Couples bring a lot of baggage to a marriage (and we aren’t talking about luggage). Consider beginning your new life together the way you want to live it — full of vim and vigor. Recharge and reconnect at some of our favorite wellness destinations around the globe.
Ananda in the Himalayas, India
Set amid the region said to be the birthplace of yoga, Ananda occupies the mountainous grounds of a Maharaja’s glimmering palace. Legendarily infused with cosmic energy, the locale has flower-edged pathways, wandering peacocks, mischievous monkeys, lavish rooms, a swimming pool and a 24,000-square-foot spa, which offers 80 diverse body and beauty treatments. Here, under the tutelage of Ayurvedic doctors and yoga masters, you’ll practice sunrise yoga, meditate and indulge in spa treatments designed for your Ayurvedic dosha — or body type.
Room A Deux: Garden Suite with plunge pool and valley view
Prescription: The three- or five-night Couples Connect Package comes with a candle-lit dinner and spa treatments in the Couple’s Spa Suite. anandaspa.com
Love, Eat, Meditate
COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali
Tuck into a sleek Javanese-style abode, surrounded by emerald green rice paddies and an exotic rainforest, near Ubud, a sun-drenched village, art colony and spiritual hot bed. Shadowed by soaring volcanoes, steps from moldering temples, amid a healing landscape peppered with a history of ancient spice traders, COMO Shambhala embraces your curative quest with round-edged infinity pools, floating treatment rooms, healthy menus and concierge-organized forays — such as sunrise hikes or blessing ceremonies. Breathe as one beneath the palm trees or practice your yoga postures beside a coursing river.
Room A Deux: Retreat in a Pool Villa, which delights with beds canopied in white drapes, an outdoor shower, a private pool and a personal assistant.
Prescription: Relinquish your stress to the Javanese Royal Lulur Bath, a treatment originally designed for royalty. Enjoy this multi-step ritual in the couple’s pavilion, near the spring pools. comohotels.com/comoshambhalaestate/
Gainsborough Bath Spa, England
Pubs, Roman-era ruins, mom-and-pop shops, cafes and theaters fill the cobble-stoned streets of historic, UNESCO-listed Bath, in the bucolic English countryside. Flanked by the buzz of shoppers, street musicians and flower sellers, Gainsborough Bath Spa, a Leading Hotel of the World, melds contemporary aesthetics to the ancient ritual of bathing in curative waters — something the Romans (and others) did here with regularity. With exclusive rights to the city’s trove of mineral-rich H20, this tony hotel offers its guests a thermal water circuit, a prodigious spa program and rooms that have mineral water flowing from a faucet into over-sized, soaking tubs. An inspiring ritual in which guests write their life worries into an erasable wax tablet begins each spa session, underlining the concept of new beginnings. Note: honeymooners receive 20 percent off spa treatments, roses and a bottle of wine upon arrival.
Room A Deux: Bath Spa Suite, which offers unlimited access to the spa, a lounge area and in-suite thermal water service from the bathtub.
Prescription: Seek rapture in the Tranquility for Two self-spa journey, where couples can use oodles of mineralized mud, algae, rose water, exfoliating salts, loofahs, shower gels and moisturizers while they soak int the reparative waters. lhw.com/hotel/The-Gainsborough-Bath-Spa-Bath-England
Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine/El Sanctuario Spa, Spain
An hour from Valladolid, wedged between vineyards, a restored, 12th-century monastery girds a swank 30-room hotel, a Michelin-starred restaurant and an innovative, subterranean spa, El Sancutario. LeDomaine brings wine-sense to the healing arts with a program in which spa attendants proffer tastes and sniffs of the retreat’s vineyard’s own wines and house-made, garden-fresh essential oils. Not a gimmick, this helpful procedure steers guests to program choices, which best benefit their spa needs and desires. Your “vinotherapy” can be matched with simple, healthy menus, athletic options — such as biking — or simply be a route to relaxation between wine tastings.
Room A Deux: Junior Suite with vineyard views.
Prescription: Revel in Le Grand Cru,145-minutes of oenotherapy in the two-person spa suite, experiencing wine-infused modalities from body exfoliation to body wrap. ledomaine.es
Grand Hotel Tremezzo ,Lake Como
Romance Italian-style rules the day on the shores of Italy’s most storied lake. Do it George Clooney style at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, a Belle Epoque enclave steeped in regal majesty. When you aren’t navigating the limpid water in the hotel’s own RUY, a vintage motor launch, splashing in the lake-side pool, or gadabouting amid the grande dame’s palatial interiors, be enwrapped in the solace of its newly minted T-Spa, poised in Villa Emilia — a re-envisioned, 18th-century, structure that graces the gardens. Find your dolce vita in the Couple’s Room, where side-by-side treatments curb jet lag and evoke your inner red Ferrari.
Room A Deux: Book Suite Emilia, a chi-chi room located within the spa complex, with private access to the facility.
Prescription: Book the Romance Package, which garners you spa time, plus a bespoke boat ride on the lake. grandhoteltremezzo.com
Arte De Vivre
Cheval Blanc St-Barth
Isle de France, St. Barths
With French élan, hilly St Barths is like Paris — but in a little black sundress and strappy sandals. Expect gendarmes with Gaston-like dimples, perfect croissants and well-heeled fashionistas. Jet setters, glitterati and the yachting crowd abound. Channel their hedonistic ways at exquisite Cheval Blanc, which does barefoot chic with Coco Chanel style. Overlooking famed Flamands Beach, the halcyon hotel vaunts the only Guerlain Spa in the Caribbean. Here, you can recharge after a shopping spree or unravel the knots after a sailing jaunt. Relish a couple’s massage in the verdant garden’s outdoor treatment pavilion Book before a gastronomic dinner on the beach.
Room a Deux: Honeymooners hanker for the Hillside Bungalow (with sea view), set above the other rooms for extra privacy.
Prescription: Get fit with the Summer Wellbeing program which keeps you active with daily hikes, yoga and pilates and renewed with massages and candle-lit meditation. stbarthisledefrance.chevalblanc.com/e
Mii amo, Sedona, Arizona
Crafted by star architect Richard Gluckman to fuse with the otherworldly, fire-colored rocks of Red Rock State Park, Mii amo embraces local Native American traditions and draws from the sacred, energy vortex that reputedly buzzes through the area. Sign up for three, four or seven-day itineraries, known as journeys, to undergo a couples’ joint magic carpet ride to another dimension. Contemporary rooms, some with mountain views, provide a soulful foundation for days filled with spa treatments that range from facials to hypnosis (to conquer a bad habits) to hot stone massage. Inspired, healthy cuisine sustains you during myriad complimentary group activities — think hikes and star gazing. Do back stroke in the outdoor pool to muse over the clouds or ponder your future in the crystal-bedecked meditation room, designed to capture the moonlight.
Room a Deux: The stand-alone Mii amo Luxury Suite has a fireplace, terrace and courtyard with views.
Prescription: Inhale the dreams of your new life together in the couple’s massage room with the Intentional Aromatherapy Massage. Set an intention for a happy, healthy marriage. miiamo.com
Rogner Bad Blumau, Austria
It’s like a fairytale. Designed by Austrian painter and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, to house a bevy of mineral springs and their proved healing waters, Rogner Bad Blumau unfurls like a Dr. Seuss sketched castle. Atop a hill, the curvy-lined complex, topped with onion domes, glittering with gold highlights, marked by fantastical columns and block painted in hues from the earth, the hotel and spa bedazzles aesthetically, even as it promotes healing and relaxation. Eleven indoor and outdoor pools, tons of jacuzzis, plentiful decks, myriad saunas, a spa and abundant bridges form the sauna empire and bathhouse’s heartbeat. But be enchanted, too, by Hundertwasser design savvy rooms, local wine and farm-to-fork meals, not to mention hiking, yoga, biking and hot air balloon rides.
Room a Deux: The Steinhaus Komfort, which has a balcony.
Prescription: Soak. Soak. Sauna. Soak again. It’s all about the water, known to ameliorate ailments from eczema to arthritis. blumau.com
Salud y Amor
Once the seaside mansion escape of Hollywood heyday film stars, One&Only Palmilla has grown into a manicured resort that matches the drama of the Baja Peninsula’s desert coastlines. Pearly white beaches, seductive swimming pools, guest rooms with sea views, plunge pools, Mexican hand-made furnishings and award-winning restaurants, combine to make this resort one where you want to stay forever. Take your daily constitutional in the magical mystery tour of a spa, which occupies a secret garden. Enter to find half-hidden thatched roof treatment huts, al fresco nooks and crannies and pool-dotted niches. With a wellness menu that borrows from indigenous healing traditions, you’ll receive rituals stepped in curative lore, administered with local herbs and tonics.
Room a Deux: Ocean Front Pool Casita Suite, which comes with a dedicated butler, daily afternoon margaritas, Sea of Cortez views, and wrap-around-infinity pool.
Prescription: Enjoy the Enamorados Bespoke Couples Experience for head-to-toe tandem pampering in the fully knockout Private Spa Suite. And, get thee to the resort’s private coves, where couples can rent a floating net bed and private palapa area all day long, attended to by beach butlers. palmilla.oneandonlyresorts.com