Spirit-Renewing Destinations

There are many paths to finding yourself. We asked several spiritual travel writers for their picks for destinations with the most spirit-renewing focus. Here's what they had to say.

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Astoria Waldorf Spa (Carefree, Arizona)

Astoria Waldorf Spa (Carefree, Arizona)

Relax at this upscale spa at The Boulders, located in Carefree, AZ. Get a turquoise clay wrap, an avocado citrus scrub, hot stone message, back wax or chakra balancing. The Astoria Waldorf Spa is the perfect combination of traditional and outré, upscale and low-key, active and relaxing.

 

 

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CLAY Health Club + Spa (New York, New York)

CLAY Health Club + Spa (New York, New York)

NYC’s Clay Health Club & Spa is a full-service spa that offers patrons exercise classes, nutrition programs and personal trainers. The eye and neck mask, green tea peel and Thai massage are a few unique spa services you can try out at the 40-room Inn. The spa offers a membership and is opened to the public. 960 1280

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Exhale Spa (Atlantic City, New Jersey)

Exhale Spa (Atlantic City, New Jersey)

Socialize, detox and unwind at the Exhale Spa located at the Atlantic City’s Revel Resort. This spa has 32 therapy rooms for facials, massages and body-slimming treatments. Enjoy a drink from the bar and relax near the bask spa pool. In addition to taking care of the body, Exhale Spa also offers Core Fusion and yoga classes that are physically and mentally challenging. 960 1280

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Aire Ancient Baths (New York, New York)

Aire Ancient Baths (New York, New York)

Go on a relaxing retreat to Aire Ancient Baths. Try a session of thermal-bathing rituals that date back to the Greek and Roman baths in the 5th century B.C. Start off in the warm-water pool, then the hot-water pool, the high-steam room and lastly the cold-water pool. We recommend guests book the “Bath & Acoustic” package to enjoy the baths and a relaxing massage, while enjoying the soothing sound of a Flamenco Roots concert. 960 1280

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Life Balance Spa (Tucson, Arizona)

Life Balance Spa (Tucson, Arizona)

Outdoor spa treatments, skin care and body renewal rituals are just a few spa treatments available at the Life Balance Spa at the Miraval Resort and Spa. Get a bamboo body smoother, desert rain scrub, aqua Zen massage and more. Try the Ultimate Ayurvedic Treatment, which includes Shirodhara therapy to relax and balance your nervous system. 960 1280

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Nidah Spa (Santa Fa, New Mexico)

Nidah Spa (Santa Fa, New Mexico)

Inside Santa Fe’s Eldorado Hotel, Nidah Spa helps guests rejuvenate with treatments, using natural, local ingredients like stones, plants and herbs. A chocolate peppermint sugar scrub, a turquoise-gemstone massage and a chile-honey body wrap are just some of the many treatments guests can expect when checking into this spa.

 

 

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Grand Resort and Spa (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)

Grand Resort and Spa (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)

Visit Ft. Lauderdale Beach’s largest gay-owned men’s resort. Grand Resort has a fitness center, clothing-optional courtyard, 10-man Jacuzzi and a hair salon. The award-winning spa offers various packages, including the 5-night Pampered Getaway package with your choice of a 50-minute Swedish or deep tissue massage, a facial, a body scrub (glacier salt body scrub or a “Jack Black” signature body scrub), an exfoliating manicure, standard pedicure and a complimentary bottle of champagne. 960 1280

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San Francisco Spa (San Francisco)

San Francisco Spa (San Francisco)

Part of the gay-friendly Kimpton Hotels, Hotel Monaco’s San Francisco Spa uses organic, eco-friendly ingredients in a peaceful setting. Among the fragrant treatments is the lavender dreams body scrub and chamomile body scrub. Try the sunless tanning treatment if you want to sport a nice tan without baking in the sun. 960 1280

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Spa Kea Lani (Maui)

Spa Kea Lani (Maui)

Try Hawaii’s signature Lomilomi massage at 5,500-square-foot Spa Kea Lani at the Fairmont Kea Lani, located in Maui. You can use their outdoor, ocean-side cabana for a secluded treatment. The sun on Maui can be crazy strong, which is one of the reasons why the Ho’ona (soothing) Facial is one of the spa’s most popular requests. 960 1280

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The Spa at the Mandarin Hotel (Washington, DC)

The Spa at the Mandarin Hotel (Washington, DC)

Located in Washington, DC, The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, offers an Oriental Bamboo Massage in a Zen-Nirvana themed room, heavy on the Buddha accessories and forest green ornaments. The Jade Enzyme Facial exfoliates dead skin and enhances the rejuvenation process. It’s a full-throttle spa experience that lives up to the hype to wow the most finicky spa connoisseurs. 960 1280

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Spa Montage (Beverly Hills, California)

Spa Montage (Beverly Hills, California)

Located in the center of the “Golden Triangle” around Rodeo Drive, this 20,000-square-foot facility has separate private lounges for men and women with skylights and a fireplace, and locker rooms with steam, sauna, whirlpool and Swiss showers. Spa Montage provides fitness classes, Holistic spa services, facial therapies to address shaving irritation and more. We suggest the Montage Beverly Hills’ signature Day of Indulgence package. 960 1280

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Shui Spa (Provincetown, Massachusetts)

Shui Spa (Provincetown, Massachusetts)

Experience a tranquil, comfortable, unisex full-service spa environment at Shui Spa in Provincetown, MA. Special features include a warm mineral therapy tub, sauna and steam room. The spa also offers various packages, massages, healthy food menu, body treatments, and energy treatments to reduce stress, release toxins in your system and help you rejuvenate. 960 1280

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Sir Spa (Chicago, Illinois)

Sir Spa (Chicago, Illinois)

Chicago's Sir Spa offers special packages for a relaxing birthday party or an intimate date with that special someone. Guests will enjoy the private Grooming Club Lounge for mingling before, during and after treatments. A scalp massage, in-grown hair treatment, reflexology massage and a 4-layer face treatment are just a few of the many different ways Sir Spa helps its customers renew and rejuvenate. 960 1280

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AWAY Spa (Vieques, Puerto Rico)

AWAY Spa (Vieques, Puerto Rico)

AWAY Spa at the W Retreat & Spa, in Vieques, Puerto Rico, features a full-service beauty menu, covering hair, nails and waxing --just to name a few. A special mani/pedi section is perfect for social gatherings with friends or a great way to meet new ones. Treatment suites feature garden settings, some with ocean views and private outdoor shower areas. We suggest the My Away Massage to ease backaches, especially after a long flight. 960 1280

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Ottawa, Canada
Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa, Canada

Best part of outdoor yoga? It’s free. A group of yoga lovers take part in a free weekly yoga class on the front lawn of Parliament Hill in Ottawa. 960 1280

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The Maldives

The Maldives

Could you think of anything more relaxing than practicing yoga in a beach hut during sunset ... in the Maldives? We can’t either. 960 1280

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British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands

We doubt that you’ll need a break from lounging on the beach, but if you do, find your Zen in a private beach hut on the British Virgin island of Tortola. 960 1280

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Lakefront Yoga

Lakefront Yoga

See nature from a different point of view by perfecting your handstand on a natural surface, like a rock pictured here. We imagine the view of the lake upside down is spectacular. 960 1280

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

A yogi takes in the otherworldly desert beauty on top the majestic red rocks of Joshua Tree National Park. 960 1280

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Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

There’s nothing like the serenity of desertscapes in Arizona. A yogi practices Dancer’s Pose on Sedona’s Baby Bell Rock. 960 1280

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Bachalpsee Lake, Switzerland

Bachalpsee Lake, Switzerland

A woman sits at the serene Bachalpsee Lake in Switzerland, meditating amongst the flowers. 960 1280

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British Columbia, Canada

British Columbia, Canada

A woman practices triangle pose by the Kicking Horse River in the town Golden, British Columbia, Canada. Golden is a mountain oasis on the convergence of Columbia and Kicking Horse River. 960 1280

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Yoga in the Snow

Yoga in the Snow

Just because it’s cold and snowing doesn’t mean you have to practice yoga inside. Warm up on the ski slopes with yoga on your next mountain getaway. 960 1280

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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, China

With the breathtaking Hong Kong skyline and business district in the distance, a man meditates at Victoria Peak during sunrise. 960 1280

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Yoho National Park

Yoho National Park

Go “om” beneath Takakkaw Falls in the Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada. 960 1280

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

A man takes his tree pose to new heights at the northwest ridge of Mt. Sir Donald in Glacier National Park. 960 1280

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Moab, Utah

Moab, Utah

Talk about yoga love: A couple practices Dancer’s Pose under the Turret Arch in Arches National Park in majestic Moab, Utah. 960 1280

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Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru

After you check off Machu Picchu from your bucket list, there’s no better way to take in the sacred Inca land in Cusco than with a bit of mountainside yoga. 960 1280

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Africa's highest peak is Mount Kilimanjaro where hikers may encounter elephants moving across the African savanna. 960 1280

  

The trek through Nepal's Annapurna Circuit promises 21 days of crossing jungles, rivers and mountains. 960 1280

Explore Glacier National Park with a hike through the Logan Pass. 960 1280

  

Australia's Larapinta Trail, a 130-mile trek through the Northern Territory, is almost entirely through the desert. 960 1280

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Head to the hills in Cape Town, South Africa, for a scenic hike through the trails at Table Mountain. 960 1280

  

If you're looking for history and incredible vistas, head to Peru's Inca Trail for a 27-mile hike to Machu Picchu. 960 1280

  

The Val di Fassa in Italy is in the heart of the European Alps with gassy paths and endless mountain views. 960 1280

  

The John Muir Trail is a 211-mile stretch in the Sierra Nevada Mountains stretching from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney. 960 1280

The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is a luxe eco-safari resort in the wilds of British Columbia, Canada, accessible by boat or plane from Tofino. 960 1280

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Guests can soak in a wood-fired cedar hot tub overlooking the mountainous wild at Clayoquot Healing Grounds compound, which promises Zen in the wilderness with soaking tubs and spa treatments. 960 1280

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People come from around the world to soak in Iceland's Blue Lagoon with mineral-rich, geothermal water known for its healing properties. 960 1280

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Bathers may soak in the warm Blue Lagoon waters even during the cold winter months when the geothermal water and cool air meet to create a haze of vapor steam that rises from the water. 960 1280

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Guests at the snazzy Burj Al Arab may soak in an ornate tub with impressive city vies of Dubai and the Arabian Gulf. 960 1280

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Cunard cruise line brings swanky hot tubs to sea with state-of-the-art aqua-therapy pools aboard the Queen Mary 2. 960 1280

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Multiple hot tubs are available for a relaxing soak at the Canyon Ranch spa facilities aboard the Queen Mary 2. 960 1280

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The VUE Bar atop the Hyatt on the Bund in Shanghai has a cool hot tub amidst a busy nightlife scene. Bathers enjoy cocktails and a killer city view from the bar's bubbling hot tub. 960 1280

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The soaking tub at the Hotel Rio Sagardo in Peru has expansive windows that look out over Cusco's Sacred Valley, the heart of the former Incan Empire. 960 1280

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Onsen are public baths fed from hot springs found throughout Japan where locals and tourists take a wellness break in remote spots and even along the waterfront in Tokyo. 960 1280

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Just outside of San Diego, the Golden Door Spa pampers guests with a stress-reducing in-room massage. 960 1280

Golden Door Spa  

In addition to fitness and healthy eating, the Golden Door Spa works with guests to create a balance of body, mind and spirit. Guests can let their minds rest while walking the circular labyrinth. 960 1280

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Chi, the Spa at Shangri-La Hotel in Shanghai, coaxes guests to relax with healing massage therapy based on the principles of Eastern medicine. 960 1280

Chi, the Spa at Shangri-La Hotel  

Couples can indulge in spa treatments for 2 at Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La. 960 1280

Chi, the Spa at Shangri-La Hotel  

Take a dip in a private plunge pool at Kamalaya Koh Samui's Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa in Thailand. 960 1280

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Ramp up your detox with group yoga classes in an open-air studio at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary. 960 1280

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The Puyuhuapi Lodge and Spa has 3 open-air thermal baths where you can relax in the healing waters surrounded by stunning scenery of the fjords in Chile's Patagonia Mountains. 960 1280

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Explore Patagonia in rustic luxury and pamper your body and soul at the Puyuhuapi Lodge with spa treatments and hikes into the nearby national parks. 960 1280

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Escape for a healing retreat in Arizona's desert at the Miraval all-inclusive spa known for its top-rated facilities, fresh and tasty local food and plethora of fitness activities. 960 1280

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Mindfulness and self-discovery are integral parts of the Miraval Spa experience, with yoga classes throughout the day catering to all skill levels. 960 1280

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The SHA Wellness Clinic is a glamorous spa getaway in southern Spain where trained staff members guide guests through a myriad of programs, including healthy detox sessions, weight-loss programs and wellness clinics lasting from 2 to 14 days. 960 1280

SHA Wellness Clinic  

SHA's staff is loaded with medical and fitness professionals who are available to share their expertise in natural therapies, Eastern medicine and fitness. 960 1280

SHA Wellness Clinic  

Couples indulge in some spa time together at the world-class Canyon Ranch Spa in Miami. 960 1280

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Embrace a more peaceful side of Miami Beach, thanks to a stellar seaside setting and Canyon Ranch's trademark health and nutrition specialists. 960 1280

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