Chill Out for the New Year

“Getting your head screwed on straight,” as CVL Publisher Ben Malkin so poetically puts it, is essential for living our best life. Whether you get a massage, spend time in nature or attend a wellness retreat, taking time out to focus on your well-being yields countless returns. Schedule some quality retreat time with yourself (significant others optional) this year to relax, rejuvenate and remember what’s most important for your health and happiness.

Here, we feature a few favorite getaways that are not too far away for an easy retreat—may they inspire you to discover your own little slice of heaven.

Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa, Desert Hot Springs

Time it right and in just a 2.5-hour drive from the Conejo Valley, you can find yourself in Desert Hot Springs, where wellness reigns and spas like the beloved Two Bunch Palms beckon you to immerse yourself into their healing waters. Feel the stress slip away as you soak up the therapeutic benefits of mineral waters flowing from a 600-year-old natural spring. Well-known for its low-sulfur, lithium-rich 100-degree natural hot springs, Two Bunch Palms invites guests to experience the restorative power of healing waters in their grotto mineral pool. Explore what wellness means to you by choosing from an array of treatments tailored to your specific wants and needs or simply taking it easy and relaxing in the lush, intimate setting.

A Day in the Life


Outdoor Sunrise Salutations

Tranquil Morning Mineral Water Float

Breakfast Acai Bowl and Fresh Young Coconut


Superfood Facial

Sage Cleansing Workshop

Mezze Platter Lunch by The Pool

Adaptogen Body Wrap


CBD-Infused Deep Tissue Massage

Dinner at Twine Bar

Fireside S'mores and Spiked Hot Chocolate

Night Float and Stargazing

Two Bunch Palms

67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail

Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 | 760.676.5000

The Ranch, Malibu

Malibu provides the perfect setting to unplug from the daily grind and replenish your mojo. Geared toward guests looking to focus on both mental health and fitness goals, The Ranch offers weeklong, 9-day and personalized private nature retreats on a 200-acre historic working ranch. Enjoy nutritious plant-based meals from the certified organic garden, swim in the luxurious pool and jacuzzi, unwind at the Buddha Barn and massage “village” and recalibrate your mind and body through an immersive fitness program, including daily nature hikes, yoga, strength training and more. Unique health services and treatments aimed to increase your well-being include IV Therapy, cholesterol testing, a cold plunge pool and cryotherapy saunas. Serenity awaits sans televisions and cell service with limited wi-fi to promote mental detoxification. Their knowledgeable staff strives to support and nurture guests while guiding them to achieve personal program goals.

A Day in the Life


Wake Up & Stretch

Plant-Based Breakfast

Mountain Hike


Organic Lunch


Yoga, Strength & Meditation Classes

Garden Tour


Soothing Massage

Cooking Demonstration

Healthy Dinner

Nutrition & Wellness Workshop

The Ranch Malibu

12220 Cotharin Road

Malibu, CA 90265

Golden Door, San Marcos

Golden Door’s 5- and 7-day stays are designed to help you reconnect “to yourself, to the bigger picture, to the joy of laughing out loud.” With a focus on transforming mind, body and spirit, Golden Door exists to change lives so that guests leave feeling renewed, energized and excited about life. Set on 600 picturesque acres with mountains, meadows, sweeping vistas, a bamboo forest, a labyrinth, pools, bio-intensive gardens and more, Golden Door offers an extensive selection of spa services and mind and body wellness classes. From skincare to massages, herbal wraps and mani/pedis, guests can luxuriate in the healing oasis. An added bonus: A Golden Door stay not only yields benefits to guests, but to charitable causes as well, as the resort donates 100% of their net profits to organizations that effect powerful change in people’s lives.

A Day in the Life


Courtyard Meditation

Bamboo Forest Guided Hike

Breakfast & Tea

Morning Watsu Therapy


Tai Chi in the Meadow

Japanese Garden Stroll

Haiku Writing Workshop

Soothing Facial


Guided Labyrinth Walk


Twilight Group Dinner

Golden Door

777 Deer Springs Road

San Marcos, CA 92069

Esalen Institute, Big Sur

Perched on a majestic mountaintop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Esalen is a holistic retreat and educational institute in Big Sur. Nature-loving, mind-expanding seekers of all ages have been flocking to this magical epicenter of the Human Potential Movement since 1962 to explore and attend leading-edge workshops on a wide range of topics, including creativity, bodywork, spirituality, leadership, Gestalt, plant medicine, citizen diplomacy, superhumanism and more. This heavenly 100 acres boasts cliffside natural hot springs, an organic farm and garden, serene guest suites and more. Esalen offers visitors several opportunities to experience its tranquil, calming and heart-opening beauty.

A Day in the Life


Oceanfront Hike

Otter Watching

Yoga in the Garden

Healthy Breakfast


Microdosing Workshop

Oceanfront Meditation

Organic Lunch


Shiatsu Massage

Shamanic Healing Workshop

Community Dinner

Stargazing in Cliffside Hot Springs

Esalen Institute

55000 Highway 1

Big Sur, CA 93920

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