8 Serene Restorative Resorts Around the World

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Still dreaming of that island escape? Now that the New Year has arrived, it is time to plan that much-needed tropical getaway. Jet off to one of these idyllic wellness resorts from Bali to St. Barths for that much-needed nourishing treatment for the mind, body, and soul.

Cayo Espanto


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Cayo Espanto is a private island resort located off the coast of Belize. The secluded stay provided by the resort includes a personal butler service that tailors the entire experience to ensures that travelers of all ages have the best time.

The resort in Belize is home to seven secluded villas. Each of the resort’s villas includes a private dock, a butler, personalized meals hand crafted by the on-island chef, and concierge services.

Personalized activities, meals, and more await. These include private yacht charters, and helicopter and boat tours. Travelers can enjoy a yacht day with an afternoon picnic on an exclusive beach and a helicopter tour over the Great Blue Hole the next.

End your day with a movie night under the stars right there on the island. Plus, the natural setting and nearby largest living coral reef in the world sets the tone for the ideal island escape.

COMO Cocoa Island

The Maldives

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A new Pilates Studio has opened at COMO Cocoa Island. In addition, an open-sided yoga pavilion with striking views of the lagoon accompanies one of the only hydrotherapy pools in the Maldives.

Guests can indulge in a selection of new Wellness Paths at this restorative resort. These treatments are designed to calm the mind, relieve stress and rejuvenate the body. Choose the Body Alignment and Body Screening to help alleviate poor posture. Or try a personalized Hydrotherapy Circuit Instruction, a 60-minute experience in the hydrotherapy pool to improve flexibility.

Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat


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Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat, a fully sustainable wellness retreat center, is known for their farm to table wellness cuisine. The resort has our own permaculture gardens and as well as a free-range farm. They subsidize local farmers and teach organic farming, and sustainable methods free of charge.

For those looking for a gourmet, organic cuisine experience, the Retreat’s Farm-to-Table Restaurant features locally grown gourmet spa cuisine with ingredients grown on property.

For wellness treatments, Floating Leaf offers two full-service Balinese spas with an indulgent menu of services. Services include authentic Balinese spa treatments like Indonesian Herbal Steam Therapy, Traditional Balinese Hair Treatment, Deep Blue Revitalizing Ritual, and much more. In addition, that Jet Lag Remedy treatment is definitely calling our names!

Hermitage Bay Hotel


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Hermitage Bay Hotel is situated on the west coast of Antigua, near St. John’s. This environmentally sensitive resort’s architecture focuses on blending into the natural beauty of the landscape.

The design features 25 individual, elegant cottages delicately landscaped into the natural beauty of Hermitage Bay’s hillside of tropical gardens. Each spacious, shingle-roofed suite captures the old-world charm of the island’s colonial past yet boasts all the amenities of a modern-day luxury resort.

The 5-star luxury resort uses the best of locally sourced ingredients to create a new menu each day, with most of the fruits and vegetables coming from their on-site organic kitchen garden.

Cooking classes and hands on experiences are also available for guests round out your restorative wellness experience.

Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa

St. Barths

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Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa is tucked away on the quiet bay of Grand Cul-de-Sac in St. Barths. The boutique 46-room property has an elegantly appointed open-air design, oceanfront dining venues, and a holistic spa oasis in partnership with La Mer.

Sun-seeking travelers can unwind in Le Barthelemy’s private spa oasis, Le Spa. The spa is equipped with a eucalyptus-Hamman, wood-lined sauna, and hydrotherapy pools with the option to reserve the entire facility to themselves. Or guests may opt for a private treatment in the comfort of their own suite.

There’s no shortage of decadent cuisine at Le Barthelemy, with its Aux Amis restaurant. Guests can dine with their feet in the sand and dive into a variety of island-inspired, healthy options. Local fishermen bring fresh seafood to the hotel daily.

Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa

Sri Lanka

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Overlooking the pristine southern coast of beautiful Sri Lanka, Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa is located along the ancient Spice Route. The luxury resort spans 58 hectares, making it the largest resort in Sri Lanka, all surrounded by stunning tropical gardens.

CHI Ayurveda Spa has partnered with Southeast Asia’s famous Ayurveda healing center, the Siddhalepa Group, to offer guests traditional Ayurvedic treatments using ancient healing remedies and therapies handed down, unchanged, through generations of practitioners.

Located in a secluded area of the resort, CHI Ayurveda Spa offers twelve treatment rooms decorated in Shangri-La’s signature CHI style that are complimented by local design elements.

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

The Maldives

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Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa welcomes guests to a private dining experience for two. Set against the romantic backdrop of the Indian Ocean, guests will sample an extravagant 5-course dinner paired with a selection of premium wines that accompany each course.

The offer includes overnight accommodation in a premium water bungalow or water villa, as well as shared and scheduled round trip transfer by speedboat.

Shine Spa for Sheraton™ features six treatment villas as well as a VIP treatment room. There are also two hydrotherapy pools, two relaxation lounges, and separate steam rooms.

Pangkor Laut Resort


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YTL Hotels’ Pangkor Laut Resort is located on its own 300-acre private island off the west coast of Malaysia called Pangkor Last Island. The island comprises a 2-million-year-old rainforest.

Perfect for restorative wellness, the resort features overwater villas as well as their award-winning Spa Village Pangkor Laut. The spa is known for its treatments inspired by the healing traditions of the region. Each Spa Village treatment begins with the unique bath ritual. This ritual is a pre-treatment 45-minute circuit that draws from bathing traditions around Asia.

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Vanessa Gordon
Vanessa Gordon is the Owner and Publisher of East End Taste Magazine. Vanessa is regularly called on as a family travel, personal finance, and Hamptons lifestyle expert. She has been featured in Reader's Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times, New York Post, The Daily Beast, The Daily News, and many other publications. Vanessa is also the Founder of the annual Hamptons summer event, the Hamptons Interactive Brunch.