Art of Living Retreat Center

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Desk, free WiFi, bed sheets
Desk, free WiFi, bed sheets
Desk, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Art of Living Retreat Center

Art of Living Retreat Center

3.5 out of 5

4.0/5 Very Good

Guests rated this property 4.7/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • All inclusive
  • Spa
  • Restaurant

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Social distancing
  • Temperature checks
639 Whispering Hills Rd., Boone, NC, 28607

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationTweetsie Railroad13 min drive
  • Popular LocationDoc's Rocks Gem Mine14 min drive
  • Popular LocationMystery Hill14 min drive
  • AirportNorth Wilkesboro (IKB-Wilkes County)63 min drive

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About this area


Located in Boone, Art of Living Retreat Center is in the mountains. Appalachian Ski Mtn. and Boone Golf Club are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Pisgah National Forest and Elk Knob State Park. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's happening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex or Holmes Convocation Center. Spend some time exploring the area's activities, including skiing.

What's nearby

  • Boone Golf Club - 10 min drive
  • Tweetsie Railroad - 13 min drive
  • Doc's Rocks Gem Mine - 14 min drive
  • Mystery Hill - 14 min drive
  • Appalachian Ski Mtn. - 18 min drive

Getting around

  • Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) - 118 min drive


  • Vegetarian Dining Hall — 1 min walk
  • Puerto Nuevo Mexican & Seafood Restaurant — 12 min drive
  • Bella's Italian Restaurant — 12 min drive
  • Los Arcoiris — 12 min drive
  • Coyote Kitchen — 12 min drive

About this property

Art of Living Retreat Center

All-inclusive resort with full-service spa and free breakfast
This smoke-free resort features a full-service spa, a restaurant, and a fitness center. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a steam room, a coffee shop/café, and coffee/tea in a common area. All 31 rooms offer free WiFi, refrigerators, and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Free local calls, fans, and hair dryers are among the other amenities that guests will find.
Art of Living Retreat Center offers 31 accommodations with hair dryers and complimentary toiletries. Flat-screen televisions come with satellite channels. Bathrooms include bathtubs.

This Boone resort provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply).

Recreational amenities at the resort include a steam room and a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Shankara Ayurveda Spa has massage/treatment rooms. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages, and Thai massages. The spa is equipped with a steam room. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and Ayurvedic.

All inclusive details

This resort is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Land activities

Fitness facilities



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Temperature checks given to staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast available daily 7:30 AM–9:30 AM
  • 1 restaurant and 1 coffee shop/café
  • Coffee/tea in common area(s)

Things to do

  • Fitness center
  • Full-service spa
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Playground
  • Steam room
  • Yoga classes

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Playground
  • Refrigerator


  • Banquet hall
  • Gift shop/newsstand
  • Library
  • No elevators
  • Water dispenser

Guest services

  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English

Business services

  • Computer station
  • Conference space
  • Meeting rooms


  • Garden
  • Picnic area


  • Aromatherapy
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Body treatments
  • Facials
  • Massage - deep-tissue
  • Massage - hot stone
  • Massage - prenatal
  • Massage - Swedish
  • Massage - Thai
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Steam room


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Fan
  • Heating


  • Bathtub
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels


  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite channels

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator


  • Desk
  • Free local calls
  • Phone

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - 10 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Access methods

Staffed front desk


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host; the provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession, within the meaning of article 155 of the French Tax Code
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover; cash is not accepted
Air conditioning is not provided
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit

We should mention

No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property
Alcohol is not served at this property

Property is also known as

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Frequently asked questions

Overall score and ratings


Very Good

Rating 5 - Excellent. 26 out of 60 reviews
5 - Excellent 43%
Rating 4 - Good. 18 out of 60 reviews
4 - Good 30%
Rating 3 - Okay. 8 out of 60 reviews
3 - Okay 13%
Rating 2 - Poor. 8 out of 60 reviews
2 - Poor 13%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 60 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%




Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
I have a wonderful stay each and every time I stay at AOL!
Stayed 3 nights in Nov 2018

3/5 Okay

Liked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Hotel was empty and we get the worst room, big construction machine in front of our room.
Stayed 2 nights in Jan 2018

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
The Art of Living Retreat center in Boone NC
This retreat center is one my favorite places to go for healing, rest, relaxation and beauty. It is an amazing place!!!
Stayed 4 nights in Nov 2017

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Out of the Ay
It may be physically close to Boone, but it takes a while to drive there.minutes on winding road). There is no pool, vending machines and our room did not have AC. However, the room was super clean and comfortable. We stayed in late October and open ended widows. Most of all it was quiet. You won’t hear cars or orther people. Just wind through trees. On site cafeteria was non traditional food, so we drove to town. If you just want peace and quiet this is the place.
Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2017

2/5 Poor

Disliked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
guest house in the boondocks
Hard to find retreat center pretending to be a hotel. Check-in was difficult. Had I seen room prior I would not have booked and only stayed because unsure of refund. guesthouse room was more like a dorm room. Bathroom was cramped with bathtub shower which had no safety aids. My wife sipped and fell in the tub and we discovered that there was no night staff in the guest house,but at reception half a mile away. When we notified the morning staff of her fall they gave us a rubber mat for the tub and did not seem concerned if she was seriously hurt. She is bruised and still sore two days later. She didn't think that she had anything broken and preferred to leave as soon as we could. There was nobody at the guesthouse for check out and we had to go back to reception. Other than the retreat dinning hall the closest restaurant was seven miles away. We were not pleased and as I stated before, if I could have been assured of a refund I would have refused to stay.
Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2017