Wellness centers approach alcohol differently. At Canyon Ranch and Malibu Ranch, for example, guests must completely avoid alcoholic beverages for the duration of their stay. And why not? For many, a wellness trip — even if you weave it into the allure of a luxury resort — is about abstaining from perceived vices.
However, there are other properties where you can pursue your wellness goals without giving up the occasional glass of wine. For some people, the thought of giving up alcohol for a week can result in forgoing a stay at a wellness center altogether.
“We intentionally built an experience that invites more well-being: more people, more choices, more affirmation and celebration, more joy and limitless exploration,” says Julia Lavine, brand director Civana, a resort located just outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. “So a restrictive no-alcohol policy just doesn’t fit that philosophy. And it’s also a holiday, and we have very little of it, so lots of pool time and a nice glass of wine or a margarita after meditation are very cheerful here.”
For those who want to have their wellness and drink it too, here are seven resorts around the world to consider.
“Here you will find our mixologists picking fresh thyme, lavender and rosemary from our herb garden, cold pressing local citrus and vegetable juices, brewing fresh hibiscus tea and infusing spirits with serrano chiles and ginger,” Lavine says of Civana’s cocktails, which complement a plant-based diet program.
Far from the kitchen, this desert resort presents an alternative to the classic wellness destination. Aerial yoga and sound bath rituals are complemented by conversations about meditation and intentional rest, and there’s an aquatherapy circuit nestled in a spacious 22,000-square-foot spa.
In Xarraca Bay, on the northern tip of the island, Bangkok-based spa-focused hospitality giant Six Senses opened its first location in Spain in July 2021. The 116-room property, which will includes suites deliberately built in the caves of the island, offers a varied approach. to well-being and relaxation. There are spiritual retreats, biohacking treatments, outdoor massage catacombs, and a farmer’s market on site.
When it comes to alcohol, there are nutrition experts who can advise you on how to best incorporate low-alcohol beverages into your diet and wellness goals. The wine program focuses primarily on organic wines from Spain, including the house bottle called Six Senses Can Rich Muscat, a wine produced in Ibiza, and the springy Albariños from Rías Baixas. What if you drink more than you can handle? There is a personalized intravenous infusion specially designed to relieve the symptoms of a hangover.
San Marcos, California
Hard liquor is not served on this property, but wine plays a small role through dedicated Winemaker Weeks, during which winemakers stay at the resort. The wines served next are generally those that align with Golden Door’s wellness and sustainability practices, which means the brands are selected for their biodynamic and organic farming and winemaking practices. There is also a farm on this 600 acre complex.
However, winemakers don’t just conduct tastings. They also host wine conversations to give customers a better understanding of what they are drinking. Yes, the pours tend to be a little lighter here. But since the winemakers are guests for the week, they also partake in Golden Door’s wellness activities, which include hiking, Zumba dancing, and water volleyball.
Like Canyon Ranch, Miraval is one of the most famous names in wellness in the United States. Unlike Canyon Ranch, however, Miraval’s three resorts, based in Arizona, USA, all pour booze.
Its newest location in the Berkshires teaches a food education class that delves deep into the history of how Asian, European and Middle Eastern cultures have used the healing powers of certain roots, herbs and spices during centuries – and how you can add those same ingredients to enhance a cocktail. A class like this is a great complement to a similar session on how to cook with micro veggies, but it’s probably best to drink your cocktail after tackling the spin, power-flow yoga, and HIIT classes. .
This luxury retreat on the Hawaiian island of Lanai offers a holistic wellness program. In addition to meditation, tennis lessons and soaking in the Japanese-inspired onsen tubs in the property’s lush gardens, there are also regular visits with the staff to discuss all aspects of health and wellness. well-being.
Next to Nobu dining menus, the resort offers a full selection of beverages, including locally inspired cocktails made with pineapple, lilikoi, and shichimi, a spice blend brought to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants.
San Jose, Costa Rica
At this resort, 50 casitas are spread across 180 acres of lush Costa Rican jungle. It’s quite a verdant setting for all sorts of wellness activities, including aerial yoga, qigong, forest bathing, and energy healing via a 700-pound crystal.
The Hacienda’s catering program is designed to bring guests closer to nature by working closely with local farms and food manufacturers. Thus, for cocktails, it is a question of building recipes around products harvested nearby or on the property. And the beer was specially crafted in partnership with a local brewery jungle beer, who incorporated passion fruit from the station’s farm into this exclusive lager. For wine, preference is given to organic and biodynamic productions such as South Cone from Chile and a Malbec from Argentina Bodega Noemie.
The bucolic style of this San Diego-area estate aims to transport guests to the French countryside. The rolling hills, stone buildings with terracotta roofs, and windmills seem altogether more European than Southern California. And to further build on that fantasy, 12 acres of farmland has been turned into winemaking. Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé from Château Cal-a-Vie are served alongside farm-fresh meals filled with fruit from the estate’s many organic gardens and apiaries.
It’s the only resort with a vineyard on our lineup, but wellness remains the focal point of the on-property experience, with specially designed programs and packages that focus on nutrition, fitness, spa and golf.