5 exotic resorts that are good for your mind, soul and bikini body prep

Anamaya Resort
Anamaya Resort shot by Geoff McCabe
Anamaya Resort
Anamaya Resort shot by Geoff McCabe

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Summer is upon us. It’s time to get you and your body refreshed and prepped for your seasonal debut. If you, like us, are in desperate need of post hibernation body detox (by hibernation we mean months of binging on carbs and refined sugar), then this is for you. And like us, if you’ve got a serious case of wanderlust, we rounded up the top 5 resorts and spas to rejuvenate your mind why helping you prep for bikini season. Whether yoga and meditation at India’s most prestigious luxury spa is your thing or a lavish golf resort in Sicily is more your speed, we’ve got enough to send you (and your Pinterest boards) into summer travel planning overdrive.

Anamaya Resort

Anamaya Resort
Montezuma, Costa Rica
506 2642 1289

For those who like health handed to them, Anamaya Resort is a wellness paradise atop the hills of hippie haven Montezuma, Costa Rica. Co-founded by Torontonian eco entrepreneur Kelsey Matheson, the resort focuses on organic cuisine, harvesting much from its nearby farm, Rancho Delicioso, which grows everything from amarinth to ice cream beans and features a state of the art tree house for one of its co-founders that comes complete with flat screen TV. Superfood-packed, vegan leaning dishes are served communally, in between infinity pool dips, surf lessons, salsa nights and sunset yoga. You can’t help but bliss in the family-like setting that will have you making forever-friends with the tight-knit group of guests and staff on site.

Chiva Som Resort
Photography courtesy of Chiva Som Resort

Chiva-Som Resort
Hua Hin, Thailand
+66 (0) 3253 6536

Nestled in 7 acres of tropical gardens and stunning beaches along the gulf of Thailand is the luxury health resort Chiva-Som. Besides the plethora of yoga and spa services available, there are also – how shall we say – “minimally invasive surgeries” offered with a cosmetic surgeon on staff to perform procedures (at an added cost). During your stay, you will also be under the guidance of a naturopathic practitioner so you can cleanse your body with a tailored menu (the resort grows it’s own organic fruits and vegetables!), after your 12 o’clock lip injections of course – it’s about balance people.

yemaya island hideaway and spa
Photography courtesy of yemaya island hideaway and spa

Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa
Northern end, Little Corn Island, Nicaragua
+1 303 952 0595

Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa is located on a secluded beach on Little Corn Island off the coast of Nicaragua. Surrounded by a pristine coral reef (ideal for snorkeling), the small 16-cabana resort serves up catered smoothies and whatever the local fishermen haul in. At Yemaya, it’s all about finding equilibrium between the islands famous fried chicken and a liquid detox diet. Plus, beach bar hangouts and hammocks naps are Yemaya approved!

kamalaya wellness spa
Photography courtesy of Kamalaya Wellness Spa Resort

Kamalaya Wellness Spa Resort
Na-Muang, Koh Samui, Thailand
+66 (0) 77 429 800

Off the coast of Thailand on the island of Ko Samui rests the sanctuary, Kamalaya Wellness Spa Resort. Whether you want to reach your ideal weight, strike an emotional balance, or enhance your sleep, Kamalaya has a program for you. With a combination of Chinese medicine, acupuncture and deep-tissue massage you can relax your way to a better sleep. Although, catching some serious Zs at your sea-front villa after a long day at the spa doesn’t sound too challenging, the resort is also complete with world-class food, a herbal steam cavern and a cave once used by Monks for reflection and meditation.

ananda spa
Photography courtesy of ananda spa

Ananda Spa
The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar, India
+91 124 451 6650

Ananda, the first luxury spa in India, sits on a picturesque 100-acre estate in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. The grand entrance of the $50 million dollar spa is a restored 19th-century palace, now known as the Viceregal lounge. When you’re not soaking in warm oil, getting your zen on with a herbal headpack or releasing psychic energy by way of Kirya Yoga, you can relax in a villa, complete with a pantry for the butler, a dressing room, a sauna and a private pool with a view. Also, we hear it’s a fave spot amongst the A-list like Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. So, that’s a plus.

Verdura Spa
Photography courtesy of Verdura Golf and Spa Resort

Verdura Golf and Spa Resort
Sicily, Italy
+39 0925 998001

Located on the southwest coast of Sicily, Verdura Golf and Spa Resort is the place to go if you’re looking for less yoga and more organized activities. This coastal paradise offers golf, cycling, culinary classes and water sports. Not to worry though, for the resort also boasts a host of spa treatments including magnetic therapy to reduce water weight and a facial that uses radio frequency to stimulate collagen production. With all the activities and services the resort has to offer, guests can replenish at one of the four resort restaurants, one of which overlooks the ocean from atop a cliff.