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Where to spa in 2023: The best new wellness destinations in Cabo, New York, Punta Mita and London

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Whether it’s a gravity-defying facial or an herbal bath, there’s nothing more rejuvenating than a spa-centric getaway. Here are some places to escape from California and New York to Mexico and London, whether it’s a press trip or an actual vacation.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The source at Chileno Bay Resort Cabo vacations just got a whole lot healthier thanks to The Well, the very personal wellness retreat in New York City that attracts the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nina Dobrev, and Emma Roberts. That’s because The Well’s first west coast home just opened at the oceanfront Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection.

A new four-day on-site program, The Well Reset, says chief medical officer Frank Lipman, “provides guests with a results-driven itinerary tailored specifically to their wellness goals, even while on vacation — whether that means resetting their gut, improving metabolic health or balancing blood sugar.

The program takes place in the resort’s new wellness center with daily mindful movement classes, a meditation lounge with hanging beds and a floating fire, a bathhouse for stimulating hot and cold sensations in the lymphatic system, and even a bougainvillea-draped nap garden complete with a self-guided pool for reflexology therapy and curated nap programming. In addition to this designated “wellness playground,” designed by New York interior designer Nina Gotlieb, there are six new wellness suites. There, visitors can experience in-room programming plus a personalized Turn Up service each morning with healthy smoothies, ascending yoga sequence cards, and a meditation album. Evening turndown includes a face mask with light therapy, confirmation cards and a foot massage roller. There is also an aloe bar, Biologique Recherche cryosticks and The Well Relax Body Oil to aid in recovery.

This is not a one-massage-and-done spa; the programming is literally 24/7 with advanced sleep monitoring technology as well. Fittingly for its location, The Well at Chileno Bay offers compelling offerings that blend ancient practices with modern science. A particularly dreamy one: spiritual Celestial Bathing, with a fireside ritual and biodynamic moon and starlit float sessions in an outdoor pool. Yes, you can still get a margarita at the swim beach or the three level pool. But maybe it’s not necessary. Single occupancy starts at $5,000 per night, double at $9,000; aubergeresorts.com or shipping.com

View of a meditation lounge at The Well at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences.

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London

Claridge’s Spa After 210 years in business, Art Deco legend Claridge’s in the Mayfair neighborhood finally opened its first spa last fall. As might be expected with an arrival so long in the making, Claridge’s Spa is a thoughtful wellness mecca for physical and emotional healing rituals, bio-innovation and energy cleansing. The magic happens in a tranquil 7,000-square-foot space of oak, limestone, and glass courtesy of renowned interior designer André Fu. The spa includes an indoor pool with private cabanas, saunas and steam rooms, and seven sensory treatment rooms filled with Asian aesthetic references, particularly from Japan. On offer are radiant, high-tech full-body facials and detoxes with acclaimed products from Augustinus Bader; La Eva sensory immersions; and bamboo and silk rituals, among many other next-level escapes. Rooms from $900 a night, claridges.co.uk; more booking options on booking.com, expedia.com and hotels.com.

Claridge's Spa's 7,000-square-foot pool.

Claridge’s Spa’s 7,000-square-foot pool.

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New York

Bathhouse In a converted factory in Williamsburg, Bathhouse is about functional recovery and ancient world wisdom in a moody brick setting with an eclectic design. Wellness seekers can book a day pass for access to a starlit steam room (the ceiling lighting design imitates the night sky), thermal pools, saunas and marble hammams or schedule specific treatments such as Moroccan scrubs in the latter, private herbal baths and stress-melting massages. 101 N. 10th St., Williamsburg, abathhouse.com

Bathhouse - Williamsburg - Brooklyn - Spa

Bathhouse in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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Sage + sound Thanks to several recent openings, New York is now more than ever a destination for wellness. On the Upper East Side, Sage + Sound is a wellness center that encompasses virtually every element of self-care, from life coaching and nontoxic nail treatments to the healthy cuisine of the Isle of Us cafe and Tracie Martyn facials. Mental health professionals lead private and group sessions, plus there are sound baths, workshop speakers, and meditation classes. 1481 Third Ave., sage-sound.com

Sage + Sound Upper East Side

Sage + Sound on New York’s Upper East Side.

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Spa Diane Barriere The new Hotel Barrière Fouquet’s New York in Tribeca is home to the ultra-luxurious Spa Diane Barrière, featuring a hydrotherapy pool and five rooms designed by the renowned Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (The Pendry Residences West Hollywood) plus cult-loved Biologique Recherche treatments, including the Red Carpet Ready Facial, which uses microcurrent remodeling technology to shape, reshape and regenerate. 456 Greenwich St., Tribeca, hotelsbarriere.com; more booking options on booking.com, expedia.nl and hotels. com

Hotel Barriere Fouquet's New York - Guestroom

A room at Hotel Barriere Fouquet’s New York.

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Punta de Mita, Mexico

Susurros del Corazon Auberge Resorts Collection’s airy, luxurious Susurros del Corazón resort debuted in November 2022 along an idyllic beach in Punta de Mita and the restorative Onda, an Auberge Spa, will open this spring, comprising 11 sea-view treatment rooms and wellness offerings , including Laughing Yoga. The full menu combines traditional bodywork, holistic methods, and local healers in ocean-inspired therapies that use elements such as Undaria seaweed oil. In the meantime, Ondita (little Onda) offers four sunny oceanfront rooms where guests can indulge in spirited signatures such as the Las Olas (wave) massage or Cielo energy session to release negative energy, all of which begin with an aloe foot rub and conclude with a turquoise “scalp chill” to open the heart. Mini 30-minute enhancements such as a face, neck, and shoulder massage with cold wave stones can also be done poolside or on the beach. Rooms from $999 per night, aubergeresorts.com and expedia.com

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A view of Onda, an Auberge Spa, opening this spring in Susurros del Corazon.

Auberge Resorts Collection

Rancho Mirage, California

Sensei Porcupine Creek Nestled at the foothills of the mountains in Rancho Mirage, California, the lush, art-studded Sensei Porcupine Creek is the first getaway fully managed by co-founder David Agus’s (Sensei Lanai, A Four) highly customized wellness brand. Seasons Resort, co-founded by Larry Ellison, debuted in 2019). Agus’ Paramount+ series, Checking with Dr. David August, launched in December and features intimate, health-focused conversations with the likes of Jane Fonda and Ashton Kutcher.

At the ultra-discreet Sensei Porcupine Creek, spa treatments aren’t the whole point, but support each guest’s overarching personal goals (discovered through one-on-one sessions with a private Sensei guide) and include sports recovery experiences that combine myofascial relaxation , neuromuscular therapy, percussion devices and stretching. Of course it is also possible to pamper yourself completely, with a gua sha facial or Desert Herb Poultice and Oil Massage, using products infused with herbs from the desert region. The California-meets-Japanese-meets-Peruvian kitchen and sushi bar, courtesy of Sensei by Nobu, also straddles the line between healthy and decadent. Packages start at $1,225 per night with a two-night minimum (sensei. com) and advancement to the Optimal Wellbeing Program, which uses health data capture technology and innovative analytics to dictate an integrated trajectory of practices and therapies (starting at $1,580 per night). sensei. com

Sensei Porcupine Creek is located on 230 acres in Rancho Mirage.

Sensei Porcupine Creek is located on 230 acres in Rancho Mirage.

Thanks to Chris Simpson

A version of this story first appeared in the January 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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