Resolve to Relax: Where to Unwind in the New Year

While all the holiday parties, festive events, and gatherings are behind us, feelings of stress may still be lingering. If one of your resolutions is to relax more, then plan to start the year off right and rejuvenate the body, mind, and soul with a vacation to one of the destinations below. While these locations may be more of a splurge compared to a typical spa retreat, each place goes beyond the expected with unique, alternative healing modalities and technology.

Book a romantic getaway to Mexico – courtesy of Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway

Nothing beats a warm-weather escape from those cold winter days and dark winter nights. Well, almost nothing. An adults-only luxury escape to a beautiful beach front resort in Mexico can certainly tip the scales. For couples looking to cure those winter blues with a luxe, kid-free getaway in Puerto Vallarta, Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway is just what the doctor ordered.

Perched directly on a stretch of beachfront on the majestic Bay of Banderas and within walking distance to Puerto Vallarta’s buzzy Malecon, Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway offers a little bit of everything. An intimate beachfront resort with only 80 rooms, the hotel is perfectly positioned for both beach escapes and downtown excitement.

The luxe experience begins at check-in when guests are welcomed with a five-minute de-stressing massage. Guests are also invited to choose customized aromatherapy and pillows for their rooms.

The casual, yet contemporary rooms use tropical woods, white, and color accents to set the scene. Hand-woven textiles, blown glass bowls, and other locally inspired elements create a calming atmosphere. Every room features an oceanfront view with a private balcony, as well — perfect for enjoying those warm evenings and spectacular sunsets. Guests can choose from seven rooms or suite categories including Deluxe Room King, Deluxe Room, Deluxe Room with Jacuzzi, Premiere Suite, Honeymoons Suite, Spa Suite, or Master Suite.

Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway delivers spectacular service and amenities, as well. The resort has several dining options with exquisite a la carte food, and variety of theme nights; there is also a pool bar and the Lounge Bar. For a truly memorable experience, guests can book a romantic three-course dinner on the beach and the Chef’s Table experience.

What better way to celebrate a winter escape than by soaking up the sun at two different ocean front pools, or in a chic Balibed on the sand? The resort’s two pools are surrounded by plush lounge chairs, while the beach Bali beds have picture-perfect views out to sea. Guests who want to stay active can use paddle boards or sign up for one of the resort’s yoga sessions. A 24-hour fitness center is also available. Luxe touches can be found at every corner of the resort, from 24-hour butler service to a personal concierge.

For travelers who want to stay up on their golf game, guests of Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway enjoy a 20% discount at the Marina Vallarta Golf Course and Vista Vallarta golf courses.

Afterward, unwind back at the hotel with a signature treatment at the Serena Spa, an oasis of tranquility meticulously remodeled with natural harmony of neutral colors, sand and terracotta to design a sanctuary of serenity, where light and texture intertwine to create a unique experience with treatments like the “Tequila Ritual”, Deep Tissue Massage and the Couples Massage.

One of the best features of Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway is its enviable location. While it is very much a beach resort, it is also within a short walk to Puerto Vallarta’s iconic Malecon and action-packed downtown. Guests of the resort are within a short walk to the top attractions, from the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe to the gorgeous cobblestone streets and historic buildings in the Zona Romantica.

Puerto Vallarta’s downtown comes alive during the winter season when all of its restaurants and bars are in full swing. Enjoy daily performances and art installations all along the Malecon, or grab a table at a toes-in-the-sand restaurant next to the legendary Los Muertos Pier. During the winter season guests can participate in the weekly Art Walk, held every Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. Participating galleries in the Centro Historico open their doors to visitors and show everything from paintings and sculptures to ceramics and jewelry.

Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway can help guests curate their own adventure itineraries, from sunset sails and hiking trips to zip lining and ATV tours through the jungle. Winter is one of the best times to experience all that Puerto Vallarta has to offer, and Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway helps guests do so in five-star style.

The New Year has arrived and along with it comes the resolutions for transformation in 2024. There could very well be no greater way to clear out the old and make space for the new than with a guided psilocybin retreat. Some success stories for those embarking on these journeys include executives and professionals who were unhappy with their careers or felt lost and anxious.

Rob Grover and Gary Logan are the founders of The Journeymen Collective, the alternative wellness company creating luxury guided magic mushroom retreats in the mountains outside of Vancouver. They’ve hosted everyone from entrepreneurs and CEOs to athletes, performers, couples, and small groups invested in the highest level of personal development and self-discovery.

When asked about the holiday stress and mushrooms’ effects on depression they said, “The holidays are a crazy time for everyone and through this sacred plant medicine we can release the old energy, the stress, or trauma that’s been building up in our lives. We’ve had clients after the first day wake up and say they felt their depression was just gone.”

The pair have a combined 60+ years of education in spiritual and metaphysical training, executive level mindset coaching, energetic healing modalities, Alexander Technique lessons, and provide online courses/support calls preparing for and integrating the psychedelic retreat. The Journeymen Collective guides guests through an extraordinary personalized experience that often results in accelerating attendees’ success and their intentions to create a conscious impact on the world. Their team is passionate about the healing powers of psilocybin as a sacred plant medicine. According to studies, even just one treatment with psilocybin can cause a “rapid and sustained antidepressant effect”, indicating that it might really be the ultimate reset. Visit their website to learn more about booking the ultimate guided experience.

Vichy table at Canyon Ranch Fort Worth – courtesy of Canyon Ranch

Since its founding in 1979, Canyon Ranch has been a global leader in wellness guidance, inspiring guests to pursue a lifetime of well-being. Now, Canyon Ranch has brought its renowned expertise and experience to Fort Worth with the opening of its new Wellness Club. The Club features a spa, salon, fitness, performance, and expert services from Canyon Ranch’s famous resorts, all within Fort Worth’s newest luxury destination — ideally located in the Cultural District at 850 Van Cliburn Way and Camp Bowie Blvd., in the new Crescent Hotel complex.

The Wellness Club introduces many firsts for Fort Worth, including the area’s only Vichy table, a unique multi-sensory experience spa amenity, and an all-new CR Vitality experience with the latest, cutting-edge tools and techniques for recovery, increased energy, and improved longevity. In addition, it will offer an incredible depth of programming, dozens of services, expert practitioners, and innovative technology like the Noraxon® Treadmill and Motion Capture system, VALD® ForceDecks, K5® Portable Metabolic analyzer, HydraFacial® treatments, and more. Members begin their Canyon Ranch journey with a signature five-part holistic wellness assessment, ensuring they’re on the right path achieving their personal health goals.

“Canyon Ranch is the original thought-leader and market-maker in the lifestyle wellness movement,” said Mark Rivers, CEO of Canyon Ranch. “We’re incredibly proud to deliver the best of our resort and spa experiences to Fort Worth, where people can practice wellness every day right in their own backyard.”

The purpose of the Canyon Ranch Wellness Club is to enable members to live longer and better. This is achieved by helping members understand, address, and adopt wellness practices while offering a fun and lively community that motivates and inspires long-term commitment.

“Our local members, along with guests of our connected Crescent Fort Worth Hotel, will enjoy the gold standard in a healthier life and lifestyle,” said John Goff, principal owner of Canyon Ranch. For more information about Canyon Ranch Fort Worth and to learn more about membership offerings and the Club, visit

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