Vacation? Yes please! Are you dreaming of umbrella drinks and sun tans? Or mountain vistas and cozy cabins? Nothing beats time away from everyday demands. Taking a break refuels your energy tank, resets your mood and ignites your creativity. It’s quite nourishing for the body and the soul. However, if you’re coming back from your break feeling sluggish (ahem, hungover) and unmotivated, you might want to book on of these bucket list wellness retreats for your next vacay.
Wellness retreats aren't just about drinking nothing but juice. Rather, they are holistic vacations that nurture you through nature, nutrition and exercise. Wellness retreats are showing up everywhere - including our bucket list destinations. Once you see where these wellness retreats are located, you will want to book your trip stat.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat, South Africa
A couple hours from Cape Town and located in the northern Cederberg Mountains of South Africa you can get away from the norm. With only 16 rooms and suites you can really retreat into nature. Hike, bike, kayak, fish and explore 130 sites of bush art paintings (some date back as far as 10,000 years!). Learn more.
Aro Ha Wellness Retreat, New Zealand
Nestled between a serene lake and grand mountains, this 20 room lodge is a true holistic retreat, or as they call it a “wellness adventure”. Their wellness packages include yoga, hiking, vegetarian menu, un-cooking classes, massage, and mindfulness practices to support your vitality and breath. Learn more.
Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat and Health Spa, British Columbia
Mountain Trek’s 6-day immersion program is designed to help retreaters “reclaim their functional fitness and natural health.” Sunrise yoga, hike, locally sourced food, massage and detox are all part the daily schedule in this dreamy mountain destination. Learn more.
Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, Going am Wilden Kaiser, Austria
Stanglwirt is a destination that will take your breath away. You can explore the snowy landscape on top of a precious revered Lipizzaner horse, ski down the slopes, mountain bike, indulge in a massage, and enjoy down time with a good book. Learn more.
COMO Parrot Cay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
If you only dream of toes in the sand for your vacations, then this place should top your bucket list. This dreamy beach destination offers an amazing list of spa services, yoga and Pilates classes and is home to several amazing yoga retreats. Learn more.
With proper planning you can make any vacation a wellness retreat. Make sure to include daily exercise, meditation/yoga, nature exploration and healthy foods. Turn your phone off or leave it in your room and focus on the moment you are in. This is how you find true wellness.