Celebrity makeovers and 'bad energy enemas': what goes on in California's best health retreats

Sea views from a Pacific Suite at Post Ranch Inn

Once upon a time, California’s ladies-who-lunch dished on their favourite plastic surgeons. Now, they trade tips on how to age gracefully from their functional-medicine doctors, who look for natural ways to heal illnesses. The ground-breaking science of epigenetics – the study of how the environment and lifestyle choices affect our genes – and the rise of preventative medicine have spawned retreats such as the Wellness Collective at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe. Spa-fuelled weekends with educational workshops and luxury amenities are de rigueur. Likewise, those in search of Ayurvedic healing, meditation intensives and talks from some of the leading minds in today’s wellness industry head to southern California’s two-decades-old Chopra Center (located at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa) to get their fix. And you can’t speak of wellbeing in California without mentioning the Ojai Spa...

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