Top 13 Airbnbs For Your Own Private Wellness Retreat
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A wellness retreat can be the perfect antidote to our stressful lives. Taking time to focus on your well-being while getting away from the day-to-day grind, connecting with nature and your inner peace within is sure to enhance the quality of your life, but there’s no need to pay thousands of dollars to do it.
There are many great Airbnbs that will not only immerse you in nature but that also come with all sorts of special extras like sports gear to keep you active, yoga or meditation classes, swimming pools, and hot tubs, to create your own perfect wellness getaway.
If being on your own private island doesn’t relax and renew, we’re not sure what will. Brother Island, also known as Robinson Crusoe Island, is one of over 7,500 islands in the Philippines, and you’ll have it all to yourself. The home is simple but when you rent it, you get the total package which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, pickup and drop-off from the airport, snorkeling gear and kayaks, a coffee and tea bar, and, of course, pristine white sand beaches. Beach massages and other services can be arranged as well.
Sanah Villa is located in Tulum, known for its Mayan ruins, white powdery sands and lush wildlife-filled jungle. It’s also a veritable wonderland for the health-conscious. Spend your days taking part in activities like snorkeling, swimming in cenotes and jungle hikes, and then come back to this spectacular villa that provides an oasis of peace and tranquility. Reserve time in the Solarium, a unique bath heated by the sun on volcanic stones and enjoy swimming in your own private pool. In-villa massages are possible too.
One of the most stunning beachfront Airbnbs in the U.S., this property is located on Captiva Island, little sister to larger Sanibel Island just off the coast from Fort Myers. It makes an ideal base for all sorts of active pursuits, including water sports like kayaking and hiking nature trail. It even comes with bikes, kayaks, beach chairs, and a golf cart. Guests also enjoy access to the Pool Club which includes a Jacuzzi and heated swimming pools while the open-screened porch is perfect for sipping your morning coffee or evening cocktails with a gulf view.
This luxurious home sleeps up to seven and sits on five private acres with hiking trails. It includes a heated swimming pool and spa along with jaw-dropping panoramic views overlooking the cliffs and the Pacific. You’ll enjoy lots of privacy combined with the comforts of a luxury hotel while being within walking distance to top spots like Post Ranch, Ventana, Nepenthe, and Big Sur Bakery. Your host can also recommend a masseuse, yoga guide, and local chefs so that you can relax while a pro prepares your delicious healthy meal.
This lakefront cabin in southern Ontario offers a retreat for the whole family and probably some of the cousins too, with four bedrooms accommodating up to 10 guests. Just across the U.S./Canadian border, it comes with a cool outdoor barrel sauna that overlooks Thirty Island Lake. Complimentary canoes, kayaks, a boat launch, and life jackets are included too, making it easy to stay active while having a good time. Inside, there’s all sorts of entertainment, including Nintendo and Ping Pong in the basement.
Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo foothills near Taos, another destination popular for wellness, the Secluded Boho Adobe blends perfectly with the town’s vibe, set in a park-like landscape with shady trees while hiking trails can be accessed in just five minutes on foot. It has a hammock for relaxing with a good book and you’ll be able to pick up fresh local ingredients to make your own tasty, nutritious meals in the well-equipped kitchen. In the evening, the large free-standing tub makes for a fantastic soak.
This enchanting tree cabin sits on a 40-acre property with forest and wetlands. It includes a complimentary canoe for paddling out on the pond and a custom-made cedar hot tub, providing the perfect place for relaxation and seclusion. It has lots of windows showcasing the tranquil views, while Jay Peak Ski Resort with its year-round activities is less than a 25-minute drive away.
This one-bedroom suite offers serene views, TV and Wi-Fi, located on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country, complete with chickens, goats, horses, and a pony. Guests enjoy access to fishing, horseback riding, and ATV excursions too. It’s a great place for a family wellness stay as the kids will enjoy the animals and can even gather their own eggs from the chicken coop. A hot tub on-site provides the perfect place to relax after a day of fun.
The ultimate place for any wellness getaway, Sedona is home to Mother Nature’s greatest red-rock temples, known for their life-transforming capabilities. Enjoy personal and spiritual enrichment for body and soul by hiking to the energy vortexes, practicing yoga, taking sound healing sessions and indulging in pampering massages. The Sedona Sunset Jewel provides a perfect base for it all, complete with views of the stunning red rocks and sunsets, within walking distance to some of the top trails. From May to October, you can come back and enjoy the saltwater pool.
If the Caribbean is what you’ve been dreaming of but you’re not into high-rise touristy resorts, The Banana Lama Eco Cottage is ideal. The off-the-grid fully sustainable accommodation is nestled in the rainforest alongside a river, accessed by foot and zip-line across the water. It’s powered by solar and fresh spring water for a unique experience totally immersed in nature. You can hike up the river to waterfalls, practice outdoor yoga, swim in crystal-clear pools, and enjoy homemade meals using ingredients from the organic garden. The main room has no walls, so everywhere you turn you’ll see the rainforest and enjoy the peaceful sounds of the river.
For a luxurious private wellness retreat, it would be hard to beat this 7,000-square-foot luxury home. Ideally, you’ll have friends to bring along as it includes six bedrooms, sleeping at least 16 guests. The 10-acre property features an impeccably manicured lawn that’s perfect for tossing a Frisbee, a fishing pond, and access to hiking trails. In the winter, they’re ideal for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. There’s also an indoor pool, sauna and a hot tub, along with a home theater, indoor fireplace and all the essentials from a well-equipped kitchen to a washer/dryer.
Flamingo Rocks is a two-bedroom home with 180-degree views of five private acres of land. You can enjoy canyon hikes right out your door, while the miles and miles in Joshua Tree National Park are just 15 minutes away. Afterward, come back and enjoy the incredible views from the jetted hot tub on the deck – after dark stargazing while soaking is magical. When you’re done you can cozy up next to the open fire. Add to the experience by taking part in sound healing with multiple opportunities in the area, including the famous Sound Bath.
Not only does this charming one-bedroom house look like it’s straight out of a fairytale, but it also sits in a remote location on Streymoy Island in the Faroe Islands, providing an idyllic retreat overlooking a beach, fjords and lush fields. You’ll be able to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life where the only sounds are of the songs of the birds and the waterfall that cascades right alongside the home. Enjoy hiking incredibly scenic trails and soaking in the outdoor wood-fired hot tub too.