Getaway for a Healthier You.
At a time when we value experiences over things and feeling good over polluting our bodies, wellness resorts and retreats have become an increasingly popular destination.
What better way to kick start a diet, change in lifestyle or shift in consciousness than at a stunning, tranquil and positive energy-filled resort in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations?
Retreats now go well beyond the typical yoga getaway that’s gained popularity in the past decade to include everything from anti-aging retreats, boot camp retreats and digital detoxes. There are also a growing number of hotels and resorts that cater specifically to the wellness-seeking travel.
If you’re in the market for a wellness vacation, these four resorts make solid options.
A far cry from your typical, booze-heavy all-inclusive Caribbean resort, The Body Holiday – located in the stunning St. Lucia – offers a weeklong luxurious stay that’s packed with all things wellness for the body and mind. While your day could be full with everything from yoga, tennis, sailing and biking the coastline, to an afternoon at the resort’s renowned Wellness Centre (voted one of the world’s best spas by Condé Nast Traveler), the best thing about this experience (especially for the wellness newbies) is that you are free to do as little or as much as you desire – so it will still feel like a vacation.
Lake Austin Spa Resort
If you’ve always wanted to visit Texas, the Lake Austin Spa Resort offers a solid reason to book that plane ticket. Located in the serene Texas Hill County on the shores of Lake Austin, the all-inclusive luxury resort spa offers a variety of curated experiences to choose from, which range from fitness (from yoga and pilates to standup paddle boarding) and rejuvenation, to culinary events and even a sunset wine cruise (you have to live a little, right?). As an added perk, there are even complementary makeup consultations.
Como Shambhala Estate
If you have the dollars to drop or are looking for a luxe vacation to one day aspire to, you may want to add Bali’s Como Shambhala Estate to your wellness travel bucket list. The health-focused resort – which recently housed Chrissy Tiegan and John Legend – is located in a lush jungle setting next to the River Ayung. The villa-filled luxury oasis combines holistic wellness with state-of-the-art facilities and offers everything from yoga, Pilates and qigong, to hiking, climbing, biking, outdoor circuit training and whitewater rafting.
The Homestead Tofino
One of the world’s most photo-worthy wellness retreats is in our home and native land and attracts visitors worldwide. Offering all-inclusive retreats from April to October, The Homestead Tofino incorporates the wilderness and ocean of Tofino, BC into its wellness programs and activities. Your stay includes one-on-one fitness coaching, mindful yoga and meditation classes, water activities (from standup paddle boarding to kayaking) and a week full of hiking (for all levels) through the stunning landscape.
Clearly, all of these trips offer not only an escape from the exhausting grind, but an excuse to actually get excited about working out, eating right and pushing personal boundaries.