NEEDHAM, Mass. June 12, 2018 –TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the top wellness travel destinations in the U.S. and around the globe. TripAdvisor identified zen destinations where travelers can retreat to focus on well-being, yoga, meditation and self-care based on destinations seeing the greatest amount of related search terms on TripAdvisor.
Wellness tourism is a growing trend where travelers are seeking health and spirituality on their trips. According to the Global Wellness Institute, international and domestic wellness tourism accounted for $563 billion in 2015, up 14 percent from 2013, and is expected to grow to $808 billion by 2020. The trend continues, with 25 percent of travelers saying they plan to take a wellness trip in the next 12 months, according to a recent poll of TripAdvisor’s global Facebook community.
“For travelers looking to improve their spiritual or physical health, or just an escape for digital detox, these destinations offer a wide variety of peaceful accommodations and experiences to revitalize the soul,” said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor.
To help travelers on their journey to feeling centered, TripAdvisor also surfaced highly-rated spa hotels, wellness experiences and healthy restaurants for maximum mind and body harmony.
Top 10 Wellness Destinations in the U.S.:
1. Sedona, Arizona
Sedona is a true oasis, a wellness-seeker’s paradise in the middle of the Arizona desert, where travelers will find resorts and spas, canyons and red rock formations. Bell Rock and Oak Creek Canyon are great hiking spots, and the dramatic architecture of the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a religious experience in itself. * Spa Hotel: Adobe Grand Villas – from $339 per night on TripAdvisor * Wellness Experience: Sedona Soul Tour – from $165 per person on TripAdvisor * Healthy Restaurant: Paleo Brio Healthy Kitchen
2. Hawley, Pennsylvania
Hawley is home to a number of notable lakes, making it a peaceful summer leisure destination for reflection. Whether yogis are looking to connect with nature on a horseback riding trail or book luxurious treatments at The Lodge at Woodloch Spa, a wellness trip to Hawley will leave them feeling at ease. * Spa Hotel: The Lodge at Woodloch – from $778 per night on TripAdvisor * Wellness Experience: Take a wildlife boat tour at Lake Wallenpaupack * Healthy Restaurant: The Lodge at Woodloch (Restaurant)
3. Ojai, California
Nestled in a picturesque valley northwest of Los Angeles, Ojai is brimming with small town charm and creativity. Travelers can get lost in locally owned boutiques and explore outdoor trails with horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking. Surrounded by scenic hills and aromatic orchards, Ojai is a perfect place for a rejuvenating retreat. * Spa Hotel: Ojai Valley Inn – from $436 per night on TripAdvisor * Wellness Experience: Shop local ingredients from Ojai Certified Farmers’ Market * Healthy Restaurant: Hip Vegan Cafe
4. Amelia Island, Florida
Amelia Island is a timeless destination known for pristine nature, uncrowded beaches and outstanding spas and restaurants. Travelers can choose to unwind seaside – with a kayak excursion or beachside horseback ride – or by finding the freshest, healthiest ingredients at the local Farmer’s Market. * Spa Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island – from $489 per night on TripAdvisor * Wellness Experience: Self-Guided Kayak Tour of Amelia Island – from $35 per person on TripAdvisor * Healthy Restaurant: Burlingame Restaurant
5. Calistoga, California
This renowned spa retreat is built around natural springs in the middle of wine country. Area resorts began promoting geo-thermal water and mud baths more than 150 years ago. Travelers seeking a pathway to wellness can also hike picturesque trails at Bothe-Napa State Park or the Petrified Forest and then reward themselves by tasting the local flavors of nearby Napa. * Spa Hotel: Solage, an Auberge Resort – from $670 per night on TripAdvisor * Wellness Experience: Full-Day Wine Country Bike and Wine Tasting Tour From Calistoga – from $159 per person on TripAdvisor * Healthy Restaurant: Solbar – Solage Calistoga
6. Lenox, Massachusetts
This small town in the Berkshires has been a popular wellness retreat since the 19th century. Travelers can enjoy rejuvenating treatments and pampering, at the well-known Cranwell Spa, all year long, along with outdoor picnics, hiking and biking paths in the Pleasant Valley. * Spa Hotel: Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort – from $179 per night on TripAdvisor * Wellness Experience: Hike the wildlife sanctuary at Pleasant Valley Sanctuary * Healthy Restaurant: Alta Restaurant & Wine Bar
7. Palm Springs, California
With 354 days of sunshine per year, Palm Springs is the ideal place to soak up some rays among natural colors, saturated by the warm desert light. Travelers can relax poolside, visit one of the many area spas or tour fantastic examples of mid-century modern architecture. * Spa Hotel: Andreas Hotel & Spa – from $145 per night on TripAdvisor * Wellness Experience: Indian Canyons by Jeep plus Hiking Tour from Palm Springs – from $139 per person on TripAdvisor * Healthy Restaurant: Palm Greens Cafe
8. Park City, Utah
A trip to Park City is perfect for wellness-seekers looking to rejuvenate at one of the area’s world-class spas. Over 100 restaurants and bars, open-air concerts, numerous health clubs and independent film screenings complement Park City’s rugged beauty. * Spa Hotel: Westgate Park City Resort & Spa – from $186 per night on TripAdvisor * Wellness Experience: Stroll the scenic Union Pacific Rail Trail * Healthy Restaurant: Vessel Kitchen
9. Stowe, Vermont
Travelers can hike, paddle, bike or walk for scenic mountain views of Mount Mansfield in this northern Vermont town. Stowe is the textbook place to plan a calming retreat with family and friends and to be one with nature. * Spa Hotel: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa – from $191 per night on TripAdvisor * Wellness Experience: Bike the Stowe Recreation Path * Healthy Restaurant: Plate
10. Wailea, Hawaii
If being pampered is the most strenuous activity on your itinerary, Wailea is your destination. With one of Maui’s best beaches at Keawakapu – with endless opportunities for stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling – as well as top spas, visitors will have every opportunity to experience ultimate serenity and renewal. * Spa Hotel: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea – from $739 per night on TripAdvisor * Wellness Experience: Private 2-Hour Beginner Paddleboarding 101 from Maui – from $139 per person on TripAdvisor * Healthy Restaurant: Choice Health Bar
Top 10 Global Destinations for a Digital Detox:
1. Bali, Indonesia 2. Rishikesh, India 3. Sedona, Arizona, U.S. 4. Hepburn Springs, Australia 5. Ko Samui, Thailand 6. Costa Rica 7. Goa, India 8. Zermatt, Switzerland 9. Maldives 10. Ibiza, Spain