17 Wellness Destination Wedding Venues for a Healthier Celebration

Healthy mind, healthy bride

Updated 04/26/19

Photo by Ana Hinojosa and Sergio Sandona

For many brides, their wedding is the culmination of months—or even years—of not only meticulous planning but painstaking prep, dieting, working out, grooming, and self-denial. Some might anxiously await the moment of letting it all go the instant they utter "I do." But others may want to continue down that healthy path, choosing a venue that offers not only a gorgeous setting but wellness amenities and programs, organic or locally grown food, a dreamy spa, and outdoor activities that the happy couple and their guests can make the most of. Here, 17 such wedding destinations where you can still pop plenty of bubbly but after a more holistic lead-up.

Cala de Mar Resort and Spa Ixtapa. , Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mexico

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Pacific Ocean panoramas and lush mountains ensure the backdrop of your wedding will be epic, but that’s not all the secluded, romantic resort offers alongside its sea-facing suites with plunge pools. Indigenous Mexican and Aztec rituals and modern modalities are offered as part of the resort's new wellness focus, which could mean an ancient cacao ceremony led by a local shaman by day, and sunset yoga and meditation by evening.

Jade Mountain Resort. , St. Lucia

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Fitness-fanatic couples may want the challenge of summiting one of the Piton mountains before they take the leap into marriage, and if so this beachy resort is the place to make it happen, since they have a new hiking butler. It’s also possible that for you, unwinding looks like an organic farm tour, vegan cooking lessons, or a healthy lifestyle consultation with the wellness guru on-site. Spa treatments include a chocolate Ayurvedic ritual using cacao straight from the property’s trees.

Pronghorn Resort. , Bend, Oregon

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It’s not only mountain biking, whitewater rafting, cave tours, and stand-up paddleboarding that’s available to guests and those about to be wed on this 640-acre Central Oregon juniper forest resort. DIY sage workshops, along with others focused on mindfulness, crystal guidance, and creative dream weaving, plus vin-yin yoga classes, clinical herbal tastings, and crystal sound meditation are also on the menu. Say your vows in a picturesque venue but don’t forget to also see a healer in the resort’s authentic teepee.

Hotel Rodavento. , Valle de Bravo, Mexico

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With its magical forest setting, this elegant, eco-friendly boutique hotel encourages the idea of disconnecting to reconnect. The mission is perfect for a wedding, putting the focus squarely on the reasons for being together. A digital detox program in the just-renovated indoor/outdoor spa includes warm, hot, and cold pools for hydrotherapy immersion that decreases inflammation (critical pre-wedding!), plus there’s a dry sauna and Turkish hammam, edible chocolate scrubs and herbal compresses, oxygen facials and a private yurt with Jacuzzi and fire pit where you two can prepare to become Mr. and Mrs.

Terranea. , Rancho Palos Verdes, California

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Mediterranean in feel, but conveniently close to LAX, this expansive wellness-minded resort on the Pacific has all the activities to put the final cuts in your biceps pre-wedding: guided hikes along California’s spectacular coastline, stand-up paddleboarding, archery, and boot camp classes. Restorative and beautifying spa treatments are plentiful. And creating a unique menu for your reception is a specialty, thanks to the holistic Solviva restaurant—think a grown-on-property olive oil–poached beet filet, instead of beef, for any vegans attending your happy day.

Heckfield Place. , Hampshire, England

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This 1700s Georgian manor house one hour from London boasts lovely venues—a walled garden or gazebo—but also a biodynamic farm and orchards that supply the chef’s culinary creations; three studios for personal training, yoga, Pilates, and ballet; and all-natural treatments using ingredients from the apothecary garden in the Little Bothy Spa, which places emphasis on the dreamy natural surroundings.

Hotel Wailea. , Maui, Hawaii

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Tend to your body, mind, and soul with a vast array of restorative wellness treatments and experiences at this adults-only boutique resort on 15 acres of lush tropics. There are things you’ve never heard of—aerial silk sessions, floating or serenity sound baths, and incredible lomi lomi massage—that will prepare you better than any diet for this life-altering moment of joy. Couples eloping or having small ceremonies can even have them in a tree house surrounded by mango trees with epic ocean views.

Indian Springs Calistoga. , Napa Valley, California

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A mud bath might not be the thing you imagine doing just before putting on an expensive white dress, but think again. This classic resort’s signature baths are fed by geothermal geysers, which are in the company of ponds, olive and palm trees, and roses alongside lavender. There’s also the geyser-fed Buddha Pond for meditation and, naturally, plenty of wine to ensure guests are happy on all levels.

Nanuku, Auberge Resorts Collection. , Fiji

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By its very nature Fiji is good for the soul, so it’s not hard to find tranquility and wellness there. You can even rent an exclusive two-acre private island for your affair, catered with sustainable and organic local food, of course. Soothing spa treatments like watsu (water massage) are fun ways to emphasize the watery locale, as is the Fijian healing tradition of a wedding-day couple’s treetop massage, on an open-air platform above the waves that's suspended from the branches of a dilo tree. It’s the perfect excuse to see your soon-to-be-spouse before walking down the aisle.

Schloss Elmau. , Bavarian Alps, Germany

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Guests of all ages are kept happy at this luxurious spa getaway in the Bavarian Alps, where outdoor pools—including the infinity-edge stunner on the rooftop—are heated 24/7, and there are opportunities to hike, play tennis, practice yoga, and ski. From ancient traditional Chinese medicine to traditional hammam, it has a lot to offer, as well as its beautiful concert hall which can fit 200 for “I do's.”

Destination Kohler. , Wisconsin

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Book the Eau de Vie suite at the American Club here to relax in the state-of-the-art overflowing bath with chromatherapy—beside a four-paneled glass fireplace—before the big day. Make sure you and your girls book some pampering sessions at the Kohler Waters Spa, along with hot yoga or Bold Cycle classes, and maybe take a meditative riverside hike through 500 acres to get in the right headspace.

Montage Los Cabos. , Mexico

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In a destination known for its spas, this opulent resort with a swimmable beach has the largest, clocking in at 40,000 square feet. Imagine the possibilities. Of course there’s a full hair and nail salon, so you and your bridal party will look exquisite; fitness classes ranging from barre to Pilates; guided meditation; and a nightly guided shaman ceremony called Canopy of Stars, a transformative purification involving stargazing and the discovery of inner peace.

Enchantment Resort. , Sedona, Arizona

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Endless activities on tap—guided meditation hikes to group yoga and culinary experiences from Juicing 101 to Organic Gardening and Composting at Mii Amo—mean less effort on your part to coordinate pre-wedding itineraries for everyone attending this one-of-a-kind event amid the red rocks of Boynton Canyon, which are known to uplift body, mind, and spirit.

Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa. , Costa Rica

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Before and after making things official on a red wooden bridge arching over hot springs, and dancing till you drop in a flower-filled rain-forest tent, indulge in the thermal mineral springs that top out at 105 degrees. They’ll ease any nerves, and when paired with a couple’s massage that includes a Maleku love chant, make your body and spirit feel oh so ready.

Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa. , Sausalito, California

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Famous for being a bad sleeper? The new high-tech sleep smart beds in this newly renovated gem’s wellness rooms actually provide sleep coaching so you can rest soundly before your ceremony. There are also Muse meditation headbands, VI Sense AI trainers that help you explore Muir Woods nearby, on-demand fitness classes, and Moon Juice adaptogenic blends.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. , Florida

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This popular Amelia Island wedding resort is not only famed for its stunning ceremony settings, but for its commitment to wellness. This means daily spa classes where you’ll learn to create salt and essential oil scrubs, as well as innovative treatments—think a CBD relief and recovery massage—and its Yoga Nidra meditation, full moon meditation, and sand mandala classes. These are offered in part during special wellness retreats and also during the Amelia Island Wellness Festival.

The Palms Hotel and Spa. , Miami

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If beach and garden yoga doesn’t make you feel healthy before the wedding, then a couple’s stress-fix massage al fresco in a tiki cabana or chakra-balancing massage certainly will. Otherwise there’s an on-site organic chef’s garden that grows herbs and veggies for the farm-to-table cuisine served at this Miami oasis. Even conscious cocktails are available, made from craft or organic spirits.

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