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4 Destinations for a Holiday Detox

Article by Kat Johnson 10.17.2018

Unwind with a spa retreat to one of these idyllic locales, where the wonders of nature will inspire you to press pause and prepare for the year ahead.

Ah, the holidays. The season when we all tend to overindulge, overcommit and overspend. But 2019 is the year to finally make self-care a top priority, starting with a purifying post-holiday detox. If that sounds spartan, don’t worry. We’ve pinpointed five destinations where stunning natural beauty, elevated cuisine and indulgent spa treatments combine for a holistic post-holiday getaway whose healing effects are the best kind of indulgence.


Revel in Holistic Healing in Rancho Mirage, California

Sunset over an outdoor patio flanked by palm trees.

California always tops wellness lists — its spectacular cuisine, outdoor lifestyle and embrace of alternative therapies will rejuvenate mind, body and spirit. With the healing energy of the desert, Palm Springs is the ideal luxury wellness retreat. Whether you need to break free of stress, reset your dietary or spiritual alignment, or simply put down your devices and breathe, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage offers guided wellness journeys to help ease the process. The soothing, manicured property promotes a sense of wellbeing upon arrival, which continues at the desert-inspired spa, where your wellness adviser will fine-tune your treatments utilizing indigenous herbs and mineral salts. For the ultimate detox, head to nearby Joshua Tree National Park, a legendary place of healing energy, offering hiking trails, camping, rock climbing and a sublime desert ambience.


Discover the Magic of the Desert in Muscat, Oman

A lit-up building is nestled in between mountains and the beach, under an evening sky.

Gentle, serene Muscat provides the ideal setting for a post-holiday reset. The low-built architecture offers calming views of the sea and rose-tinted mountains wherever you look, and because it’s not overrun by tourists, sites like the awe-inspiring Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque can be experienced without the stress of crowds. After a lavish reimagining, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel recently reopened with serenity-inducing spaces, but its Six Senses Spa sanctuary has never closed — fortunately for those who rely on its signature menu of Hammam treatments, fitness area, pool and beach. Be sure to bring home Oman’s famed frankincense — this warm, spicy essential oil is said to reduce inflammation, maintain balance and support sleep.


Retreat into Nature in Bali, Indonesia

A woman sits in the traditional meditation pose, overlooking a lush valley, with a small pool and temple behind her.

If you really want to get serious about resetting after the holidays, you may as well head straight to the ultimate wellness destination: Bali. The island’s sacred roots and stunning natural beauty have drawn travelers seeking healing for generations, but since 2015 those in the know flock to Ubud, Bali’s cultural and spiritual heart, where Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve sits harmoniously among the rolling rice paddies of the Ayung river valley. Amid a lush jungle ambience, your wellness journey will be individually guided for a comprehensive wellness program that includes detox and nutrition, Balinese spa, yoga and meditation, and alternative healing energy. (Curated wellness retreats for targeted goals are also available.) Dinner at riverside restaurant Kubu, wrapped in a private bamboo cocoon, turns the nightly meal into a mindful experience of degustation.


Embark on an Active Winter Escape in Denver, Colorado

A full moon shines over Denver’s skyline, which is tucked between a snowy field and snow-capped mountains.

Yes, Denver is cold in the winter. But its bracing mountain air and excellent reputation for health make it the perfect place to reset after the stress of the holidays. The Mile-High City boasts more than 4,000 acres of parks, and organic food and beauty products were firm favorites here long before they found wide acceptance elsewhere. But the high altitude can wreak havoc on your skin, so be sure to make time for the luxury spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, which includes a steam room, a whirlpool, private lounge areas and spa cuisine clean-eaters will love. A warm Colorado River Stone massage will rub away the aches of travel or a day on the slopes.


Plan Your Stay in these Destinations

  • Rancho Mirage

    Location Rancho Mirage, California


    • Sweeping vistas over Coachella Valley
    • Holistic spa rituals inspired by the landscape
    • An elegant steakhouse with panoramic views
  • Muscat, Al Bustan Palace

    Location Muscat, Oman

    Experience A luxury resort overlooking the Sea of Oman.

    • Set on 200 lush, waterfront acres
    • Private, .62-mile beach
    • The only remaining palace in Oman
  • Bali, Ubud, Mandapa

    Location Bali, Indonesia

    Experience A sanctuary set among rolling hills, a river and rice terrace.

    • Discover hidden templates and lush forests
    • Romantic, private dining experiences
    • Wellness programs for mind, body and soul
  • Denver

    Location Live music, dining, sporting events, performing arts and more


    • Fine dining at ELWAY'S Downtown steakhouse
    • Accommodations that are among the city's largest
    • Signature spa rituals with Colorado-inspired elements