Living in the city—with its unparalleled access to unhealthy diets and habits—can be taxing on the body. So, I think we can all agree that these days, taking a break from the daily grind is more of a necessity than a luxury. With all the stress that life throws at us, it’s unavoidable to daydream of your upcoming holiday, wherever that may be.
If you’re struggling to maintain a work-life balance and want to improve on your overall health and wellbeing, then a health retreat might be right for you. Compared to traditional overindulgent travels, health retreats are usually a more relaxing choice, as they are great places to rejuvenate and get in touch with your body. At health retreats, you get to focus on your own needs and goals, whether it’s trying to lose a little extra weight or detox from stress and toxins.
On your next trip, might we suggest taking a breather from your hectic lifestyle to slow down and relax? Here are 10 of our favorite places to revitalize your mind, body, and soul:
Ananda at the Himalayas, India
This picturesque spa resort is an award-winning destination for a reason. In case you’re aiming to manage your weight or slow down the aging process, Ananda offers several spa packages depending on your needs. They also follow the Ayurveda system of medicine, which concentrates on mind and body connection through exercise, yoga, and meditation.
Aro Hā Wellness Retreat, New Zealand
If being surrounded by snowcapped peaks and a calm lake is your kind of view, then Aro Hā in New Zealand should be your next stop. The place accommodates only 32 guests per night to ensure that everyone’s needs are met and the experience stays intimate.
They’re also known for their vegetarian cuisine, so you can expect bright and colorful dishes that cleanse the digestive track.
SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
Located on the shore of the Mediterranean with a breathtaking view of the sea and the Altea village, SHA Wellness Clinic offers a customized holistic experience for those who visit. Other than the fitness activities, lectures, and meditation exercises, they also offer their own line of health and beauty products to spoil yourself with. You are on vacation after all!
COMO Shambhala, Bali, Indonesia
The best thing about COMO Shambhala is that they have resident experts in yoga, Pilates, and nutrition to name a few to help you throughout your whole stay. Compared to other destinations, they offer more heart-pumping exercises like cycling, tennis, and hiking for those aiming to burn off some unwanted calories.
To complete the experience, their resident nutritionist whips up healthy yet delicious dishes that are both unique and exciting.
Located in one of Koh Samui’s beaches, Kamalaya is a relaxing respite in Southeast Asia that is run by life enhancement mentors who have trained in spiritual studies, Asian healing, and spiritual traditions. They offer fixed packages for fitness, detoxing, and sleep enhancement, but they also have tailor-made programs for those who want to target specific needs.
Bushmans Kloof, Clanwilliam, South Africa
For a luxurious getaway, Bushmans Kloof in South Africa boasts of unique rock formation, and plant and animal biodiversity to help their guests reconnect with nature. While the 18,000 acres of land is therapeutic itself, their skilled therapists can rejuvenate your senses with their spa treatments.
BodyHoliday, Cariblue Beach, St. Lucia
Surrounded by a lush rainforest, this white sand beach resort is renowned for their holistic spa treatments and activities. With an available daily schedule on their website, you can personalize your experience by picking activities that appeal to you.
Cal-a-vie helps you achieve mental clarity with over 20 wellness programs to choose from. You can start your day with a vigorous workout like piloxing and kickboxing, follow up with a de-stressing massage, and end with a nutritious meal prepped by their in-house nutritionist.
Six Senses, Portugal
While luxurious spa treatments always excite us, Six Senses aims to offer more, as they have family excursions like canoeing and tree climbing. However, if you’re more interested in self-indulgent relaxing experiences, they offer spa treatments and locality tours too.
We just have to mention, that it’s located near a vineyard where you can go wine tasting, just in case wine happens to be your strength (or weakness).
Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat and Health Spa, British Columbia
Mountain Trek is equipped with first-class amenities, as well as health and fitness programs that are geared to improve your way of life. Activities include trekking in the forest, listening to health lectures, and joining fitness classes, all while consuming nutritious, unprocessed meals. Their outstanding health programs are tailored to get you back on track mentally and physically.
Give Yourself a “Real” Break
It’s true that aside from keeping in shape, detaching from the hustle and bustle of city life by attending a health retreat has its benefits—from calming your nerves to helping you achieve your fitness goals. It’s a surefire way to feel lighter, refreshed, and ready to take on more challenging roles in life.
If you’ve always wanted to be more aware of your health and wellness, health retreats can address those concerns you’ve been meaning to work on. But the best part of it all is that you get to revel in beautiful landscapes as you rediscover yourself and improve your well-being.
Be sure to make health retreats a part of your holiday plans. You won’t regret it!