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Head To Serenbe For A Weekend Of Wellness And Self-Care

Ashton Pike | December 30, 2019 | Lifestyle Travel & Recreation National


Serene decor at Serenbe Yoga + Body Works mimics the Zen mantras of its classes.

At a place where the name quite literally means “be serene,” the end result is clear. And, thanks to Serenbe’s newest neighborhood, Mado, a health-focused hamlet within the 1,000-acre wellness-centered community, the task just got a lot easier to check off your 2020 to-do list.

Tucked away in Chattahoochee Hills, Serenbe shines a spotlight on self-care, with nature at the forefront of its method, in addition to organic bites, fitness classes and, of course, retail therapy. While the community’s other hamlets (Grange and Selborne) hone in on agriculture and the arts, respectively, the recently bowed Mado neighborhood flaunts all the bells and whistles for a health-conscious staycation—from an on-property spa and state-of-the-art gym (hello, Pelotons) to a modern yoga studio, restaurant and more.


One Mado’s unique outdoor staircase

Drive your personal golf cart (courtesy of your setup for the weekend at The Inn at Serenbe) to the One Mado building and kick-start your day with a yoga sesh at Serenbe Yoga + Body Works. Six expert instructors lead an array of classes tailored to every skill level; a slower-paced Beginner’s Explore class is full of how-tos and tips for newer yogis. Release tension from stress in your muscles and build your flexibility with a spot in the Stretch + Restore class, targeting the hips, hamstrings and upper back; go big with the 75-minute Hot Power vinyasa-based class done inside the studio set to 94 degrees; or opt for a more cardio-intense workout with a day-pass to nearby The Gym at Mado. Whichever way you decide to find your Zen, you’ll be good and ready for a hearty, healthy lunch at Halsa, located just below the studio, where the menu is rife with fresh filling fare made with ingredients sourced directly from Serenbe Farms. Inside, sandwiches, salad bowls and savory plates provide your body its daily dose of greens (order the crispy kale and Brussels sprouts tacos—you won’t be disappointed).


Chef Nicolas Bour’s menu incorporates the produce from Serenbe Farms.


Halsa’s interior features Swedish design and culture influence.

Once your vibes are only good and stomach well-nourished, it’s time to #treatyourself with an appointment at The Spa at Serenbe. ATL’s boutique fitness studio frequenters will want to opt for the sports enthusiast massage ($125) to help muscles recover by removing built-up lactic acid before being pampered with the Osea Signature Facial ($115) or, for the guys, the Executive Men’s Facial ($115), which soothes the skin from irritants like sports and shaving.


Relax on the spa patio before a day of pampering at the spa.

Though Serenbe’s calm, quiet community is just 30 minutes—not even a full podcast—from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, it feels more like you’re countryside across the pond, making it a prime locale for a luxe getaway that doubles as your overdue me-time. Now that’s our kind of Netflix and chill.

Here’s your quick guide for a soothing staycation at Serenbe.


Pop into this resto for breakfast, lunch or dinner for farm-to-table dishes made with organic ingredients straight from Serenbe Farms. @halsaserenbe

Serenbe Yoga + Body Works

Beginner and advanced yogis alike will find solace and stress relief at this yoga studio, where hot yoga, Pilates and even aerial yoga allow visiting Atlantans to find their Zen. (Look out for the return of goat yoga sessions come March.) Single class $20, goat yoga class $35, @serenbeyoga

The Spa at Serenbe

From an infrared sauna ($1 per minute) to signature facials (from $115), this state-of-the-art spa offers top-notch treatments for treating yourself. @spaserenbe

The Gym at Mado

Snag a one-day pass to Serenbe’s 2,500-square-foot gym and get access to the indoor cycling studio, free weights and expert personal trainers. One-day pass $15, personal training session $50

The Inn at Serenbe

A peaceful place to perch for the weekend, the Inn offers 29 rooms across six quaint cottages—some of which are even pet-friendly, so your four-legged counterpart can join in on your getaway. Rates from $275 per night, @innatserenbe

Photography by: Courtesy of Serenbe | Mia Yakel Photography | Tomas Espinoz