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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.

Strike a work-life balance

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

Strike a work-life balance

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

Strike a work-life balance

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

Strike a work-life balance

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

Strike a work-life balance

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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