Say the words wellness retreat and many people may nod their heads in agreement without knowing exactly what it means. To put it shortly, it’s a vacation for those who need to de-stress, put the phone away for a while, and relax. It’s not necessarily a trip for those intending to be tourists, but for those interested in finding peace in themselves and get away from the daily routine. We all know someone who needs this – it might even be you.
Your next wellness retreat can take you to doing yoga, meditation or a detox to activities such as hiking, swimming, or even learning how to cook. Anything that makes a person connect with themselves again whether it’s through exercise, a hobby, or some quiet time. Feel inspired to take a break from stress? Here are the five best wellness retreats to start putting on your bucket list.
The Peaks Resort & Spa – Telluride, Colorado, USA
For the chance to lounge at a spa with massive mountains as your background view, look no further than The Peaks Resort & Spa. Overlooking the Telluride Ski Resort, The Peaks is home to the largest spa in Colorado at 42,000 square feet. In 2017, it was named the Top Hotel in Colorado by Conde Nast. Enjoy your time at the award-winning resort with its two pools, tennis courts, spas, game rooms, and the easy access to slopes and hiking trails nearby.
The Peaks’ wellness retreat is made especially for those looking to combine de-stressing with cooking, hiking, and massages. The Your Live Longer Retreat is hosted by physicians helping you along the way over the span of six days. During your time, you will receive a pre and post retreat consultation, daily lectures, hikes, personal training, meals and cooking demos, and even a choice of a massage or a facial at The Spa. However, space is limited to only 15 people, so start planning.
Price: $4,500 per person
The Feathered Pipe Foundation – Helena, Montana, USA
If the thought of disconnecting brings you a vision of being in the great outdoors, then the Feathered Pipe Foundation is your answer. For over 40 years, the foundation has been using a ranch in Montana to help guests get in touch with their senses. The program emphasizes using all six senses to get in touch with who you are amongst one of the most beautiful mountain ranges on earth.
Enjoy strolls through the Ranch, dharma talks, and even discussions about the impact technology has made in our everyday lives. Here, you’ll be able to do yoga and meditate, all while using your senses to heighten the whole experience. If you go during the summer of 2018, you will even get to see the Perseid meteor shower, when the crescent moon sets early enough to make the sky dark, allowing you to see up to 60 meteors every hour.
Price: $1,795 per person.
Six Senses Douro Valley – Portugal
Located on top of a hill is Portugal’s Six Senses Douro Valley – and your next wellness retreat. The retreat boasts that it helps visitors seek a better version of themselves, whether it’s through physical or mental activities. The resort overlooks the Douro Valley and its rivers in a renovated 19th century manor house on a hill. Whether you’re enjoying yourself at the spa, learning at the wine library, exercising in the swimming pool, or strolling through the organic garden, the Six Senses will help you reconnect with yourself, others, and the world around you. Plus, the resort brings in popular practitioners to help visitors with their favorite healing techniques so that no two visits are the same. Who will you meet when you go?
Price: $500-1,000 a night
Aqua Wellness Resort – Rivas Department, Nicaragua
Tree house villas are the only way to rest at the Aqua Wellness Resort in Nicaragua. With locally crafted wood and stones, visitors can rest in their treehouse-style rooms which overlooks the Redonda Bay on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. Voted the Best Luxury Hotel in Nicaragua, Aqua offers the chance to get away from it all with its spas, yoga retreats, white-sand beaches, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking. Enjoy the lush vegetation and maybe even see a monkey or two. Relax at the small spa that offers views too big to capture on camera. While you’re there, don’t bother trying to look for the remote because there are no televisions – talk about disconnecting!
Price: $250-600 a night
COMO Parrot Cay – Turks & Caicos
Have you ever wanted to know what having a 24-hour private butler? There’s only one way to find out: the COMO Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos. Voted as the Best Luxury Hotel in Turks and Caicos, the resort is tucked away on a private island. COMO has over 1,000 acres for its visitors to relax by the beach or take a swim in the infinity-edge pool. Its most distinct feature, however, is the world-renowned COMO Shambhala Spa. It houses a yoga pavilion, Pilates Studio, treatment rooms, and even an in-house Ayurvedic doctor, a type of medicine practiced in India. Are you ready to disconnect from the world?
Price: $900+ a night
Don't have time for a wellness retreat right now? Check out our beginners guide to yoga to bring a little headspace to every day.
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