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Top wellness destinations for a relaxing summer getaway

This summer, find rest, rejuvenation and self-care at these must-visit global wellness destinations. | By Jessica Poitevien | June 8, 2023

Do you ever feel like you need a vacation to recover from your vacation? Same here. While some trips call for busy days full of sightseeing, museum tours and lots of walking, others lend themselves to a more restorative, relaxing and stress-free itinerary filled with:

  • Oceanside massages: An expert masseuse will work through your knots amid an idyllic Thai beach backdrop

  • Spiritual connection: Quiet your mind with guided meditation at a Buddhist temple in Japan

  • Cutting-edge treatments: From tried-and-true remedies to the latest wellness trends, Los Angeles has it all

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Healing energy is believed to emanate from vortexes in Sedona, offering visitors a sense of peace and enlightenment.

Sedona, Arizona

Few places combine physical and spiritual wellness as seamlessly as Sedona. With over 200 hiking and cycling trails throughout the city, it's easy to improve your physical health while also clearing you mind and enjoying the added benefits of being outside. Here, however, the outdoors holds more than meets the eye.

Among Sedona’s mountains and red rock formations are vortexes — places where the earth’s energy is thought to be particularly high, creating an ideal environment for healing, meditation and self-exploration. The presence of these vortexes has fostered an open-minded community in Sedona, offering sound baths, energy healings, psychic readings and other forms of alternative spiritual and healing practices. Although the entire city is considered to be a vortex, the areas where energy is said to radiate the most are found at Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Boynton Canyon.

For the best of both worlds, stay at Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock. The property is close to Bell Rock and multiple hiking trails, and its amenities include nontraditional experiences like vortex classes and energy rituals, alongside the more classic offerings like sunrise yoga and a full-service spa.

Mens Spa Treatment
Health- and wellness-focused offerings are plentiful in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles

Home to many of the world’s most popular health-conscious brands, Los Angeles is at the epicenter of innovation in the ever-growing wellness industry. That means you’ll easily find a wide variety of unique treatments designed to heal the mind and body — from ancient remedies to the latest technology.

Head to Shape House for an urban sweat lodge experience, where you’ll rid your body of toxins while lying on the floor covered in infrared blankets. Or hop in a sensory deprivation room at Just Float. Your body will effortlessly float in the buoyant salt water, while the pitch-black room helps your mind drift into a meditative state. Cryotherapy, sound baths, reiki — you name it, and it’s probably available.

The city also contains plenty of peaceful oases perfect for meditating. Clear your mind with visits to Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens or Lake Shrine Temple & Retreat.

Two people receiving massages
Soothing massages, detoxifying treatments and spiritual experiences await in Thailand.


A holistic approach to self-care is embedded into several aspects of the Thai way of life, making it easy to plan a vacation focused on rest and revitalization. In Bangkok, don’t skip the Wat Pho Buddhist temple complex. Beyond admiring the massive Reclining Buddha statue, you’ll find the Thai Traditional Medicine School, where you can experience a massage in true Thai fashion: Surrounded by other people getting massages in a communal pavilion.

Meanwhile in Baan Rai Kong Khing, a small village outside of Chiang Mai, the locals are known for sharing their knowledge about traditional herbal medicine, especially practices specific to northern Thailand. The must-try treatment here is a fire massage called yam kang.

If vitamin D is what you need, soak up the sun on one of the gorgeous islands in southern Thailand like Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi. Beachfront yoga classes and affordable massage therapists are easy to find, but to melt your knots away with a touch of luxury, consider a stay at Conrad Koh Samui. Upscale villas overlooking the water set the scene for a restful stay, but the hotel’s spa takes things to the next level with treatments such as the coffee purifying body scrub or the crystal healing paired with a facial and full-body massage.

Portugese egg tart on blue china
Embrace the simple pleasure of a good meal as you sample regional Portuguese dishes such as the famed egg tart.


For those who recharge their batteries with good food and wine, Portugal is the place to go. Start in the north with a stop in Porto. The city is home to sweet port wine and five of Portugal’s 30-plus Michelin-starred restaurants, but its casual cuisine is just as noteworthy. Don’t leave without trying francesinha, a meaty sandwich, covered in gravy, smothered in cheese and topped with a fried egg. Pro tip: The fries served on the side are meant to be dipped in melted cheese.

Then make your way to Lisbon for both international cuisine and a taste of Portugal’s most famous sweet treat: Pasteis de belem, or the egg tart. Though you can find this delicious yet light custard tart throughout the country, the monastery where it was invented can be found in the capital.

Continuing south, a visit to the Algarve is a must for seafood lovers. Known for its caramel-colored sandy beaches, impressive cliffs and surfable waves, this region also overflows with fresh fish, octopus and other seafood — all of which is often served fried. Book your stay at Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa for more classic wellness experiences at Portugal’s largest spa, featuring an indoor thermal pool, Turkish baths, saunas, an experience shower and a Zen garden.

Japanese Onsen hot spring
Embrace the outdoors for a nature-inspired wellness experience in Japan.


The healing powers of the great outdoors have long been documented and embraced by the Japanese. Take the practice of forest bathing, for example. This activity, also known as forest therapy, involves immersing yourself in nature and quieting the mind by observing the details of your surroundings. The benefits range from reducing stress to boosting the immune system.

Whether you practice with a certified guide or on your own, the Japanese Alps are accessible from Tokyo for a day of hiking and meditation, while those in Osaka can sit in the stillness of nearby Yoshino-Kumano National Park, home to spiritually significant sites such as the Kumano Nachi Taisha, one of Japan’s most revered shrines.

For a more literal bathing experience, take a dip in one of Japan’s many relaxing onsens (hot springs). Kinosaki Onsen is a popular choice. Its seven public hot springs offer the traditional onsen experience in a way that’s accessible for international visitors, with information available in English and a tattoo-friendly policy that’s uncommon for most onsens.

Travelers can also connect with Japan’s more spiritual side during a visit to Kyoto, home to more than 2,000 temples and shrines. At the Myoshinji Temple complex, the largest temple of the Buddhist Rinzai Zen sect, you can admire the gardens while participating in a guided Zen meditation with the head priest.

With so many wellness-focused destinations to choose from, it’s easy to find a getaway that improves your quality of life and leaves you feeling rested and rejuvenated.

Jessica Poitevien is an international storyteller with more than a decade of experience in writing and editing. Born in New York, she caught the travel bug throughout multiple moves that brought her to California, Spain, Colombia and her current home base in South Florida. She has visited over 40 countries (and counting!), including several solo trips, and also considers herself an expert in destination weddings and unique honeymoons — her own was two months long. When she's not traveling, she enjoys making social media content, trying new food and acting as a travel agent for friends and family.

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