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Return from vacation truly refreshed

Sometimes vacations aren’t quite as relaxing as you plan or expect them to be and these days traveling itself can often be stressful, almost to the point of defeating the purpose of one’s getaway. Shouldn’t you come back from a trip feeling more refreshed than when you left? More and more travelers are beginning to catch on to this notion. As a result, health and wellness retreats are continuing to grow in popularity.

While any vacation is meant to be relaxing, choosing a wellness retreat is a way of guaranteeing you the downtime and rest and relaxation you may be seeking. Wellness escapes allow you to focus on oneself and truly work to renew your mind, body and spirit and inspire overall well-being. Through a combination of spa treatments, restorative workouts and some peaceful reflection, you’ll surely return home feeling refreshed and maybe even inspired.

Options in wellness travel have become endless with everything from spiritual and detox retreats, to health-focused hotels with rooms designed to eliminate germs, to fitness weekends with celebrity instructors and indigenous healing experiences, being offered.

Choosing a destination that offers flexibility along with a variety of restorative activities and services is a good way to go. Places like Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., offer specially tailored wellness escapes that allow guests to be as active or laid back as they want to be. The resort just launched The Bungalows at Terranea, a new lodging collection designed to promote fitness and relaxation. The new accommodations feature a variety of fitness equipment in rooms and special turndowns and amenities with relaxing bath rituals, soothing bedtime masks, herbal teas and more. Stays at The Bungalows at Terranea also include personal fitness consultation and concierge services to help plan your itinerary in advance and arrange any spa appointments, fitness activities and dining during your stay to ensure your vacation is truly stress-free.

Any proper wellness retreat should afford you access to the following amenities, all of which you can find at Terranea Resort:

* Spa treatments. Whether it’s a massage or hydrotherapy you’re looking for, you should be able to find it at your destination. Terranea’s award-winning spa features 25 private therapy rooms with an ocean view, as well as special couples’ suites with copper soaking tubs and fireplace, as well as a wide range of soothing, restorative and holistic treatments. Additional spa amenities include indoor and outdoor relaxation lounges, whirlpool and cold plunge pool and adults-only pool with private cabanas.

* Fitness programs. What’s better than working up a sweat before you wind down at the spa? Activities like yoga, Pilates and spin classes should all be a part of any wellness retreat. Opt for personal training sessions and take the new fitness tips you learn back home with you. The perfect combination of physical activity and rejuvenating spa treatments will help you restore balance.

* Outdoor activities. If you crave a little more adventure from your aerobic activity, think about taking a kayak excursion or a coastal hike. Terrenea’s naturally serene setting on the Pacific Coast gives you easy access to all of these outdoor adventures, while also providing a tranquil backdrop for your wellness retreat.

* Healthful dining. Eating well does not have to mean depriving oneself, after all indulging in great food is a part of vacationing. Find a destination with food options that are both healthful and delicious. Terranea’s Spa Cafe offers a menu that spotlights fresh, local ingredients to create vibrant dishes that are lighter and healthier for you, yet still full of flavor and extremely satisfying.

For more information about wellness getaways at Terranea Resort, visit www.terranea.com.

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