The engagement selfie is just the beginning of the photographic journey every modern bride takes en route to her wedding, and what better way to prepare for the big day than by scheduling an indulgent mind and body spa retreat? At-home facials, weekly yoga sessions, and bi-monthly pedicures may be Band-Aid solutions for pre-nuptial jitters and dull skin, but checking into a soothing and sumptuous haven designed to primp and pamper guests is the optimal solution for any and all wedding woes. From an oceanside spa to a quiet yoga retreat, we found the most peaceful, luxurious, and cozy health havens for a bridal escape before the big day. If you're looking for a glowing complexion and a zen mindset in preparation for your wedding, look no further than these incredible detox retreats.
Favored by makeup artist Lisa Eldridge and newlywed blogger Louise Roe, this chic, contemporary resort is nestled in the heart of Austria next to Lake Altausee. The modern, avant-garde decor of the medical spa and retreat is one notable reason to visit the far-flung locale, but brides will find the resort's "Mayr cure" possesses greater gravitational pull. Utilizing personalized treatment schedules for each guest, the spa incorporates a range of analytical tools to provide unique solutions for health issues from digestion to exhaustion. Whether you're seeking diet alterations to beat bloat or a detox facial for congested skin, VivaMayr offers the solution you seek. However, no one will fault you if you simply travel to Altausee for the breathtaking views…
If you wish to indulge in a bit of oceanfront relaxation while addressing pre-wedding health and beauty concerns, look no further than Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. In terms of location, the Dreams Resort spa is breathtaking; treatments are offered mere steps away from the crashing waves. The well-equipped spa offers guests hydrotherapy, an array of massage styles from Swedish to reflexology, and a number of aesthetic treatments including a jojoba oil body scrub and a caviar facial. If you crave a break from the nonstop pampering, wander off the property to the Chichén Itzá Mayan ruins for a bit of cultural stimulation, and regroup after your exploration with a long soak in the spa Jacuzzi.
If your notion of a holistic health retreat includes indulging in a glass of merlot while admiring an unforgettable sunset, book a trip to the Auberge Spa at Calistoga Ranch in California, where the natural hot springs compete for top billing with the area's rich foliage and the harvest of excellent wine from nearby Sonoma. After taking an inaugural dip in the spa's healing waters, opt for a deep tissue massage followed by a mud wrap. If stretching is more your speed, the resort's peaceful yoga studio offers a haven from the hassles of modern life. Before you leave Calistoga, relaxed and rejuvenated, be sure to take advantage of the resort's Napa wineries tour to fully appreciate the regional charm.
A traditional Swiss spa, complete with all of the bells and whistles, is exactly what you'll find at the celebrated Clinique La Prairie spa in Switzerland. The spa's doctors are equipped to perform treatments from alternative medicine pain management with acupuncture, to radiology for disease management and plastic surgery. If you're not in the market for intensive medical treatments, the spa also provides dietary analysis for optimized health, Thai massage, and facials designed to bring a youthful glow back to dull skin.
Brides may be surprised to discover that a trek halfway across the globe isn't necessary for top-notch spa treatments and soothing relaxation practices. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, beautifully poised beside Lake Oconee in Georgia, is a treasure for brides seeking a respite from the wedding planning process. The spa's extensive menu of treatments is inspired by its location in the heart of the south, utilizing ingredients such as sweet tea and magnolia essence to both enhance the efficacy of treatments and add a gentle nod to the spa's location. After your sore muscles have been massaged into submission and your face polished to a blush(http://www.brides.com/story/wedding-makeup-inspiration-blushes-bridal-glow), make your way out to the resort's lakefront lounge to admire the untamed splendor.