From time to time, daily routines can become exhausting and uninspired, but these feelings can often be overcome by having a fun trip to look forward to. While some vacations leave travelers more tired than they were before, other destinations are inherently rejuvenating and promote greater health and wellness. All around the world, you can find spas and health-focused resorts that offer yoga, meditation, nutrition guidance, and self-improvement classes to help you get your life and health back on track. Here are some of the very best destinations to plan a wellness retreat getaway next time you need a little boost.
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The Aruba Marriott Resort is situated on the stunning shores of Palm Beach in Aruba and offers a wonderful retreat for travelers. The resort’s Wellness Retreat Package takes guests on an intimate journey of health and rejuvenation in a beautiful setting. Private beach yoga classes allow you to clear your mind and build your strength, while healthy cooking classes are offered with the executive chef onsite. Travelers can also relax and unwind at the Mandara Spa, which is the largest spa on the island. The treatments here blend the very best of therapies from Bali, Aruba, and Europe. With this package deal, you’ll get a room with a premium ocean view, yoga class, cooking class, spa credit, and even a special gift when you check in. With this, you can find your inner zen, then explore the island’s collection of alluring outdoor attractions.
The Palms Hotel & Spa is another great place to go for your wellness retreat getaway, and this option is right along the shores of Miami Beach. The resort is surrounded by lovely gardens and palm trees, and it offers a Nature and Nurture Package to reset your system the natural way. With this package, you’ll get a complimentary American-style buffet breakfast at the on-site restaurant, Essensia, and enjoy farm-to-table fare with seasonal ingredients. When you stay here and book this package, you can also unwind with a 50-minute AVEDA aroma massage or Tulasara facial at the spa. When Sunday morning rolls around, feel the energy from a Vinyasa yoga session led in the tropical gardens by a local instructor. The yoga class is included in your package, and guests can also workout at any time in the resort’s 24-hour gym. It’s also fun to go for a jog along the Miami Beach boardwalk nearby or just hang out by the pool.
We also love Sarasota’s Longboat Key Club for a wellness retreat experience along the Gulf of Mexico beaches of Florida’s west coast. This AAA Four-Diamond resort spans 410 acres and has rooms with private balconies, 45 holes of PGA golf courses, 20 tennis courts, and the largest deep-water resort marina in the region. Wellness activities here include sunrise beach yoga and the meditation trail in the labyrinth garden. While staying here, it’s also fun to use the beach cruiser bikes, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, relax on the beach, get a spa treatment, and take one of the many fitness classes at Mind & Motion Studio. Don’t forget to dig your toes in the sand at one of the best beaches in the United States at nearby Siesta Key.
When architect Nick Troubetzkoy built the Jade Mountain Resort, his intention was to help travelers clear their minds and reconnect with nature. This luxury option features a three-walled open-air sanctuary named after the sun, moon, stars, and sky. Here you’ll also find private infinity pools but no TVs, radios, or telephones to help you minimize distractions and help you truly unwind. The onsite wellness guru, Nelson Chako, helps guests learn about mindfulness and incorporates a compassion-centered philosophy in his yoga experiences. These are wellness practices that will serve you well long after your trip is over!
You can also travel to the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa for a serene escape with a 35,000-square-foot Mayan-inspired spa. At this resort, you’ll also find a fitness center, tennis court, personal training packages, and a health bar with juices, protein shakes, smoothies, and healthy supplements. There are also three restaurants onsite to help you nourish your body from the inside out with superfoods, including seaweed, cacao, and ginger. Wellness-seeking guests will also enjoy the yoga, Pilates, and spinning classes, as well as fun games of beach volleyball and soccer to get active in the outdoors.
Meanwhile, the Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa is located on 900 acres of lush rainforest near the Arenal Volcano and with waterfalls natural heated by the volcano. Slip into a plush bathrobe when you arrive and head to the thermal mineral springs to soak in the natural pools, then stroll over to the spa’s rainforest setting for a pampering massage. These pools have healing benefits due to their richness in silica, lithium, and calcium. You can practice yoga and meditation here in a secluded rainforest bungalow and view hundreds of species of wildlife right on the property.
Harness the natural healing power of water when you stay at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa and emerge feeling refreshed and inspired. This resort offers ocean views, has a newly renovated open-air lobby, and a romantic outdoor restaurant. Water-focused spa treatments feature a rebirth therapy session in a pool of warm water with meditation at Ohtli Spa. With this treatment, you’ll experience rhythmic water movements to increase your flexibility and immune functioning, followed by a hot and cold plunge to invigorate your senses.
Wellness Retreat in the Guatemalan Jungle at Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel, Museum & Spa - Flores, Guatemala
A final wellness retreat destination is Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel in the Guatemalan jungle. It’s located in the charming town of Flores and has 19 bungalow suites over the Quexil Lagoon. Enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets from your private deck, hike through the historical ruins, kayak through the lagoon, and indulge in eclectic international cuisine at Shultun, the on-site restaurant. Choose the Las Lagunas Wellness Package that includes a two-night stay in a waterfront suite with an indoor Jacuzzi. Package perks include dinner at the restaurant, a 45-minute couple’s massage, bottle of rosé wine, access to the steam bath and sauna, and a boat tour to Monkey Island.