Orange County’s Top 5 Wellness Retreats for the New Year

As we move into a new year, in a new decade, the question facing us all should be, “How can I add more joy, more health and more happiness to my life?”

Residents of Orange County enjoy a sunny laid back vibe 365 days a year, making it easy to bask in the beachy glow of health and vitality; these Orange County retreats make it easy for visitors and locals alike to reap the health benefits of the OC lifestyle.

Laguna Beach

With holistic health in mind, Visit Laguna Beach has launched “Pathway to Zen,” a self-guided wellness tour for artists, adventurers, and travelers seeking rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul. The tour features a diverse selection of experiences; aura readings, a sound bath, massages, laughter yoga, clean food, organic beauty treatments, breathtaking hikes, crystal shops, vitamin drips and more. “Pathway to Zen” invites visitors to experience more than just a day trip to the beach, this is an opportunity to journey into wellness and self-care. As part of this journey, The Ranch Laguna Beach is offering an exclusive wellness package at the only National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World in California. This package includes the best available room rate, a waived resort fee, a day pass to Sycamore Spa or a free extended 30-minutes added to any treatment, as well as an in-room wellness swag bag with locally made products curated by @VisitLaguna.

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach, home of the Huntington Beach Surfing Museum, is known for rolling ocean waves peppered with surfers most days of the year. If you’re looking to join their ranks, look no further than Toes on the Nose Adventures, located inside the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa. Toes on the Nose offers surfboard rentals, surf lessons, and unique adventure packages. After your surfing workout, visit the Pacific Waters Spa for their custom “Pacific Massage,” a Swedish massage that incorporates hot stones applied in long rhythmic strokes that mimic the ocean waves.

Just a quick ten-minute drive from the Hyatt, is one of the most unique and innovative ways to relax and rejuvenate, the infrared sauna at Perspire Sauna Studio. Using infrared heat, the sauna has been shown to relax the mind, detox the body, burn calories, ease pain, enhance the immune system and aid in sleep. Your 40-minute sauna session will be finished with a cold eucalyptus towel and time to rehydrate in a quiet lounge.

Newport Beach

Featuring iconic architecture that elegantly celebrates Newport Beach’s Cape Cod aesthetic,  Lido House Hotel offers both relaxation and activity, depending on your mood. The nature-inspired Boost Spa features ocean sourced botanical treatments such as sea salt scrubs and algae wraps, each spa treatment has been created to reinvigorate the mind and body. The spa area includes a relaxation lounge and a light-flooded fitness facility with Peloton Bikes and CrossFit style equipment. The property also houses a pool and courtyard area dubbed the“Lido Lawn” complete with private cabanas, communal fire pits, croquet and lawn bowling.

Pelican Hill Golf at The Resort at Pelican Hill is the perfect retreat for golf enthusiasts, who will find a 36 hole course with breathtaking oceanfront views. After your game, relax in the residence style bungalows at Pelican Hill’s Crystal Cove, outlined by 3.5 miles of oceanfront nature preserves where you can swim, surf, kayak or stroll along the sand. Let the spirit of adventure lead you to wander into the Historic District and check out the 46 quaint beach cottages preserved from the 1920s and 1930s.

Dana Point

Escape to a sanctuary of relaxation and indulgence at Spa Gaucin, located inside the award-winning St. Regis Monarch Beach. From luxurious massages and customized treatments to fitness classes and oxygen-enhanced microdermabrasion facials, their goal is to surpass all expectations and to help you escape from the rigors of routine. Be sure to try their Costa Del Sol treatment, a head-to-toe experience that begins with an argan oil scalp massage and ends with reflexology for your tired feet. It is truly heavenly.

Trabuco Canyon

While the ocean is what the OC is known for, the hills and canyons of Eastern Orange County have some of the best hiking in California. Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park spans more than 2,500 acres of oak-covered canyons, rolling grassy hills and steep slopes covered in coastal sage and breathtaking rock formations in Red Rock Canyon. With 23 mapped trails, Whiting Ranch is a great spot to hike or mountain bike as you bask in the beauty of Southern California.

After working up a sweat in the park, Ayres Hotels and Spa at Mission Viejo is the perfect spot to recuperate as you take in the panoramic mountain views and enjoy a signature Old Camp Burger by the outdoor fire. Find your breath at a yoga class or visit the Athena Day Spa for a massage, you will be well on your way to a perfectly balanced Orange County weekend.

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Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park spans more than 2,500 acres of oak-covered canyons, rolling grassy hills and steep slopes covered in coastal sage and breathtaking rock formations in Red Rock Canyon.