Miraval provides choose-as-you-please rejuvenation. No matter how one decides to spend their time, ocean views and sound of rolling waves make for a paradisiacal backdrop to a luxurious escape.
The 90-minute Thai stem massage is billed as a blend of acupressure, Thai yoga massage, and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, but the stems themselves are the star of the show.
A spa is a spa is a spa. Once upon a time that was the case but today, the spa has been elevated to revered status and the hotel spa, a class of distinction.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: The laidback vibe of L’Auberge Del Mar is a quaint nod to East Coast prep, à la Cape Cod or Nantucket. The AAA four-diamond, 120-room property sits perched above Powerhouse Park, mere steps away from San Diego beaches.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Rancho La Puerta may well be the original wellness destination, a resort and spa in Tecate, Mexico, just near the U.S. border. It is, and has been, where well-heeled hippies go, ever since it was founded in 1940.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: As the dive boat sets aground on the shore of an uncharted desert isle, I imagine our group as the castaways from Gilligan’s Island.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Just outside of Alicante, in eastern Spain, lies the Mediterranean seascape of Playa del Albir, an aquamarine bay cradled in a low mountain range. But look upward, and the epitome of health and relaxation awaits 350 metres above sea level within the white walls of SHA Wellness Clinic.
An inflatable Zodiac floats down the Ganges River, and the current is picking up. I raise my voice, asking my guide to repeat himself, my hands tightening around a paddle as whitewater rapids churn all around. “You need 10 lives to see India,” yells Mukesh Joshi, his voice barely audible.
The sun, the waves, the gastronomy; Mexico is a feast for the senses.