Sparkly fitness studios, luxury resorts, and high-end wellness centers encourage travelers to rethink what it means to unwind while away.
Words by Matthew Wexler Photos courtesy of each featured location
Vacation means different things to different people. Regardless of the destination, physical activity, and revitalization soothe the mind as much as the body.
These luxe new openings from across the globe reinterpret what well-being looks like from the inside out.
The Oleon House New York, New York
Menna Olvera and Carlos Leon (yes, of Madonna fame) combine mind, body, and breath for a fresh take on yoga and strength training classes in their exposed brick, sun-drenched studio in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Book a “C + M” private session that integrates the co-founders’ modalities to jumpstart the day, or drop in for a slow flow restorative class after a day of touring the town. 161 West 22nd Street, New York City. theoleonhouse.com
Hacienda AltaGracia San José Province, Costa Rica
Costa Rica has long been the location of phenomenal yoga retreats, but the Auberge Resort Collection’s latest property levels up with a stunning 50-casita resort and 180 acres of tropical forests, equine stables, and a well-being center. Bespoke experiences range from Ficus tree climbing, waterfall hikes, and forest bathing to the onsite stables, Los Establos. The Visiting Masters series offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves among world-class healers and wellness experts.
Head to the sky to experience BXR London’s newest luxury fitness studio, located on the 25th floor of 22 Bishopsgate. The 9,000-square-foot site features soaring views in every direction, while the interior showcases concrete panels, backlit dark-tinted mirrors, and a focal climbing wall towering over 21 feet high. Sweat-by-BXR offers class training for visitors, including the newly launched SweatCon exclusively at the location, which integrates low-impact SkiErgs resistance machines, AssaultBikes for stationary cycle training, and free weights.
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa Montauk, New York
A $20-million spa renovation has turned an already coveted destination into an east coast paradise featuring North America’s only ocean-fed seawater pool, thermal baths, salt room, and treatment rooms overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Some of New York’s most celebrated trainers and influencers lead curated outdoor seasonal fitness classes such as Lit & Lean nightlife-inspired workouts and full body sculpting with Sydney Miller.
An hour south of Salzburg lies an enclave of fitness and well-being that balances the country’s famous Wienerschnitzel with workouts to soothe the soul. The picturesque outdoor yoga terrace offers stellar views of the majestic Kitzsteinhorn Mountain, which soars over 10,500 feet, while on the ground, participants can choose from an array of yoga classes, dance, Pilates, and women’s circles.