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Updated: Mar 3, 2021

Wellness Reboots: 3 Vacations That Are All About Self-Care

How to feed the mind, body, and soul in 2021.

"Data shows that within the first four to five weeks after a vacation, you see an increase in job engagement; an increase in low-energy positivity throughout the day – contentment, serenity, tranquility; and a decrease in burnout.” Nourish your best self with these getaways.

For the Mind

In New York’s Hudson Valley, 36-room Troutbeck sprawls on 250 acres of land, encompassing meadows, wooded trails, two creeks, tennis courts, and a garden house – an atmosphere that has long attracted writers and naturalists (Mark Twain and Henry David Thoreau among them). Last fall, the hotel expanded its appeal with the opening of The Barns. The Tall Barn, with 27-foot ceilings, offers meditation classes, rise-and-shine yoga, and mindfulness sessions, while the 3,500-square-foot Long Barn features a gym and treatment rooms for acupuncture, massage, and gua sha facial treatments (facial massage with a jade stone), all designed to relax the mind. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.

For the Body

Last June, the 103-room Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden, Germany, met the pandemic with a new health program at its stand-alone, five-story Villa Stéphanie: a three-day course focused on boosting the immune system. Expect a medical consultation, oxygen inhalation treatments, and ozone therapy, as well as a customized diet, full-body massage, and more-holistic elements such as physical training and hiking.

For the Soul

Where better to seek peace than in Bhutan, whose “gross national happiness” index famously informs daily life. Amankora comprises five lodges across the country, each built to meld with its environment, including Amankora Punakha, surrounded by rice terraces, and Amankora Bumthang. During the pandemic pause, the hotel planted several acres of sustainable crops to support local communities and staff. When the doors reopen this March, visit monasteries and hike to ancient cliffside temples. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a hot-stone massage at Amankora Paro Lodge.

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