You don’t have to shell out the big bucks for a rejuvenating retreat these days. Healthy holidays have become such a popular past time that there are whole host of different venues and programs, and for all types of travelers, from budget-friendly wellness holidays to the expensive luxury resorts.
And to be found in the most enchanting and incredible locations, all to revitalize your mind, body and self. Be one of the first to find out what to expect on a wellness retreat these days.
Be amazed by the wonderful and unexpected ways that your perspective and behaviors can change on a retreat that can quite literally change your whole life.
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For 2021 the most popular trending type of vacation is the all-inclusive active wellness retreat,-0- offering a mixture of diet adaptation (different detox regimens), combined with fitness through physical activity like cross-fit, cycling, swimming, running, and yoga with meditation too.
These wellness fitness holidays have become peoples’ first choice, having become more and more popular over the past few years.
If you would prefer to be pampered and relax in luxury by the pool more then one of the wellness spa retreats abroad may be just the thing for you; there are many evolving techniques for everything from healing through traditional Ayurveda spa treatments, energy balancing sleep normalization, digital detoxes and many more emerging modalities focused on anti-aging and rejuvenation of the body and spirit.
Whichever you prefer, the active options to reset your physical fitness; the healing holidays, emotional or bodily detox to aid your personal development or the relaxation-focused retreats, solo wellness travelers will be well catered for.
In fact, going to enjoy a retreat solo is the most popular way to go, giving you the time and space to nourish yourself and fully immerse in the relaxing reward cycle of participating in the programs on offer. At the same time all of the retreat centers can cater to any number of guests together.
All and anything is possible and available to you, so there is no need to limit your expectations and desires here – seek out that wellness trip on a retreat holiday that you have always wanted and dreamed of, it can only happen if you make the decision to let it happen.
It is up to you to take an active and positive role in your health and well-being, the results can be magnificent and so self-reinforcing through the positive feedback loop created.
Here are the times of year for the most popular destinations.
RETREAT GUIDE BY MONTHS OF THE YEAR
December, January, February, March & April
It is peak and high season in Asia and the tropics all over the world. So this makes it a great time of year (from December to March especially) to visit if you are seeking out hot, dry weather to go with your time away.
It is also one of the busiest times of year so be prepared for crowds and less affordable travel and accommodation options in the busiest places like Costa Rica and Mexico; and on the other side of the world in –
INSPIRING INDIA – where it is the driest time in Goa and Kerala in the South, although the season extends up to May when the monsoons come through for the rest of the year, until it is busy again in December; it is also busy at this time in the North of India but can be chilly too!
AMAZING THAILAND – these busy months bring crowds of wellness travelers searching out the appealing beauty of the tropical islands in the south, namely Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan (which are probably a collection of the best retreat islands in the world). Especially prevalent here are the vast array of wellness fitness retreats, where people devote their time to scheduled activity plans that include a range of physical challenges like swimming, running, cycling and even the national sport of Muay Thai (Thai Boxing).
May, June, July, August & September
These are the summer months in the Northern Hemisphere (Europe and North America), so the whole of Europe is vibrant with retreats of all types, ranging from wellness programs of yoga and meditation, surfing and hiking, to detox cleansing and healing, and much more…
This is also the go-to time of year to visit BALI, ISLAND OF THE GODS. This is a mecca for centers, resorts and hotels all offering relaxing and rejuvenating stays; it is a hub for yoga studios, health food cafes, plus practitioners and workshops in many different disciplines and practices, especially in Ubud in the green rainforest center of the island, and the beach village of Canggu, with it’s wide surfing beach and beautiful sunsets.
There are always centers up and running all year round nearly everywhere in the world. So you can always find your choice of location and venue, then simply research, book and go. If you don’t really have the time to travel you can go domestic wherever you are, there are plenty of experiences to seek out in the US and the other side of the Atlantic there are a great variety of weekend retreats in the UK , and if you want to make a long weekend or week of it then check out all the wellness getaways in` Europe.
Timing wise go whenever is right for you, whenever you feel that you are ready to explore the change of pace, place and thinking, at the time that is best for you.
And guess what? We offer the best wellness options there are, at great places with amazing practitioners and programs (plus deliciously healthy food!).
To make your life easy we have compiled a list of the best wellness vacations for you to choose from, so that you can hit that reset button and spend time on that all-important refresh and rejuvenation.
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So here are most popular retreat centers that are guaranteed to deliver all-round great outcomes for you and have received very positive guest reviews for their brand new offerings.
You won’t find a ‘Best for Solo’ feature on any of these venues because every one of them provides a welcoming and supportive environment for all solo retreats, women’s and men.
1. Goddess Retreats, Seminyak Bali
Enjoy a lovely women’s holiday in a small group based out of a private villa sanctuary oasis in the middle of this busy beach area. Choose your package based on how you would like to spend your time – yoga, surfing, fitness and spa.
These women’s only wellness retreats are attractive to go on as a solo traveler; with daily inclusions to make your holiday easy and blissful – every day enjoy the good food, spa, yoga and the company of a small group – making these great value all-inclusive fun retreats.
More information: Goddess Retreats Bali
BEST FOR>>>WOMEN, ALL-INCLUSIVE, RELAXING GROUP HOLIDAY
FEATURED RETREAT>>>7 Day Goddess Wellness Bali Retreat
From $1999; Dates- All Year Round
2. Xinalani, Puerto Vallarta Mexico
A popular boutique retreat center right on it’s own rugged beautiful beach providing unique and dreamy luxurious accommodations, and well integrated into the natural surroundings. Yoginis travelling solo or in a group and Yoga couples are well served here with one week breaks that include food, room and spa services. There’s a surf break on the doorstep too if you fancy some lessons.
More information: Xinalani
BEST FOR>>>YOGA AND MEDITATION, FUN, BEACH HOLIDAY, SURFING
FEATURED RETREAT>>>8 Day Epic Girls Yogini Retreat, Beach Oasis Mexico
From $1699 ; Dates- All Year Round
3. Zen Den Retreat Center, Boca Raton, Florida USA
Offering detox diet stays and a studio with a large schedule of different classes, a great way to create a retreat holiday in Florida.
More information: Zen Den Yoga School
BEST FOR>>>YOGA AND MEDITATION, DETOX
FEATURED RETREAT>>>14 Night Detox Wellness Retreat in USA
From $3000 ; Dates- All Year Round
4. The Retreat Costa Rica
This expansive villa is set in the hillside high above the glorious rugged coastline and rolling mountains, providing you the opportunity to immerse yourself in one of their revitalizing stays; that include a focus on refreshing the body through dietary nutritional changes.
More information: The Retreat Costa Rica
BEST FOR>>>DETOX, HEALTH FOOD, LIFESTYLE CHANGE
FEATURED RETREAT>>>8 Day Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Retreat Costa Rica
From $6000 ; Dates- All Year Round
5. Chillout Retreats UK
Offering boutique retreats in the English countryside where small groups come together for spa, yoga, relaxation and detox. Choose between Champneys Health Spa in Hampshire or their retreat center in West Sussex. If you are looking for boutique luxury with your yoga and meditation then these short breaks deliver.
BEST FOR>>>SPA, YOGA, SHORT-BREAKS
FEATURED RETREAT>>>3 Days of Yoga and Wellness @Hampshire Luxury Spa, UK
From $750; Dates- All Year Round
6. The Glass House Retreat Essex, UK
With different duration stays from just one night through to a week or two, this purpose built center near London offers fitness classes all day long, with great accommodation and nutritious food, to enable you to take a refreshing break not too far away from home if you are based in the South East of England.
BEST FOR>>>DETOX, FITNESS, SPORTS, SPA
From $1500 ; Dates- All Year Round
7. Somatheeram Health Resort, Kerala India
On the shores of the Arabian sea this beachside village resort is attached to an on-site Ayurvedic hospital and offers programs to combat physical ailments and rejuvenation of health and wellbeing. Enjoy traditional Ayurvedic therapies on a retreat in a wonderfully peaceful `environment.
More information: Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort
BEST FOR>>>HOLISTIC HEALTH SOLUTIONS, AYURVEDIC MEDICINE, BEACHSIDE RELAXATION
FEATURED RETREAT>>>15 Day Slimming Ayurveda Retreat Kerala
From $2900; Dates- All Year Round
8. Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui Thailand
FEATURED RETREAT>>>6 Night Couples YogaCycleFit Transformation in Thailand
From $1350; Dates- All Year Round
This boutique and private resort is surrounded by the enchanting rainforest and paddy fields of central Bali. Make the most of the luxury accommodation and supportive classes for all skill levels at this private and quiet venue; enjoy great health food and juices as part of the yoga, spa and healing programs, and soak up the relaxing and peaceful ambience.
More information: Bagus Jati
BEST FOR>>> BOUTIQUE, YOGA, SPA, RELAXATION, DETOX, SHORT-BREAKS
FEATURED RETREAT>>>6 Day Healing Spa, Yoga and Health Retreat in Bali
From $1400 ; Dates- All Year Round
10. Adiwana Svarga Loka in Bali
A secluded resort in a rainforested river ravine in the heart of Ubud, offering an array of workshops and treatments in pampering spa, healing, yoga and meditation. Well known for it’s authentic and holistic programs.
More information: Adiwana Svarga Loka
BEST FOR>>> HEALING SPA, YOGA & MEDITATION, RELAXATION, DETOX, HEALTH FOOD, SHORT-BREAKS
No.1 FEATURED RETREAT>>>2 Night Award-Winning Luxury Yoga Relaxation Retreat
From $680 ; Dates- All Year Round
No.2 FEATURED RETREAT>>>5 Night Healing Retreat in Ubud Wellness Spa, Bali
From $1100 ; Dates- All Year Round
13. COMO Shambhala Estate, Ubud, Bali
Their experienced doctors and support team provide consultation and supervision of all traditional treatments including Ayurvedic nutrition, oils, herbs, medicines, and meditation.
More information: Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort
BEST FOR>>>AYURVEDA HEALING, PANCHAKARMA, ANTI-AGEING REGIMENS, HOLISTIC WELLNESS SPA
15. Atmantan Wellness Resort,Pune, Maharashtra, India
Set amongst beautiful rolling mountains beside Lake Mulshi, a professional team help you learn about nutrition, bodily functions and physical activity, guiding you to the goal of a healthy life balance, utilizing healing treatments and physical fitness.
More information: Atmantan Wellness Resort
BEST FOR>>>PHYSICAL FITNESS, WEIGHT MANAGEMENT, AYURVEDA SPA, SHORT-BREAKS
FEATURED RETREAT>>>5 Night Ultimate Fitness – Weight Loss Retreat India
From $2800 ; Dates- All Year Round
16. SwaSwara, Karnataka, India
A phenomenal wellness resort with pool villas set amongst the wild beautiful nature, with different treatment packages on offer that have different focus, promoting balance and harmony through traditional spa techniques – offering Rejuvenation, Anti-Aging, Weight-Loss and more.
More information: Swaswara
BEST FOR>>>LUXURY, YOGA AND MEDITATION, HOLISTIC AYURVEDIC PROGRAMS, REJUVENATION
FEATURED RETREAT>>>21 Night Ayurveda Wellness Retreat India
From $8000 ; Dates- All Year Round
17. Ananda-in-Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India
18. Kalari Kovilakom, North Kerala, India
In the wide mountainous landscape experience transformation through detailed, well planned and professionally run services, supported by experienced Ayurvedic teachers and doctors who tailor every healing experience program to the individual, your body and your priorities.
More information: Kalari Kovilakom
BEST FOR>>>HEALING, SPIRITUAL, PERSONALIZED AYURVEDA TREATMENTS, PANCHAKARMA DETOX
FEATURED RETREAT>>>28 Day Extended Anti-Ageing Wellness Retreat in India
From $11,750 ; Dates- All Year Round
19. Kalari Rasayana, Kerala India
On coconut groves in Kerala’s backwaters, this Ayurvedic center is traditional in it’s approach to focusing on the natural way of life for your superior health and vitality. The therapies are bespoke treatments planned for and with the individual, in combination with yoga, meditation and cultural insights.
More information: Kalari Rasayana
BEST FOR>>>HOLISTIC AYURVEDA PROGRAMS, PANCHAKARMA DETOX, HEALING
FEATURED RETREAT>>>28 Day Ayurveda AntiAging Wellness Retreat India
From $12,400 ; Dates- All Year Round
20. Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa, Maharashtra, India
Attentive and supportive staff running an array of excellent programs which include a range of weight management and well-being courses, covering everything from Ayurveda to fitness classes. This modern 5-star hotel is set amongst the Sahyadri mountains nearby to Mumbai, and offers excellent room choices, service and superb health food cuisine bespoke to your program choice.
More information: Hilton Shillim Estate
BEST FOR>>>WEIGHT LOSS, RELAXATION, AYURVEDA, SHORT-BREAKS
21. Amatara, Phuket, Thailand
FEATURED RETREAT>>>5 Night Weight Loss Detox Retreat, Luxury Spa in Thailand
From $2,900 ; Dates- All Year Round
22. Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui, Thailand
From $2,100 ; Dates- All Year Round
23. Chiva-Som Health Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand
24. Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand
25. The Farm At San Benito, Nr. Manila, Philippines
This wellness resort is situated in the most peaceful and calming natural environment, helping to support you in your journey of immersion in their rejuvenation programs whilst leaving busy life behind for the time of your stay.
BEST FOR>>>SPA RESORT, YOGA, DETOX
26. Santani Wellness Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka
Leave stress behind and enter a world of rest and relaxation at this award winning spa surrounded by rolling hills on the southern coast; the stylish resort integrates with the nature around it in the same way as the schedule and activities integrate you into this holistic experience.
More information: Santani Wellness Resort
BEST FOR>>>YOGA, MEDITATION, AYURVEDA, SPA, DETOX
FEATURED RETREAT>>>7 Day Wellness Renewal Detox, Highlands Sri Lanka
From $2,600 ; Dates- All Year Round
27. Plantation Villa, Sri Lanka
All types of program packages are run at this federation villa in it’s own tranquil grounds. Get a taste of colonial Sri Lanka with traditional accommodation; appreciate the beautiful vegetation and wide variety of colorful birds and flowers.
More information:Plantation Villa
BEST FOR>>>YOGA, MEDITATION, AYURVEDA, SPA, DETOX
FEATURED RETREAT>>>15 Day Weight-Loss-Detox Wellness Retreat, Sri Lanka
From $2,700 ; Dates- All Year Round
Located at an awesome national park and biosphere reserve is this well-being retreat center, with a scenic landscape around you that blends well with the detoxifying activities to support you in letting go and flowing through this journey of change. Visit to enjoy many activities such as enjoying cleansing juices, yoga, pilates and the fitness and spa facilities.
More information: Shanti Som WellBeing Retreat
BEST FOR>>>FITNESS, YOGA, PILATES, MEDITATION, DETOX
30. Sianji Well-Being Resort in Bodrum, Turkey
A happy and vibrant wellness hotel on the beachfront on the idyllic southern coast, with all the modern facilities that you will need, plus very nice suite-only residences; take advantage of the experienced practitioners in all different modalities, from diet, nutrition, detox and fitness to help you meet your goals of returning home feeling refreshed and reinvigorated.
More information: Sianji Well-Being Resort
BEST FOR>>>ALL-INCLUSIVE, BEACHSIDE; WATER, ALKALINE & RAW FOOD DIET DETOX PLANS
FEATURED RETREAT>>>10 Night Alkaline Diet Detox Retreat, Turkey
From $2,400 ; Dates- All Year Round
31. TheLifeCo: Detox and Wellness Centers, Phuket in Thailand and Bodrum & Antalya in Turkey
Holding a great reputation with the ‘cool’ crowd with celebrities such as Kate Moss frequenting their establishment, the style of the centers is rustic and relaxed luxury; their programs range from detox to extended stay treatments for issues such as cancer and mental health.
BEST FOR>>>MENTAL HEALTH, DETOX, NUTRITION, PERSONALIZED PROGRAMS FOR PHYSICAL AILMENTS
32. Sagrada Wellness, California USA
On the central coast enjoy meditation aswell as inclusive of different wellness activities such as healing, hiking, writing and much more to mix with your asana.
More information: Sagrada Wellness
BEST FOR>>>YOGA AND MEDITATION, ACTIVITIES LIKE HIKING, WALKING; ARTS LIKE WRITING, PAINTING
33. Como Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
Spend time on yourself on this secluded and private oasis island resort in the Turks & Caicos; enjoy a wellness focused break with an adapted health food nutritional diet, yoga and physical activities to give the mind and body a luxuriously positive break.
More information: COMO Parrot Cay
BEST FOR>>>LUXURY WELLNESS SPA, BEACHSIDE, PRIVACY, SECLUSION, SHORT-BREAK
34. The Body Holiday, Saint Lucia, Caribbean
An all-inclusive venue with every sport and physical fitness facility imaginable, a 5 star resort in its own paradise bay. It’s promise ‘Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind
BEST FOR>>>ALL-INCLUSIVE WELLNESS RESORT, FITNESS, SPORTS, WATER-SPORTS, BEACHSIDE
35. Living Valley Health Retreat, Queensland in Australia
In rural outback Queensland in Kin Kin, not too far from the ocean either, this professionally run and well established center offers mental health wellness retreats, power cleanses, and short to long duration physical activity programs to transform your health and well-being, to kickstart a change in your lifestyle, fitness pursuits and attitudes.
More information: Living Valley Health Retreat
BEST FOR>>>PHYSICAL FITNESS AND LIFESTYLE TRANSFORMATION, MENTAL HEALTH, DETOX, EMOTIONAL HEALING
36. Split Apple Retreat, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
Up above the Tasman Bay in the most diverse and grand national park, you will find this wellness and spa hideaway offering luxury getaways to the solitude, peace and beauty of it’s natural surroundings, with lovely walks and trails easily accessible too, and the incredible panoramic views wherever you turn, inside or outdoors.
More information: Split Apple Retreat
BEST FOR>>>SPA, PRIVACY, SECLUSION, SHORT-BREAK
This collection of iconic wellness travel offers incredible retreat experiences, with everything you will need to spend time on yourself away from your normal life schedule – giving you the space to refresh and recharge those ‘life batteries’, and even make some big decisions that often ‘bubble up’ to the surface in these environments of change, love and support.
Many of us embark on a wellness adventure at the drop of a hat (quickly), and on our own as a solo traveler, often as a reaction to daily life stresses or a significant change in our life situation. This is especially true for the cleansing detox spa retreats, offering the rejuvenating process of renewal for the mind and body, through the change in environment, diet, and activity & lifestyle changes put into place, such as the daily practice of yoga and meditation. There is nothing more typical of a rewarding solo wellness retreat for you than this.
For spiritual seekers the focus is often on meditative techniques and time spent on deepening connection in this journey of self. These retreats give the opportunity to learn new types of meditation from very experienced instructors and gurus, such as guided meditation, yoga nidra, chanting, mantras and even shamanic mystical practices. These meditation retreats will nearly always include yoga with the meditation, and focus on breathing in Pranayama.
To book any one of these amazing destination spas is to make a decision to spend some well-earned time on yourself. A great decision that is sure to reap you the many benefits of going on a retreat that are there to take advantage of.
If you need to be flexible with the overall cost then it’s best to consider the total travel involved, the time of year of your stay, the venue and type of accommodation and the level of standard inclusions you are looking for. One great way to save is to go with a friend and take advantage of shared accommodation and booking discounts. To help you out on this have a browse of all our affordable wellness retreats.
If you are looking to work on a cheap budget then the good old’ USA has plenty of great cheap options for you to browse through, and on the other side of the world your budget is sure to be accommodated in Europe, which also offers a huge choice in the most luxurious wellness experiences if that’s what you are looking for.
Make the most of it and enjoy this opportunity to it’s fullest potential. We wish you the very best of luck on your journey of self-discovery.
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