It’s the best of ALL worlds if you can detox your bod and do something good for the Earth to boot. As “Stress Month” comes to a close at The Gentle Traveler, take a look at these four gems from around the world that are doing just that:
Six Senses Spa- Sovena Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand
Ah…..Thailand. Gotta go there. Must go there. WILL go there. How many dreams have I had about curry? How many times have a slurped Tom Kha instead of chicken soup when I have been sick? How many times did I want to book a flight to the coast after the Tsunami in 2004 to help out? Even though I have never been (yet), Thailand has been a place that is near and dear to my heart for many years. With the discovery of Six Senses, now I have another highlight to add to my list of things to love about this country and region… Adding Six Senses to the dream board NOW!
Highlights: Low-impact luxury, untamed jungle abounds and white sand beaches nearby, local herbs and other ingredients used for spa treatments, on-site garden, and locally-inspired massage therapy treatments include Thai stretching as well as Indian chakra balancing. Wellness programs can run from five days to three weeks.
Tabacon is near the active Arenal Volcano, which helps keep the waters warm in the spa and showers warm highly-oxygenated naturally. The resort itself is surrounded by rainforest. The accompanying monkeys and parrots add a nice, real-time soundtrack to your experience. Waterfalls and pools abound around and within the property.
Highlights: The ingredients used here for therapeutic massage and detox are worth the journey: locally-grown coffee, sugar, coconut, chocolate (if you’re not into massage, you can have desert) and of course the volcanic mud, mineral-rich and so, so healing.
Dunton Hot Springs, Dunton, Colorado, USA
I have literally passed by this mining-town-turned-resort several times on my way up to the Colorado interior from Northern New Mexico and have never stopped. What gives? Guess who needed to create a blog specifically on retreats and winding-down in order to do it herself? Never more! Next time, I’m turning in the driveway. BTW…the photo of Dunton shown here, as spectacular as it is, does not do the real deal justice. It is absolutely stunning!
Dunton Highlights: 2016 Conde’ Naste Gold List, need I say more? It features locally-sources cuisine described thusly: “Dunton’s chef painstakingly sources local organic foods; lamb from meadows that spawn fields of boletus and chanterelles, tree-ripe fruit and plump vegetables from our own farm and vineyard.” Yum. Dunton is a cell phone free zone but they do have high-speed internet, of course. Horseback riding, helicopter skiing, mountain biking, snow shoeing, hiking, camping, fly fishing, river rafting, kayaking, or doing absolutely nothing, which is my personal favorite. Dunton Hot Springs lies across the mountain from Telluride and they are open all year.
Hotel Adler Thermea Spa and Relax Resort, Val d’Orcia Region, Tuscany, Italy
Just hearing the name of this place makes my shoulders move just a little further away from my ears after a long day in front of the computer. It is Italy, after all. And they have truffle hunting and yoga and meditation in something called the Grotta del Filosofo, for crying out loud. I can already feel the creative juices flowing. In the middle of the picturesque, sun-colored hills of central Italy (think Under the Tuscan Sun), sure, I could do a little truffle hunting after a nice thermal spa soak. Che bello!
Highlights: UNESCO site with 1,000 square feet of natural mineral spas, massage, facials, steam baths with Tuscan herbs (they are not just for pasta marinara, people!), Tibetian bowl sound therapy, something called a “Finnish sauna ritual” and e-bike tours (how cool is that) all surrounded by medieval hilltop hamlets. The historic village of Bagno Vignoni is a 10-minute walk away.
Do you have a favorite spa get-away spot? Let us know about it in the Comments section below (unless you want to keep it a secret, that is ):