With summer right around the corner, planning your next vacation is probably at the forefront of your mind, even if you just got back from one. We all love to refresh ourselves and we all need to step back sometimes to put full focus on our health and wellness to recharge. So much so, that “Wellness Vacations” have become a $494 billion industry according to the Global Wellness Institute.
In the past 10 – 20 years health, wellness and fitness retreats have been popping up all over the world to give guests a vacation that gives no other option than to eat healthy, get fit, and relax right while you’re there.
Here are the top 5 retreats to check out this summer:
1. Ketanga Fitness Retreats
Ketanga Fitness Retreats offers affordable packages throughout the year in exotic locations like Costa Rica and Mexico or in getaway locations here in the US like the Poconos Mountains and the Hamptons.
Costa Rica Shed & Shred: 5/26 – 5/30, 2016 (5 days, 4 nights)
$1,495 per person
- Accommodations at Tamarindo beachfront resort.
- 3-4 daily HIIT, boot camp, running, and/or conditioning workouts
- Buffet breakfast and two group meals included
- Surfing lesson on Tamarindo Beach
- Zip lining canopy tour
Check out more summer trip options here.
2. Travaasa Experiential Resorts
Offered in Maui or in Austin, Texas Travaasa Experiential Resorts offers guests the ability to build their own fitness schedule. At each location there are a variety of fitness activities with experts throughout the day. In Austin some of these activities include the typical yoga, hiking, and core classes and the not-so-typical things like:
- Hatchet throwing
- Bull Riding
- Mountain Biking
- Challenge Courses
For those looking to settle the mind, there are meditation classes, life coaching sessions, vision board sessions, and the works.
Cost is around $500 per night for an all inclusive or around $300 per night for a’ la carte option.
For more info on the Austin and Maui programs, click here.
3. Miraval Resorts
Similar to Travaasa, Miraval offers a schedule of programs and classes so guests can create their own retreat. Located in the Santa Catalina Mountains in northern Tucson, AZ, on 400 acres of idyllic land, Miraval has been consistently rated among the top wellness retreats in the country for its luxurious feel. Along with an array of spa options, Miraval offers yoga, tai chi, horseback riding, hiking, biking, and challenge courses to awaken the spirit.
Depending on the program you choose costs are around $500 per night which include access to activities and daily nutritiously-prepped meals.
Check out the program details here.
4. International Yoga Retreats
If yoga is your drug and you want a chance to travel somewhere new, meet other yogi fanatics and learn from world renowned instructors, International Yoga Retreats might be your perfect summer getaway.
Throughout the summer 7 day yoga retreats are offered in these locations:
The one time cost of anywhere between $1,700 – $3,000 covers the accommodations in world class resorts, all yoga classes with renowned instructors, and all meals during the retreat.
See all the summer trip options here.
5. Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa
Located in the Ainsworth Hotsprings on Kootenay Lake in BC, Canada, this fitness retreat has long been considered top of the tier when it comes to wellness vacations for its successful focus on weight loss.
Those who take part in a week long retreat here lose around 4 – 10 lbs. Here’s how:
A typical morning starts with a yoga session and protein shake to power you up for a 4 hour hike. This is followed by a detox and series of nutrition seminars before another evening fitness class and a relaxing spa treatment before bed.
Find out more here.