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Checking In: Health and wellness escapes

Katarina Kovacevic is a freelance travel writer specializing in hotels and resorts. She's the author of The Food Lovers' Guide to Phoenix & Scottsdale and founder/editor of Style Jaunt, a blog about fashionable travel. Her work has appea...

Strike a work-life balance

It’s no secret. We’re living in a stressful world! Do your body (and brain) some good with a wellness vacation.

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Strike a work-life balance

It’s no secret. We’re living in a stressful world!
Do your body (and brain) some good with a wellness vacation.

The BodyHoliday

The BodyHoliday

On the northwest tip of St. Lucia sits The BodyHoliday, a 155-room all-inclusive wellness resort that’s surrounded by 42 acres of tropical gardens. With a slew of services and amenities, including a 30,000-square-foot spa and personalized lifestyle consultations, The BodyHoliday is a favorite among health-minded travelers. Starting June 3 and running through the 29th, the resort is hosting Jive June, a dance-a-thon inspired retreat with 16 weekly classes including jive, salsa, cha-cha, Argentine tango, zumba and more. The BodyHoliday also is offering a special Saturday evening class on its outdoor pavilion with signature cocktails and menus themed around that night’s style of dance. Lace up those dancin’ shoes!

Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando

Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando

Learn to eat right and get fit with the Transformation Weekend Package at The Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando from June 20-23. Fitness guru Bill Phillips hosts the three-night retreat, which teaches you how to build a leaner and stronger body and mind. You’ll take part in live cooking demonstrations led by The Ritz-Carlton Orlando culinary team, sweat it out in a group workout class in the spa’s 4,000-square-foot fitness center, and unwind with a 50-minute customized massage for total relaxation. You’ll want to give yourself plenty of time in the spa, which features a Scrub Bar where a mixologist helps you create your own personalized scrub from ingredients like lemongrass and chamomile.

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Located just 25 minutes from downtown San Diego, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is a 40-acre resort with a wide range of fitness offerings like spin classes, TRX, and yoga hosted in its 1,000-square-foot Serenity Pavilion. Workout programs are complimentary for spa and resort guests and are topped off with fresh cold-pressed juice and protein shakes. Not a bad way to work it out, right? Rancho Valencia’s luxury wellness retreats give you direct access to wellness experts with daily yoga sessions, ocean-side hikes, nutritional consultations and evening motivational talks. Yes, and a spa, too! While you’re there, hop on one of the free bikes and enjoy the sights of Rancho Santa Fe.

The American Club

The American Club

Everything is better with your girls, especially a spa retreat! The Girlfriend’s Getaway at The American Club’s Kohler Waters Spa celebrates your bond with a two-night package that includes a 50-minute Kohler Massage each, 20 percent discount on additional services, and a Yoga on the Lake experience. You’ll enjoy a three-course dinner at the open-concept Italian restaurant, Cucina, and an in-room bottle of chardonnay with homemade trail mix. The spa itself highlights the therapeutic benefits of water with re-energizing treatments in mineral-rich waters. Hydrotherapy experiences include the new Citrus Reviver, a clementine sparkling soak that’s complete with a facial massage, cool stone eye mask, and an application of citrus moisturizer.

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