Destinations / GO WELLNESS
Cortez, once dubbed “the world’s aquarium” by none
other than Jacques Cousteau.
Come for the resort’s signature Wellness Week
(December 1 through 8 and in April) and enjoy a full
menu of fitness and nutrition therapy led by visiting
experts Rebecca Broxterman, trainer to Holly wood
celebs, and yoga instructor and nutritional therapist
Beth Manos Brickey, with cooking demonstrations
and meals by Food Net work chef David Fuerte. But
no matter when you visit, your mind and body will
Specialties Spa, golf, yoga, water sports, hiking, gen-
eral fitness and personalized nutrition.
Accommodations Rooms, suites, penthouses, spa and
fitness center, five pools, tennis court and affiliated
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon
One of the 25 Wonders of the World, Iceland’s Blue
Lagoon is now featuring a luxury offering aptly
called the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland. Sited on
a private inlet of the UNESCO Global Geopark, the
62-suite retreat includes a spa, private area of the lagoon and world-class restaurant. Guests
can partake in complimentary daily yoga sessions as well as guided hikes and northern lights
Specialties Built into an 800-year-old lava flow on the south shore of the Blue Lagoon, the
Retreat Spa promotes rejuvenation through nature, design and the radiant powers of geothermal seawater. Don’t miss the Blue Lagoon Ritual, a spacious sanctuary of interconnected
chambers where guests cover their bodies with three treasures of geothermal seawater — algae,
silica and other minerals.
Accommodations Each of the 62 suites features a minimalist aesthetic to highlight views from
the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa
Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
Set in the Hunter Valley, Australia’s scenic wine country, only a few hours’ drive from Sydney,
Golden Door takes a holistic healthy-living approach. Each day starts at 6: 30 a.m. sharp; after medi-
tating under the rising sun, ease into a leisurely session of tai chi and qi gong, followed by a walk
through fragrant eucalyptus groves — an early start, but rewarding.
The Golden Door offers specialty retreats all year, plus health-related activities of all kinds,
from placid yoga to gung-ho fitness boot camp. The luxurious Elysia Spa provides treatments for
post-exercise recovery, including a circulation-improving hot stone massage. It’s an ideal place
for people who struggle with fitness self-discipline or who want to hone their health routine; the
environment exudes serenity in every corner, from the spacious and airy suites to the refined
And in case you max out on being so well-behaved, the Golden Door is surrounded by some of
Australia’s finest wineries, so there are plenty of ways to let loose after your stay.
Specialties Spa, fitness, holistic wellness and beautifully presented Australian-inspired fare,
free from red meat, alcohol, caffeine, sugar and saturated fat.
Accommodations One-, two- and three-bedroom suites with five-star amenities. Also included are
a spa and fitness center with two pools, tennis and basketball courts, activity studios and more.
Rejuvenate at the Retreat
at Blue Lagoon Iceland.