2. Aro Ha, Glenorchy, New Zealand
Tucked away in between the mesmerizing Southern Alps (35 minutes from Queenstown), Aro Ha is an intimate eco-friendly retreat surrounded by 8.5 hectares of rugged New Zealand landscape overlooking Lake Wakatipu. The US$20-million solar- and hydro-powered wellness retreat is unique and the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere, accommodating only a small group of 32 guests max. Built to motivate and vitalize mind and body, the neutral wood, stone, and glass features enable the resort to seamlessly blend into the natural landscape, allowing guests to reconnect with themselves and the environment. Delicious vegetarian meals (often raw and paleo-inspired) are freshly prepared, with ingredients from the organic garden. Aro Ha offers transformation on a physical as well as mental level. A wellness retreat at Aro Hā is an all-inclusive journey over 5 or 7 nights.