Detox Getaways: Check In, Zone Out
Treatments at Viva Mayr include applied kinesiology, electrolysis baths and Kneipp treatments that improve and regulate blood circulation inside a futuristic contraption. With an emphasis "on rest, strict cleansing of the digestive system and re-education of eating habits," visitors should expect a restricted diet and occasional shot of cultured milk. For those expecting hospital-style guest rooms, the on-site Viva Hotel surprises with a sparse Scandinavian aesthetic that swaps the customary mini-bar out for in-room organic cuisine by staff nutritionists and zero-calorie views of spectacular Lake Wörth.
Fewer doctors and more soul searching can be found at Mii amo in Sedona's Boynton Canyon where this spa bases many of its treatments on Native American practices and beliefs. One of the easier hotel-based programs to navigate prior to arrival, Mii amo offers three- to seven-night journeys that allow guests to personalize the goals of their stay -- whether they be spiritual, stress relief or substantial weight loss.
Mii amo staff conducts a thorough evaluation of each guest on arrival and takes into account previous dietary habits, exercise routine and future goals to determine treatments that can range from classes on compassionate communication, past life regression, strength training or astrology with crystals. Rates are surprisingly reasonable for a resort of this caliber, especially for solo-travelers. Single-occupancy packages start from $2,670 for a three-night stay and includes three meals daily and most classes and spa services.
Those looking for a mild nip and tuck can check in at the Montage Beverly Hills, which has a posh address and colonial Spanish luxury that is home to an outpost of Scarpetta and nearby Bouchon Bistro by Thomas Keller. Once the foodie temptation is survived, grandeur on a movie star level is found at Spa Montage with its two-story atrium offering mineral pools, 12 massage suites and five wet treatment rooms. Therapies are inspired by water, earth, orchard and touch with additional pre-natal and fitness packages.
For those that need just a bit more bang, the Montage Beverly Hills is conveniently cattycorner to Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, which specializes in convenient outpatient treatments from Botox and Dysport to Restylane and Radiesse. With a full-service plastic surgeon administering most treatments, the location that was once an E-Trade storefront now offers another type of investment for those looking for perpetual youth.