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Now that the holidays have come and gone, its time to get back to the grind. But it’s important to be in the right state of mind.
Having a moment to relax and detox before getting back into the swing of things is critical to starting off the new year on the right foot, whether your goal is a New Year’s resolution or a year-long work project.
If things aren’t too busy already, RealClearLife suggests taking a quick getaway to one of these locations below. From the bush in South Africa to a tropical getaway in Puerto Rico, each accommodation offers something luxuriously unique—and most important, a chance to restore your body and mind.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge
Looking to jet away from the bustle of the city for a dose of nature? Head to this National Geographic Lodge in Lake Nicaragua. This serene hideaway provides ample outdoor activities, such as kayaking or paddle-boarding, as an alternative to a massage at the wellness center. Comprised of nine casitas, the ecolodge lies on an island on the lake that divides Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Guests can hit the lake and island-hop, or take in the beauty of Mombacho Volcano from an observation tower. The Jicaro Island ecolodge is a serene hideaway for nature lovers looking to clear their mind. To truly complete the experience, those interested can book an exclusive guided hike to a secluded hot spring here.
Soak up the Mediterranean in style at this costal Cyprus resort. Days at the Almyra are spent in the adults-only pool overlooking the Aegean Sea, taking private yoga classes, or trying one of the spa’s signature treatments. Kick off your New Year’s resolution by getting fit with onsite classes that include yoga, swimming, and running along the coastal paths of Cyprus. Looking to stay horizontal? Try out holistic treatments that employ a variety of locally sourced ingredients from the hotel’s garden, as well as marine-based Osea and medical-grade QMS products. Additional information can be found via this link.
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Created as an open-air enclave infused with the surrounding natural landscape and diverse culture, this Ritz-Carlton accommodation is a true Caribbean sanctuary. Guests can unwind at the award-winning Spa Botánico, a five-acre spa sanctuary built on a pineapple field that blends a Puerto Rican lifestyle with soothing indigenous traditions to impart a holistic sense of well-being. Its two open-air treehouse pavilions make for the ultimate outdoor relaxation spot while you’re getting pampered. After hitting the spa, we suggest walking the grounds and enjoying the rotating collection of art installations from established and emerging Puerto Rican artists such as Aileen Castañeda, Cecile Molina Machargo, Anna Nicholson, Luis Torruella, and Eduardo Cabrer. Book a stay here.
Less than three blocks from the city’s main plaza and close to the region’s rejuvenating hot springs, Hotel Matilda is a 32-room boutique hotel nestled among San Miguel de Allende‘s terra-cotta houses and colonial-era church spires. The hideaway celebrates the area’s rich historical past via elegant design, while the spa complements the traditional Mexican charm with cosmopolitan amenities like an intimate relaxation lounge and traditional Turkish bath. A true sanctuary for holistic happiness, Hotel Matilda’s spa offers a selection of hand-blended health and beauty remedies. All therapies from the diverse selection of body treatments unite the power of water, heat, and natural ingredients for healing effects that last long after you return home. Additional info is available here.
Connect with the spiritual, sandstone landscapes of South Africa’s Cederberg Mountains at this hideaway, which boats an open-air spa. If your idea of relaxation is adventure instead of pampering, this is the place to be. Free of predators, guests can roam the wildlife preserve surrounding the lodge to get an up-close view of antelopes, wildebeests, and rare Cape mountain zebras. To complement that experience, guests who book through National Geographic will be paired up with a local expert for a private presentation on the site’s history and its famous Bushman paintings, then apply those lessons firsthand with a drive to see some of the actual paintings—most notably, the 10,000-year-old murals that depict shaman rituals from the indigenous people. Learn more here.
Loisium Wine & Spa Resort Langenlois
With the panoramic Alps in the distance and the surrounding vineyards of Austria’s wine country, guests at this boutique hotel can enjoy a plunge in one of the spacious swimming pools or simply relax in one of the two vintage lounges. For the cosseted crowd, the spa offers unique wine and anti-aging treatments, which could be followed by the Finnish, Soft, and Amethyst sauna and steam bath. Find out more via this link.