Every January, the prospect of a new year imbues us with a sense of possibility. With 365 days stretching out before us, we set lofty resolutions to meditate twice a day, eat well, and wake up for early morning runs, which are ambitious goals that, unfortunately, often fall by the wayside come January 14.
Rather than starting 2019 off the same way, we turned to Lonely Planet’s team of well-travelled editors to find out which self care-focused wellness retreats can help us relax, recharge, and equip us with the skills for sticking to our goals in the year ahead. From a relaxing getaway located in Germany’s famous Baden-Baden spa town to a spiritually minded escape conveniently nestled in New York’s Catskill Mountains, these are vacations that just so happen to have muscle-toning, blood-pressure-lowering, and nutrition-adjusting benefits.
Straight from the pages of the publisher’s latest travel guide, Wellness Escapes, here are five Lonely Planet editor-approved wellness retreats that will help you become the person you want to be in 2019, no matter your goal for the New Year.