Whats the real definition of a healthy vacation? “Its when you dont need a vacation to recover from your vacation,” says Sheila Cluff, founder and owner of The Oaks at Ojai, a famed destination spa near Santa Barbara, California. The biggest trend in such healthy trips, Cluff says, continues to be a focus on mind-body-spirit connections.
Yoga continues to rule resort fitness menus, and retreats continue to thrive all over the world. But the epicenter of yoga vacations must be Mexicos Yucatan Peninsula. One stand-out is the tiny offshore island of Isla Mujeres--and its beautiful, quiet Na Balam Hotel. Another is Tulum, just 80 miles south of Cancun, where several small hotels make yoga (and Maya-inspired spa therapies) the star of the tropical scene; for a holiday splurge, try the five-night Mind-Body-Spirit package at the venerable Maya Tulum (starting at $920 per person, double occupancy).
The hottest new trend in spas, actually, is on the other end of the activity spectrum: sleep. Ideal snoozing environmentsfrom Tempur-Pedic mattresses at boutique hotels to medical sleep programs at spasare focusing on everything from treating sleep disorders to scheduling morning classes a bit later so guests can catch up on their sleep debt. For instance, Canyon Ranch (which has locations in Arizona and Massachusetts) already offers overnight sleep observation or a 50-minute consultation with a sleep specialist for $130. To get more information, visit www.canyonranch.com.