Top Wellness Resorts on the East Coast 

Mary Elmore
Mary Elmore

(Broadry) — The best vacations don’t have an agenda; after all, there’s nothing quite so defeating as returning exhausted from a long-awaited trip. That’s why wellness-focused resorts – with spas, fitness programming, unique dining experiences, outdoor exploration and more – are not just ideal for vacations, but essential.

From Maine to Florida, these East Coast wellness resorts are designed for self-care – whether that means lying awhile in Savasana, tucking into a delicious meal, or simply enjoying a change of scenery.

Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa – Lenox, MA

Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa - Lenox, MA
Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa – Lenox, MA

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The third wellness resort by Miraval, this outpost is located on the sprawling grounds of Wyndhurst Mansion in the Berkshires. At Miraval’s signature Life in Balance Spa, guests can opt for unique services like Naga, which incorporates hanging silks and assisted stretches, and Heart Song, in which you rock weightlessly in a warm dry-float bed. The spa also offers massages, skin treatments, and salon services. Dining options include the Life in Balance Culinary Kitchen where guests can partake in workshops and special events, and accommodations span Gilded Age-inspired guestrooms in the mansion, cottages, and carriage houses. Our editor, who recently visited Miraval, suggests trying a new experience during a stay — like Breathwork Journey or a Cocoon Meditation session with Spiritual Coach Mark Gerow.

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The Lake House on Canandaigua – Canandaigua, NY

After you’ve wine tasted your way through the Finger Lakes, retreat to the The Lake House on Canandaigua. At the Willowbrook Spa, guests can relax in creekside saunas and indulge in relaxing treatments – from massages to body work, with a variety of options targeted at better sleep, pain relief and more. Two on-site restaurants (one casual, one fine dining) offer seasonally inspired fare, and the Library Bar is the perfect place to cozy up with a good book. The pet-friendly hotel also offers a range of wellness-minded activities, from yoga and meditation classes to unique offerings like Afternoon Tea and Apothecary and Whiskey and Woodburning.

Mirbeau Inn & Spa – Plymouth, MA

You’d hardly know you’re just outside of Boston at Mirbeau Inn & Spa, which feels more like a chateau in the South of France. Replete with Monet-inspired gardens and koi fish ponds, the intimate resort offers elegantly furnished guestrooms with fireplaces and soaking tubs, as well as The Bistro & Wine Bar, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. After enjoying a treatment at the spa, guests can relax on the Aqua Terrace featuring a heated pool and refreshment bar. Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Plymouth is a Forbes Travel Guide Four Star award-winning resort, and has two additional locations in New York: Skaneateles (Finger Lakes) and Rhinebeck (Hudson Valley). A third New York Mirbeau Inn & Spa is expected to open in Beacon.

The Lodge at Woodloch – Hawley, PA

This high-end resort in the Poconos is best known for its spa, where services range from facials and massages to float therapy. Guests of the spa enjoy access to the Aqua Garden with heated Hydromassage WaterWalls, indoor and outdoor pools, a Himalayan Salt Sauna, Tyrolean Bucket Shower and Snow Room. An AAA Four Diamond Resort, The Lodge at Woodloch is also all-inclusive, with upscale accommodations, three gourmet meals daily and a number of other wellness-inspired activities – from guided outdoor adventures to cooking and baking demos – covered in nightly rates.

The Essex Resort & Spa – Essex Junction, VT

If you enjoy cooking at home (or just appreciate good food), you’ll love The Essex Resort & Spa. Chefs of all skill levels are encouraged to partake in classes at the onsite Cook Academy, where culinary professionals provide hands-on instruction. Another hallmark of The Essex is Junction, an award-winning, interactive dining experience in which chefs act as tour guides, providing recommendations based on their expertise and even preparing some meals tableside. The Essex also offers a spa, where offerings include CBD-infused treatments, pools, and a hot tub. And thanks to the resort’s location in northern Vermont, there are endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors year-round.

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort – Braselton, GA

What started as a vineyard in 1981 has grown into a destination resort in northern Georgia. Chateau Elan Winery & Resort offers tours and tastings at its signature winery, where you can also order a picnic basket to enjoy on the vineyard grounds. At the spa, a full menu of multi-sensory services and treatments is complemented by an indoor saltwater pool, dry Finnish sauna, eucalyptus steam room and mindful dining at Fleur de Lis, featuring lakefront views. Newly renovated guestrooms offer oversized soaking tubs – the perfect place to end the day before a peaceful night’s rest.   

The Greenbrier – White Sulphur Springs, WV

The Greenbrier has served as a wellness retreat for centuries, first attracting guests to its restorative sulphur springs and today to its world-renowned spa. Hydrotherapy offerings like The Greenbrier Sulphur Soak allow guests to take full advantage of the water’s restorative properties, while other treatments incorporate the native waters. Medical spa services are also available. In addition to the spa, guests enjoy a variety of restaurants, a casino, shopping, golf, and special holiday events. Take time for a tour of the storied resort, which served as a hospital during World War II and a top-secret bunker for members of Congress during the Eisenhower administration.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa – Manalapan, FL

An exclusive escape in Palm Beach, this oceanfront resort is the ultimate place to unplug in Florida. Dig your toes in the sand and listen to the waves crash ashore – your choice of drink in hand – from your private cabana, or while away your days by the oceanfront pool. Reservations at the Eau Spa – where choices range from HydraFacials to a Champagne and Caviar Couples Journey – are a must. Opt to enjoy your treatment in a Private Garden Villa before relaxing in the Self Centered Garden with private cabanas, pools and refreshments.

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