Your Guide to a Wellness Weekend in Newport Beach
With the kids back in school and summer coming closer to an end, it’s time for a little “you” time. Whether you’re craving some pampering at the spa, or you simply want to get back in the gym, there’s no better time to hit the reset button. With that said, we’ve put together the ultimate wellness weekend itinerary that’ll help you detox your mind, body and soul. Here are five ways to renew your spirit in Newport Beach.
Fuel Your Day
Feeling your best begins with proper nutrition, and Newport Beach has several options for healthy dining. Grab a fresh juice or nutrient-packed smoothie from Vibe Organic Kitchen & Juice or Thrive Juice Lab. And when it comes time for lunch, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Gracias Madre for some plant-based tacos, True Food Kitchen for a tasty gluten-free flatbread or Jan’s Health Bar for a hearty sandwich, salad or wrap!
A Trip to the Spa
Sometimes a little R&R is all you need to feel refreshed. Newport Beach is home to several luxury spas that’ll leave you feeling like a million bucks. For an immersive spa experience, The Spa at Pelican Hill is a must-visit. Let their expert therapists cure what ails you using the best natural products and therapeutics. The all-new SpaVEA is another stellar choice with its saltwater pool and selection of signature massages and body wraps. However, if your skin could use some TLC, A Little Touch of Heaven, SkinSpirit and Facialworks each offer advanced therapies that improve hydration, firmness and pigmentation.
Enjoy a Therapeutic Tea Ceremony
Tea has been used for thousands of years for its calming and soothing properties. Sipping tea is even considered a meditative practice that can bring a sense of relaxation and peace and can help open the heart up for healing. Get a taste of this plant spirit medicine, with an immersive Bowl Tea Ceremony at Village Tea Hut. This experience is an hour and 15 minutes of pure bliss, where you’ll get to sip herbal teas, enjoy moments of stillness and share insights and reflections.
Practice Your Poses
Looking to get your flow on? RA Yoga on Westcliff Drive offers weekly yoga classes that range from slow-flow Vinyasa to heated Strength. Come lay your mat down for a little “you” time, and get your flow on as your instructor leads you through a series of poses and breathwork. This popular studio prides itself on creating “connection, opportunity, love and space for the human condition.” And with 14 different types of classes to choose from, you’re sure to find few that suit your style.
Take a Hike!
With miles of natural beauty, there’s no better place to get outside and explore than Newport Beach! Take a stroll along the Back Bay Loop—a trail suitable for all skill levels, given its relatively flat terrain. Enjoy sweeping views of the Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve, or as locals call it, “The Back Bay,” and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife! Buck Gully Trail in Corona del Mar is also a scenic path perfect for hiking and mountain biking. This 4.4-mile trail winds through the back canyons of Newport Coast, immersing trekkers in the region’s natural beauty.
Plan a Local Getaway
Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need. Book a quick weekend getaway at one of Newport Beach’s premier resorts. We love The Resort at Pelican Hill for its posh amenities, lush grounds and stunning Coliseum Pool. But if you’re in search of some fun, Lido House and the newly renovated VEA Newport Beach offer an escape in the center of it all with access to some of the best shopping and entertainment in Orange County. For those in search of a more peaceful retreat, Newport Beach Marriott Bayview and Hyatt Regency Newport Beach each sit near the calm waters of the Back Bay, offering a sense of tranquility.
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger