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Make good on health and wellness resolutions for 2019 with a retreat to a California B&B or boutique hotel. Designed for relaxation and rejuvenation, members of the California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) offer an array of wellness-related services and packages ranging from vegan cooking classes to yoga retreats.


The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs will host the Be Balanced Retreat January 18-20, 2019, a holistic getaway to support the body with exercise and nutrition, the mind with stillness and empowerment, and both with pampering spa treatments. Led by Certified Personal Trainer and wellness coach, Janna Harris, M.S., the retreat will comprise of four distinctive daily workouts, meditation sessions, a pool-side facial and chair massage, group coaching, and a healthy cooking workshop. The retreat package is $1,100 for single occupancy (or $940 per person for double occupancy) and includes two nights’ accommodations, access to the on-site Scandinavian spa, and all meals.


Tucked into the Sonoma Valley hamlet of Glen Ellen, the Gaige House + Ryokan is a zen hideaway featuring 23 thoughtfully-appointed guestrooms with modern, Asian details. The verdant and secluded setting along the Calabazas Creek is the perfect backdrop for a private meditation class, personal yoga session, or expert-led shinrin-yoku (forest bathing walk). The centering continues with on-site spa treatments like Swedish or hot stone massage. In keeping with the inn’s reputation for traditional Japanese hospitality, all treatments and classes are completely customizable and delivered by highly skilled practitioners committed to guests’ well-being and relaxation.


The Inn at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas is a wellness-focused boutique inn that incorporates WELL Building Standards. That means every detail about the inn–from the biodynamic gardens, to the air- and water-filtration systems, to the lighting–has been carefully considered with the guests’ wellness in mind. The inn grows its own organic fruits, herbs, and vegetables; the gardens also produce flowers for guest rooms and ingredients for the blended teas that welcome guests upon arrival. Most of the inn’s five suites offer full or partial ocean views, with private decks designed for yoga, meditation, and relaxation. The inn also offers wellness packages for yoga, Ayurvedic treatments, and energy healing.

An elegant eco-resort on the Mendocino coast, Stanford Inn’s integrated and holistic wellness center allows guests to start their New Year’s health and wellness resolutions in comfort and style. The inn’s Mendocino Center for Living Well offers programs in nutrition, meditation, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, acupressure, Tai Chi, yoga, massage, gardening, cooking, mushroom foraging and more. The inn’s award-winning restaurant, Ravens’ Restaurant, serves nourishing vegetarian fare with vegetables and herbs harvested directly from the inn’s certified-organic gardens. In addition, inn also offers four-day vegan retreats in which guests learn the tools, techniques and recipes for transitioning to a plant-based diet.
Upon entering through the doors of El Morocco Inn & Spa in Desert Hot Springs, guests are whisked on a magic carpet ride to a Moroccan-inspired oasis with warm, healing, spring-fed mineral water pools. Open to guests 24 hours a day, the pools are surrounded by glowing lanterns, lounge chairs, Moroccan poufs, and daybeds piled with pillows. The inn’s day spa offers an array of spa treatments ranging from over a dozen massages to detoxifying body masks and scrubs. In a quiet spa garden, a genuine Bedouin tent provides a space for yoga or meditation. The guest rooms are decorated in authentic Moroccan antiques and fabrics the owners have brought back from more than a dozen trips to Morocco.

Just a few blocks from the heart of Carmel, Tradewinds Carmel radiates tranquility. The inn features a private courtyard and meditation garden with cascading fountains, bamboo trees, lush flowering ginger and a cozy fire pit. Guests can book private yoga lessons in the meditation garden or an in-room therapeutic massage. Tradewinds’ design reflects a fusion of Asian and tropical elements, including guest rooms elegantly-appointed with an exotic blend of textures and furnishings. Luxurious feather beds are covered in Egyptian cotton linens, down comforters, and silk throw pillows, and baths feature slate tile floors, Japanese Tansu vanities, glass-enclosed showers, and spa tubs.


For more information about these and other boutique hotels and B&Bs in California, visit www.cabbi.com.

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