5 wellness hot spots to add to your travel bucket list

A round up of relaxing wellness retreats to escape the stress

HOUSTON – If you're on the hunt for a relaxing trip this summer, you may want to consider a wellness vacation.

According to senior editor at Travelzoo, Gabe Saglie, you can find some pretty fantastic deals.
First, though, a little about wellness vacations: 

Wellness Travel

  • One of the fastest growing trends in the travel industry
  • Results from Travelzoo’s latest survey of 2000 Americans
  • 97% of respondents said they make health and wellness a priority with 67% focusing on their health and wellness more this year compared to last year
  • 26% of respondents are planning a wellness vacation in 2019, a 271% jump from 2018
  • 63% of respondents try to incorporate health and wellness into their travel plans
  • The #1 reason respondents have not taken a wellness vacation before: ‘cost is too high’ (58%)
  • 46% of respondents said they look for healthy food options as a wellness activity when they travel

Spa by Alessandra at Hotel Alessandra

FEATURES: A "sanctuary" and "intimate space" -- "phenomenal" treatments, according to Houstonia Magazine. Spa treatments incorporate in-season fruits and herbs
COST: $199 (reg. $390) for 60-Min Massage and 60-Min Facial with bubbly, valet and rooftop pool 

Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf-Astoria Resort, Phoenix

FEATURES: 5-Star resort with 8 pools, 6 eateries and the birthplace of the Tequila Sunrise cocktail. Club-level rooms: Complimentary breakfast, happy hour and personally drawn sea-salt baths at night.

COST: $199/night. in an Ocatilla Club Room (40% off) with parking and daily $25 resort credit. Travel through September.

Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key, FL

FEATURES: Spa treatments feature locally inspired treatments; there’s also an adults-only Tranquility Pool and a modern fitness center. Fishing charters and tennis are popular pastimes.

COST: $169/night. (60% off) with $50 resort credit. Travel through December.

Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico

FEATURES: Mega luxurious AAA 5-Diamond resort features 5 freshwater pools, 3 upscale restaurants (including 2 that have earned the AAA 4-Diamond rating), an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed course and a 37,000-sq.ft. spa with mineral pools. Hotel's bars feature a variety of top-shelf options, including over 100 different tequilas, mezcals and sakes. 

COST: $999 for 3-night ALL-INCLUSIVE stay (55% off) with $150 in spa & gold credits. Travel through December.

Casa Chameleon Mal Pais, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

FEATURES: Intimate adults-only luxe resort. Each villa is exceptionally airy, with full walls that open up to the outdoors plus a private patio with infinity pool, and lack TVs and phones. On-site restaurant offers healthy food options and cooking lessons. For fitness buffs, guests can book private yoga classes, martial arts lessons and session with a personal trainer.

COST: $205/night. (40% off) with breakfast + dinner daily. Travel through December.

BONUS: The Stopover Secret

  • Stopover programs by various international airlines give you 2 vacations for the price of 1
  • For example:
  • TAP Air Portugal: just voted best Stopover Program in the World (Global Traveler)
  • Stopover in Lisbon for up to 5 nights on outbound or return at no extra cost
  • TAP extends hotel discounts, free city tours, shopping perks, etc.
  • Roundtrip fares w/stopover in Lisbon starting at $309 round trip.
  • Houston flyers need to connect: Miami, NYC, Boston, SFO, DC or Chicago
  • Other European airlines that do this include Aer Lingus (Ireland), Finnair (Finland), KLM (the Netherlands) and IcelandAir (Iceland)