​​Best U.S. Wellness Retreats on the East Coast

Last updated March 4, 2024

From a wild and free spa in Maine to new-gen well-being in Miami, get a fresh lease on life at one of these wellness retreats on the East Coast of the United States.

Home to concrete jungles and sprawling urban hubs, America’s east coast is a buzz of bright lights and hustle-bustle. But the region is also home to small towns with big spa appeal, where every inch of your body can be reprogrammed and reset. 

From jumpstarting a healthier lifestyle and indulging in daily kneadings to embarking on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth, there’s a wellness-focused program in every size, location and philosophy.

We’ve narrowed down the selection of top wellness retreats and resorts on the East Coast from Maine to Florida. These nine hotels and resorts are what wellness dreams are made of.

1. Hilton Head Health

While it is a weight-loss resort, Hilton Head Health (H3) places heavy focus on lasting wellness with custom fitness plans, nutrition education and rejuvenating spa treatments.

Located on beautiful Hilton Head Island off the coast of South Carolina, the all-inclusive resort is THE place for real results and sustainable change. A wellness retreat here is about more than working out and eating healthy. It’s about learning to up your game and continue that healthy lifestyle once you return to your normal routine.

H3 offers a variety of programs such as LivingWell, Healthy Getaway and WorkWell that renew your commitment to wellness. Take advantage of the wide range of fitness classes. These range from TRX training, cardio boxing and barre to outdoor adventures including aqua Zumba, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Beyond classes, you are free to do what you please. Think daily sunrise walks on the beach or afternoon bike rides through moss-draped oak trees, palms and lagoons.

It is highly encouraged that you also nurture body, mind and spirit. And you can enhance your experience using resort credits at the Indigo Spa. Retreat to a tranquil setting created to help reduce stress, find inner peace and true outer beauty. It’s like pampering with purpose.

The on-site restaurant offers a healthy menu with controlled calorie versions of your favorite dishes. Enjoy lobster tacos, veggie burritos, chicken cordon bleu, grits and eggs Benedict—each dish prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

For more than 40 years, H3 has led the way with an innovative holistic path to wellness. Let Hilton Head Health help you on the road to weight loss and lifelong wellness.

2. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

Spa-ing takes on a whole new meaning at this five-star all-suite resort. Situated in the coveted North Beach neighborhood, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort rivals any wellness retreat on the East Coast.

The hotel presents authentic and specialized approaches to health and complete well-being. As a wellness-focused resort, the spa obviously takes center stage. Come for transformative signature spa treatments and massage therapies that harness the power of aromatherapy and warm crystal quartz. Book an IV therapy or chakra balancing session, float in a sensory deprivation tank, revitalize with a Tibetan bowl ritual or hop in Miami’s only igloo!

Touchless wellness is the name of the game here and provides cutting-edge technology with multiple health benefits such as rapid recovery, weight loss, relaxation and rejuvenation. Discover the world’s first technology-enabled meditation pod or experience the deep red light therapy of the prism light pod.

The fitness center has a stunning view of the beach and features state-of-the-art gym equipment and a rock-climbing wall. And if you tire of the four pools, there are 750 feet of pristine sand to wiggle between your toes.

At the end of the day, spread out in a one- or two-bedroom tastefully appointed suite complete with separate living room, full kitchen, spa-like bathroom, floor-to-ceiling windows and breathtaking ocean views.

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort promotes a path to discovery and welcomes you to gather, mingle and indulge in balance. Come as you are; leave as you’ve never been.

3. Skyterra Wellness Retreat

“You deserve to feel better” is the philosophy of this all-inclusive wellness retreat in North Carolina. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest, Skyterra s a playground of experiences both on- and off-campus.

The program encompasses a roster of fitness classes including yoga and meditation, enriching talks, educational workshops and stress management coaching. And there is a strong focus on outdoor activities with walking, hiking, whitewater rafting, waterfall hunting, fishing, cycling and more. 

With a max capacity of 25 guests, you receive the individual attention that you deserve. Personal wellness retreat packages are one week long and spotlight fitness, mindfulness and nutrition. Each journey starts with a screening to help gauge your health concerns followed by a customized schedule that includes one-on-one consultations, classes and lectures. 

But what sets Skyterra apart from other wellness retreats is its focus on physical and mental health as well as its after-care program.

Spa services are optional and not included in the program fee. But trust us, you definitely want to book a treatment or two. Choose from more than a dozen therapies including a honey and salt body treatment, a therapeutic aloha massage and a seasonal treatment such as the cucumber calendula massage with a hint of lavender.

Accommodations are in well-appointed private lodges or cottages and delicious chef-prepared meals are served community-style in the dining area.

Whether you are looking for a way to de-stress, get fit, lose weight or simply relax, the award-winning Skyterra Wellness Retreat has exactly what you need.

4. Mirbeau Inn & Spa Plymouth

Part indulgent getaway and part French manor house, this world-class wellness retreat in Massachusetts is clustered around a sumptuous Monet pond garden, with exterior architecture, interior décor and landscape design reminiscent of an estate in the countryside near Paris. Guests return year after year to soak up the quintessential French vibe.

Their upscale spa takes pampering to a new level with a number of wellness-centric treatments that leave you rebooted and rebalanced—and ready to take on the world. Pre- or post-treatment, relax by a roaring fire in your treatment room, sink into the oversized outdoor whirlpool or escape to the quiet oasis of the resting area for personal reflection and meditation.

There’s a state-of-the-art fitness center and a daily roster of classes held in either the motion studio, indoor cycling studio or yoga studio. The Inn is located next to two 18-hole championship golf courses. Tee off on 300 acres of gently rolling fairways punctuated by stately trees and challenging greens.

Mirbeau is also a jumping-off point for excursions to the historic Plymouth Harbor where you can charter whale watches and private dinner cruises. Whatever your outdoor pleasure, let your imagination run wild while your heart races with dramatic overlooks that leave you breathless.

And when you truly want to feel like French royalty, book one of the romantic turret suites with standing balcony overlooking the Monet-esque gardens.

R&R goes a long way at Mirbeau Inn & Spa Plymouth and it’s yours to explore.

5. Chatham Bars Inn

It doesn’t get more Cape Cod than this. Boasting one of the most exclusive addresses on the Cape, Chatham Bars Inn is coastal luxury at its finest. With a quarter-mile stretch of private beach, four on-site restaurants to meet every taste and a spa oasis to escape to, you might never want to leave this New England wellness resort hideaway.

And why would you with a spa unlike any other? Choose from a menu of indulgent treatments including the signature ocean massage that mimics the movement of the tides using warm stones that soothe the nervous system. During the summer months, guests can take treatments in the private outdoor cabanas in the Zen garden.

For an elevated experience, book one of the 12 spa suites which feature an in-room oversized hydrotherapy tub, sauna, steam shower, built-in massage tables and fireplace. Not to mention crisp bed linens waiting for you to slip into after a perfect day.

A culinary destination in and of itself, the Inn serves pier-to-plate (read clambake) and farm-fresh cuisine inspired by the bounty produced at the eight-acre farm located a short drive away.

Regardless of season, Chatham Bars Inn shines year-round with a variety of activities. In addition to water sports, fishing, hiking and biking trails, wander the nearby quaint seafaring town or take pleasure cruises around Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island.

Start planning a wellness retreat-yourself trip to Chatham Bars Inn where old-world charm meets updated amenities.

6. Canyon Ranch Lenox

What does a wellness retreat mean to you? Write your own story of renewal at Canyon Ranch Lenox, an all-inclusive health resort set on the grounds of a grand turn-of-the-century mansion in the Berkshires.

Whatever road leads you here, there’s a wellth of choice—with expertly curated experience pathways that guide you toward a life of health, well-being, purpose, joy and energy. If one of their bundled programs isn’t clicking, then weave together your own adventure. You can customize a path that best navigates your own wellness intentions.

Choose daily from a range of activities that work together to help you achieve optimal health. Your day may begin with yoga and end with a sunset canoe ride. Or go snowshoeing in the hush of a winter morning and challenge yourself with kettlebells or a dance class in the afternoon.

The spa complex is out of this world. Built around a two-story atrium, there are cardio and weight rooms, dance and yoga studios, an indoor running track, indoor tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools—you name it and it’s there. Relax in saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools. Take in the beauty of the healing mountains on guided outings. 

The bevy of treatments is inspired by traditional, alternative and modern therapies from every hemisphere. Feel tension melt with the signature massage, balance body and mind with energy-based work, indulge in a centuries-old Ayurveda body treatment enhanced by aromatherapy.

Connect your body and mind with bundled pathway experiences to options that give you flexibility to pursue your own path. Regardless of what you choose, every trail leads to the best in you.

7. Breakwater Inn & Spa

Beautiful beaches, a quaint harbor, fishing villages. Kennebunkport ticks all the boxes for a wellness retreat in coastal Maine where the allure of a good book or a glass of wine enjoyed in an Adirondack chair never goes out of style.

Breakwater Inn & Spa blends the hospitality of a waterfront bed and breakfast with the amenities of a luxury boutique hotel that’s been charming guests since the 1880s. Breakwater also adds a little something extra in the form of a spa.

Amidst soft lighting and soothing music, spa therapists restore balance through an array of treatments ranging from a fusion of Swedish, deep tissue and sports massage to a CBD, coffee and Himalayan salt rub. Before or after your treatment, unwind in front of the fireplace in the relaxation room.

Accommodations are available in the Inn and Spa buildings and both reflect Kennebunkport’s maritime heritage with a nautical color palette and classic New England décor. Wake up to a continental breakfast of fresh croissants, muffins and mesmerizing views of the yachts and boats gliding along the Kennebunk River. After a day exploring the beaches or indulging in spa treatments, sit back and enjoy a spot of afternoon tea!

And you can’t beat the location for excursions. Pedal away on one of the Inn’s free bikes and explore the beaches dotting the shoreline. Watch seals lounging on the rocks or bring your binoculars and do some bird watching.

Breakwater Inn & Spa is an idyllic seaside hotel to spend a romantic getaway, mid-week escape or long wellness retreat weekend.

8. Half-Mile Farm and Old Edwards Inn & Spa

For an experience that’s authentic and indulgent, there’s nothing better than the sister properties of Old Edwards Hospitality—where historic elegance meets southern hospitality in North Carolina.

With rustic-chic décor and oversized fireplaces, Half-Mile Farm promises upscale country inn comforts surrounded by bucolic landscapes and mountain vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Activities are low-key with hiking, biking, canoeing, poolside lounging and relaxing under the grape arbor with a good book. Escape to the serenity suite treatment room for a restorative massage using herbs and botanicals sourced from the garden.

Breakfast is a chef-prepared affair, which you can promptly walk off with a stroll around the property or a paddle around the private lake.

Recreation, fitness, fun, rejuvenation—it’s all part of the wellness retreat experience at Old Edwards Inn & Spa. The European-style wellness resort cascades down the sleepy mountain town of Highlands in the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are believed to exude healing powers.

The spacious spa channels this energy into a unique experience of pure bliss. Think therapeutic bodywork and massages, a serenity solarium, a fireside lounge and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the countryside.

Peaceful relaxation and outdoor adventures. You’ll find a plethora of scenic trails leading to a hidden waterfall, you can fish, horseback ride, zipline and golf at one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the region.

Disconnect to reconnect in the tranquil setting of Half-Mile Farm and Old Edwards Inn & Spa.

9. Cliff House Maine

About an hour north of Boston perched atop majestic cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean sits Cliff House Maine, a sprawling haven of quiet luxury without pretense.

Relaxation is all but guaranteed and there’s no better place to rejuvenate and recharge than the seaside sanctuary. Embracing “wild and free” elements of coastal Maine, the spa channels the transformative interplay of water, stone, sky and sand.

Treat yourself to the salt of the sea massage series that rotates with the season. Warm hand-carved salt stones and essential oil blends move the energetic pathways of your body and help you harmonize with nature.

The wellness center offers top-of-the-line cardio and strength training equipment, group and private fitness classes, personal training and an ocean view as far as your eye can see.

Other hotel amenities include indoor and outdoor infinity swimming pools, exclusive access to the adjacent golf course and seasonal options for coastal Maine recreation including biking, hiking, river kayaking, fishing and lobstering trips, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more.

Each of the luxury guest rooms and suites boasts private terraces and thoughtful touches that capture the essence of New England.

Relax, Recharge and Realign Your Life

From a wild and free spa in Maine to a new generation of well-being in Miami, get a new lease on life at one of these wellness retreats on the East Coast.

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