to your traditional facial and massage—they’ve also added biohacking to their offerings with the LightStim LED Bed and Theragun, two treatments said to improve circulation and relieve stress. Fresh, local California cuisine is served in the airy contemporary restaurant THEBLVD while foodies won’t want to miss the flagship location of Michelin-starred CUT by Wolfgang Puck.
On the bustling corner of 55th street and Fifth Avenue, one step inside this hotel’s chandelier-lit lobby and you know you’ve found an urban retreat. Their new “Life Lived Best” program gets you access to a 24-hour “Wellness Concierge” to address all your wellness needs—from borrowing workout gear to making special requests when ordering from the new “Naturally Peninsula” healthy menu.
In your room, a spa-style bath ritual incorporates aromatherapy from Australian line Subtle Energies, while televisions built into the bathroom wall provide the entertainment. You’ll also find Subtle Energies incorporated into treatments at the spa, as well as French luxury skincare line Biologique Recherche. Fitness offerings go beyond the state-of-the-art fitness center with classes offered by local partners, like a weekly running group with Central Park Club. At night, wind down with a guided meditation by Breethe from your in-room TV and the provided Subtle Energies sleep patch to help you fall asleep.
For those looking to travel in a group, the 1000- and 2500-square-foot bungalows—complete with private terraces and soaking tubs—at this posh Santa Monica resort make for a spacious retreat. Built in the 1930s and 40s, the 31 bungalows here exude mid-century Southern California style with the convenience of having multiple rooms and in some cases, two floors, in which to spread out. Those seeking outdoor wellness will appreciate the hotel’s beachfront location just north of Santa Monica pier, not to mention that you have five spacious acres to roam.
Fitness fanatics won’t want to miss a workout at Exhale Santa Monica, the onsite fitness center that attracts locals and visitors alike to its state-of-the-art facilities and boutique studio classes—think, HIIT, barre and yoga. From traditional facials and massages to modern acupuncture and body scrubs—Exhale Spa offers a wide range of services to help you unwind. Healthy foodies can tour the local Santa Monica Farmer’s Market with the hotel chef to pick out ingredients for your customized meal at onsite FIG Restaurant. Equally as nutritious (and delicious) are the top-rated rolls and nigiri served at the hotel’s sushi restaurant Soko. The California Dreamin’ package gets your fourth night free and an up to $500 hotel credit.
Just a two hour’s drive from Los Angeles, this sprawling 1,400 acre resort makes for a relaxing Palm Springs getaway. Their annual “Summer Chill” season is back to promote their 41 pools—the season’s most in-demand hotel amenity. Guests can also cool off with poolside treats from beloved L.A. froyo shop The Big Chill, and cooling eats from the “Summer Chill menus” available at dining venues Adobe Grill and Twenty6. For those who’ve spent too much time in the sun, a cucumber melon Swedish massage at the spa relieves both the skin and stress. If that doesn’t relax you, an exclusive partnership with meditation and mindfulness app Breathwrk, gets you access to virtual meditation classes from the comfort of your own room. Tennis courts, an expansive fitness facility and daily classes keep you busy during the day, while seasonal poolside movie screenings, complete with movie snacks and drinks, make for a relaxing evening activity.
For those who live in Hawaii, or are seeking a more distant escape, innovative wellness offerings at this Four Seasons Resort are well worth the trip. Their recently launched Next|Health program provides white-glove wellness for travelers with elevated spa experiences like ozone therapy, stem cell therapy and IV drips. While the oceanfront spa brings the outdoors in, it’ll be hard to resist seeking outdoor wellness with water activities like paddle-boarding and snorkelling or simply lounging in one of their 81 oceanside cabanas. Busy bodies will also appreciate the 24/7 open-air cardio area, indoor weight room and tennis courts.
Nestled in the heart of bustling downtown L.A., and the first hotel created by women for women, you would never guess this historic urban hotel is also a destination for wellness. Their “Rest and Recovery Suite” is the perfect sanctuary for Angelenos seeking some R&R. Beds come outfitted with a personalized pillow from beloved pillow brand Pluto Pillow and a temperature-regulating Eight Sleep mattress. Forget the gym, you can find a workout in the privacy of your own room with fitness mirror FORME. Beam supplements and massage tool Hyperice provide in-room recovery. Cool off in the intimate outdoor pool and with healthy refreshments from all-day eatery Café Fig.
Classic treatments like massages and facials are offered in the heart of Manhattan at the ilaOnly Spa while a 1,950-square-foot fitness center provides Technogym equipment and Peloton bikes. But the real standout wellness experience here is the Hästens Ultimate Sleep Suite, a two-bedroom suite designed with luxury mattress company Hästens. In the master bedroom of the 3,500-square-foot suite, you’ll find a $250,000 Hästens Vividus king mattress, made with natural materials, plus two keepsake sets of Hästens pajamas and slippers. Even if you’re not staying in the special sleep suite, blackout shades and comfortable beds ensure you leave well-rested.
From the expansive state-of-the-art fitness center to virtual meditation classes provided by Three Sages to complimentary self-massage Hyperice tools, no element of wellness is left untouched here. One step into the sophisticated spa—with its high ceilings, warm woods and glistening polished gray stone—and you’ll forget you’re in the heart of Los Angeles. Unwind with a traditional massage or facial, followed by a session in the Himalayan salt room, sauna or aromatherapy steam room. Those looking for a more inventive spa treatment will want to try the new biohacking treatment, which combines infrared technology, compression therapy and sound therapy while lying on an anti-gravity bed to reduce stress. If that doesn’t calm you down for bed—blackout shades and 300-thread count bedding sure will.
This Houston resort celebrates the long weekend this summer with specialty grilling stations, drink specials, pool games and a live DJ on the pool deck. Those looking for a more low-key stay can find some R&R here at the spa, which offers a wide range of massages, body treatments and facials. Enjoy a glass of champagne upon entering the newly reopened Nail Bar, where manicures and pedicures get a glow-up with warm neck wraps and luxurious blankets by Keiki Co.. Fitness fanatics can work up a sweat in the POWA by Sphere class, a high-intensity workout on Saturday morning, while foodies will want to check out Toro Toro’s healthy menu of small plates and cocktails.
With a buzzing rooftop bar Celestina and buzzworthy restaurant etta on the ground floor, you would never guess this urban hotel, set in Culver City’s burgeoning Arts District, is a destination for wellness. But their latest Travel Well Package helps you find some R&R without leaving the city. It includes a 60-minute signature massage at the beloved clean beauty spa milk+honey, a personal training session and health assessment with Essers of Los Angeles Personal Training in the hotel’s fitness center and 15% off YogaSix drop-in classes. The package also ensures you get a priority reservation for a chaise lounge by The Shay’s rooftop pool to soak up some vitamin D.
With treatments inspired by the surrounding desert and the cosmos, Tierra Luna Spa makes this resort a coveted destination for wellness. Last month they debuted the new Sol Garden, an outdoor space dedicated to wellness located within the walls of Tierra Luna Spa and set against the majestic backdrop of Piestewa Peak. Guests are greeted upon entry into the Garden with a stone ritual to promote purification and grounding, and can unwind in the jacuzzi, cold plunge pool and expansive relaxation lounge. Treatments here are one-of-a-kind, like the Alchemy Mud & Crystal Bar Experience which uses oils, gemstones and muds to target the chakras. Those visiting over the long weekend will enjoy the laser light show and drum corps, along with speciality food offerings and a retail pop-up shop.
From world-class golf to horse therapy to top-rated tennis courts—this resort has so many wellness activities, you’ll probably want to stay longer than the weekend. Located a two hour’s drive from San Francisco, nestled in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains, you could easily fill your day exploring its vineyard, gardens and onsite trails. Fitness-seekers can also join outdoor yoga, a barre strength class or low-impact water training. Rest is equally as prioritized here with Spa Aiyana offering unique treatments like sleep hypnosis and oxygen infusions, and spacious suites providing comfortable beds and blackout curtains.
Set just north of Madison Square Park, Arlo NoMad is a local hotspot for A.R.T. NoMad, the 31st floor rooftop bar offering expansive city views and custom mixed beverages. But this summer, the hotel becomes a destination for both locals and travellers for the “Summer of Wellth at Arlo” series, back after a two-year hiatus.
Created in partnership with Wellth Collective, the series includes weekly classes with personal trailers that range from yoga to dance cardio to HIIT workouts. “Summer Saturdays” combine rooftop fitness classes with panel discussions on the future of the wellness industry with health and wellness entrepreneurs like Y7 founder Sarah Levey. In addition to partnering with studios like 305 Fitness, Surfset and Y7, the hotel will host pop-up shops and provide healthy refreshments by ZenWtr. A partnership with virtual fitness platform, FlexIt, gets guests access to custom virtual workouts for the duration of their stay and beyond, for a wellness souvenir you can take home with you.
When it comes to wine country wellness, Solage is an obvious choice for those seeking more than a good night’s rest after a day touring the vineyards. Located less than a two hour-drive from San Francisco, newly renovated studios are set on 22 acres overlooking the surrounding mountains and vineyards. Experience bathhouse rituals that have attracted spa-goers to the Napa Valley since the 1800s at the award-winning 20,000-square-foot Spa Solage, where you can alternate between five geothermal pools which range from icy cold to a room-temperature magnesium soak to a jetted mineral pool heated to 102 degrees. From aqua pilates to meditation to yoga—a packed fitness and wellness schedule offers a wide range of complimentary classes, while the fitness center features PreCor cardio machines and Paramount strength training equipment.
For those looking to get away without travelling too far, Roosevelt Island offers an easy staycation within the city. The first and only hotel on the island, Graduate Roosevelt Island is a scholastic retreat (the 5,000-square-foot lobby has floor-to-ceiling bookshelves) with stunning views of Manhattan and Queens. Wellness seekers will want to book the All About Wellness Package, created in partnership with Island Om, Roosevelt Island’s first wellness studio. It addition to an overnight stay, it gets you two yoga, sculpt or barre sessions at Island OM. Back at the hotel, a bright fitness center is open 24/7 so you can work up a sweat whenever the gym calls.
Set on 220 lush acres in the valley of the Topatopa Mountains, this resort is worth the less than 2-hour drive from Los Angeles. From horse wellness sessions to private aerial yoga to spiritual counselling, there are no shortage of activities to help you unwind. The 31,000 square-foot Spa Village is a must-visit, as is the Artist Cottage and Apothecary where you can explore your artistic side by making candles or sugar scrubs.
Busy bodies will appreciate the multiple pools, tennis courts and guided hikes, not to mention the wide variety of fitness classes on offer—yoga, spinning, TRX, you name it. For the ultimate upgrade, book a 1,500-square-foot “Spa Penthouse Suite” complete with soaring ceilings and arched windows, marble bathrooms and fireplaces, and a private outdoor area with views of the surrounding mountains. The Summer Spa Getaway Package gets you a 60-minute signature spa treatment, breakfast for two and two seasonal cocktails.
From tennis games to surfing lessons to snorkelling, there’s no shortage of outdoor wellness activities to pursue at this Forbes Five-Star-rated resort. Private classes here are a cut above the rest, with offerings like Stand-Up Paddle-boarding YEAUga which has you practicing yoga while floating on the Atlantic ocean. Equally as unique are the treatments found at the spa, like the OXYGENEO 3-in-1 Superfacial where guests select from five facial treatments, each designed for different skin types, and the Scrub & Polish Bar which allows you to create your own custom body scrub. Farm-to-fork fare is found at the resort’s four dining venues which range from a steakhouse to Italian cuisine.
Less than an hour drive from Los Angeles and you’ll find yourself in a totally different culture in the heart of Orange County. This beachfront hotel embodies the laidback atmosphere of Huntington Beach with its ocean-inspired décor and friendly service. Those seeking a workout will appreciate the 1,360-square-foot fitness center and workout equipment rentals available for use in your room. But the real standout wellness experience here is Paséa’s “Summer Sweat Series” which offers at least one workout class a month in partnership with a local fitness studio (think, Equinox and Moxie). Each session ends with meditation and a cocktail to help you unwind. Relaxation is also found at the 5,800-square-foot spa where Balinese-inspired treatments incorporate CBD to help you relieve tension.
Set on 3,000 lush acres just over an hour’s drive from Atlanta, this historic southern estate makes for a relaxing fresh of breath air from the busy city. From hiking to golf to horseback riding, they’ve got an outdoor activity for everyone. Their latest outdoor wellness offering is a ‘Forest Bathing Journal Walk’ in which a guide takes you through woodland trails and fields to find natural inspiration for journaling and drawing. Nature is also the inspiration for treatments at the onsite spa, which range from therapeutic wraps featuring organic botanicals to massages that incorporate natural herbs and Himalayan hot salt stones to facials that combine fruits with spics for a heating and cooling effect.
For those looking to escape to a city with a slower small town pace, this luxury resort in San Luis Obispo (aptly referred to as “SLO”) makes a relaxing getaway. Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, locals and visitors alike head here to cool off and soak up the sun at the hotel’s intimate rooftop pool with panoramic views of the surrounding verdant rolling hills. You can also soak in the giant, standalone soaker tubs found in the suites, complete with an impressive faucet that pours water from the ceiling. More relaxation awaits next door at Hotel Cerro Spa with a full range of spa services and a glass of bubbly served post-treatment on the spa’s relaxation terrace.
With 10 acres of lush property, you would never believe this intimate resort is set in the heart of the city. Its central location makes it a convenient retreat from a busy day exploring Austin, but with so many activities on-site, you might never want to leave. The fitness center is open 24 hours and you can take your pick from a wide range of fitness classes—from private training sessions to group yoga. Relaxation is taken just as seriously here with opportunities for meditation and even palm readings.
From July 1 to 4, beloved spa Milk & Honey will be providing express versions of their signature organic treatments—think, poolside facials and foot massages. Those looking for a livelier scene will want to check out the KUTX Show featuring Austin-based creative Mobley on July 2 and the barbecue supplied by popular purveyors LeRoy & Lewis on July 3. Sparklers and bubbly top off the weekend on July 4.
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