Updated: Feb 12, 2019
If you take a quick scroll through your Instagram feed or engage in a quick convo with a friend, you’ll quickly discover that many have dubbed 2019, “The Year of Wellness.” Thanks to the unrelenting holiday season, 2018 has left many of us eager for self-care, moments of manifestation, and an all-around wellness reset. This winter, make time for some much-needed TLC by opting for a mini vacay brimming with self-care and self-reflection, at one of these divine destinations.
Cancun, Mexico - If the mere mention of Cancun summons memories of "that one Spring Break" then it's time for a re-introduction to this city along the Caribbean Sea. Previously known for its lively spring break scene, Cancun has become somewhat of a tamer version of its former self. You can still sip on that pina colada poolside, but you can also take a plunge into one of many cenotes. These natural caves, which can be visited via group tours, are absolutely majestic and are a great way to get away from it all. And if self-reflection is what you seek, you'll likely find exactly that during a temazcal ceremony. Considered a healing and purification ceremony, the temazcal takes place inside of a heated stone structure and can last for several hours. It is typically led by a shaman.
Cape Code, Massachusetts - If you can handle the cold, Cape Cod is a worthy destination for gathering your thoughts as we cope with a blustery winter. Its ample coastline offers ample opportunities for simply taking in the sights and sounds. Be sure to grab a journal to record any thoughts, goals, etc. that might come about as you discover this picturesque locale. Despite the New England chill, there's still plenty to do in Cape Cod over the winter months, including taking in one or two winter-themed festivals or gorging on lobster.
Miami Beach, Florida - Miami Beach isn't all overpriced drinks on Collins and crowded beaches. If you venture just south or north of South Beach, you'll discover neighborhoods that are much more conducive to your self-care needs. In North Beach, you'll find a resort that prides itself on its health and wellness-geared atmosphere. Located minutes away from the hustle and bustle of South Beach is The Palms Hotel & Spa. At this resort, you'll find farm-to-table meals, yoga in their tropical gardens, and plenty of options at their spa.
Yosemite Valley, California - If a full-on escape into nature is more your style, Yosemite Valley is the move. Here is where you'll find Yosemite National Park, one of the United States' most visited national parks. Yosemite offers plenty of hiking options, and if you'd like to get off your feet, there's also horseback riding. Temperatures in Yosemite Valley can dip into the twenties in January, so no matter how you decide to enjoy this natural gem, be sure to bundle up.
Where To Stay: The Majestic Yosemite Hotel