How to go on a wellness getaway

In Partnership with VisitScotland

It’s been a year, to put it mildly. From home schooling to Zoom overload, the past 16 months have been unprecedentedly stressful, and so there’s nothing we crave more than chucking out our laptops (or at least, stashing them in a drawer), packing our bags, and getting away from it all for a few days.

Just how do we take a breath, reset and decompress after the year it’s been? By booking the next available train to Scotland, of course.

How to go on a wellness getaway

Image locator: Loch Fyne, Argyll and Bute (credit: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam)

An exceptional destination for wellness, Scotland is a haven of wild swimming, soothing lochs, breathtaking coastline and serene, wide open spaces – and frankly, it’s just what the doctor ordered after a year spent staring at our screens. So seriously, in fact, do the Scots take getting back to nature that VisitScotland’s themed year for 2021 is Year of Coasts and Waters. And boy, do they live up to their hype. (If planning on enjoying water activities on your wellness getaway, ensure to follow advice from Water Safety Scotland.)

Combining world-class hospitality with spectacular scenery, Scotland may seem like a whole world away, but it’s so close to home and packed with hidden gems across all four corners that it’s well worth taking a trip. Ready to go? Here are the stunning wellness spots you need to add to your summer bucket list ASAP…

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Image Locator : St Andrews Cathedral, Fife (credit: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam)

The Scottish wellness retreats you need on your summer bucket list

Serene Spas

Nothing beats a spa break, and lucky for us, Scotland is home to some of the best of them. When it comes to panoramic views combined with first-class facilities, Taymouth Marina on Loch Tay gets our vote every time. From a hydrotherapy pool to a HotBox sauna, who needs a trip abroad when you’ve got this gorgeous self-catering luxury spa in the heart of Perthshire?

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Locator: At the Old Ford looking to the Eriska Bridge, Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island

In Argyll & The Isles, the Isle of Eriska Spa is as lavish as it is tranquil; while Airth Castle Hotel – with its luxurious spa and opulent surroundings – is something that has to be seen to be believed.

Restorative Retreats

If you’ve been threatening to run away from your phone all year, now’s the time to do it.

Scotland is home to some of the most magical off-grid retreats in the UK – from the Tree Howf treehouse at Craighead Howfs near Dunblane, which offers wholly unique luxury glamping, to the Holy Isle Mindfulness Retreat on the Isle of Arran, a peaceful Buddhist island that truly is the perfect escape from the madness. If you can’t quite sit still and prefer to unwind with crafting or cooking, then Wild Rose Escapes near Inverness is the stuff of dreams.

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Image Locator: Jedburgh Abbey, Scottish Borders (credit: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam)

Walk It Off

Walking is good for the soul. Or at least, walking in Scotland is. Scotland boasts amazing walks in all four corners of the country – the only difficult bit is choosing one. If you’re looking to recalibrate, The Way of St. Andrews is one of the greatest pilgrimages of the world – with ten routes ranging from 6-279km, each one as beautiful as the last. In the Scottish Borders, meanwhile, the Borders Abbeys Way – a 103.8km circular route – is lush and peaceful; while the four historic abbeys you’ll pass on your journey are great sanctuaries for personal reflection.

Or find your space on the St Magnus Way in Orkney, a beautiful 55-mile pilgrimage trail through Orcadian history celebrating the life of Orkney’s patron saint, St Magnus.

If you find being by the water as restorative as we do, Scotland is also home to some of the most spectacular waterfall walks around. Topping our walking wish list are Linn of Ruthrie Falls in Moray Speyside, and Loup of Fintry by Stirling.

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Image locator: GOMA and Wellington Statue, Glasgow (credit: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam)

Art Therapy

A wellness holiday doesn’t have to mean going completely off-grid – a city break to peruse some of the country’s incredible galleries will also do the trick. Often places of calm and solitude in the middle of the city, Scotland’s museums span everything from heritage and history, to contemporary art. In Glasgow, the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), housed in a stunning neoclassical building in Royal Exchange Square, is a must-see; while in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland is a museum lover’s dream come true.

The Perth Museum and Art Gallery might be one of the country’s lesser hyped galleries, but it’s wholly unique and well worth a visit if you’re in the area. Oh, and don’t forget about Aberdeen Art Gallery. Hosting the British Art Show from now until 10 October, it’s a beautiful exhibition space in one of Scotland’s most exciting cities.

And of course, there’s the V&A Dundee – a first-of-its-kind for the country, with exhibits spanning everything from fashion and engineering to video game design. (It helps that there are some incredible restaurants, pubs, cafes and a brand-new city beach right on its doorstep, too.) Be sure to catch the V&A Dundee’s current exhibitions, Night Fever: Designing Club Culture and What if…?/Scotland before they go.

If it’s off-grid you’re after, though, the Isles of North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist in the glorious Outer Hebrides boast an incredible sculpture trail set against the island chain’s famously stunning scenery.

Ready to book your ticket? Before you set off on your Scottish wellness break, please make sure you check the latest government guidelines, and always plan and book ahead. Travel responsibly and where you can, choose to support local, independent businesses with your tourism. We’ll bet that they’re just as excited to see you as you are to see them. Please note, face coverings are required in Scotland. Find out more practical information around Covid-19 in Scotland here.

And…. relax. If you’re stuck for inspiration when planning your Scottish getaway, head to the VisitScotland website for a comprehensive guide to everything Scotland has to offer.

I’ll be honest, it’s very hard for me to relax.

When people tell me they watched six hours of “Friends” re-runs on the weekend I ask “how?” I can’t even sit through an entire movie—my husband has to pause it five times while go get water, snacks, lip gloss, fuzzy socks and the like.

I always feel like I should be “doing” something.

I’ve tried the typical suggestions: a glass of rose, lighting candles, taking a bath and reading a book. But I find my mind battling with lists of “to-dos,” re-hashing conversations I’ve had that I wish went better, or drifting off into a no man’s land of imagination.

My journey with finding true rest has been a long one, and one I’ve had to specifically cater toward my personality. I realize every person has a different relationship with “wellness,” and it can often be a buzzword with no tangible tips attached. At a recent Darling Retreat with Alaska Airlines at Timber Cove Resort in Sonoma, CA, I led some conversations on this topic and wanted to share some real how-tos that I’ve found success with that I hope spur you on toward self-care starting now.

How to go on a wellness getaway

Get Out of Your Normal Routine

When we are in our house, the same place where we experience lots of emotions—being late for work, cleaning up after our child, frustrations with our body image/what to wear, cooking and house-keeping—the space a carry a lot of negative weight and affect our ability to just sit and reflect; we are constantly looking around at all we possess and have responsibility for. Getting away for a small weekend trip or even a retreat with other women is necessary if we want a rhythm of rest and reset in our lives.

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Understand Your Personality

The first workshop I taught was on the Enneagram. It has now become very trendy in the self-awareness space, but I was fortunately introduced to it over 10 years ago when I was seeing a counselor and going through a life crisis. He said, “Do you know that you’re a #1 on the Enneagram?” and I said, “Excuse me, are you trying to box me in? I am an original.” (Hence, most people’s reaction to personality tests). And then I proceeded to get a book on it and become addicted to the concept. I now have featured the philosophy several times through Darling and I recommend visiting The Enneagram Institute and taking the 10 minute test and then you’ll get sucked into a rabbit hole from there. It really does read your mail—you’ll find out how you function from your greatest desire and your greatest fear, and how that plays into how you see the world, how you care for yourself, and what you need to do for personal growth.

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Reframe Your “Rest” Around Play

Also at the retreat, I asked my dear friend Jess Puccinelli who I believe is a perfect definition of “fun” to lead a workshop on “how to play.” The worksheets she handed out were even brightly colored and made us feel like kids again. The first exercise was a Venn diagram titled “What’s Owning Your Time” that we had to fill out with the two circles being “professional plate” and “personal” plate and of course, how they overlap. As I filled it in, I hardly had room and then exhaled and thought: ok so now that I see this all in front of me, now what? But Jess had already anticipated this response. She followed up with an exercise on identifying what’s truly most important and then learning how to say no to things through laying out your time, your ability, your money and your passion all on the table to learn how to establish a new rhythm.

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Leave Your Phone Somewhere

That’s right, abandon it. If you bring it with you with the excuse of “I need it to take photos,” the second you start to feel “rest” overtake you, you’ll panic and reach for it to know what you should be doing or thinking or worrying about. Especially if you have a stressful job like I do where there are lots of moving parts, people and personalities—you never know how an e-mail you get can derail you. You have to change your mindset to “it’s not the end of the world,” and just take out time for you. We are so attached to our devices that they become almost a part of our brain and we get addicted to likes, to the adrenaline that comes with a conflict, or the feeling of being “important” by having lots to do. Apart from our phones, our social following, we can just be human. We are released from the high pressures of comparison by the exposure to anyone and everyone’s lives at any moment. We can be enough, just as we are—detached from the world and living in our own unique space.

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Write it Out

Journaling is such a healing practice. We also took time to sit around the fireplace (phone free!) and process the workshops and conversations we were having. Also, try to only have one journal! Sometimes when you go to a lot of events or conferences, you are gifted tons of journals and find them all over your house, each half filled in. Pick a favorite, make it your friend. Then you can follow the story of your life more effectively and look back and see the progress you’ve made as well!

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Happy resting! Be sure to book your next getaway with Alaska Airlines HERE.

This post is brought to you by Darling partner, Alaska Airlines. All thoughts and opinions remain Darling’s own.

Images shot by Darling and Alaska Airlines.

How to go on a wellness getaway

So what should you look for when choosing a health retreat? How will you plan it? You are committed and have allocated the time to go away so now a little research and planning is needed. A health retreat can be a life-changing experience, but with options as unique as the traveller, choosing the right wellness holiday for you can seem daunting.

We want you to have as much fun planning your healthy holiday as you do on it! So step away from any overwhelming brochures and take five to really think about what it is you want and need from your perfect wellness getaway. While we can’t decide for you, with our quick guide questions, you will soon be to choose your ideal health retreat.

Why should I go on a health retreat?

If the idea of a fly-and-flop holiday has lost its lustre, a health retreat can present the perfect solution.

► Achieve a healthy afterglow that long outlasts your tan.
► With the opportunity to really unplug, you can finally find the time to focus on your wellness goals and learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle.
► Whether you want to focus on yoga, meditation or Ayurveda, a typical day can see you enjoying a combination of indulgent spa treatments, fitness classes and wellness activities.

What type of health retreats are there?

Are you craving a rigorous fitness retreat or seeking a more restorative meditation experience…
► Whatever your wellness tipple, we have something for everyone, from yoga and Pilates, to detox, healing and Ayurveda spa holidays.
► Choose to target problem areas with a range of wellness programmes including; weight loss, anti-ageing, stress relief, and sleep well programmes.
► Great news, you don’t have to be advanced to go on a health retreat! For example, if you are new to yoga consider a more general spa holiday with a mix of yoga and exercise classes. If you are a dedicated yogi, practice your passion on a focused yoga holiday.

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Yoga at SHA Wellness Clinic

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Ayurveda therapy at Ananda in the Himalayas

Where do I want to go?

Health retreats are about self-discovery but your destination is a big part of the journey…
►Consider your preferred climate. For sun worshippers, the Caribbean is a good place to start. If you are more of a snow lover, consider a holiday in Switzerland.
►What about your surroundings? Escape to a secluded wilderness retreat, or combine your wellness holiday with culture on our Discover Recover holidays.
►Experience natural wonders across the world whilst enhancing your well-being; from natural thermal springs in Thailand to biking trails in the Tuscan hills.
►Re-connect with nature and try new activities you don’t find every day back home; from paddleboard yoga in Ibiza, to bootcamp boxing in a Kenyan coconut grove.

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When is the best time to go?

Whether it comes down to cost, seasonal climate or capacity, when you choose to go can change everything…
► With different seasons bringing different climates across the world year round, our month-by-month when to go guide is a great place to start.
► Plan ahead and sometimes you can find great deals during off-season months – check out our offers page for the latest.
► Look into times when a retreat may not be as crowded for a more peaceful experience.
► Travelling solo? Ask about our single specific months.

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Enjoy Summers at EPIC SANA Algarve

How do I want to eat?

Consider the level of healthy eating you want to achieve and rejoice in returning home without the dreaded holiday bulge…
► Focus on overhauling any unhealthy eating habits on a detox holiday. Kick start weight loss with raw food, macrobiotic and juice diets to cleanse your body.
► Learn how to continue healthy eating at home with educational seminars, and how to recreate your favourite dishes with healthy cooking classes.
► For a less intensive approach to healthy eating, many of our resort restaurants offer cuisines inspired from across the world. From Mediterranean, to Asian and Caribbean.

What to do while waiting to fly out for a much-needed restorative retreat? Aman’s new line of holistic treatments, Sva, seeks to bring the wellness experience into our homes.

How to go on a wellness getaway

Aman has launched Sva – a new line of holistic wellness treatments. (Photo: Aman)

Pre-pandemic, escaping from the stresses of work and city life often meant taking a flight out to spend a couple of weeks at a secluded wellness retreat. While that’s not possible at the moment, the coronavirus has served to highlight the importance of personal health and mental wellbeing.

What can we do in the meantime, while we wait for borders to reopen?

One thing the pandemic has shown us is that wellness can be achieved anywhere, even in our homes. To help us along that journey, luxury hotel group Aman – renowned for its restorative retreats around the world – is bringing its unique brand of wellness into our homes with a new range of holistic supplements.

The new brand, named Sva, is “a range of holistic formulas and supplements developed to aid in maintaining optimum health in a modern and frenetic world”, Aman said in a press release.

The name Sva comes from “svasthya”, the Sanskrit word for health. The line combines traditional knowledge and contemporary science nutrition for those seeking Aman’s on-property equilibrium in everyday life.

Products in the line have been created to help support immunity, digestion, circulation and to sustain a healthy mind. Sva consists of a total of 19 products, which are gluten-free and plant-based, and divided into three ranges – Chinese Herbal Formulas, Micronutrient Supplements, and Botanical Tonics.

Chinese Herbal Formulas and Micronutrient Supplements are the first to be launched, with Botanical Tonics set to be released later this year.

Sva’s range of seven Chinese Herbal Formulas uses carefully selected herbs, based on ancient Chinese remedies. Respiratory Support is described as the “hero formula”, designed to help maintain a healthy respiratory system.

The six other formulas include Balance, Vitality, Uplift, Calm, Immune Support and Nourish. The latter helps to support the digestive system by targeting and stimulating the spleen.

Sva’s line of Micronutrient Supplements was created in partnership with industry leader Biogena. These products provide essential vitamins and nutrients to help support everyday mind and body functions.

The line consists of six products, available in capsule form. For those having trouble falling asleep in the night, Relax & Sleep helps to maintain emotional wellbeing. If you find yourself falling sick often, Immune Defence uses antaxanthin and vitamin complex to help support the immune system’s defences.

Other products include Digestion, Heart & Brain Function, Liver Detox and Resilience.

Staying true to Aman’s sustainability philosophy, every Sva product is packaged in sustainable glass bottles, with a subtle yet sleek monochrome design.

Commenting on the arrival of the new brand, Yuki Kiyono, Aman’s Group Director of Spa Operations, said: “At Aman, we have always believed that by listening closely to the needs of our body and mind, we can achieve wellness from within. Through self-awareness and understanding, we can live a better, more balanced life.

“While our Wellness Immersions and spa treatments have always followed this mantra, the arrival of Sva provides an exciting expansion, taking a more proactive approach to nutrition, where our guests can support their wellness journey from home.”

Granted, at-home treatments may feel like a consolation prize at a time when we can’t check in to a wellness retreat, where experts are on hand to help give our minds and body a reboot, and activities like yoga sessions and spa treatments give us truly holistic healing.

Still, wellness at home can fill the gap in the meantime, especially during this challenging time when our mental and physical health shouldn’t be neglected.

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In these times of stress, we could all do with relaxing. Which is why we are sharing these affordable wellness retreats in the USA.

There are a few better places in the world to head for a nurturing and spiritual journey than the USA. There are many things to do in the USA but if you want to break out of the rut of the usual work, eat, sleep routine, then a health-focussed vacation is the only answer.

A wellness retreat, therefore, not only assures the traveler a promise of rest, but also of a variety of treatments that can help with the problems relating to lifestyle. This is the main reason that a slew of affordable wellness retreats have mushroomed across America. Let’s have a close look at some of the leading ones.

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Santa Barbara Yoga Retreat, California

If the sublime California weather doesn’t pull the strings of your heart, this breathtaking soul healing yoga retreat surely will. For the ultimate personalised experience and affordable wellness retreat in California; the Santa Barbara Yoga Retreat offers two weeks of unlimited yoga activities for as low as $122 per person per night. This includes a private apartment on single/double occupancy, a queen bed and a bamboo floor to practice the sequences best.

You can attend live classes as well as yoga sessions online by the reputed teachers at Santa Barbara and choose from the many different styles on offer. With the beach just a stroll away, one can opt for a private yoga session or just unwind and meditate alone. Shorter stays of two nights, a week or extended stays for a full month of relaxation can also be undertaken here. You can opt to book a complete wellness package on sites like Vacayou.

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Bluff Dwellings, Utah

Conveniently nestled among million year old sandstone cliffs which served as dwellings for the ancient Puebloans, the Bluff Dwellings Resort in Bluff, Utah is a must visit for those who wish to be pampered and embraced by the spectacular surroundings. The 14 buildings and 54 rooms have been so designed to merge with the ruins of the cliffs and boulders. Striving for peace and tranquility is the essence of life and the unique nature-centered HozHo spa ensures exactly that.

Apart from uncompromising luxury rooms set in a surreal environment with all amenities and full attention to high class service. Besides the spa there is an Outdoor Pool and a Whirlpool Spa in the United States most beautiful destination. Oversized rooms, with great views of the 200 feet high red cliffs, come with a private patio, high speed internet, large bathrooms and rain showers providing seclusion and privacy from just $189 per night. Accommodation includes four glamping teepes, nine large dwellings and three large Pueblo structures.

Finish off your budget wellness retreat by heading over to Park City Utah; a gorgeous area of the state, ideal for hikes and skiing depending on when you are visiting.

What to do while waiting to fly out for a much-needed restorative retreat? Aman’s new line of holistic treatments, Sva, seeks to bring the wellness experience into our homes.

How to go on a wellness getaway

Aman has launched Sva – a new line of holistic wellness treatments. (Photo: Aman)

Pre-pandemic, escaping from the stresses of work and city life often meant taking a flight out to spend a couple of weeks at a secluded wellness retreat. While that’s not possible at the moment, the coronavirus has served to highlight the importance of personal health and mental wellbeing.

What can we do in the meantime, while we wait for borders to reopen?

One thing the pandemic has shown us is that wellness can be achieved anywhere, even in our homes. To help us along that journey, luxury hotel group Aman – renowned for its restorative retreats around the world – is bringing its unique brand of wellness into our homes with a new range of holistic supplements.

The new brand, named Sva, is “a range of holistic formulas and supplements developed to aid in maintaining optimum health in a modern and frenetic world”, Aman said in a press release.

The name Sva comes from “svasthya”, the Sanskrit word for health. The line combines traditional knowledge and contemporary science nutrition for those seeking Aman’s on-property equilibrium in everyday life.

Products in the line have been created to help support immunity, digestion, circulation and to sustain a healthy mind. Sva consists of a total of 19 products, which are gluten-free and plant-based, and divided into three ranges – Chinese Herbal Formulas, Micronutrient Supplements, and Botanical Tonics.

Chinese Herbal Formulas and Micronutrient Supplements are the first to be launched, with Botanical Tonics set to be released later this year.

Sva’s range of seven Chinese Herbal Formulas uses carefully selected herbs, based on ancient Chinese remedies. Respiratory Support is described as the “hero formula”, designed to help maintain a healthy respiratory system.

The six other formulas include Balance, Vitality, Uplift, Calm, Immune Support and Nourish. The latter helps to support the digestive system by targeting and stimulating the spleen.

Sva’s line of Micronutrient Supplements was created in partnership with industry leader Biogena. These products provide essential vitamins and nutrients to help support everyday mind and body functions.

The line consists of six products, available in capsule form. For those having trouble falling asleep in the night, Relax & Sleep helps to maintain emotional wellbeing. If you find yourself falling sick often, Immune Defence uses antaxanthin and vitamin complex to help support the immune system’s defences.

Other products include Digestion, Heart & Brain Function, Liver Detox and Resilience.

Staying true to Aman’s sustainability philosophy, every Sva product is packaged in sustainable glass bottles, with a subtle yet sleek monochrome design.

Commenting on the arrival of the new brand, Yuki Kiyono, Aman’s Group Director of Spa Operations, said: “At Aman, we have always believed that by listening closely to the needs of our body and mind, we can achieve wellness from within. Through self-awareness and understanding, we can live a better, more balanced life.

“While our Wellness Immersions and spa treatments have always followed this mantra, the arrival of Sva provides an exciting expansion, taking a more proactive approach to nutrition, where our guests can support their wellness journey from home.”

Granted, at-home treatments may feel like a consolation prize at a time when we can’t check in to a wellness retreat, where experts are on hand to help give our minds and body a reboot, and activities like yoga sessions and spa treatments give us truly holistic healing.

Still, wellness at home can fill the gap in the meantime, especially during this challenging time when our mental and physical health shouldn’t be neglected.

If you’re looking for rest and relaxation, spa treatments, yoga classes or just a quiet place to recharge, these wellness retreats around Georgia are right for you. Take advantage of the various treatments that these facilities offer. If you can’t find one that suits your needs, you can also create your own!

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Elohee in Sautee Nacoochee

In Sautee Nacoochee near Helen, Elohee promotes meditation, movement, yoga, art and sustainability in their retreats. Each one has a different program and theme, whether it be writing a memoir or personal growth. The campus has lodging, a dining hall, a yoga hall, a fire ring atop Bald Mountain, and miles of trails and waterfalls.

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Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta

Tucked in the hills of Atlanta above the Chattahoochee River, it’s easy to pass by this Jesuit center without realizing it. Ignatius House is open to those of all faiths for half-day, single-day, weekend, week-long or 30-day experiences. Retreats are based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, in silence and under the leadership of a spiritual director with different themes. The retreats include private bedrooms and bathrooms, meals and abundance spaces for quiet reflection.

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Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers

Located less than an hour from Atlanta, the Monastery of the Holy Spirit has been home to a community of monks for decades. The monastery is open to public retreats where guests can spend their time in silence or attend daily prayers like lectio divina and Eucharist. There are both planned retreats with themes and those organized individually, including accommodations, meals and access to the grounds for a suggested donation.

In response to COVID-19, the monastery’s retreat center is closed indefinitely. However, the center is offering virtual retreats in 2021 using Zoom.

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Dahlonega Resort and Vineyard in Dahlonega

Set in North Georgia’s wine region, Dahlonega Resort and Vineyard has 22 guest rooms and cabins tucked into the woods, creating an environment for you to disconnect on retreats held throughout the year. Boasting mountain views, this facility offers miles of trails, a meditation labyrinth, an outdoor Jacuzzi, yoga studio and restaurant.

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Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain

You might know it as a family-friendly getaway for its gardens, holiday lights and onsite accommodations, but did you know that Callaway Resort & Gardens also has wellness retreats? Themed retreats are held throughout the year with an emphasis on yoga and meditation, led by a certified instructor. Rates include lodge accommodations. Check their calendar for the wellness retreat packages.

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So do yourself a favor and bookmark the following nine resorts with virtual travel ideas for you to try. Because, well, right now that a.m. yoga practice on a tropical beach may not be happening, but so many other transportive mood-boosting practices can.

Check out 9 virtual travel ideas for wellness getaways you can take remotely.

1. Rosewood Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya, Mexico

It’s a unique experience to stay in one of this resort’s 129 suites that are outfitted with private terraces and plunge pools, situated along the winding lagoons of Mayakoba and on the Caribbean Sea. But though you can’t physically visit, you can get a taste of the serenity it offers via an engaging new video series on Facebook. Take a 20-minute HIIT workout with fitness instructor Giovanni Guerrero, learn to make chef Juan Pablo Loza’s favorite pico de gallo–topped shrimp tacos, and mix immunity-boosting essential oils with resident clinical aromatherapist Daniel Seymour.

2. Kamalaya Koh Samui in Koh Samui Island, Thailand

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This intimate Thai resort is centered around a cave that Buddhist monks once used as a meditative and spiritual retreat. The property, the name of which means “lotus realm,” a symbol of how the human spirit unfolds and grows, has been an innovator in the spa industry for more than 15 years. Now, we can partake in its renowned holistic classes and activities at home. Owner Karina Stewart and on-site master coaches have uploaded videos to the site sharing tips for management and fatigue, cleansing the mind, getting better sleep, re-centering, and focusing on inner well-being.

3. Amanyara in Turks and Caicos

The name of this 56-accommodation luxe resort on the western shore of the island of Providenciales means “peaceful place” in Sanskrit. Through a series of videos designed for taking a wellness journey at home, wellness immersion manager David Melladew virtually transports guests to the secluded Caribbean resort with content like breathing techniques and a 15-minute guided yoga flow class by in-house specialists Jiten Bhatt and Pam Khamsaard.

4. Trisara Resort in Phuket, Thailand

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“Wellness at Home” on Instagram TV and Facebook is a fitness-video series from this resort, whose name is Sanskrit for “the garden in the third heaven,” as its 60 pool villas are situated in three tiers overlooking the Andaman Sea. While you might not be able to visit the water structure in person, this virtual travel idea lets you learn the basics of the Thai boxing sport of Muay Thai, as well as yoga, meditation and guided breathing.

5. Chablé Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Tucked between a tropical jungle and Maroma Beach in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, this five-star beach resort has created a virtual wellness and culinary series on Instagram Stories to share the serenity, reconnection, and peace associated with a sojourn there. Executive chef Luis Quiroz gives cooking demos with vibrant and flavorful ingredients, wellness director Alva Flores hosts meditation sessions and yoga classes, and you can even learn how to craft your own protection-bestowing amulet.

6. The Resort at Paws Up in Montana

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Like a private national park, this resort features 37,000 acres of undeveloped land, 100 miles of trails, and 10 miles of the Blackfoot River. But with its new online series “Live from Big Sky Country,” you can take part in activities for the mind, body, and soul live from the pristine Montana wilderness via its Instagram highlights and Facebook page. Take yoga on the ranch with the resort’s yoga director, forage for healthy ingredients with a wilderness expert, and join spa and wellness director Laura Russell-Nygard to whip up an exfoliating body or lip scrub made with ingredients you already have in your pantry.

7. CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla

Not surprisingly, the culinary-inspired hotel on the British Caribbean island of Anguilla has launched a new cooking and wellness series on its homepage to bring its cuisine from the beach to your kitchen. Executive chef Juan Bochenski offers cooking classes with healthy ingredients and a behind-the-scenes peek at the resort’s iconic dishes while spa director Catherine Phillips shares self-care tips, like how to blend easy, immunity-boosting smoothies and make your own spa treatments.