In the fast-paced modern world, our busy lives can leave us running on empty, and sometimes escaping the hustle and bustle is what we need to recharge. But beach lounging can get dull and buzzing around a big city can leave you even more exhausted than before. Instead, try a health and wellness retreat to see how rejuvenating your vacation can actually be.
Southern Utah’s Red Mountain Resort is a leading purveyor of these transformative getaways and offers packages built for every type of traveler: girlfriend getaways, solo trips, yogis, outdoor enthusiasts, and active couples. Choose the best one for you and your crew with this retreat guide for stays ranging from weekend to weeklong.
Red Mountain retreats are all-inclusive getaways. The experience includes three healthy meals a day, guided hikes, and unlimited yoga and fitness classes so you won’t have to plan a thing. Choose to pack your schedule with every activity imaginable—or unwind and focus on things you truly love.
Best Retreat for You: Girlfriends Villa Getaway. Enjoy a slumber party with your ladies on this four-day, three-night stay in one of Red Mountain Resort’s two-bedroom villas. Choose your own adventure by day, sticking together for guided group biking and hiking in nearby Snow Canyon State Park or fly solo at the fitness classes. Whether you’re an all-in yogi or a boot-camp devotee, you’ll find classes to rave about over meals with the girls at Canyon Breeze Restaurant. When the day’s done, head back to your villa for swimming at the adjacent pool.
Relax with 50-minute customized massages at Sagestone Spa, which are included for everyone in your squad. Stock up afterward on beauty goods with the provided $25 shopping credit.
Best Retreat for You: Red Mountain Essential Retreat. Rekindle your romance with this popular retreat that includes all the basics plus cooking demonstrations and healthy living classes. If your partner’s into lounging with a good book in a hammock and you’d prefer exploring on a mountain bike, this retreat is for you. Do your favorite activities independently and meet up for meals or activities you enjoy together. Start your days with Red Mountain Resort’s signature guided hikes then transition into fitness classes or whatever fits your fancy.
For lovers of deep-tissue massages and stand-up paddleboarding clinics, this basic Essentials package might not fit your needs, but you can upgrade to the five-day, four-night Ultimate Essential Plus, which includes $150 daily resort credit for additional activities. Go paddling at sunset, hike through lava tubes, try tai chi, or warm up with a Himalayan salt stone massage together in the spa.
Best Retreat for You: Essential Yoga Weekend Retreat. Dive into your yoga practice at this four-day, three-night retreat that connects you with other yogis surrounded by the natural beauty of southwestern Utah. Focus on the foundations of yoga with Vinyasa, Gentle, meditation, and breath-awareness sessions, or venture into the wild for outdoor practices beneath the rising sun and amidst Snow Canyon State Park’s vermillion cliffs.
Pack your schedule with up to three yoga classes a day, adding hiking, meditating, and adventurous clinics to the mix, or soothe your soul with unstructured relaxation time. It includes everything in the Essential package, plus unique sunrise and state park yoga sessions. Restorative sound baths, meditation sessions, and a chakra balancing are built-in to enhance well-being and restoration.
Best Retreat for You: Self Care Essential Retreat. Always wanted to take a solo vacay but are too nervous to book? Need restorative time away from the distractions of home? The Self Care Essential Retreat is designed with you in mind and is most beneficial when taken alone. Spend four days, three nights in Utah’s red rock desert, focusing on self-discovery with a goal of radical personal transformation. Bond with others on the same path at community dinner tables and group activities or relish in time spent alone.
Immerse yourself in relaxation with five signature spa treatments: vibrational sound therapy, Himalayan stone massage, calming cranial sacral treatment, muscle-relaxing Thai table massage, and the Red Rock Revitalizer—the resort’s signature treatment, which includes a sugar scrub followed by a full-body massage during a warm Vichy shower.
Spend the rest of the retreat exploring 7,000 acres of red rock desert on guided hikes or bike rides through Snow Canyon State Park. Stick around the resort to wander the meditative labyrinth, unwind with yoga, or soak in the sun at the outdoor pool.
Best Retreat for You: Essential Zion Adventure Retreat. Those avid about natural wonders will love this adventurous retreat package that includes a guided day trip into red rock playground and sandstone cliffs of Utah’s famed Zion National Park.
Beyond Zion, explore Utah’s southwest on the resort’s guided hikes through Snow Canyon’s lava rock-capped red and white Navajo sandstone, natural slot canyons, and varicolored cliffs. Red Mountain’s hiking is the heart of its operation, and at no other retreat center will you find the breadth and diversity of trail options with hikes for every skill level.
Feeling adventurous? Add on a night hike through lava tubes, bike to the art community of Kayenta, take a stand-up paddleboarding class, or go big with a canyoneering class in Utah’s famous canyons. Requires a four-night minimum stay and includes everything in the Essential retreat—plus the Zion experience.
No matter how you like to spend your time—or whom you want to take with you—Red Mountain Resort can cater to your idea of a perfect getaway. Not only will you get to explore this incredibly scenic corner of Utah, but you can let someone else do all the planning. Spend your time relaxing—this is your vacation, after all.