New Year, New You: a Winter Wellness Visit to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Here on the Alabama Gulf Coast, we know a focus on wellness is the best way to welcome in a happy new year. After all, there’s no better first step than one that sinks your toes into sugar-white sand! And with tons of local opportunities for soothing self-care, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are a perfect setting for starting the year with wellness and joy. 

If you’re starting 2023 on Alabama’s beaches, you’re well on your way to a year that feels well. Get inspired to be a brand new you this year with these ideas for a winter wellness visit in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. 

The Spa at The Beach Club

Book a Session at The Spa at The Beach Club

Therapeutic massage, a personalized facial, soothing body scrubs – The Spa at The Beach Club has a full line of professional services to pamper your body from head to toe. The newly-renovated facility is designed for relaxation, with luxurious finishes and thoughtful comfort in every detail. Services can be customized to suit your needs and style, and everything from a salon-quality haircut to a basic mani/pedi is provided by their team of expert professionals. And as a guest of The Beach Club with Aqua Vacations, you get 10 percent off your spa and salon services! 

Float into Bliss at Magnolia Float Spa 

The Gulf may be too cold for comfortable swimming, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip out on a soothing saltwater soak. This unique Gulf Shores health spa features zero-gravity float tanks that provide a private environment for effortless relaxation. Just an hour spent floating in cool sensory deprivation is known to decrease stress and anxiety, reduce pain and inflammation, relax tired muscles and even improve your sleep. 

Gulf State Park Trails

Take an Invigorating Trek on our Nature Trails 

Is being active the way you feel most well? Crisp winter air and cool coastal beauty make a trip down our local trails an invigorating way to start the new year. You can hike or bike at Gulf State Park to explore 28 miles of diverse ecosystems and lush local wildlife, or roam the boardwalks at Wade Ward Nature Park to view our native wetlands. If you’re staying in Fort Morgan, you can easily take a walk on the wild side at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.

Book a Beach Yoga Session with GlowYoga

If you’re into yoga, this local studio offers a full range of classes to help you work up a sweat that leaves you refreshed, rejuvenated, and inspired. They offer classes for all abilities in their heated studio, or you can join their popular Beach Yoga class to practice your poses surrounded by the soothing sights and sounds of the Gulf.

Relax and Recharge 

Active wellness is a wonderful habit, but don’t underestimate the power of quiet relaxation. Simply spending some time on our beautiful beaches can help reduce stress and recharge your mind for the great year ahead. Make time in your schedule to stroll down the sand, enjoy the surf’s gentle spray, and soak in a colorful sunset. There will be plenty of other times for hustle and grind. 

Ready to start your new year with soothing self-care? Begin by booking a swoon-worthy rental with Aqua Vacations. Our premium vacation properties are a treat in themselves, keeping you in the height of luxurious comfort on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Book your stay with our team to enjoy exceptional service and exclusive guest perks that create the ultimate stress-free vacation in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.