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4 Places to Rejuvenate for 2017 That You Can Visit Alone

All hot weather. All luxurious. All totally worth the trip.

By: Emily Ramshaw

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: 2016 was a year. And we need a break—some chunk of time that separates 2017 from this mess and affords us at least the feeling of a fresh start. What you’ll find here are four destination hotels that will, with their respective rafts of amenities (read: spas) or just extremely beautiful and remote locations, leave you feeling rejuvenated, at least for the first month or so of the year. And while they’re all very different, they have some very important commonalities (we know what we’re doing when it comes to sussing out the best accommodations): they’re all in warm—nay, hot—locales, they all offer the very best in luxury everything, and they’ll all give you that feeling of a much needed break. The best thing however, is that you can travel to any of them without any of that 2016 baggage, and—if so desired—any other people. Because sometimes a real break means a break from people too (besides a very attentive staff, of course). We hereby invite you to book your tickets.

 

If you need adventure and activity to put some distance between you and 2016...

Mountain Lodges of Peru’s Lares Adventure, Peru

 

Before you get all, a backpacking trip hardly makes for an acceptable and relaxing break, please note that Mountain Lodges of Peru, a company that organizes fully immersive hiking and cultural trips, is hardly your average hostel go-around—especially since it is far from the backpacker haven Inca Trail. One the Lares Adventure, the hotels you’ll stop at along the way offer A+ luxury and amazing food. And if you don’t feel like hiking one day? (Although, with the mountainscape surrounding you, pretty sure you will), you can take cooking classes, visiting museums and archeological sites, and meeting women doing traditional Peruvian weaving. And yes, the trip will end with a stop at Machu Picchu. If that view doesn’t wake you up for 2017, we don’t know what will.

 

If you want to spend you time at a world class spa (and on a world class island)...

Le Guanahani, St. Barth

 

We know, we know. St. Barth isn’t exactly the most original, nor is it the place you’d necessarily think to go to relax and get away from it all, seeing as a good chunk of Meatpacking and Soho regulars seem to transplant themselves there this time of year. But hear us out: Le Guanahani is on it’s own private, stunningly beautiful beach with a special focus on wellness. In other words, you can get away, right into the boutique resort’s very luxe Spa My Blend by Clarins. So, yes, you really can spend the whole day going from facial to spa to body wrap. You might even be rested enough to get yourself into Gustavia for a cocktail.

 

If you just want to get away…

Matachica Resort & Spa, Belize

 

Talk about desert island perfection. Matachica Resort is on Belize’s Ambergriss Cay (a short 20-minute puddle jump flight from the country’s international airport), and a 10-minute boat ride from town (San Pedro, the sand road paradise Madonna made famous with her song by the same name). If you want to get away from it all, lie by a pool, by the ocean, swim, drink cocktails, and eat fresh seafood, with a massage or two scattered in, this is the place for you. (Probably the place for everyone, tbh.) The resort is small, and every room is in its own private beach house. We won’t blame you if you cancel your return flight.

 

If you want to be active…

The BodyHoliday, St.Lucia

 

Sweat out 2016 in the most beautiful Caribbean setting. Sounds pretty damn good, right? The BodyHoliday is an all-inclusive resort. And despite the fact that there’s a heavy focus on wellness (which is what you came for, right?), there’s still free-flowing alcohol—a have your cake and eat it too situation, if we do say so ourselves. Here’s how a day goes: have your pick of spinning, pool laps, yoga, Pilates, sailing, scuba diving, archery (the list goes on), and then kick back with a glass of sangria. Cheers to 2017, friends.

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