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The Beauty Vacations You Need to Book Now

Whether you're in the market for a tighter tummy or smoother skin, these spa destinations deliver
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When on vacation, you may feel tempted to treat yourself at every turn, indulging in the food, drinks and lazy behavior that you deprive yourself of in everyday life. But a week spent slurping down margaritas from a lounge chair can quickly turn into massive regret when you return feeling gross and sluggish.

The next time you book a getaway, do yourself a favor and venture someplace that's not only scenic and relaxing, but gives you a chance to better yourself in some way. From complexion-enhancing beauty procedures and slimming spa treatments to whip-your-booty-into-shape workout programs, these amazing experiences allow you to hit the reset button without slacking on your beauty and fitness routines and come home looking your most stunning.



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Best for Losing That Stressed Look
Where: Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee

Garden-fresh juices, energizing fitness classes and nourishing spa treatments are all on the menu at this Tennessee resort. But Blackberry Farm's Deep Healing Woods program might be its most unique offering. Based on the restorative Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, or forest bathing, this program involves hiking, meditating and practicing yoga in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

"I love seeing our guests decompress and come alive through the course of a Deep Healing Woods experience. Their shoulders begin to fall with their first breaths on the trail," says Hope Parks, Wellness Manager at Blackberry Farms. "Whether we take off on an exhilarating endurance hike, flow through sun salutations or ease into a mindful meditation, nature has a way of bringing us alive. The absence of stress on their faces is a beautiful sight!"

Cost: Rooms start at $795 per night.

Photos courtesy of Blackberry Farm

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Best for Burning Serious Calories
Where: The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu, Malibu, California

If you're serious about kicking those extra pounds to the curb, this is where to do it. Between daily eight-hour workouts, a nutrient-dense 1,400-calorie-a-day diet and lack of Wi-Fi and cell service, you'll have no choice but to shape up.

"The Ranch is terrific for anyone who is looking for a life-changing experience, whether this entails losing weight, mental resetting or resting from a busy multi-tasking lifestyle," says Alex Glasscock, co-founder of The Ranch at Live Oak. "There are few programs or properties that sequester their guests with a very structured and purposeful format. This allows guests to truly be in the moment and simply focus on themselves."

In addition to reaping the reward of a rested mind and rock-hard body, guests also receive regular massages and get to take in Pacific Ocean views from their secluded perch in the Santa Monica Mountains, which includes more than 200 miles of hiking trails.

Cost: Rates start at $6,800 for one week.

Photos courtesy of the Ranch at Live Oak Malibu

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Best for Blasting Cellulite
Where: The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland

Instead of bingeing on Swiss cheese and chocolate, use your Alps-adjacent getaway for a quickie slim-down session. Though you'll find plenty of ways to hit the reset button on the Dolder Grand Hotel's long list of replenishing and detoxifying treatments, prioritize the resort's signature LPG Shape Perfection, which targets exercise-resistant fat.

"The one-of-a-kind treatment uses Lipomassage rollers to refine and smooth skin," says Therese Martirena, Spa Director at the Dolder Grand. Then, an exclusive Kerstin Florian Intensive Slimming Serum is applied to stimulate the breakdown of fatty acids. "Next, cool compresses are applied and the treatment ends with a massage with nourishing Multi-Vitamin Firming Crème for a regenerative experience for the body," she says.

You can give your brain a boost too: The property houses more than 130 works of art by the likes of Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali.

Cost: LPG Shape Perfection starts at $329 for 90 minutes; single rooms start at $544 per night.

Photos courtesy of The Dolder Grand

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Best for Plastic Surgery
Where: The Inn and Spa at the Retreat at Split Rock, Wilton, Connecticut

Ready to move beyond facials and peels? This quaint Connecticut inn provides not only a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of daily life, but a peaceful place to recover from cosmetic procedures. Experienced plastic surgeons perform a variety of facelifts, body procedures and non-surgical rejuvenating treatments at the inn's adjacent medical facility. Following surgery, patients have access to an in-suite attendant who tends to all of her individual needs. Of course, you can still take advantage of the secluded New England surroundings even if you're not ready to go under the knife or needle. The inn offers a full slate of more traditional, non-invasive spa services too.

Cost: Rates available upon request.

Photos courtesy of the Inn and Spa at the Retreat at Split Rock

When on vacation, you may feel tempted to treat yourself at every turn, indulging in the food, drinks and lazy behavior that you deprive yourself of in everyday life. But a week spent slurping down margaritas from a lounge chair can quickly turn into massive regret when you return feeling gross and sluggish.

The next time you book a getaway, do yourself a favor and venture someplace that's not only scenic and relaxing, but gives you a chance to better yourself in some way. From complexion-enhancing beauty procedures and slimming spa treatments to whip-your-booty-into-shape workout programs, these amazing experiences allow you to hit the reset button without slacking on your beauty and fitness routines and come home looking your most stunning.

BY MARY SQUILLACE | MAY 27, 2016 | SHARES
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