7 Wellness Retreats for Rest and Recreation
Fitness, spa time, healthy eats–this travel trend is all about indulging in self-care and wellness.
After being devastated by Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015, the Jungle Bay Eco-Resort (from $305 per person per night) in Dominica reopens in June at a new cliff-front spot with a focus on fitness. Book the Jungle Wellness Adventure Package and your days will be full of yoga, hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling. Take an excursion to a hidden waterfall and the famous Boiling Lake, then return to the hotel for a daily spa treatment. Organic food and juices are covered.
Vacay sans screens at the Digital Detox Retreat at Wild Dunes Resort (from $219 per person per night), a Destination Hotels location in South Carolina. On arrival, you'll lock your phone up, then begin full immersion into the quiet Charleston Lowcountry with biking, fitness classes, and swimming at the pool or the beach. Guests will choose from a golf or tennis clinic plus a facial or massage at the spa. Packages also include one meal a day at the resort's restaurants.
Find Your Om
The serene surroundings at Yoga Vida Farms (from $1,000 per person per weekend), a 62-acre retreat in the Catskills in New York—plus the classes taught by teachers from its New York City-based studio—will take your practice up a notch. Start the day with a flow, then enjoy hiking, the pool, and the spa. Explore the sustainable farm and greenhouse, and watch your greens get harvested before your dinner. With a culinary team led by a Blue Hill at Stone Barns alum, you're in good hands.
Wanderlust meets wellness in the all-inclusive experiences offered by Escape to Shape (from $4,300 per person per trip), a company that's all about exploring the world while being mindful. Co-owners and guides Francesco Anchisi and Erica Gragg make sure travelers experience authentic activities and food. Think dance lessons in Africa or swimming with sea lions in Ecuador—all while staying in a luxe villa with a private chef and access to daily fitness and meditation classes.
Pedal In Paradise
For an epic ride, Trek Travel (from $1,599 per person per trip) offers bike tours for cyclists of all levels in more than 40 countries across the Americas and Europe. Don't see where you want to go on its list? Trek will create a custom trip for you that includes routes, hotels, dining, and cultural activities. Popular options include Iceland, Yellowstone National Park, and Provence, France. The best part? You can cycle as much or as little as you like—a van always trails the group.
After suffering devastation from Hurricane Maria in 2017, the Secret Bay boutique five-star hotel and resort is back in business and better than ever. Guests have the option to purchase the "Waitukubuli Wellness" package (from $967 per person), which begins with a consultation with a wellness consultant to gauge body health, energy, and chakras. Included in the price is access to yoga classes, relaxing essential oil massages, reflexology, nutrition consulting, and even Reiki healing. You'll also get four days worth of pre-portioned, healthy meals featuring fresh, local ingredients.
Feed Your Mind
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is all about holistic wellness, mindfulness, and healthy living. This May 3rd to May 5th, the resort is dedicating an entire weekend to meditation (Pricing is TBD). The itinerary includes yoga, meditation, music, and teachings. Plus, you'll get plenty of free time for the spa, long nature walks on the beach, and exploring the town. If you can't make this retreat, the hotel will also be offering six Yoga Nidra meditation classes that will run every four to six weeks and then repeat, so you can get your om on.