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Resolve to do something for yourself this next year. These three wellness trips are a good place to start.

Find Your Centre: Wellness Trips to Take This Year

Where breathtaking landscapes lie in three distinctive corners of the world, these immersive wellness retreats will leave you restored and ready for the year ahead.

If you’re looking for the kind of mind and body boost that a single spa treatment or fitness class just doesn’t deliver, commit to something deeper. Unfolding over several days, these sojourns into self-care allow you to disconnect from the world and focus on one thing: yourself. From practising Buddhist principles in coastal Vietnam to fitness training and toning massage in Florence, there’s a place and a plan for every vision of revitalization.

Find Mindfulness in Vietnam

Situated on an immaculate stretch of Vietnam’s central coast, with three infinity pools cascading in stairsteps to the sea, Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, is a sanctuary for the spirit. Support, compassion and acceptance are the guiding principles of the Resort’s holistic Heart of the Earth Spa, which follows the teachings of revered Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

With classes and treatments designed to help you stop, listen and examine the harmony of your surroundings, it’s easy to reach the musings of the inner self. You can practise yoga, meditation and mindful breathing in intro-level classes or go further with sound and breath exercises and reiki. A new, palm-shrouded yoga pavilion offers Antigravity Yoga: Cradled in a soft hammock, you’ll stretch and soar into body-opening postures.

Twice a year, the Resort hosts The Present: A Mindfulness Retreat, a rare opportunity to work alongside monks from Thich Nhat Hanh’s root pagoda as they usher guests through meditations, dharma talks, mindful eating and yoga. In addition, masters with specialties such as colour therapy and cupping visit several times a year.

For the ultimate self-awareness retreat on your own time, book one of the eight spa villas. Set in a lotus-filled lagoon, each offers an overwater relaxation area and its own set of crystal singing bowls designed to balance your energies and align your internal rhythm to that of the Earth. Every night the Resort leads the calming Goodnight Kiss to the Earth ceremony, which shouldn’t be missed. In this peaceful ritual, you write your own love letter to the Earth and send it out into the moonlit lagoon on a floating candle.

Tone Up in Florence

Two exquisitely restored former residences built more than 500 years ago compose the elegant Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. Its Renaissance-era elegance and 17th-century frescoes effortlessly transport guests to another era. Add the unparalleled Wellness Program to your stay, and you won’t just be transported, you’ll be transformed.

Delivering measurable results over a three- or seven-day period, the program combines personalized fitness classes, body treatments, nutrition consultations and innovative Body Slimmer technology, in which infrared-equipped fitness machines increase workout efficiency. The Hotel’s three restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Il Palagio, turn out healthy, balanced meals to keep you properly fuelled.

Recovery and rejuvenation come in the form of daily toning massages, iridescent mud therapy and body illumination treatments. Inside the glassy two-story Spa, find further revitalization in the soothing sauna and steam bath. Outside, the regal, 11-acre Giardino della Gherardesca is a study in perfectly placed statues, fountains and flora – some planted centuries ago. Wandering in the city’s largest private garden, you’ll feel like an Italian aristocrat – and, by the end of your stay, a particularly fit one.

Play and Pampering in Hawaii

Known as the last of Hawaii’s wild islands, Lanai is a crowdless, verdant paradise rising from the Pacific. Here, Four Seasons Resort Lanai hugs aquamarine Hulopoe Bay, a marine preserve bound by powdery white sand. All rooms have private lanais looking out on the ocean or tropical gardens. In its place of native greenery, a languorous free-form pool overlooks the ocean.

Taking full advantage of its spectacular surroundings, the Resort offers three Zen Sports Wellness experiences. Golfers can take a lesson with a PGA Pro, then retire to a Zen golf yoga class, combined with Zen golf meditation, held on the prized, Jack Nicklaus–designed Manele Golf Course – a links so beautiful that Bill and Melinda Gates chose to get married beside the 17th hole. A sports massage for feet, legs, hips, back, torso, shoulders and hands provides a therapeutic finishing touch.

The Zen Tennis Wellness experience kicks off with a 60-minute lesson on one of the Resort’s courts and ends with yoga, meditation and a massage to ease muscles and joints impacted during play. If your ideal day is spent on horseback rather than with racquet in hand, head to the private stables, where your wellness experience begins with a two-hour guided horseback ride through wooded valleys and rolling meadows. Before culminating with a sports massage to alleviate post-ride tension in the hips, thighs and spine, you’ll stretch into yoga postures on a dedicated platform in the presence of free-roaming horses.

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