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Aug 13, 2022

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If you’re the type of traveller who prefers rest and relaxation over high-energy adventure, these three wellness resorts are worth a visit.

Desert downtime

Located in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert outside of Phoenix, Ariz., Civana is all about balance.

The property boasts an impressive spa, three outdoor pools and fitness classes that range from soothing—gentle yoga and sound healing with crystal singing bowls and gongs—to high-intensity, like pickleball and desert hikes.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge a little too. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a delicious orange vanilla bean panna cotta or a slice of lemon olive oil cake with strawberry mousse and toasted almonds from Terras, the on-site restaurant.

The restaurant also serves up organic vegan dishes like the superfoods bowl, a mix of cauliflower tabbouleh and fresh veggies that’s dressed with a turmeric-tahini vinaigrette.

Island paradise

Saint Lucia’s BodyHoliday has been in the wellness business for more than three decades—well before vacationers wanted to integrate health into their holidays.

At this all-inclusive resort, guests are entitled to one free spa treatment per day. Choose from massages, facials, body wraps and thalassotherapy, which uses filtered seawater treatments combined with rejuvenating exercises. These services are intended to help improve your blood circulation and muscle tone.

There are also numerous fitness options, from golf and sailing to yoga classes, pilates and even personal training.

Looking to socialize? Enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea with cakes and pastries in the club or on the deck with fellow guests.

Into the blue

Even if you’ve never been to Iceland, you’ve probably seen photos of its iconic Blue Lagoon that’s filled with geothermal seawater enriched with silica, algae and minerals.

But did you know there’s an entire spa connected to the lagoon? In addition to the rejuvenating effects of the water, the Retreat Hotel offers luxurious treatments in a tranquil setting.

Try the ritual, a refreshing three-part routine that uses the spa’s signature products to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your skin or have a massage while partially submerged in the mineral-rich water.

Go ahead and indulge, so you’ll feel rested and relaxed throughout your vacation.

Book your trip

Plan the perfect spa vacation by speaking with a CAA Travel Consultant. Ensure you’re prepared with the right travel insurance coverage too by visiting caasco.com/insurance/travel.

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