Have you ever experienced the soothing embrace of a healing sound bath or harnessed the energy of crystals to align your chakras? If not, perhaps it’s time to try a new-age wellness retreat. Luxury spas worldwide have adopted new-age healing, a holistic philosophy that combines alternative wellness approaches to enhance the connection between mind, body and spirit.
Discover these serene retreats where you can rejuvenate your spirit and escape the stresses of everyday life, if only for an hour-long untraditional spa treatment.
Amrit Ocean Spa
Opening soon on Singer Island, near Palm Beach, Amrit Ocean Spa will promote holistic wellness inspired by both Eastern and Western philosophies. This oceanfront sanctuary at Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences will feature the Aayush Hydrothermal experience, the only indoor/outdoor hydrothermal ritual in Florida measuring more than 40,000 square feet. Aayush will feature water therapies, cryotherapy, an inhalation salt therapy room and ice fountains.
The destination spa will combine cutting-edge treatments (like results-driven skincare with Biologique Recherche products) with healing experiences rooted in Ayurvedic and Chinese medical principles.
Canyon Ranch Spa & Fitness, Las Vegas
While Las Vegas might seem an unlikely place for wellness, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Canyon Ranch Spa & Fitness offers a luxurious oasis on the Strip. Located within The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, but seemingly a world away, Canyon Ranch brings its integrative wellness experience to a city famed for overindulgence.
In addition to bespoke facials and therapeutic body treatments, you can also replenish your spirit with Reiki energy therapy, an Eastern tradition that promotes relaxation and energetic balance through gentle touch. Before and after treatments, plunge into an impressive array of aquatic environments, including an herbal laconium, a wave room, multi-sensory showers, a Finnish sauna and even an igloo.
For those seeking a deeper spiritual journey, the original Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, provides numerous alternative therapies, including chakra-balancing massages, sound healing with alchemy crystal singing bowls, astrology consultations and metaphysical workshops.
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
If you seek another desert getaway, head to The Spa at Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North. Nestled in the Sonoran Desert, this spa curates unique opportunities to connect with the surroundings.
Treatments incorporate locally sourced ingredients, like prickly pear, which is brimming with natural healing botanicals. Don’t miss the Shirodhara experience, which focuses on calming the mind by streaming oil over the third eye (located in the middle of the forehead) and then gently massaging the herbal oil into the scalp.
The Scottsdale spa’s roster of rotating wellness activities sets it apart. The calendar can include the Soul & Sound series, which combines flow yoga and sound bathing, and the Desert Bathing class, which blends meditation and light movement to engage the senses amid saguaro cacti, craggy rocks and blue skies.
Tierra Luna Spa
Find a new-age sanctuary in Phoenix at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort’s Tierra Luna Spa. Expect the unexpected in this free-spirited Four-Star spa designed to soothe the soul by drawing on the earth (tierra) and moon (luna).
One-of-a-kind treatments include the Grounding Quartz Massage (your body will soak up the energy from the strategically placed warm quartz pieces), Celestial Circadian Ritual (exfoliate with a warm magnesium scrub before essential oils get applied to acupuncture points that encourage relaxation and sleep) and Sun Worshipper Mud & Alchemy Experience (get slathered with indigenous muds and oils and bake in the sun to unblock any chakras and create clarity through energy release). Or opt to visit the spa’s astrologist for a birth chart reading to predict your future.
Stop by the spa’s boutique for souvenirs like gua sha stones, sage bundles and crystals.
Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort
This secluded Hawaiian haven sits 1,800 feet above sea level amid 24 acres of lush green foliage, stunning flowers and gorgeous sculptures scattered throughout the property. Sensei Lanai offers experiences inspired by co-founder Dr. David Agus, a leading oncologist and professor at the University of Southern California.
One standout treatment is thermal body mapping, where exclusive thermographic technology creates a body map to uncover asymmetries and pain sources. Masseuses then customize massages based on this information to improve circulation and release tension. For a calming service, try aquatic bodywork, which combines massage, joint mobilization, shiatsu and warm, flowing water.
Aman Spa New York
For an experience that will make you feel like a queen or king, visit the opulent Aman Spa New York, the brand’s flagship wellness center in the Western Hemisphere. The three-story spa’s Japanese-inspired minimalist surroundings provide a tranquil environment amid the chaos of the Big Apple. Take advantage of high-tech healing facilities, including cryotherapy, infrared saunas and even a Brain Gauge Pro — a cognitive assessment tool for monitoring brain health.
Next month, participate in Journey to Peace: Living Mindfully, a wellness program led by world-renowned Buddhist monk Geshe YongDong. This immersive Oct. 27 to 30 retreat includes meditation sessions, grounding workshops and spa treatments designed to cultivate balance and harmony.