California Luxury Vacations
In california two destinations for your relaxation needs, the canyon wellness retreat, and the new Dive Palm Springs.
Set to open this fall on 16 acres amid the Redwood forest in Woodside, the Canyon Ranch Wellness Retreat will offer a range of custom Signature and Featured Retreat programs created by award-winning wellness experts. (Coming up: “Inspiring Leadership in Work & Life” Nov. 17-21 led by InspireCorps’ leaders Jen Grace Baron and Laura Campbell, and “Sound Healing for Body & Soul” Dec. 15-19 with singing bowl practitioner Katherine Hamer.) This is the first retreat model offered by the Canyon Ranch wellness resort chain.
Expect 14 guest rooms in a main retreat lodge encircled by 24 treehouses, along with activities such as hiking and biking, nature walks, restorative spa treatments, meditation sessions, Tai Chi workshops, yoga and an outdoor obstacle course. Also available is The Hearth restaurant, with Executive Chef Isabelle Jackson Nunes serving up locally made products including a chevre and lavender tart made with Harley Farms cheese, Acme bread and a flatbread made with Markegard Ranch beef. Rates start at $899
CANYON RANCH WELLNESS RETREAT
16350 Skyline Blvd.
Abdi Manavi likes to refer to the new Dive Palm Springs getaway (opening in November) as more of a private luxury time machine than a hotel. “My business partner Dale Fox and I have created an intimate atmosphere for our guests, as you would have staying at a friend’s house,” says Manavi, owner and general manager. “Evoking the casual elegance of Saint Tropez in the 1960s, we created Dive to transport our guests to a romantic forgotten world where it’s still safe to relax, play, explore and release all the trappings of modern life.”
Toward that end, look for a luxury boutique resort boasting just 11 guestrooms and two suites ornamented with original murals, playful accents and more from Tulum, Bali and St. Tropez by Santa Monica-based designer Vanessa Schreiber—all surrounding a restored tile pool by Maurice Libbot. Also on hand: a central garden with French bistro tables and daybeds, and chic lounge and bar area. Rates start from $300 per room, per night.
DIVE PALM SPRINGS
1586 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA
Photographs: Courtesy Of Canyon Ranch (Top) And Brian Ashby (Bottom)