Top 10 Wellness Retreats in December 2023

For many this is the best time to get round to going on that getaway that has been in our dreams all the year before. Over the holiday period at home there can be a lot of social engagements and busy-ness.

Instead you can head to an idyllic destination to immerse yourself with a new group of like-minded people on the adventure of a wellness retreat.

What a way to enjoy the holiday season, with healthy eating, new activities, spa treatments, massages, and of course that well earnt complete relaxation. Time by the pool with a book, or in the spa all afternoon.

This period, when the year changes to a new one, is a time of great personal contemplation. A period where we consider our life patterns and possible change, when we are open to new opportunities and ideas.

The choices are many and varied. From hiking in mountains, being pampered on a luxurious spa retreat, committing to a detoxification program, spending time on yoga, meditation or pilates, and many other creative endeavours. 

It’s up to you what to do – a relaxation retreat or a physically active wellness retreat. It’s all waiting for you here.

So where to go for Wellness Retreats in December

Well anywhere really, it’s entirely up to you.

Anywhere across the different states of the US, You could find yourself in California.

Maybe a paradise island in THAILAND, or a wide wind-swept beach in the south of INDIA.

One great place to check out nearby is SRI LANKA, still relatively quiet and an island that offers a lot of eco-conscious sustainable venues and wellness programs.

In the Americas you could find yourself deep in natural reserve jungle in COSTA RICA, surrounded only by the sight and sounds of the jungle. The cicadas rhyming with the dusk in the evening. Or maybe it’s the turquoise waters on the coastline in MEXICO that’s calling you for your next wellness retreat.


 1. 4 Day Yoga and Writing Retreat in California, US

California in USA, From $1295 USD

This retreat is designed to give you time and space to enjoy yoga and cultivate a deeper connection to your creative self. 

Evenings include organic meals, blue-hour walks, fire-side storytelling, writing opportunities, hot-tub soaks, and quiet reflection under the stars.

Tucked into the mountains just a short drive from the central coast of California, this retreat is a convenient way to relax in the slower pace of nature; rejuvenate with yoga, meditation, and nourishing meals; and recharge your creative expression and well-being. 

The retreat package includes – your lovely accommodations, nourishing meals, yoga and restorative classes, writing time, use of hot tub and saltwater pool, and plenty of free time on the wonderful grounds for hiking, writing, meditation, and self-reflection. 

Go home feeling more relaxed, connected, and inspired from this all-inclusive wellness retreat.

Sagrada Retreats

yoga pose in forest

 2. 6 Day De-Stress Luxury Health Spa Retreat, India

India, Price From $2995

With the help of the grounding aromatherapy, Tibetan Ku Nye massages, reiki and other comprehensive healing experiences, you will attain balance of mind, body and soul.

The six-day spa program includes – Ayurvedic Therapy session, 5 international therapy sessions, Personal pranayama session, Personal meditation session, Yoga & meditation, Steam, sauna and hydrotherapy foot bath.

Standard inclusions for the program include consultations, morning wake up signature tea and fresh fruit bowl, 3 Rejuvenation Spa Cuisine meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) per night per person, daily use of Hydrotherapy facilities (steam, sauna, chill plunge pool, Kneipp Hydrotherapy foot bath and heated lap pool), scheduled spa lifestyle and wellness activities (yoga, pranayama, Vedanta lectures, cooking demos, wellness lectures, treks, and cultural performances).

Ananda-in-the-Himalayas Spa Programmes

green smoothies


3. 7 Night Christmas Yoga, Meditation and Fitness Retreat

Koh Samui, Thailand, From $1300 USD

Every morning involves sitting and breath work practices.Yoga asana practice will be offered on a number of levels that includes experienced self-practice, guided vinyasa classes, explorative asana classes, and restorative afternoon sessions. 


Woven into this schedule are different core classes, and alternate cycle classes between silent-sunrise classes to mid-afternoon fun-cycle classes.


You are free to attend all sessions or choose those that are working for you on a particular day. The intention is for you to feel uplifted and clear in what to practice by the time you end the retreat.


There will be a Christmas Eve celebration with special gourmet feast and performances and fundraiser for local charities. The rest of your time will be a nice break from all the crazy holiday happenings and commercial onslaught.


Come and really enjoy a genuine holiday break from the ‘holidays’.


The price of the wellness retreat includes your accommodation, all delicious meals and special Christmas feast, all yoga, meditation and core cycle classes as per the timetable sessions, access to all facilities and all special music and ceremonial events. 

yoga poses outdoor


4. 7 Night New Years Fitness, Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Koh Samui, Thailand, From $1300

On New Year’s Eve there will be a special ceremony to acknowledge 2023 / 2024 as well as a feast and performances. The special ceremony will help you close and heal the past year, setting the energy and intention for the year coming with an impetus to follow through on it.

The rest of your time will be a nice break from all the crazy holiday happenings and commercial onslaught. Come and really enjoy a genuine holiday break.

The price of the retreat includes your accommodation, meals and special New Year feast, all yoga, meditation and core cycle classes as per the timetable sessions, access to all facilities and all special music and ceremonial events.

samahita beachfront pool
5. Bikini Bootcamp @Beach Yoga Hotel

Tulum, Mexico, From $2790

Enjoy this fun and rewarding bootcamp in the heart of paradise and leave feeling confident, light and refreshed. 

This wellness retreat package includes Accommodations, All meals which are delicious & healthy, Daily morning beach walks & workouts, Daily yoga sessions, A variety of fitness classes, Tours to see the highlights of the area, spa service, and a Mayan clay treatment.

Amansala Hotel

yoga class outdoors

 7. 9 Day Yoga and Detox Retreat in the Amazon

Peru, From $2000 USD

The focus of this detox is on cleansing the liver. With the exception of the skin, the liver is the largest organ in the body and performs over 500 functions. It is only the liver that can purify the bloodstream, and you only have one liver so come take care of your liver and yourself.

The program includes two coffee enemas and a liver flush will eliminate toxins that have accumulated. The peaceful natural surroundings, along with daily self-care activity (yoga and meditation practice or Reiki session or herbal bath…), will help your body rest and clear your mind.

The surroundings of the Amazon rainforest provide a spectacular backdrop for what is guaranteed to be a life changing experience; you will leave feeling like a brand new you.

The cost of this wellness retreat package includes your 7-night cozy accommodation, 4 yoga classes (gentle yoga, restorative yoga, and yoga Nidra), yoga props and accessories, natural loofah sponge for exfoliation, purified drinking water, 2 daily fresh fruit extracts and daily natural supplement, daily plant-based, gluten-free breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (except for the one day juice fast), Documentation to support your detox

Plus your schedule of – Guided nature walk, Mind-body nutrition coaching, Reiki session to help balance the chakras, Chi session to oxygenate the body, One-hour massage, Herbal bath to cleanse the aura, 2 coffee enemas, suggested exercises to emphasize positive habits and emotions.

Tambo Ilusion Center

jungle venue

8. 5 Day Master Detox Wellness

Jamaica, From $555 USD

Revitalize all your cells and feel great! Lose weight and begin a fresh start to eat clean. Cleanse your mind and spirit, calm and focus your thoughts. Restore your deep connection with yourself, your inner voice, Universe/God/Jah. Find your purpose.

Supported by experienced caring staff, meet like-minded people & make friends. Enjoy naps in a daybed, reading a book in a hammock, sunbathe and dip in a sea lagoon.

This retreat is ideal for those who want to kick start their healthy eating journey but find it difficult to stop bad habits or addictions like cigarettes, alcohol, overeating, junk food etc. Participating in a master cleanse allows the body to shift its focus from digestion to healing. 

Master Cleanses have proven to not only help people lose weight, restart their metabolism, cleanse and detox the body, but also help heal anxiety, depression, and insomnia. After the first couple days of heaving detoxing, people have experienced incredible healing, finding more clarity, balance, and focus.

There is no food intake during Master Cleanse, you will only drink special lemonade (made with maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and lemon), plenty of water, herbal teas, and for the ones who want to make the most of it, warm water with salt for a full intestine cleansing.

The retreat package includes

Twice daily classes m
Deeply Detoxifying Massage
Unlimited water and herbal teas
Master Cleanse Lemonade
Cozy Accommodation
Waterfall trip
Live Reggae Music (once a week)
Complimentary Snorkeling accessories

plus free wifi, library with books about Yoga, Healing, Herbs and Novels, welcome gift package and Natural Cosmetic Workshop on this glorious wellness retreat.

hotel gardens
 9. 4 Day Ayurveda Retreat, Wellness Hotel on the Beach
Sri Lanka, From $825 USD

This wellness retreat is at a bespoke spa hotel offers facilities for professional guidance in terms of a traditional Ayurvedic program. Therapy and the treatments are individually tailored to you by the professional practitioners.

Central elements of Ayurveda include Ayurveda massages, nutrition, spiritual yoga exercises, meditation and herbal medicine.

In addition to several treatment rooms, the spa area also features relaxation zones, while the 25 m swimming pool invites you to cool off or enjoy a good workout during your health-focused holiday.

Package includes -four Ayurveda treatments per day, Ayurvedic medicine, doctor consultations, dosha tea, fruit juices, water, yoga, breakfast and dinner, 3 nights accommodation, and meditation classes.

Underneath the Mango Tree Hotel

palm tree fringed beach

To conclude for you – it’s a great time to go away on a wellness retreat in December. It’s a great time of year to find so many different people forming interesting tribes at vibrant retreat centers full of activities and like-minded people.

With so much energy, activity and support on the programs at this time of year there could not be a better opportunity to spend time on your mind, body and spirit. The change of the year is a natural time for personal development, change and growth.

In fact it’s so busy at this time of year that there are a whole host of different types of activities and events running everywhere. You can find great yoga retreats, all different types of opportunities to practice meditation mixed with other disciplines. And much more.

The list goes on and on – we are spoilt for choice at this time of year if we want to devote some precious time on ourselves, on our well-being of body and mind. And there is so many affordable options too, because of the enormous number of retreats being run now.

At an affordable low cost for the priceless benefit of improved health and wellness. The best deal on the planet you could say. Book soon, don’t wait, as the early planner always gets the deal for the December period of retreats.

Enjoy yourself wherever you choose to go.


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Kelly Fielding

Kelly is a passionate writer, enthusiastic yogi and professional sunrise chaser. Kelly has traveled and worked extensively around the world in health resorts, detox centers, and wellness retreats. Specialising in health and wellness, her written work is regularly published in both print and online media. A gypsy heart and lover of nature, Kelly finds inspiration in the world around her and translates her visions into whimsical stories and creative projects.