The Retreat, Alto delMonte, Costa Rica
Everything from the whitewashed decor to the breathtaking views of the Pacific whispers, “Chill out.” Days begin with meditation, followed by one of several different types of yoga. Facials and massages are on the menu at the spa, but we were more tempted by the kitchen classes, including the subject du jour, Feeding Your Microbiome.
Golden Door, San Marcos, California
The crown jewel of American spas since the 1950s, Golden Door recently underwent a $15 million facelift. Some aspects didn’t require much updating, however, like the Inner Focus program, which features biofeedback, tai chi, and silent-meditation hikes, or the theme weeks, like Inner Wisdom, led by the Door’s mind-body guru, Annharriet Buck.
AbadIa Retuerta LeDomaine, Valladolid, Spain
Surrounded by 1,700 acres of vineyards, this five-star resort offers Iyengar, Ashtanga, and hatha yoga, as well as meditation and pranayama-breathing classes. Tucked beneath the former stables is a spa focusing on treatments including Le Grand Cru, a two-and-a-half-hour body exfoliation, wrap, and massage with grapes and grape seed.
Eremito, Parrano, Italy
Eremito was built to resemble a 13th-century monastery, with stone walls and single-occupancy “cells.” Delicious vegetarian dinners are eaten in silence, and there are plenty of nooks for reflection and reading.
Kichic, Mancora, Peru
This sleepy seaside stretch on Peru’s northern coast brings to mind Tulum before it was colonized by the masses. Offerings include Ashtanga yoga and poolside stretching, healthy-cooking classes, and kayaking. For the more adventurous, surfing, snorkeling, and whale watching are a five-minute drive away.