By Monica Parpal Stockbridge –

It can be tough to fit health and wellness into each day, let alone when you’re traveling. Whether you travel for a living or work from a traditional office, there’s a reason they call it “the daily grind.” Sitting at a desk, in a car or on an airplane for long hours can be tough on the body and mind, and that mental and physical stress can build up over time.

Wellness means different things to different people. For some, it’s a week of guided yoga in a secluded cabin. Others need a full-body massage to fully unwind. Still others find that simple deep-breathing exercises and a walk around the block can do wonders for wellness in body and mind.

Yet, if you have the opportunity to go all out on your own well-being, we fully encourage it. That’s why we’ve rounded up five top-of-the-line wellness experiences, from CBD-infused massage in Boulder to a horse-and-yoga retreat near Steamboat Springs. So relax, take a breath, and prepare for ultimate wellness.

Colorado Bliss CBD Treatments

St Julien Hotel and Spa (900 Walnut Street, Boulder)
There’s something about St Julien’s location right off Boulder Creek that automatically feels like a step back from the daily grind. While the hotel will be launching a full wellness package later this year, guests can take advantage of their new line of CBD spa treatments any time for high-altitude healing. Choose a classic or deep tissue Colorado Bliss CBD massage to ease tension with CBD-infused oils and lotions, or spring for the Ultimate Colorado Bliss Experience with full-body exfoliation, scalp massage, CBD-infused massage oil and complimentary CBD tea. Stay for dinner at Jill’s, where culinary director Laurent Mechin prepares French classics and plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes from local, seasonal ingredients. CBD treatments start at $160.

Hot Stone Massage


Mindfulness Retreats

Strata Integrated Wellness Spa (3314 Mesa Road, Colorado Springs)
The gods will be smiling on you during your experience at Strata Integrated Wellness Spa at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club. This recently reimagined spa destination incorporates medical treatments, holistic healing, body assessments, massages, facials and more. There’s an entire staff of physicians, therapists and nutritionists to guide you on your journey to wellness, whether that includes acupuncture, cooking classes or mindfulness coaching. Consider booking a luxury getaway in one of the brand-new cottages or casitas, which offer privacy and quietude overlooking Pikes Peak and the red stone monuments of Garden of the Gods. For one-day opportunities, keep an eye out for three-hour, in depth Day of Mindfulness retreats focused on guided meditation techniques at $75 per participant.

Yoga and Movement Studio at The Westin Riverfront Resort
Photo by Marc Piscotty © 2016


“Your Stay, Your Way” Wellness Escape

The Westin Riverfront & Spa Anjali (126 Riverfront Lane, Avon)
Sometimes, wellness means accepting that things don’t always go your way. But at the Westin Riverfront & Spa Anjali, you can throw that notion right out the window. New in 2019, the “Your Stay, Your Way” package offers a customizable getaway in the Vail Valley. Tailor your package with wellness, fitness, nutrition or outdoor adventure, or all of the above. The spa amenities alone will transport you to deep relaxation, with an outdoor saline pool, Himalayan salt sauna and three different infinity hot tubs overlooking the Eagle River. You’ll also receive a private nutrition consultation, spa and dining credits, and unlimited Pilates, aerial yoga and Barre classes — all in a heavenly location adjacent to hiking and biking trails, fly fishing, golf and whitewater rafting experiences. If it’s spiritual wellness you seek, apply that spa credit to a special Chakra Blessing treatment, said to help rid the body of negativity, ignite balance and energy, and promote “an optimal state of well-being.” Wellness Escape priced at $339 per night (two-night minimum).

Oxford Spa Facial


Rejuvenation Retreat

June 14-16
The Oxford & The Oxford Club, Spa & Salon (1600 17th Street, Denver)
You don’t need to get away from the city for the rejuvenating effects of a retreat. In fact, it pays to learn how to incorporate peace and well-being into your day-to-day life. The Oxford’s three-day Rejuvenation Retreat is specially designed to help you relax, refresh and reset your mindset for ongoing personal wellness in an urban environment. In addition to guest room accommodations, spa services and group yoga classes, participants will have the chance to engage in three 90-minute workshops for tools on boosting overall wellness and life satisfaction. An historical tour of The Oxford Hotel and Denver’s Union Station is included, as well as free time to explore LoDo each evening. Looking for something a little quicker? Book the 80-minute Bee My Honey exfoliating massage, which incorporates honey from neighboring Urban Farmer restaurant. Retreat priced at $1,799 per person.

Yoga and Horses Riding Retreat

September 29 – October 5, 2019 and October 6 – 12, 2019
The Home Ranch (54880 County Road 129, Clark)
Do your visions of wellness involve jaw-dropping mountain peaks, long limber yoga poses, and … horses? Then saddle up for the women’s Yoga and Horses Riding Retreat at The Home Ranch in Clark, Colorado. Two different one-week stays offer “cowgirl yoginis” the chance to experience relaxation, adventure and camaraderie both on the yoga mat and on horseback. The retreat offers personalized riding instruction, daily yoga classes and luxe private accommodations, plus massage treatments and gourmet meals. The best part? No previous yoga or horseback riding experience is required. As with any good retreat, you’re encouraged simply to come as you are — although cowboy boots won’t hurt. Pricing from $4,600 per person.

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