Detox spas are a special breed, using a variety of techniques to detox the body, including fasting, colonics, specialized diets, and spa treatments. But programs at detox spas vary widely, and some might be considered "detox light." If detoxing is your goal, make sure you understand exactly what the detox spa offers in the way of programs, staff, and support. Here are some of the best detox spas in North America.
This is the classic California detox spa, where guests go on a liquid fast and get daily colonics to flush out toxins. It’s in the beautiful setting of Desert Hot Springs. You can get detoxing spa treatments like lymphatic massage and they have yoga, meditation, and dance classes. It has a very loyal following with celebrities and the LA crowd.
This is about as serious as a detox spa gets. This holistic hospital an hour south of San Diego in Rosarito, Mexico, offers a one or two-week detoxification and regeneration programs overseen by a medical doctor, nutritionist, and detoxification specialist. A lot of people who come here have serious health issues like cancer, MS, Lyme disease, and chronic fatigue syndrome, but anyone who wants to get healthier can go. You can get colonics, massage, and hydrotherapy, with fitness classes.
This spiritual community and detox spa in the Arizona desert south of Tucson is purposefully undeveloped—no TV, no phones, and minimal artificial lighting. You can do a 10-, 17-, or 24-day detox programs. The 10-day program starts with 7 days of 100% organic green juice, followed by three days of organic raw food. You can fast with a group or on your own. It’s do-it-yourself on the colonics front—the fasting pack they recommend you buy has an enema bag. Guests also meditate, do yoga. and get lymphatic drainage massage.
This is an interesting property near Houston where the rooms are made out of shipping containers and the big meal of the day is soup–that you made yourself! It really is all about detoxing, getting colonics, and learning about health and wellness, so don't expect The Four Seasons.
Bring your pen, paper, and tape recorder. This health-oriented detox spa in West Palm Beach, Florida believes in healing the body through raw food and there are lots of lectures to make the case. Guests stay at least one week and up to three weeks, eating raw foods, taking spa treatments, meditating and exercising. This is about changing the way you eat, not a short-term cleanse. The Oasis Therapy Center offers colon hydrotherapy and a lot of different therapies aimed at detoxifying or rebalancing the body and mind.
The Raj in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, was started by the Maharishi who taught the Beatles how to meditate in the sixties. The luxurious detox spa offers a shortened version of the classic Ayurvedic detox called panchakarma, which in India takes 14-28 days. Just 18 people stay at the spa, which serves organic vegetarian meals of lentil soup, grains, vegetables, and stewed fruits. The program detoxes the body through diet and specialized treatments like Abhyanga.