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Close your eyes, open your mind and get ready to unwind at these gorgeous destinations across the globe. When you need a break from life’s daily stresses, properties both near and far offer serene settings away from the chaos where you can relax the mind and enjoy the health benefits of meditation. Whether it’s meditation accompanied by singing bowls or yoga, these tranquil and varied retreats around the world are bound to help you find your inner peace.
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa: Paradise Valley, Arizona
Get your meditation on about 13 miles northeast of Phoenix at this indulgent desert retreat on Camelback Mountain. The centerpiece of the resort’s spa is its Zen meditation garden and reflecting pond, where guests can sit quietly and meditate. For more direction on meditation, the spa offers Guided Imagery Meditation and Labyrinth Walking Meditation treatments daily, as well as meditative stretching and yoga Nidra, a sleep-based meditation technique. Once you’re perfectly relaxed, head to the infinity-edge pool, go for a run on a nearby trail or unwind in one of the resort’s Spa Suites, which feature fireplaces, large patios and fabulous views.
Hurawalhi Island Resort: Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives
Traditional meditation and yoga activities are not available at this adults-only resort set on a private island in the Maldives. Instead, guests will find the At One With the Ocean program, which features mindful practices, movements and therapies that incorporate the healing power of the ocean. The guided wave meditation treatment lets guests time their breathing to be in sync with the ocean’s waves, while the glass-enclosed studio welcomes yogis to practice poses underwater. Visitors may also want to opt for a Sound Bath on the Beach: an oceanfront meditation option with Himalayan singing bowls.
Vdara Hotel & Spa at ARIA Las Vegas: Las Vegas
Even lively cities like Las Vegas offer quiet spaces to meditate. The coed meditation lounge at the Las Vegas Strip’s Vdara Hotel & Spa invites visitors to relax amidst the chaos outside. Guests can listen to the sound of the lounge’s waterfall wall as they’re guided by spa therapists into a calm state of being. The 18,000-square-foot ESPA spa also features a variety of treatments, including the signature On the Rocks massage with volcanic stones and the Desert Rose massage with a salt scrub.
Solage, An Auberge Resort: Calistoga, California
Can you imagine meditating while floating on water? Give it a go at Solage, An Auberge Resort in Napa Valley. The on-site spa’s Private Floating Meditation experience involves laying in a floating hammock on a geothermal pool as you meditate with a guide. Spa Solage also offers Private Mindful Awareness sessions that encourage slowing down and tapping into creativity and positive energy. During your stay, take advantage of the resort’s Bathhouse & Mud Bar, where geothermal pools and mineral mud from area hot springs are available. Don’t forget to save time for a free class at the Wellness Studio.