It’s easy to get caught up in our daily lives and neglect what we truly need – a sound mind, a nutritionally-balanced and strong body, and a deep connection to the soul.
When any of these three key factors are out of sorts, it’s hard to be the best person you can be for yourself and for your loved ones. Luckily, there are numerous places around the globe that focus on helping people reconnect with their mind, body, and soul (wellness vacations).
In need of a little de-stressing? Here are ten wellness vacation destinations that will help you relax and unwind from the hassles of everyday life.
Disconnect from technology at Nayara Springs in Costa Rica
Though technology is involved in almost every aspect of our daily lives, it can be extremely invigorating to disconnect every once in a while. A report published by the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg, says the average American spends a shocking 23.6 hours online each week. Thankfully, there are plenty of companies in the travel industry that are looking to help people walk away from technology while on vacation.
One resort looking to help guests disconnect is Nayara Springs. Nayara Springs is located deep in a rainforest in Costa Rica and offers a three-night digital detox package for its visitors. On arrival, the hotel will take away any technology you may have with you (phones, laptops, etc.). The goal of Nayara Springs is to immerse guests in the beauty of nature with activities such as bird watching, yoga, relaxing in your room’s private plunge pool, or enjoying a Nature Escape spa treatment. We promise, you won’t miss technology while you’re on this wellness vacation.
Participate in a Yoga Retreat at YOGAROSA in Ibiza
YOGAROSA in Ibiza focuses largely on the idea that yoga gives insight into the mechanisms of our bodies, prevents disease by exercising and strengthening our internal organs, and rewires our brains for greater innovative thinking and creative expression. Yoga classes are taught by the owner of the retreat (Rosa) and include holistic yoga and meditation, as well as the spiritual science of Kriya Yoga (the yoga of action).
Each retreat has a minimum stay of three nights and includes yoga, a seasonal fruit bowl for breakfast, a vegan/vegetarian organic lunch, a vegan/vegetarian three-course dinner, nutritious snacks, water and tea, and pranayama meditation (the practice of breath control), and sound healing.
Get moving with celebrity trainers at W South Beach in Miami
SWING or SWISH? That’s one of the questions you might be asked while staying at W South Beach in Miami. This resort wants to help guests improve their physical wellness by offering a variety of fitness classes and lessons.
Here, you can arrange to have private tennis lessons at the W’s SWING program, take basketball lessons as part of the W’s SWISH program, or participate in their new wellness program.
Tennis and basketball lessons both take place on the hotel’s rooftop courts that overlook the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, while the recently launched wellness program is taught by celebrity trainers, and is perfect for anyone looking to get a challenging workout in.
Exercising is a key factor in your wellness journey. Studies show that this type of wellness vacation can improve heart health, reduce stress, boost your mood, and can help increase productivity and creativity.
Participate in mindful experiences at Miraval Resort & Spa in Arizona
Miraval Resort & Spa is located in Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains. The activities offered at this resort key in on having visitors step out of their comfort zones, and try experiences that will open the door to mindful escape, action, connection, and enlightenment.
Whether you try out horseback riding, zip-lining, fine arts classes, cooking workshops, beekeeping, Shamanic healing ceremonies, outdoor nighttime massages, or a trip to the resort’s award-winning Life in Balance Spa – Marival is sure to have an activity that matches up with your wellness goals.
Dig deep into emotional wellness at the beautiful Red Mountain Resort in Utah
The Emotional Fitness Retreat has been offered at Red Mountain Resort since 2002. Led by energy healing expert Andrea Becky Hanson, the program teaches guests the ability to resolve even the most difficult challenges they may encounter throughout life, and how to have a conscious awareness of true self-purpose and identity.
This is done through three processes: 1. Ridding yourself of painful habits, thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. 2. Being able to recognize your inner true talents, purpose in life, and acknowledging your authentic self. 3. Understanding how to live with compassion and confidence, while realizing your heart’s deepest desires.
Activities include a life assessment questionnaire, a private healing consultation with Andrea, meditation, yoga, energy healing, a fire ceremony, group dinners to review the day, and take-home healing tools and strategies you can use for a lifetime.
Reevaluate your sleeping habits at Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal
Sleep is a key factor to your health. In fact, not getting enough sleep can put you at risk for heart disease, heart failure, heart attack, irregular heartbeat, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even stroke.
Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal wants to help its guests learn how to have a better night’s sleep by using the ancient practice of yoga. They’ll teach you breathing techniques that’ll send you into a relaxing state. These breathing techniques are combined with yoga poses, yoga Nidra (a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping typically induced by a guided meditation), and pranayama.
Heal with the help of some furry friends at Sunrise Springs Integrative Wellness Resort in New Mexico
Sunrise Springs Integrative Wellness Resort is located on 70 acres in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. This resort highlights the mental health benefits that animals can provide. Animal interactions have been shown to help lower stress and anxiety levels, while also helping to improve communication skills.
Some activities include taking care of cute silkie chickens and playing with friendly (and adorable) puppies – this gives guests an opportunity to reflect and just slow down from the chaos of life. At the end of your stay, if you find that you’ve formed a connection with one of the dogs on the property, you can apply to adopt them. Sunrise Springs partners with a local humane society to help these sweet dogs find their forever family.
Learn about nutrition to better fuel your body at COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali
It’s important to know what you’re putting in your body, and that’s what COMO Shambhala Estate in Bail is teaching guests through their Nutritional Wellness Program.
The program starts off by having a one-on-one nutritional therapy consultation. From there, nutritional expert Eve Persak will come up with a food plan and schedule of activities that you’ll follow throughout your stay at the resort. Eve’s knowledge of how nutrition, eating behaviors, and stress impact the gut will allow you to work on any specific challenges you are facing such as chronic disease, food allergies, weight loss, hormonal imbalance, gastrointestinal dysfunctions, sleep disturbances or stress.
The best part of this experience? Guests will be able to enjoy COMO Shambhala’s award-winning meals, which they can then make at home if they choose to purchase the resort’s cookbook.
Unite your body and soul at Ananda in the Himalayas in India
Rated the number one destination spa in the world by Conde Nast in 2019, this resort is nothing short of incredible. Ananda in the Himalayas is focused on improving your health and fully uniting your body and soul. There are more than 80 treatments on its spa menu, as well as 10 unique wellness programs to pick from including Detox, Stress Management, Activ-Fitness, Weight Management, Yoga and more.
Massages and a specialized diet program are created to help fulfill each guest’s personal goals while keeping in mind their desire to cleanse, relax, heal and revitalize.
Stay at a resort that’s focused on your overall wellness at Chable in Mexico
Believe it or not, the Mayans created some amazing systems for health and wellness, and Chable Resort in Mexico uses many of these techniques for their wellness program. The 17,000 square-foot spa allows guests to indulge in hydrotherapy pools, herbal treatments, and even a traditional Temazcal ceremony (the body rids itself of toxins through sweating while sitting in a sweat lodge, and the spirit is renewed) performed by a local shaman.
There are 70 casitas located throughout the resort that have been carefully crafted out of stone and wood, and include private pools overlooking the beautiful beachfront. But that’s not all. Both restaurants in Chable are run by celebrity chef Jorge Vallejo and offer delicious Mexican delicacies.
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Every once in a while take time to slow down and truly evaluate the state of your overall well being. These wellness vacations can really help you to reconnect with your mind, body, and soul in a way that’s difficult to do while at home.
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