Stress has become an inevitable part of modern living. From going to school, or going to work, even to maintaining relationships, it continuously builds up like a savings account no one asked for. Most of us are even stuck with the same routine, facing the same people, day in and day out.
In order to break free from the cycle of stress-building, that is all we need, a break. Go to a new place, live a few days away from the hustle and the bustle. If you live in or planning to go to the United States, here are some of the places you would want to check out first.
1. Miraval Resort and Spa, Tucson, Arizona
Less than an hour away from downtown Tucson is a spa and resort that lies peacefully at the foothills of the towering Santa Catalina mountains amidst a backdrop of the shifting sands of the Sonoran Desert. The Miraval Resort and Spa provides a complete de-stressing experience that starts the moment you set foot in its premises. Your check-in process comes with a refreshing glass of juice and you are handed your own Miraval tote bag containing a schedule of their events for the week and a signature reusable water bottle you can fill up at any of the resort’s water stations.
The venue is perfect for both solo travelers and groups of people looking to shed away the toxicity of daily living. Stroll through winding and branching paths dotted with cacti and other desert flowers. Feel the tension float away with Miraval’s rockscapes and waterfalls around you, and the shadows of the Santa Catalina from a little further away. You can take an organized hiking tour or their guided rock climbing sessions and find Tucson’s hidden rock climbing places, aside from the already famous Mount Lemmon.
Even the motif and the ambiance of its lobby, common rooms, and dining areas subtly whisper its American Southwestern appeal to the senses.
It has 118 rooms, suites, and private villas, further made more isolated and serene with a stable of retreat residences. Rooms are categorized with Native American concept names like Native Spirit, Sunrise, and Dream Catcher – and further brings the theme to life with native textiles and artwork decorating every room. Even in its rustic, native feel, Miraval still provides the comforts of modern living.
2. Maui Island, Hawaii
Clear blue waters, rolling hills, and lush forests are but inadequate attempts to put into words what the island of Maui has to offer. If you are looking for that tropical, seaside paradise, this must be the destination for you.
Rent a car or take a cab, feel the cool breeze run through your hair as you traverse Hana Highway – a 64-mile highway winding through where the mountains and the ocean meet on the island’s eastern coast. Get ready for a lot of stops though, not because of the road difficulty, but because of the scenic spots and majestic views you would only get at specific locations. Feel your worries drift as you stroll through this highway and replace it with a slight thrill with the Hana Highway averaging at about ten turns per mile of road.
This highway begins from the city of Kahului to the town of Hana. A little beyond that is the State Road 330 which leads to its treasure, the Haleakala National Park. From the base of the mountain is a steep and winding path leading to the summit of the volcano, the Haleakala Crater. Fear not as the path is now safe and well-maintained. Strong winds and clear skies await as you finish your ascent. Depending on your itinerary, you can stay at the summit to watch as the sun rises in the morning or as it sets in the afternoon.
Get in touch with nature as the Hosmer’s Grove is home to patches of forest with trees from all over the world – Himalayan deodars, Japanese sugis, and Australian eucalyptus are some examples. If you would like to experience some Polynesian-inspired spa and wellness treatment, you can find a resort that fits your needs and your budget. From the budget-friendly Travaasa Hana to the elegant Montage Kapalua Bay, you are never too far from the paradise treatment you’ve always deserved.
3. Four Seasons Surfside, Miami, Florida
Not everyone is a fan of lavish outdoor trips for a relaxing weekend. In fact, most of us would rather have our de-stress adventure indoors, from one comforting treatment to another. If you are among those who need a healthy dose of Vitamin Sea, look no further than the world-class beaches of Miami, Florida. For a luxurious, invigorating experience, hear more about the spa at Four Seasons Surfside.
As soon as you set foot in the lobby, everything is a testament to class – Turkish tiles, Calacatta marble counters, brass fixtures – giving you an elevated feeling of importance. This spa was designed by none other than Joseph Dirand, a French architect and interior designer known as the Designer to the Stars. While it is advertised as only having six treatment rooms, it is not for any restriction but rather, a conscious choice towards a more limited, intimate experience.
Choose the treatment that suits your needs or have their accommodating concierge attend to your inquiry and help you find that personalized treatment you long for. You have the therapies of the world to choose from – French facial therapies, Chinese reflexology techniques, and the Indian Ayurvedic massage treatments. Aside from the run-of-the-mill spa treatment taken to the next level, the spa at Four Seasons Surfside also offers specialized treatment sessions such as those intended for men and for those without the luxury of time.
Finish your day of tranquility and balance at their steam room and sauna made fragrant with eucalyptus steam and furnished with the traditional marble Hammam. You can also attend and join any of their Yoga sessions or their meditation workshops to help you feel a lot better. Truly, the spa at Four Seasons Surfside is a gem in the middle of the Magic City designed to have you stepping out their doors fully revitalized not just physically, but also mentally and even spiritually.