The 8 Best Wellness Retreats For 2024

The 8 Best Wellness Retreats For 2024

The perfect solution to your stress, exhaustion and burnout has arrived. 
  • Do you want a vacation that also doubles as a reset, recharge and release of all your stress?
  • Have you been under copious amounts of pressure from work that you want to completely let go of?
  • Are you looking for a way to fall back in love with life again, rediscovering the excitement in your everyday existence?

If you answered YES, then a wellness retreat is the solution to your problems. 

In this article, you will find the best wellness retreats that you can visit in 2024. 

Wellness retreats are an excellent way to detox stress, toxins and anxiety from the mind + body.

When people think of retreats, they often think it means you have to find a group retreat or organize a large group of people to take a trip with.

Did you know that there are resorts around the world that offer personalized wellness programs for individual travelers?!

This means that you can take a getaway by yourself or with family to a luxurious accommodation that has a customized health + wellness program; specifically designed to help you reset, recharge and refocus.

Without further adieu, let's dive into our exploration of the best wellness retreats around the world!

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Wellness Retreat #1 - Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, Thailand

Set on the island of Koh Samui, Kamalaya Koh Samui offers INCREDIBLE wellness programs and retreats.

The property offers both individualized wellness programs that you can experience AND scheduled group retreats throughout the year that you can attend.

Their individualized wellness retreat programs are PHENOMENAL.

These retreat programs are some of the best that I have seen at resorts around the world.

The wellness retreat programs include:

  • Sleep Enhancement
  • Enriched Gut
  • Asian Bliss
  • Basic Detox
  • Wellbeing Sabbatical

... and other next-level experiences. 

The property's scheduled group retreats are set around themes like:

  • Blue Zones
  • Reset and Renew Hormonal Balance
  • Executive Team Retreats

No matter what type of detox experience you are seeking - there is truly something that will cater to your desires. 

How to get there: Fly directly into Koh Samui International Airport, followed by a 30-minute drive to the retreat property.

BONUS: We are partnered with this property offering exclusive VIP perks.

To book your trip to Thailand with custom travel planning + concierge services - CLICK HERE to schedule your wellness vacation consultation today!

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Wellness Retreat #2 - Amansala Eco-Chic Resort and Retreat, Mexico

Located in Tulum, Mexico, Amansala Tulum Wellness Resort offers a FUN wellness experience being home of Tulum's original Bikini Bootcamp!


Images courtesy of Amansala Tulum

How to get there: Fly into Cancun International Airport and take a 90-minute shuttle ride to Tulum. Or depending on where you're coming from, we now have Tulum International Airport that is offering arrivals from a variety of destinations. 

Retreats are scheduled throughout the year and typically include daily yoga, fitness classes, and nutritious meals.

If you're looking for magic island vibes, beachfront workouts and tropical fruits with transformative fitness regimens, THIS is the destination for you!

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Tulum is home to LOTS of healing activities and alternative therapies.

One of my all-time favorite places to go is Holistika Tulum where you can experience a life-changing Temazcal sweat lodge ceremony PLUS daily yoga, meditation, cold plunge and other very cool wellness events. 

There are also a range of day tours in Tulum where you can go ziplining, horseback riding, ATV riding thru the jungle and swimming in the magical cenotes. 

Snorkeling with the sea turtles in Akumal is another very popular adventure activity to do when you visit Tulum.

Akumal is about 40-minute drive North of Tulum. 

Akumal Dive Center is where I went and did snorkeling with the sea turtles. One of the best experiences of my life!

For a DEEP healing massage, the Sobada Maya abdominal massage is a MUST-do.

I had one of these massages a couple of years ago and I'm booking a ticket to Tulum next month SPECIFICALLY to go and get one of these massages and do another Temazcal ceremony.

The Sobada Maya massage is a Mayan abdominal massage and it release stagnant emotions, anxiety, stress and other trauma that the body has been holding onto. 

When I had my last Sobada Maya massage, I had it in the healing tent at Copal Tulum Hotel. Life changing.

1 hour massage for $200 USD - it is one of the deepest cleanses I have ever experienced.

Then I went to a Temazcal ceremony at Holistika and further cleansed my mind and body. I was shocked at how transformative and liberating it was for me. 

I also did some private holotropic breathwork sessions with two different healers in Tulum; next-level transformation. 

I felt like I was walking around with a halo of light lol its hard to explain in words but YES Tulum is a HUGELY shifting destination.

When you're feeling severely exhausted, burnt out and feel like you are on the borderline of a nervous breakdown - Tulum is the place to go. 

Tulum has always been a very transformative destination for me and I'm SO excited to share these gorgeous experiences with you so that you can also experience the deep life transformation. 

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To book your trip to Tulum, Mexico with custom travel planning + concierge services - CLICK HERE to schedule your wellness vacation consultation today!

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Wellness Retreat #3 - The Farm at San Benito, Philippines

The thing that I love the most about The Farm at San Benito is that it is technically classified as a holistic medical wellness resort!

According to their site, "The Farm offers natural and holistic medically-supervised health optimization programs which are carefully planned and conducted by internationally trained integrative medical doctors, spa therapists, nutritionists, living food experts, fitness coaches, and yoga teachers."

THIS IS A NEXT-LEVEL EXPERIENCE!

With a classification like this, the Farm at San Benito is one of the BEST wellness retreats on the entire planet.

Below you will see some of the wellness programs that they offer at the property!

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Here are some of the wellness programs that you can do when you stay at The Farm at San Benito:

How to get there: Fly into Manila International Airport. Once you arrive to Manila, then you take a two-hour scenic drive to the resort.

To book your trip to the Philippines with custom travel planning + concierge services - CLICK HERE to schedule your wellness vacation consultation today!

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Wellness Retreat #4 - Aro Hā Wellness Retreat, New Zealand

Located in the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps, Aro Ha Wellness Retreat offers a unique experience with a focus on adventure and wellness.

Here are some of the LIFE-CHANGING wellness activities you can expect at Aro Hā:

  • Mindful Movement: Aro Hā incorporates various forms of mindful movement into its programs, including yoga, Pilates, and Qi Gong.These practices focus on cultivating awareness, strength, flexibility, and balance, providing a holistic approach to physical fitness and well-being.

Image courtesy of Aro Ha
  • Sub-Alpine Hiking: The retreat's stunning natural setting amidst the Southern Alps provides the perfect backdrop for sub-alpine hiking adventures. Guided hikes take guests through pristine wilderness areas, allowing them to connect with nature, breathe in fresh mountain air, and immerse themselves in the beauty of New Zealand's landscapes.

 

Image courtesy of Exploring Kiwis 
  • Meditation and Mindfulness: Aro Hā offers guided meditation and mindfulness sessions that help guests cultivate present-moment awareness, reduce stress, and enhance mental clarity and emotional well-being. These practices are integrated into daily routines to promote relaxation and inner peace.
  • Cleansing Cuisine: Aro Hā's plant-based cuisine is carefully curated to support detoxification, vitality, and overall health.Meals are prepared using locally sourced, organic ingredients, with an emphasis on nutrient-rich whole foods, superfoods, and herbal teas.

Aro Ha Cookbook - Image courtesy of Aro Ha
  • Hot/Cold Therapy: The retreat features hot/cold therapy experiences, including contrast showers, saunas, and cold plunges.These hydrotherapy practices stimulate circulation, boost the immune system, and promote detoxification, leaving guests feeling invigorated and rejuvenated.

Image courtesy of Aro Ha

  • Digital Detox: Aro Hā encourages guests to disconnect from digital devices and immerse themselves fully in the present moment.The retreat provides a tranquil environment free from distractions, allowing guests to unwind, recharge, and reconnect with themselves and nature.
  • Silent Breakfasts: Aro Hā occasionally incorporates silent breakfasts into its programs. This practice encourages introspection, mindfulness, and a deeper appreciation for the sensory experience of eating.

 

Image courtesy of Aro Ha

How to get there: Fly into Queenstown International Airport and then take a scenic 40-minute drive to the retreat.

To book your trip to New Zealand with custom travel planning + concierge services - CLICK HERE to schedule your wellness vacation consultation today!

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Wellness Retreat #5 - Six Senses Vana Wellness Retreat, India

Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Vana Wellness Retreat is apart of the Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas collection.

The property offers a traditional Indian approach to wellness with a focus on Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation.

Image courtesy of The Luxury Spa Edit

In stride with the Six Senses brand, Vana is a luxurious establishment that prides itself on luxury accommodations, wellness screenings, daily retreat activities and functional fitness.

The thing that stands out about Vana is that because it is located in India, the resort has a huge focus on incorporating Ayurvedic healing practices into each day of your itinerary.

Image courtesy of NY Post

It is the perfect location for Forest Bathing and Nature Walks since it's nestled amidst lush greenery and surrounded by forests.

Guided nature walks allow you to connect with nature, breathe in fresh mountain air, and experience the healing benefits of spending time in natural tranquility.

 

Image courtesy of Trip Advisor

The resort also incorporates other traditional Indian wellness practices into its programs, such as yoga Nidra, Pranayama (breathwork), and Panchakarma detoxification therapies.

If you're looking for an unforgettable holistic experience with a focus on Ayurveda, THIS is the retreat for you.

How to get there: Fly into Dehradun Airport and then take a scenic 45-minute drive to the retreat.

To book your trip to India with custom travel planning + concierge services - CLICK HERE to schedule your wellness vacation consultation today!

BONUS: We have access to IHG Luxury Perks at Six Senses Vana!

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Wellness Retreat #6 - The BodyHoliday, Saint Lucia

An ALL-INCLUSIVE resort set in the heart of the Carribean, BodyHoliday, Saint Lucia is a renowned favorite among wellness travelers.

BodyHoliday is a beachfront resort with a primary focus on holistic health, wellness and fitness.

It is rare to find an ALL-INCLUSIVE wellness resort so this feature of BodyHoliday automatically checks it off as one of the best wellness retreats in the world. 

A 1-hour therapeutic treatment daily is INCLUDED in your room rate along with meditation, yoga and tai chi.

Image courtesy of Fathom Travel

The resort prides itself on having a wellness clinic on-site. According to the team at BodyHoliday, "using state-of-the-art technology and Ayurvedic principles, our wellness clinic analyses the physiological and biochemical information collected from each participant. These non-invasive diagnostics allow our doctors to assess factors, such as nutrients, hormone and stress levels, heart health and circulation, and establish the best course to better living."

Image courtesy of BodyHoliday

If you're looking to take your detox journey to the next-level the resort has 7 different wellness programs (available at an additional cost).

Programs focus on themes including:

  • Fitness
  • Digestive Health
  • Detox
  • Weight Management

and more.

If you're into island vibes, secluded beaches and watersports, THIS is the wellness retreat for you.

Image courtesy of Royalton Saint Lucia

How to get there: Fly into Hewanorra International Airport, followed by a stunning 90-minute drive to the retreat.

To book your trip to Saint Lucia with custom travel planning + concierge services - CLICK HERE to schedule your wellness vacation consultation today!

BONUS: We have access to Virtuoso VIP Perks at BodyHoliday!

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Wellness Retreat #7 - Shambala Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Located in the heart of South Africa's wilderness, Shambala Private Game Reserve offers a one-of-a-kind wellness experience with a focus on safari drives, holistic cuisine, bush bathing and brilliant stargazing.

  • Bush Spa and Wellness Center: Shambala features a luxurious bush spa and wellness center where guests can indulge in rejuvenating treatments inspired by African healing traditions.

A wellness spa set in the bushlands of South Africa offer a truly once-in-a-lifetime approach to relaxation and serenity.
  • Nature Walks and Safari Drives: South Africa is the ultimate destination for safaris and guided bush walks! Shambala's pristine wilderness gives you the opportunity to connect with the natural environment and observe African wildlife up close. Touring through the bush in a safari 4WD is a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you can just let go of your worries and immerse yourself in an unforgettable adventure. 

Safari drives makes Shambala Private Game Reserve one of the most spectacular retreats that you can ever experience in this lifetime! Image courtesy - Wild Safari Guide.

  • Bush Bathing and Outdoor Showers: Shambala offers unique outdoor bathing experiences, allowing guests to immerse themselves in nature while indulging in a refreshing bush bath or outdoor shower. Imagine yourself bathing amidst the sights and sounds of the African bush for the ultimate stress relief. 

Unique bush bathing experiences offer an incredibly relaxing way to literally bathe in nature.

  • Stargazing and Night Sky Experiences: Zero light pollution equals excellent opportunities for stargazing and celestial experiences. Your breath will be taken away by the majestic dazzle of the Milky Way as you observe constellations, planets, shooting stars and faraway galaxies.

Image courtesy of Shambala Private Game Reserve

Along with the unique African experiences, you'll have the chance to practice yoga, breathwork & meditation in the tranquil setting of the Shambala Reserve.

Escape to serenity at Private Shambala Game Reserve

Unique rooms and havens provide the perfect nook to write your very first book or memoir. 

How to get there: Fly into O.R. Tambo International Airport and then take a private shuttle for a scenic 2-hour drive to the retreat.

To book your trip to South Africa with custom travel planning + concierge services - CLICK HERE to schedule your wellness vacation consultation today!

BONUS: We have access to Leading Hotels of The World (LHW) Perks at Shambala Private Game Reserve!

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Wellness Retreat #8 - COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali

Nestled in the heart of Bali's lush jungle, COMO Shambhala Estate is an expansively luxurious property set in the heart of the jungle with a focus on personalized wellness programs and Ayurvedic healing.

Bali is a destination that is known for waterfalls, rainforest and lush healing experiences.

COMO Shambhala Estate is a villa-style residential health retreat occupying a 23-acre jungle-covered riverbank.

Standalone villas create a sense of home while immersed in Balinese wildlife.

Imagine waking up in this breathtaking villa set among the Balinese rainforest.

The Estate provides healing programs tailored to each individuals needs offering comprehensive lifestyle as well as healing programs.

  • Personalized Wellness Programs: Upon arrival, you will undergo a wellness consultation to determine your individual health goals & needs.Based on this assessment, personalized wellness programs are created, incorporating a blend of spa treatments, yoga, meditation, fitness activities, and holistic therapies tailored to your specific requirements.
  • Ayurvedic Treatments and Consultations: COMO Shambhala Estate offers Ayurvedic treatments and consultations with experienced Ayurvedic therapists and practitioners.

 

Experience comfort and care upon arrival when you have your personalized wellness consultation to determine your health goals and needs.

  • The property offers traditional Ayurvedic therapies, such as Abhyanga (Ayurvedic massage), Shirodhara (oil pouring therapy), and Ayurvedic dietary recommendations to restore balance and promote holistic well-being.

There are more than 20 Asian-inspired and Western holistic treatments developed by COMO Shambhala to help you heal,rebirth and rejuvenate your life.

  • Outdoor Wellness Activities: The retreat provides opportunities for outdoor wellness activities amidst Bali's natural beauty.You can explore the surrounding rainforest through guided nature walks, participate in outdoor fitness classes, or enjoy invigorating hikes to nearby waterfalls, rivers, and sacred sites.

Set amongst the Balinese rainforest, COMO Shambala is the perfect destination to reconnect with yourself on a deep level of serenity.

Start your day with morning laps surrounded by the tropical rainforest.

Bali is also home to a plethora of deeply transformative healing experiences, so if you are looking for a true rebirth on every level of your life - THIS is the destination for you.

How to get there: Fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport and take a scenic 1-hour drive to the retreat.

To book your trip to Bali with custom travel planning + concierge services - CLICK HERE to schedule your wellness vacation consultation today!

BONUS: We have access to Virtuoso Perks at COMO Shambala!

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So, there we have it my friends!

These are 8 of the best wellness retreats in the world!

The wellness travel industry is here to offer you vacations that are focused on self-care, reconnection and life rebirths.

If you're ready to liberate your soul, release the shackles of society and take the leap to a brand-new life chapter that fills you with excitement and joy...

... LET'S GET YOU BOOKED!

I specialize in creating once-in-a-lifetime wellness travel experiences - this includes planning your trip, booking your accommodations, reservations and activities and providing travel concierge services during your travels.

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NOTE: When you see "BONUS" listed on certain properties, it means that if you book your stay using my travel concierge and booking services you will gain access to VIP perks.

These perks can include:

  • Complimentary room upgrades, based upon availability
  • Complimentary breakfast for two, every day of your stay
  • Early check-in / Late check-out , based upon availability
  • Spa/Resort Credit ($$ amount vary by property)

To learn more about traveling with VIP status - CLICK HERE to book your wellness travel consultation!

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If you're ready to experience the trip of a lifetime and say YES to adventure and healing - CLICK HERE to schedule your wellness vacation consultation today!

Let's get you booked and always remember LIFE IS TO BE LIVED.

YOU ARE LIMITLESS!

Until next time,

Nikki

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