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Travel Meets Transcendence at These 6 Metaphysical Healing Locations Around the World

Healing crystals, tarot cards, stargazing and essential oils: These may seem like peculiar pastimes to some. But to the millennials and Gen Zers looking to neutralize bad vibes and cultivate an aura of spiritual well-being, they symbolize New Age, metaphysical healing.

While belief in alternative health is certainly not a new concept, metaphysical wellness — part of the $3.7 trillion wellness industry, according to recent research — is steadily gaining in popularity, with hashtags like #soundbath and #crystalhealing showing up more frequently on social media as users show the levels to which they’ll go to achieve peace of mind.

From swimming in mineral-rich waters in an ancient Borneo rainforest to indulging in gemstone facials at a crystal healing spa in the United States, here are six luxe healing getaways around the world to cleanse your body, mind and spirit.

Stargaze in a Dark Sky Park in Utah

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Turn your eye toward the heavens. (Photo: NPS | Zac Schierl)

Situated 23 miles from the nearest town of Cedar City, the Cedar Breaks National Monument sits at an elevation of 10,000 feet above sea level, making it the ideal location for discovering the sparkling stars and bright planets that are part of the Milky Way.

Throughout the year, the park hosts a series of astronomy programs, ideally nicknamed star parties, where volunteer astronomers and park rangers discuss all the celestial bodies (the rings of Saturn and Jupiter’s Galilean moons are visible on a clear night) one can see through the park’s several large telescopes.

Meet a Blind Intuitive Healer in Indonesia

If you’re planning your own “Eat Pray Love”–style journey, a stay at the plush Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, set along the calming waters of the Ayung River in Bali, needs to be on your list.

The spa at this chic retreat focuses on traditional Balinese methods of holistic wellness, including sessions with Ibu Ketut Mursi, a blind intuitive healer who uses her heightened sense of touch to get to the root of one’s physical and emotional issues. Throughout the year, visiting healers and energy practitioners offer sessions ranging from crystal sound healing to guided emotional detoxes.

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Get in touch with nature. (Photo: Getty Images)

Indulge in Crystal Therapy in Minnesota

With quartz finishes integrated into its decor, including a 68-pound Madagascar rose quartz, Anda Spa, an urban wellness retreat in Minneapolis, utilizes the healing power of crystals to treat everything from physical aches and pains to energy blocks and mental fatigue.

You can indulge in a variety of crystal-focused therapies, like gemstone facials with rose quartz (to revitalize the spirit) or labradorite, which works to activate the heart chakra. For a full-body experience, the Himalayan salt stone massage and rose-quartz-infused bath soak target inner healing and increase one’s overall sense of well-being.

Discover the Magellanic Cloud Galaxies in Costa Rica

Between the verdant rainforest, salty Pacific Ocean breeze and visible starry night sky (thanks to little light pollution), it’s hard not to connect with nature in Costa Rica. In fact, this tropical country, known by most for its pura vida lifestyle, is also a prime stargazing location for the Magellanic Clouds — two galaxies first identified by explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

The dry season, which runs from November to the end of April, is the best time to check in to the sprawling Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, which offers guided walks along its marked trails to explore the Costa Rican jungle under the bright, star-filled sky.

Experience the Calming Spiritual Vortex in California

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Find your element. (Photo: Elemental Apothecary)

From the Chumash people, the region’s first inhabitants, to the New Age philosophers and Hollywood celebrities that currently flock to the area, the spiritual call of the Ojai Valley has long been attracting travelers.

The town, which is built on a sizable electromagnetic vortex, is surrounded by the Topa Topa mountains, which run east to west, an uncommon occurrence, since most ranges run north to south.

Head downtown for a charming stroll past crystal shops like The Elemental Apothecary, which stock everything from homemade bath salts to body mists specific to the aura you emanate. For psychic readings, bioenergy field cleanses and animal totem charts, the quirky Ojai House has you covered.

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Explore the Ojai Valley. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ancient Subterranean Caves and a Primeval Rainforest in Malaysia

In the heart of a lush, biodiverse rainforest on the Malaysian island of Borneo, Ayus Wellness offers guests an ultimate luxe nature getaway. Guided forest bathing walks with members of the nomadic Penan community lead you on a trail of discovery into the rainforest, which is rich in medicinal herbs and plants that have been used for centuries to treat both physical and spiritual ailments.

A swim in the mineral-rich waters that emerge at the base of the Clearwater Cave System — the longest subterranean cave system in Asia, set in the adjacent Gunung Mulu National Park — will leave you feeling revitalized and renewed.