Every now and then we need some time to unwind and take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday living. Instead of going to the beach or on a jetsetting tour to some exotic country, why not go for a retreat? The east coast is home to many locations that provide a holistic experience for those who seek to recharge themselves and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul.
Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Mass
This health spa has a reputation to uphold – after all, it is one of the most prominent spas in the east coast. Nestled in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Canyon Ranch’s main focus is on wellness, this offering its clients a wide array of spa treatments and classes that cater to almost all ages, the youngest being 14 years old. The Canyon Ranch may sound “western” (think cowboys) but it is actually situated within the premises of the Bellefontaine Mansion which was built in 1897. It was restored to its former glory by the owners Enid and Mel Zuckerman. The mansion has an interesting history, first becoming a private home before it turned into a seminary and boarding school. The Canyon Ranch opened its doors to the public in 1989. The resort offers world-class amenities to go along with your holistic vacation. Indulge yourself with some deep tissue massage called shiatsu and reflexology. They also offer outdoor activities, and depending on the season, you can enjoy a day of skiing and ski tours. The all-American charm of the town of Lenox will make you want to explore this east coast treasure.
The Copperhood Retreat & Spa, Shandaken, N.Y.
This exclusive location is not your traditional spa. Its main focuses are fitness and well-being. It offers services such as detoxes and cleanses since these procedures are known to help the body become stronger and healthier. The Copperhead Retreat only allows 17 accommodations at a time, making this an ultimate trip for escaping the stress of everyday living. It also offers massages, reflexology and sea salt scrubs to make the experience even more relaxing. The are exercise areas and guests are free to use them on their own or with the assistance of an in-house trainer. They also have yoga, dance classes, and a pool. The food they serve is always made of fresh ingredients, putting an emphasis on healthy living.
The Greenbrier, WhiteSulphurSprings, W.Va.
Located in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, the Greenbrier is a luxury spa that boasts over 200 years of existence. In fact, it is already a National Historic Landmark. The Greenbrier is known for its mineral hot springs, which is said to bring health benefits to those who enjoy soaking in it. The Greenbrier offers your usual spa treatments, such as facials, massages, and manicures and pedicures. They also have a MedSpa, where one can have Botox injections and Juvederm. Their hydrotherapy spa is a main attraction. Enjoy a private soak in sulphur water, aromatherapy or mineral waters to help the body and mind relax to its full capacity. If you are bringing kids along with you, there are packages for children ages six to 14. These packages also offer a relaxing treat to kids, making everyone in the group feel pampered. The Greenbrier is expansive and has 700 rooms, which includes estate homes and suites. During the winter months head outside and enjoy ice skating. If you prefer to stay indoors, there is a pool and bowling alley. Adults can head over to the casino after they tuck the kids into bed at night for a round of poker or blackjack. The resort has six restaurants that offer all sorts of world cuisines. The main dining room requires cocktail attire, making it a perfect excuse to get all dolled up as you wine and dine.