For National Relaxation Day on August 15th, we’ve compiled seven topnotch resorts that are a perfect fit for this day along with a few tips and tricks from spa directors in California and Florida. From Italy to Jamaica, here are our top picks for National Relaxation Day, the best in wellness travel, service and luxury accommodations and experiences:
With over 100 years of history, the iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo is located in the heart of Lake Como. This art nouveau landmark, which sits adjacent to Villa Carlotta’s famed gardens, is an authentic Art Nouveau palace that offers a warm inviting welcome and the delights of a true 5-star vacation. Celebrating National Relaxation Day this year, the iconic Italian resort is offering programming for all guests to truly indulge and find themselves and their piece of mind. From yoga by the WOW pool, a floating pool and sparkling oasis resting on the lake’s surface and Marrakesh mint tea in the Hammam Suite, to mediation in the Ceremony Garden and vegan smoothies in between T Spa visits – the family-owned hotel is allowing guests no other option other than to relax.
Rancho La Puerta, the original “fitness resort” and spa in North America, located in Tecate, Mexico, provides a luxurious wellness experience, offering guests the perfect escape for National Relaxation Day. Each week to its 4,000 private acres of gardens, mountains and meadows guests find a unique reawakening and stay from, Saturday to Saturday, or for partial-week stays of three or four nights. Adding to the property’s extensive wellness and spa programming Rancho La Puerta recently launched their new dynamic running program. The program entices everyone from beginner trail runners, to marathon runners and more to take to the foothills of Mount Kuchumaa to train and explore across numerous advanced trails at different altitudes and lengths. After a challenging 3 to 7-mile run at leisure or lead by hiking concierge, Martin Ruiz, guests can recharge with farm-fresh cuisine, flexibly and strength classes tailored toward runners, restorative spa treatments to aid in muscle recovery more.
Guests can unplug and treat themselves to the ultimate spa and wellness retreat this National Relaxation Day at The Cliff Hotel. Located on the stunning cliffs of Negril, The Cliff Hotel offers customized spa treatments at KiYara Spa made with indigenous Jamaican botanicals, herbs, and ingredients. Enhancing the experience, guests receive relaxing spa treatments in a scenic room overlooking the Caribbean Sea. KiYara Spa’s indulgent treatments include body therapies such as the Coconut Cocoon, a delightful, nutty tropical treat that nourishes and replenishes the skin with enriched blends made from local organically-grown coconuts; Aloe-Mint Skin Soother, a cooling and calming anti-inflammatory treatment for sun-stressed skin that drenches dry skin with high levels of nutrient rich moisture; and the Ocean Revitalizer, a unique treatment that captures the benefits of the sea while eliminating toxins and clearing and toning the skin. Boasting 22 suites and four stand alone villas, guests can further their relaxation with complimentary yoga, pilates, and meditation classes in the hotel’s serene cliffside yoga pavilion.
Situated on Montauk’s most pristine stretch of oceanfront real estate, Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is a Hampton’s institution and the only four-season resort on Montauk. Providing guests with direct access to a 2,000 ft. private sand beach, Gurney’s features 146 rooms, suites and beachfront cottages, each with dramatic ocean views. To further the commitment to wellness this summer, Gurney’s Montauk is expanding its partnership with Wealth Collective, an experiential design firm that seamlessly blends wellness and travel. Bringing new experiences and trainers to the property this summer 2017, guests and locals will find an array of offerings highlighting healthy programming with Wellth Collective as well as enhanced in-room wellness experiences with the third annual “Summer of Wellth” summer wellness program. To coincide with the new in-room amenities, Gurney’s Montauk and Wealth Collective planned a robust schedule of wellness weekends and pop-ups throughout the summer. It will feature classes by top instructors and studios from around the country including Y7, Bari, 305 Fitness, City Row, Model Fit and more.
Embark on a personal wellness journey in celebration of National Relaxation Day at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa. Sleep and Respite this August with the resort’s new Wellness Collective. Partnering withLifewellness Institute, the Wellness Collective combines a robust calendar of intimate workshops, enlightening lectures, and activities designed to give you the tools to succeed in becoming your best self, or even better. Created by an expert team of specialists in epigenetics, health, wellness and preventative medicine, the Wellness Collective is a truly unique program, available to guests, resort members and locals in the form of 3, 5 and 7 day retreats. There are six chapters in the yearlong journey, each represented by sixty days. Each a unique opportunity to transform a lifestyle factor – be it Stress & Balance, Nutrition & Toxicity, or simply Sleep & Respite – to create your personal wellness culture.
Tips on how to best relax on National Relaxation Day from Shelly-Ann Myrie, Spa Director at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Spa:
Essential Oils – Diffuse lavender essential oil when getting ready for bed or put a few drops into your warm Epsom salt bath. If time does not allow, add two drops of lavender essential oils to a napkin and slip it right under your pillow.
Exercise – In a wide-kneed child’s pose, find the space just above and in between your eyebrows, the third-eye, letting it rest on a block or the mat and gently rock the head from side to side.
Soothing Candles – A divinely relaxing blend of essential oils infused together to melt away stress and promote restful sleep.
“When celebrating National Relaxation Day, I won’t rush to get out of bed right when I wake up and will be more conscious of filling my mind with positive thoughts, followed by with light yoga or stretches with deep breathing to increase oxygen intake. I would love to enjoy a warm Epsom salt bath, which not only helps you relax but also helps detoxify the body and reduce minor ache and pains. Lastly, spending time with people that make me happy is how I envision celebrating National Relaxation Day, as when we are happy we naturally feel relaxed.” – Michelle Kelthy, Spa Director at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples