After six months of stressing about Covid-19, we could all use a little health and wellness break before the long winter sets in.
As luxury hotels and resorts reopened this summer, there has been a heightened awareness of not only hygiene and social distancing, but also holistic well-being.
“We’ve been focusing on the fact that well-being is a whole-person issue at this point—not just physical,” says Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, which recently opened Miraval Spas in Lenox, Mass. and Austin Texas. “A lot of programming at Miraval is designed around allowing people to connect with themselves, finding their own balance and calm in the face of a lot of stress and anxiety.”
Below are four destination spas that are taking enhanced safety measures while delivering restorative getaway without skimping on the five-star amenities and service.
Miraval’s third destination spa opened in the Berkshires over the summer, echoing the experiences of its recently opened spa in Austin, Texas, and the flagship in Tucson, Arizona.
Occupying the former Cranwell Resort on 380 acres, Miraval Berkshires shares the campus with its Hyatt sister property, the Wyndhurst Manor & Club, complete with an 18-hole golf course.
Upon arrival, guests embark on a serene attitude adjustment by following a “Path to Wellness,” a meditational walk through a greenhouse-like portal designed to encourage mindfulness.
With the largest Life in Balance Spa in the Miraval portfolio, the Berkshires property offers the brand’s most popular treatments, including Vasudhara, a signature water treatment in the spa’s indoor pool, and Naga Thai, the brand’s exclusive Thai massage, for which therapists use colorful silks hanging from beams to entwine and suspend themselves while wrapping and supporting your body to achieve deeper stretching.
The bucolic campus includes stables that host Miraval’s unique equine programming that lets guests work one on one with horses, a challenge course to push you beyond your comfort zone, and the golf course for exploring the mindful side of the sport.
Miraval Berkshires’ 100 guestrooms and suites are designed to underscore the classic New England country estate vibe with shades of warm cranberry, amber, and navy and cozy materials, including shirting plaids, woven wools, mattress ticking cottons and throws. The rooms are also equipped with Tibetan singing bowls, meditation cushions and guided meditation channels.
While Covid restrictions have resulted in limited capacity and closed shared spaces, including thermal zones, the staff is committed to offering a complete wellness experience while taking precautions to ensure safety and comfort.
Set apart on more than 500 private acres adjacent to a country club just north of San Diego, Cal-a-Vie virtually transports you to the French countryside in a Provencal-styled retreat filled with European antiques and tapestries.