4 Wellness Destinations for the Ultimate New Year’s Getaway—and Why That’s the Best Way to Start 2019

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As you near the end of the year, it's inevitable you start itching for a change of pace. And what better way to implement a true shift in your perspective than literally heading somewhere, you know, new?  

“Travel is always a reset, much like the new year,” says travel expert and journalist Amanda Blakely. “So I say, open your mind, go somewhere new, and usher this new year in with a ferocious appetite for all the things.”

Honestly though, is there anything cooler than ringing in the new year in a far-flung setting? Hello beach yoga, sunset swims, and of course more Insta posts than you could imagine. Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts offers unique resorts in multiple destinations with endless wellness-focused amenities that will have even the biggest homebody of your group packing their bags, like yesterday.

“There is something undeniably reassuring about starting the new year off as you wish to continue, and for me that means exploring somewhere new (or old and beloved), far from home and miles away from the stresses of daily life,” Blakely adds. So, what are you waiting for?

Scroll down to check out four magical vacation spots ideal for kicking off your new year celebration.

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Punta Cana: for holistic wellness

This year, opt for something quieter than your usual New Year's Eve party style—but keep the champagne. Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana is centered around feeling, well centered—which means you can kayak through crystal clear waters, experience a citrus antioxidant facial, and go for a serene horseback ride along the shore, all in a rustic-chic setting on the gorgeous Dominican Republic coast.

"Since wellness as a concept has infiltrated so much of our lives and lifestyles, it makes sense that being kind to yourself, and staying well, should follow you when you’re on the road," Blakely says. The perfect vacay nails that balance of what your body needs and what it wants.

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Montego Bay: to immerse yourself in a new vibrant culture

When in Jamaica, it'd be a crime to not go out and explore what all this beautiful region has to offer. Zoëtry Montego Bay offers once-in-a-lifetime tours where you can take a walk down the famous Hip Strip, dip your toes in the Caribbean Sea, and visit some of the oldest and most famous sugar cane fields.

"I think of each of my trips as a mini life milestone," says Blakely. "Sort of like, life before the perspective of seeing the pyramids, and life after." Translation: Your perspective is bound to change once you've zip-lined your way through the Jamaican wilderness or tubed down the Great River.

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Riviera Maya: to tap into your artsy side

Relaxing in a dreamy beach-side locale and taking in some art? Yep, it's actually pretty life-changing. At Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya, you can do just that at the Luis Sottil Naturalismo gallery.

"At the start of a new year, I always need as much inspiration to flood in as possible," says Blakely. To that end, you can join in on an art pairing tour, which in case you're unfamiliar, consists of tasting dishes and cocktails inspired by the art you're fawning over (spoiler: it's amazing).

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Isla Mujeres: for a totally gourmet experience

On top of raking in the gorgeous scenery that's bound to blow you away, Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun is a totally immersive experience that will keep you on your nourishing food game, too. With its fresh organic menu, the resort provides endless organic dining options—all locally-grown—to suit every dietary need. 

"Healthy food options are also important to me," says Blakely. "We try to keep mostly gluten and dairy free (my boys have some food sensitivities) so this is also a consideration that is important to me." Plus, if you're feeling extra glam—and maybe a little lazy, it is vacation after all—you can sip and munch on all your favorite gluten-free and vegan dishes all day long without leaving the pool.

In partnership with Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts

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