Mindfulness getaways: Where to nurture your mind, body and soul

Too often, a vacation can leave you feeling more drained and tired than when you left. Instead of planning fall travel that focuses on rushing from one place to another, why not pamper yourself with a mindfulness getaway that nurtures your mind, body and soul?

Spoil yourself by booking a trip to one of the following destinations:

Westglow, Blowing Rock, NC

Stay at the 42-acre Westglow resort, which has five interesting properties including a six-bedroom Greek Revival Mansion, and you’ll have beautiful views of the Blue Ridge mountains. While you’re there, make your way to the resort’s Life Enrichment Center to unwind. You can then choose one-, two- or three-hour treatment packages and enjoy extras such as a steam room, saunas and a relaxation lounge. A la carte treatments are also available, as are gourmet spa lunches.

The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, SC

Kiawah Island is a tranquil setting all on its own, with 10 miles of beaches as well as marshes and maritime forests. Add in The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, and you’ve got the perfect itinerary for a relaxing trip.

Services utilize products inspired by The Spa’s natural surroundings, including botanical extracts and nourishing seaweed. Try one of the natural facial rejuvenation treatments offered, like the Collagen Lift Facial, which uses botanical and active ingredients as well as ultrasound technology. Or treat yourself to a Sea Essence Fusion for your body, which uses a blend of sea salts to exfoliate your skin and a massage using warm, polished seashells to relax you, followed by an anti-aging body balm.

The Inn at Willow Grove Mill House Spa, Orange, VA

The Inn at Willow Grove was built in 1778 and has undergone substantial renovations to earn its place as a Forbes Travel Guide four-star hotel. You’ll be spoiled by the house-made beignets that are delivered to your door each morning as well as add-ons like an artisan cheese and charcuterie plate delivered to your room or a four-course chef’s tasting dinner for two in the inn’s restaurant.

Head to The Mill House Spa for a heated saltwater pool and your choice of services like Autumn Renewal, which includes a treatment with seasonally scented sugar scrubs and a microfacial. The ELEMIS Poultice Powered Muscle Release is also offered to relax you with aromatherapy and deep massage. It uses blended Thai herbs in a poultice to relax your tired muscles.

The Spa at Sea Island, Sea Island, GA

About a four-and-a-half hour drive from Atlanta, Sea Island has been welcoming guests to its natural beautiful setting since 1928, and its flagship hotel, The Cloister, is home to The Spa at Sea Island. With marshlands and miles of beautiful coastline, you’ll find your fall trip relaxing before you even set foot in the spa.

You’ll find a calming water theme throughout the spa, with a fountain, waterways and pools that are connected. The spa menu is extensive and includes custom aromatherapy, sessions with a nutritionist or dietitian, a sea island bath, reflexology massage, cryotherapy sessions and much more.

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