- Affordable Wellness Retreats That’ll Give You The Perfect New Year Reset
- Indulge In Some Pampering
- Become Inspired
- 1. The Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, Costa Rica
- 2. Aqua Wellness Resort, Nicaragua
- 3. Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa, Dominican Republic
- 4. Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Bahamas
- 1. Museflower Retreat & Spa – Chiang Rai, Thailand
- 2. Balitrees Retreat – Bali, Indonesia
- 3. Purple Valley Yoga Retreat – Goa, India
- 4. Samahita Retreat – Koh Samui, Thailand
- 5. Hinterland Village Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat – Kerala, India
- 6. Talalla Retreat – Talalla, Sri Lanka
- 7. Yoga Barn – Bali, Indonesia
- Bluff Dwellings, Utah
- Huntington Surf Inn, California
- The Fox Den, Montana
- Casablanca Resort, Nevada
- Ocean Village, Dominican Republic
- The Inn at Thorn Hill, New Hampshire
- Hallmark Resort, Oregon
- Casa Zen Guest House in Costa Rica – $34 per night
- “Time Out” Luxury Yoga Getaway in Cambodia – $42.50 per night
- Bona Village Inn in Bali – $50 per night
- Fluidity Yoga Eco Retreat in Portugal – $56 per night
- Sivananda Yoga Ranch in New York – $60 per night
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Indulge In Some Pampering
If mud baths and massages are your idea of luxury, the Indian Springs resort in Calistoga, California will be your paradise. Stay for $220 a night and plan to get pampered.
“The hot springs in Calistoga have drawn visitors since the Wappo people built sweat lodges over steam vents 8,000 years ago,” explains Stocking. “For those seeking the ultimate pampering experience, check yourself into Indian Springs for a mud bath and mineral water soak, followed by a deep tissue massage you’ll be dreaming about for months afterwards. It’s the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the vineyards of Napa Valley, where you can wake up early and take in the sunrise from a hot air balloon.”
If the stresses of life have you feeling uninspired, visit an exotic locale and surround yourself with other creatives at The Storyteller Within retreat in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala. For $1,795 (which is $225 a day), you’ll get an all-inclusive, eight-night refresh to get those ideas flowing. The next event starts at the end of June, but for those seeking a spark, it’s worth the wait.
“Set in guesthouses on the beautiful shores of Lake Atitlán, this women-only retreat focuses on self-exploration through writing,” says Stocking. “The workshops have been described as nothing short of ‘transformative,’ nurturing feelings of genuine sisterhood among guests. In the evenings, you can practice yoga or experiment with sound healing and other local Mayan traditions.”
Now hear this: Wellness isn’t just for well-to-do one-percenters. Increasingly, self-care has become accessible to everyone, whether that’s through a free meditation app or a bike-share program. But there’s one aspect of health and wellness that still feels reserved for the ultra-rich — the restorative getaway. Plenty of seasoned travelers think that a sunny, unplugged vacation full of healthy food, feel-good exercise, and quality hammock time is solely for folks with private-jet money. Don’t believe it. At Oyster, we know that restful, healthy getaways come in all budgets. And there are plenty of properties where you can recharge your batteries for the price of a road trip. Check out our eight favorites below.
1. The Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, Costa Rica
Pricing for Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort
Costa Rica’s Nosara region could rival Los Angeles for number of yoga studios per capita. This surfing mecca has drawn the healthy-living set in droves, and they’re often making a beeline for The Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort. The resort offers no fewer than six yoga shalas (both open-air and air-conditioned), a modern fitness center with classes like barre and Pilates, and a restaurant and juice bar serving up organic foods. While guests can keep active with workouts and surf lessons, they can also doze by the pool or grab a hammock for the afternoon. Double and triple rooms with shared bathrooms keep rates lower than a roadside Holiday Inn.
2. Aqua Wellness Resort, Nicaragua
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Nicaragua might not be the first destination that comes to mind when you’re hunting for a healthy getaway, but this affordable, eco-friendly resort should change that. The property itself is a “Swiss Family Robinson” fantasy complete with treetop rooms and a white-sand beach. Group yoga classes, included in rates, make the most of this backdrop with a platform overlooking the coastline. Freshly squeezed juices and plant-focused dishes are served at Bromelia Restaurant, but there’s still plenty of room for indulgence, as the on-site bakery turns out banana bread and cinnamon rolls. Guests can also treat themselves to lavish spa treatments such as a scrub made from local cocoa beans, yogurt, and honey. Rates are inexpensive enough that a private studio is less than the average airport hotel.
3. Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa, Dominican Republic
Pricing for Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa
Parked on one of the Dominican Republic’s best beaches, Natura Cabana would be a restorative getaway just for its location alone. But combined with outstanding fresh food, regular yoga classes, and a fantastic spa, it’s hard to top. Guests can either get active — rolling out their yoga mats in the open-air pavilion, horseback riding on trails, or trekking to waterfalls — or they can nap on the beach or wander down garden paths. Both camps fuel up on dishes like airy pancakes and local coffee for breakfast and ceviche or sandwiches for lunch and dinner. Every room here comes decked out with a hammock or swing, and rates are regularly below the $200 mark.
4. Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Bahamas
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Once upon a time, you had to be prepared to shell out your life savings to book a wellness retreat. Fortunately, for those of us in need of a mind-body-soul reboot ASAP, that’s no longer the case.
Nowadays, it’s entirely possible to find swoon-worthy and affordable health-centric holidays — even in far-flung destinations like Thailand or Sri Lanka. Better yet, many resorts offer all-inclusive packages, so you just need to find a cheap airfare deal and you’re set.
If you’re keen to get blissed-out on a budget, you’ve come to the right place. Here are seven affordable wellness retreats in Asia you can book without breaking the bank.
- Museflower Retreat & Spa – Chiang Rai, Thailand
- Balitrees Retreat – Bali, Indonesia
- Purple Valley Yoga Retreat – Goa, India
- Samahita Retreat – Koh Samui, Thailand
- Hinterland Village Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat – Kerala, India
- Talalla Retreat – Talalla, Sri Lanka
- Yoga Barn – Bali, Indonesia
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Reset and recharge in a dreamy destination like Bali | © Jared Rice/Unsplash
1. Museflower Retreat & Spa – Chiang Rai, Thailand
Nestled among the lush, green landscapes of Northern Thailand, Museflower Retreat & Spa focuses on helping visitors find balance through emotional and mental wellness. All of their three, five, and seven-night packages include accommodation, daily yoga and meditation classes, spa treatments, and three vegetarian meals per day, so the price is totally wallet-friendly.
When you’re not sweating it out in a vinyasa class, you can enjoy ultimate relaxation in the herbal steam room, heated Himalayan crystal saltwater pool, or creative studio.
- Price (as of September 2019): Retreat packages start at $539 USD/£432 depending on the length of stay and room type
2. Balitrees Retreat – Bali, Indonesia
Balitrees Retreat has it all: a gorgeous setting surrounded by rice paddies and swaying palms, yoga and meditation, three freshly-prepared Balinese meals per day, and a range of optional cultural activities such as cooking classes, tours to nearby temples, and language classes.
The retreat offers an all-inclusive nightly rate, so you can choose the dates that suit you best and stay as long as you’d like.
- Price (as of September 2019): Shared guesthouse rooms start at $98 USD/£78 per night
See Also: We Rank the Best Yoga Retreats for Beginners
Stay a few extra days after your retreat to explore beautiful Bali | © Chema Photo/Unsplash
3. Purple Valley Yoga Retreat – Goa, India
If you’re looking for a retreat where you can rejuvenate your body and mind, deepen your yoga practice, and completely switch off, Purple Valley is your place. Notable features of the retreat include beautiful facilities spread throughout a serene, tropical setting, daily ashtanga yoga classes, and delicious buffet-style meals prepared by Ayurvedic chefs.
Die-hard yogis will feel most at home here, but yogis of all levels are welcome at Purple Valley — beginners included. One or two-week packages include accommodation, all yoga classes, and three vegetarian meals per day. You have the option of shared or private rooms, but the latter will cost you a bit more.
- Price (as of Septemeber 2019): A one-week retreat with shared accommodation starts at $774 USD/£620
4. Samahita Retreat – Koh Samui, Thailand
Want the full Thai island experience without the tourists and booze-fueled partygoers? Look no further than Samahita Retreat in Thailand. A choice of fully customisable programmes and top-notch accommodation make it a great choice for anyone looking to book a wellness-focused vacation, but its standout feature is definitely its beachside location.
Situated near Laem Sor beach and overlooking the ocean, you’ll feel at ease as soon as you step foot on the gorgeous property. And there’s a variety of amenities and facilities to keep you feeling that way throughout your entire stay — from an indoor cycling studio to a meditation garden and a beachfront dining area. The best part? Their signature YogaCoreCycle programme is all-inclusive.
- Price (as of September 2019): Their signature programme starts at $158 USD/£126 per night with shared accommodation
Experience a different side of Koh Samui at Samahita Retreat | © Octav Cado/Unsplash
5. Hinterland Village Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat – Kerala, India
If you’re after a healthy getaway that focuses on Ayurveda treatments and yoga, you’ll find it at Hinterland Village. Along with daily yoga classes and a selection of home-cooked, nourishing meals, all retreats include personalised Ayurvedic consultations, massage, yoga philosophy, and steam bath treatments.
Accommodations are fairly basic, but there are plenty of alluring communal areas available where you can unplug, reconnect with nature, and bond with your retreat mates. Shared rooms can accommodate up to three people, keeping rates low and accessible for those on a budget.
- Price (as of September 2019): A six-day all-inclusive retreat starts at $450 USD/£360 with a private room
See Also: Top Destinations for Yoga and Surfing Retreats in Asia
6. Talalla Retreat – Talalla, Sri Lanka
The founders of Talalla Retreat understand that wellness means something different to everyone — and that’s why they offer a diverse selection of activities that cater to travellers of all sorts.
If you’re the type of person who can’t sit still — or if you want a holistic holiday that focuses on fitness — you’ll love the retreats on offer here. Learn to hang ten on a surf and yoga retreat, or amp up your exercise routine on a wellness retreat, complete with daily classes like pilates, boxilates, surfing, and mediation.
The resort’s location has everything you want in an idyllic beach vacation (think: open-air facilities, beach-front villas, jungle-clad grounds), and cultural excursions let you experience Sri Lanka beyond the resort. Splurge on a luxurious bamboo hut or opt for a modest dorm room — either way, you’ll leave feeling refreshed and renewed.
- Price (as of September 2019): A five-day wellness retreat starts at $800 USD/£640 with dorm-style accommodation
Talalla also offers cultural excursions so you can experience Sri Lanka beyond the resort | © Egle Sidaraviciute/Unsplash
7. Yoga Barn – Bali, Indonesia
With more than 15 classes and workshops on offer every day — ranging from yin yoga to tai chi, sound healing and ecstatic dance — the retreats at Yoga Barn are anything but ordinary.
Not only is this Ubud institution chock-full of dynamic activities to reduce stress and boost endorphins, but it also provides a tranquil environment to facilitate healing and renewal for the mind, body, and soul. It’s the kind of place where you can easily spend days, or even weeks, immersed in its programmes.
- Price (as of September 2019): A personalised seven-day yoga retreat starts at $631 USD/£505
Looking for more options? Check out our range of yoga trips and wellness tours in Asia to find your perfect health-focused getaway today!
You need a break. You’ve worked hard lately; you’re always connected; and you’re feeling a little burned out.
These are seven easy destinations for you and/or your family to unwind, disconnect, and recharge both body and mind. Better yet, none of them will break the bank. And in some cases, some of them are downright cheap.
Before booking your next wellness retreat, consider one of these:
Bluff Dwellings, Utah
You’ve heard of Bears Ears National Monument. Now see it for yourself from the area’s brand-new, gorgeously located, and perfectly arranged resort in Bluff, Utah. At Bluff Dwellings Resort (pictured), you can stay on-site for the pool, spa, and surrounding views, or drive 30 minutes to hike or off-road in the new national monument, river raft the Grand Canyon-like San Juan with family, or take in the timeless Monument Valley in nearby Navajo Nation. Far away from the crowds of the rest of Southern Utah, Bluff Dwellings is a fantastic place to lose yourself during an extended mountain stay.
Huntington Surf Inn, California
Long revered for its beginner-friendly and expert breaks, Hunting Beach is and will forever be “Surf City, USA.” But whereas Southern California can be notoriously expensive, the Huntington Surf Inn is as affordable as it is accessible to the beach—just a few minutes’ walk to both the waves and International Surfing Museum. Award-winning amenities include comfortable and colorful rooms, free wifi, parking, complimentary beach toys, and big screen TVs with premium cable to binge on. From here the perfect wave is within reach.
The Fox Den, Montana
Welcome to one of the finest rental properties within minutes of Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park and still one of the best places to go off grid. This five-star rated “superhost” Airbnb is located in the woods of Soda Butte Creek with easy access to decks with spectacular views, hot-tub overlooking the creek, and many of Cooke City’s best hiking trails. Feather beds, hardwood floors, and full kitchens make staying in a must, but with so much of the great outdoors nearby, you’ll also want to explore. In addition to hiking, fishing, biking, and snowmobiling, be sure to drive the nearby Beartooth Highway, which is considered one of the most scenic drives in America.
Casablanca Resort, Nevada
If sunbathing by a fantastic, palm tree-lined pool all day replete with waterfall, kids slide, hot tub, and an immense amount of playing room appeals to you, look no further than Casablanca Resort in Mesquite, Nevada. Better yet, this five-star pool at a three-star hotel ranges from $40–70 per night, depending on the season and weekend. What’s more, there’s a lot of great golf courses and hiking trails nearby if that’s your thing. Make no mistake – the rooms and casino are about as bare bones as they come. But you’d be hard pressed to find a better desert oasis on a budget than here.
Ocean Village, Dominican Republic
While most tourists flock to the resort-filled Punta Cana, you’ll find a lot more affordability, fewer crowds, and more authentic Dominican adventures, food, and culture in Puerto Plata. On a recent visit to Ocean Village, I swam at the on-site private pool, took several naps on the sundeck hammock, lounged around at the nearby beach resort and infinity pool, and even surfed with locals using Airbnb’s new Experience listings. Beautiful, relaxing, and affordable are all three adjectives that perfectly describe Puerto Plata.
The Inn at Thorn Hill, New Hampshire
Like Southern California, New England can be prohibitively expensive. That’s not the case at The Inn at Thorn Hill, however; this budget stay is a 2019 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice winner located in the famously beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. “The perfect couple’s getaway,” “One of the 10 most romantic inns in North America,” and “Most amazing B&B ever” have all been used to describe the four-diamond lodge. With loads of free amenities, namely parking, internet, hot tub, spa, fitness center, and breakfast, there’s a lot to love about this beautiful property.
Hallmark Resort, Oregon
Few places on Earth are more timeless, rejuvenating, and/or romantic than Cannon Beach, Oregon. And few places on Cannon Beach are better than the award-winning but still affordable Hallmark Resort & Spa. As the closest hotel to the iconic and Goonies-famous Haystack Rock, this oceanfront property offers panoramic views of one of the most stunning and deepest beaches on the planet. With a variety of rooms to fit a variety of budgets, you’ll never be more than a few steps away from the sand, homemade lobby cookies, and endless scenery.
You’re working hard to secure the bag but you’re still human and in need of a break. Life can come at you so fast that you can forget the importance of taking a minute to woosah. Incorporating healthy holistic practices like yoga and meditation into your daily regimen can aid you in manifesting peace and good health into your busy, #BossQueen life. But a wellness retreat gives you the perfect opportunity to do both while also unplugging, relaxing, and hitting a reset button on your life.
A wellness retreat typically includes events and activities tailored to help you heal, relax, and refocus your intentions. In fact, Wellness Retreats continue to grow increasingly popular each year. According to the Global Wellness Institute, worldwide wellness was a $4.2 trillion industry in 2017, with $639 billion dedicated to “wellness tourism.”
While our mental health is important, so too are our budgets, and wellness retreats can cost a pretty penny. However, there are more affordable options for holistic retreats all around the world. So if you’re looking to namasté while not breaking the bank, below are 5 affordable wellness retreats for our ladies seeking to heal the mind, body and spirit.
Casa Zen Guest House in Costa Rica – $34 per night
Casa Zen Guest House is located at the southern tip of Nicoya Peninsula, in the beautiful and peaceful Costa Rica. For as low as $34 a night on Booking.com, guests can enjoy this yoga center that lies only 50 meters away from the beautiful beaches of Mal Pas and Santa Teresa.
Your booking also includes unlimited yoga classes and the use of their studio and equipment, a delicious and hearty breakfast that is served daily, and opportunities to go biking, hiking, fishing, or horseback riding for an extra fee.
“Time Out” Luxury Yoga Getaway in Cambodia – $42.50 per night
Why not take a trip to the Motherland to manifest your peace?! For only $42 a night, you can enjoy the “Time Out” Luxury Yoga Retreat in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
For just a weekend, guests relax, recharge and rejuvenate themselves with yoga classes, healthy foods, spa massages, and sunshine. Make your ancestors proud, sis and go namasté in Africa.
Bona Village Inn in Bali – $50 per night
If you are about ready to check out on life and looking for a wellness retreat that includes some major Eat Pray Love vibes, then Bona Village Inn might be the choice for you.
For only $50 a night, and a deposit of just $35, guests can enjoy this life coaching and yoga retreat center. Relax and reflect in total tranquility while discovering the most exciting areas of the beautiful Bali.
Fluidity Yoga Eco Retreat in Portugal – $56 per night
Looking for peace and a reason to visit Europe? Then Fluidity Yoga Eco Retreat in Beach Paradise, Porto, Portugal might be the place for you.
The center is located inside a small seaside village only kilometers from virgin beaches. While there, guests enjoy a tranquil world full of yoga, a Zen garden surrounded by lush pine trees, and hammocks swinging in the ocean breeze.
Daily yoga practices that include mindfulness meditations, holistic breathing, and flexibility will have you leaving Portugal feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Sivananda Yoga Ranch in New York – $60 per night
If you’re new to the practice of yoga and meditation and not in the mood to get your passport stamped, consider booking your retreat at Sivananda Yoga Ranch in Sullivan County, New York. For as low as $60 a night (if you’re open to sharing a room), you can learn the basic teachings of yoga and meditation all while relaxing and resetting just 2 hours from New York City.
The lowest package includes 2 daily yoga practice sessions, 1-hour daily karma yoga practice, 2 sessions of silent meditation and chanting, 2 vegetarian meals per day, and access to a hot wood Russian sauna.
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A vacation is great, a yoga retreat is even better. While they often seem pricey, retreats simply offer more value than traveling on your own. Not only do you get to chill in a zen location for a few days, but the retreat package price typically includes vegetarian, possibly organic meals, meditation and yoga classes, personal growth workshops, excursions, airport transfers, and even an occasional spa treatment.
For the best deal, bring a friend (or, make new ones) to share a room with. “You can typically save around 25 percent by sharing dorm-style accommodations,” says Sean Kelly, co-founder of BookRetreats.com, a yoga retreat booking site. “It makes sense that staying in a private room is going to cost more.”
Planning ahead can also save you between $100 and $500, depending on the price of the retreat. These early-bird specials are listed about two to three months prior to departure, Kelly adds. Keep in mind that some early-bird specials are given to the first few spots, and once they are filled, everyone else pays the full price.
If you’re on a really tight budget, reach out to the retreat leader to see if there is any room for negotiation—a rustic location may give you a slight discount if you bring your own tent, or perhaps you can ask about bundle pricing if you sign up with a few friends. “It doesn’t hurt to ask, and you may be surprised by a positive response,” Kelly says.
Ready to book a trip? We found some of the best retreat deals—from the mountains of Colorado to lush gardens of Thailand—that cost $250 per day or a lot less.
13 Affordable Yoga Retreats
1. Love Don’t Fade Bhakti Fest in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
April 21–28, 2018
Verdant is an understatement when it comes to describing the Osa Peninsula, home to the intimate and eco-friendly Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa. The clear air of the beachside Costa Rican jungle makes it the ideal place to fine-tune your pranayama practice. Miami-based teacher Jaya Dev will guide you through an (8 limbs path) Ashtanga & bhakti retreat to delve deeper into understanding your practice and meditation. Dev’s approach to bhakti yoga and kirtan aims to elevate conscious thoughts to “the soulful level.”
From $207 per day, blueosa.com
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Spiritual seekers who like to stretch need not travel to India, Costa Rica, or Bali for an enlightening and envigorating yoga getaway. The following destinations are accessible by car from Long Island. Each one promises an escape from the pressures of modern life through yoga, meditation, massage, and more. Healthy, mostly vegetarian cuisine and beautiful outdoor surroundings come at no extra charge.
Monticello, New York
On the grounds of the old Kutsher resort upstate,YO1 (yo1.com) opened in 2018 as a luxury hotel/wellness retreat hybrid. This isn’t your grandma’s Catskills. The hotel sits on a 1,300-acre property overlooking a lake. Rooms have bathrobes, pillowtop mattresses, wifi, and flat screen tvs (unusual at yoga retreats) On check-in, you’ll meet with an Ayurvedic and naturopathic practitioner who will help you create a custom program of Indian healing therapies tailored to your goals and needs. Guests can focus on areas including detox and rejuvenation, pain management, weight management, and relaxation. Hydrotherapy, mud baths, reflexology, massage, and acupuncture take place in elaborately tiled pools and sparkling new treatment rooms. Vinyasa and Hatha yoga are taught in light-filled studios overlooking the water. Indoor and outdoor theaters host evening lectures by prominent wellness experts. A dining room offers “conscious cuisine” in an elegant setting. Cooking classes teach you how to prepare healthy meals after you leave. A salon, boutique, tea café, and juice bar contribute to the luxury hotel feel. Packages starting at $599/night.
Phoenicia, New York
Menla Retreat and Spa, (Menla.us) which is affiliated with Tibet House, the Dalai Lama’s cultural center in New York City, bills itself as Tibet in the Catskills. Situated on a 325-acre private preserve criss-crossed with burbling streams and walking paths, the retreat is a nature-lover’s delight. Deluxe hotel rooms in chalet-style buildings are simply decorated with Tibetan accents. More modestly priced cabin rooms have shared bathrooms and kitchens and are good for small groups. Create your own getaway, or join an organized retreat: themes include yoga in tumultuous times, devotional chanting, and Sufi dance. In addition to yoga and meditation classes in light-filled yoga studios with bamboo floors and colorful altars, there is a spa offering Tibetan KuNye massage as well as herbal baths, vibrational sound therapy, and conventional massage and facial services. There is also a Finnish sauna, far infrared sauna, and steam room. Guests can go on guided hikes, relax by several outdoor fire pits, and play tennis on two courts , weather permitting. Organic vegetarian meals made with produce from Menla’s garden are served buffet-style. A Native American sweat lodge and astrological consultation are also available with advance booking. Personal getaway weekends (2 nights accomodations plus meals and one yoga class and one meditation class per day) from $398.
Rhinebeck, New York
A short-ish drive from Long Island, Rhinebeck boasts one of the four Omega Institute (eomega.org) locations (the others are in Costa Rica, California, and NYC). The mission of this holistic learning center is the integration of personal growth and social change, and it sees itself as part of the global Omega community. To understand what it’s all about, you can book a cabin, single dorm room, or a hybrid cabin/tent (you can also bring your own camping equipment and pitch your own tent in the warmer months). A typical day is packed with classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, and movement. Workshops on subjects ranging from divine light healing to past life therapy to handcrafted herbal body care give focus to your stay. Free time can be spent wandering the labyrinth, gardens, and nature trails on the 250-acre campus or spending time in the meditation sanctuary. A program of evening concerts, films, and community gatherings brings the day to a close. Three mostly vegetarian meals, sourced from Hudson Valley vendors like Ronnybrook Farm Dairy and Little Seed Gardens are included. Weekend program rates (2 nights/meals/classes/workshops) start at $398 for a single dorm room with shared bath. eomega.org
Kripalu (kripalu.org) began as a training center for yoga teachers, and is today the largest yoga-based retreat center in the United States. During an R&R retreat, guests can participate in up to three yoga classes (all levels are taught) a day here as well as attend nightly workshops in topics like yoga and Shamanism, Kung Fu Yoga, and Yoga for Back Care. But this serene lakeside school in the Berkshires offers much more. The daily schedule also includes guided hikes, meditation seminars, and creative expression workshops. A spa features Ayurvedic facials and Kripalu massage. There is an intriguing menu of “metaphysical services” including tarot, psychic readings, and henna art. Plant-based cuisine is served buffet-style. During breakfast, dining is silent. Rates start at $92/night for dorm housing, $207 for a private room (3 meals included) plus a daily tuition fee of $85 to $95. Guests also have the option of staying at a local hotel or b&b (options include the Briarcliff (briarcliffmotel.com), a hip roadside motel and the elegant Inn at Stockbridge (stockbridgeinn.com) and purchasing day passes to participate in classes and workshops.
Island Falls, Maine
Near Mount Kathadin, where the sun first hits the East Coast as it rises, expert yoga instructor Donna Davidge hosts intimate yoga retreats in an antiques-filled farmhouse built by her great grandfather in 1865. Sewall House (sewallhouse.com) offers a variety of on-site yoga and meditation classes for small groups of guests. The schedule is flexible, but the day usually starts with meditation and then a yoga class before breakfast, free time for exploring, reading, journaling, or massage before lunch, more yoga before dinner, and an evening in the sauna or Jacuzzi. Beginners and experienced practitioners alike are welcomed, and classes are small and personalized. Depending on interest, kundalini, hatha, vinyasa, and ashtanga yoga are taught. Paddle board yoga might be offered on select weekends. Food is vegetarian with plenty of vegan options. No alcohol is served but guests are free to bring their own. Visitors can hike, bike, or canoe nearby. In the winter, snowshoeing and cross-country ski excursions can be arranged. Right now, Davidge will be open two weekends in February for retreats. Groups of four or more can have the house to themselves at other times, yoga and meditation included, by pre-arrangement. Transportation from the Bangor airport available on request. All-inclusive rates start at $260/night per person.
Boone, North Carolina
If your ideal reset takes place on a mountaintop, head to this compound in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, A bit farther than some other destinations (a long road trip will get you there; a quick and cheap plane ride to Charlotte will get you close) The Art of Living Retreat Center (Artoflivingretreatcenter.org) is a choose-your-own-adventure spiritual and wellness resort. Book a simple but comfortable room with a mountain view and then join a group for a weekend of Chakra Yoga Immersion, Gentle Yoga to Reinvigorate the Mind, or Yoga and Meditation for Relaxation. Or tailor your own retreat. The offerings are plentiful and varied, and include meditation instruction, pottery workshops, community singing and chanting, a walking labyrinth, nature trails, and an evening fire circle. The Ayurveda spa offers unusual treatments like Marma lymphatic massage and Shirodhara relaxation therapy with warm oil. Globally influenced vegetarian cuisine—a varied menu that might include coconut mango rice, Tuscan bread salad, sweet potato and sage soup, and semolina cakes with apple-mint chutney– is served in the dining room. If you arrive by car, you can explore King Street, with its book shops, coffee bars, restaurants, and galleries in the charming town of Boone. Rooms from $298/night including meals and yoga classes.
By Lauren Chattman Special to Newsday
Booking a wellness retreat should feel a bit like picking out your own birthday gift. You get to dig deep and look at all of the parts of yourself that need attention, love, and healing…
…then book the perfect wellness retreat to tend to those parts. Don’t think for a second that this is some sort of indulgence, either. Self-care is an important part of wellness, just as important as food, sleep, shelter, and sex. If you’re like the rest of us, then you can easily get caught up in your role as an employee, a mother, a spouse…
…and quickly forget about you.
So answer me, honestly:
Are you getting enough sleep?
Are you getting good nutrition?
Are you getting enough attention?
Whatever your personal needs may be, tend to them. You can easily do this by committing to a wellness retreat, where the details are taken care of for you.
All you need to do is let go of the overwhelming task of responsibility and show up.
What to Expect at a Wellness Resort
Depending on your retreat, they may give you different options to choose from. Do yoga, enjoy the relaxing spa, go within using meditation, or even receive life coaching.
A wellness retreat may be perfect for you if:
You would like a wonderful place to just relax and recharge your batteries
You’d like peaceful surroundings to unwind and gather yourself again
You want to be pampered a bit…because you deserve it 🙂
You struggle to make time for yourself and get tied up with the dizzying amount of things you juggle
You want to leave with a better You
You might come into your retreat feeling exhausted and frazzled…
…and leave feeling totally refreshed, energized, and focused.
So if you’re at your wit’s end and don’t have anything left to give, a week-long wellness retreat will serve you deeply.
Instead of spending a week just by the side of the beach, use it wisely and include those spa treatments.
Do that yoga.
Discover more about yourself with the meditations offered.
Indulge in wellness travel.
Be an active participant in your health and well-being and it could completely change the track of your life going forward.
It’s a life-changing experience that can help you realize you are worth it.
Investing in yourself is worth it.
How to Choose A Wellness Holiday
When it comes to health and wellness, it is important to take into account everything that truly encompasses “health and wellness”. Before booking yourself a luxurious detox spa retreat at one of the top spas in the US (for example), be sure to truly consider what it has to offer.
Does this health resort offer something for your physical needs, such as yoga, hiking, or gentle movements?
Does the retreat address your nutritional needs by offering a robust menu of new foods and dishes that you could emulate back home in your regular life?
Does it provide the spiritual inspection that we need as human beings, whether it’s through meditation, prayer, or self-help work?
Before booking with anyone, on Book Retreats or otherwise, be sure to really investigate what the retreat has to offer. This is so much more than a vacation or a quick spa getaway (though those are certainly nice!). Wellness retreats can move mountains so long as you consider all of the major factors.
Popular Wellness Holidays Near Me
If you’re looking for some weekend getaways near you, where you can nourish your body with delicious vegetarian meals and indulgent spa services, then look for a resort spa or wellness center near you. A resort and spa provides you with a great opportunity to relax, go on a few hikes, reconnect with yourself, and detox both your body and mind. Many wellness hotels will include daily yoga classes, nourishing meals, full-service spa treatments, and yoga meditation classes to their guests so that you can totally customize your wellness experience. Here are a few of the most popular destinations for wellness retreats around the world…
Wellness Spa Retreats in Europe
Or perhaps you’re after a countryside experience in Europe, where the green hills span for miles and the only sound is that of your breath. Escape to the lavender fields of France or hide out in the Alps in Austria. Many yogis from around the world are bringing themselves back to life in the beautiful and enchanting lands of Europe. You’ll easily find a wellness hotel in places like Germany, where the mineral baths naturally bubble up in between the beautifully green mountains. Escape everyday life with a wellness getaway, where you can meditate and enjoy nutritious organic meals. Because Take a holistic approach to your wellness with outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and biking to fill your day. Depending on where you go, you may also find wellness treatments like colonics or Ayurvedic spa treatments. The possibilities are endless in Europe!
Detox Retreats Near the Beach
Hop over to Costa Rica for a quick wellness getaway, where the jungle spills over into the ocean.
Practice yoga at sunrise, head to the beach after breakfast and get a Reiki treatment before dinner in Bali.
Or if you’re looking for something based on your work schedule, Thailand is a great destination as many centers offer affordable wellness retreats year round.
For a seriously well-rounded wellness vacation, head down to Panama for a Yoga and Surf Retreat. Balance your yoga practice with a refreshing surf. Summer is an especially great time of year, which peaks in between November and January.
Yup. Yoga and surf for the holidays.
Health and Wellness Retreats in the USA
Not sure where to begin?
Check out Sedona in Arizona, where there are plenty of spiritual retreats and wellness retreats for women. Or consider taking your fine self to New York, where you may find mindfulness retreats right alongside mental health spa retreats. Yeah, those exist and WE LOVE THEM.
And the whole West Coast wellness scene is undoubtedly unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. To really delve into the wellness culture, get yourself to California, where wellness is basically the norm.
The golden state is absolutely ripe with wellness retreats, often combined with surfing, hiking, and educational courses, too. Whether you choose the deserts of Ojai, the secluded parks of Big Sur, or the trendy Bay Area, California is a popular destination for those seeking a total mind and body pampering.
Maybe you’re just looking for a fitness retreat that combines athletic yoga styles with outdoor activities like stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, or cycling.
Top Affordable Health and Wellness Retreats
Affordable wellness retreats are a great option for those working on a cheap budget and limited vacation time. Certain destinations tend to run cheaper too, such as India and Thailand. Or if you can swing it, luxury spa retreats can offer you the rejuvenating escape that you are looking for. Luckily, there are many different options to choose from well within your budget. The fun part is seeing all the goodies that are included as your budget increases.
7 Days Yoga & Wellness Retreat in Bali, Indonesia
Escape to Bali for total rejuvenation. Practice yoga daily and get a Balinese massage each night. Let the tropical heat cleanse you and the saltwater heal you. Oh, and for less than $1,000. Yup.
8 Day Luxury Yoga Retreat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Experience 8 days of daily practice, luxury villas, delectable meals, and immersive experiences in paradise. You’ll be staying at a collection of fully-staffed, open-concept modernist villas engulfed by lush vegetation. You’ll enjoy sunrise and sunset yoga sessions from our studio overlooking the Sierra Madre jungle and the Pacific ocean. You’ll be served three, chef-prepared, delicious and nutritious meals daily. And you’ll be guided through an amazing snorkeling tour at Los Arcos, a hike through lush botanical gardens and a day of seva where we get to give back to the local community.
5 Days Bliss and Beauty Yoga & Wellness Retreat in Bali, Indonesia
The ultimate wellness experience lets you leave feeling like a total babe. All that intense inner work ought to match some serious outer work too, amiright? Treat yo’self this year for just $100 a day in Bali.
8 Day Sound Healing, Yoga & Wellness Retreat in Maui, Hawaii, USA
The rejuvenation center of Hawaii boasts this tropical retreat. Let your sense come alive with sound healing. Hike to waterfalls, practice yoga at the beach, or lounge in a hammock. Indulge in the tropical abundance Hawaii has to offer.
8 Day Liver Detox Yoga and Meditation Wellness Retreat, Florida, USA
If you are feeling or experiencing low energy and tired, belly distress and bloating, eczema, acne, bleeding gums, or mood swings, this program is for you. Boost your body and soul to be able to come home with a clean slate and new energy. Join this retreat for a program designed to support your inner healing ability through food, breath, asana, as well as clearings for the mind and spirit.
6 Day Complete Prema Reiki & Yoga Retreat in Krabi, Thailand
The practice of Reiki & Yoga go hand in hand. Yoga helps to increase the flow of Reiki energy in one’s life. The yoga practice helps a person understand Reiki in a much deeper way, Reiki allows you to understand the deeper energies of Yoga. Learn how to use Reiki and yoga together for less than $500. Bungalow and delicious Thai food included.
3 Day Re-boost Luxury Juice & Raw Food Wellness Retreat, Vietnam
Learn about the unique 80/20 philosophy supports comfortable and sustainable positive lifestyle changes with awareness, guided integration, and inclusive wellness therapies. Each day you can choose up to three Spa treatments customized especially for you. This luxury resort truly redefines the Spa experience by integrating total well-being as part of your daily activity, allowing you the freedom to relax and rejuvenate at your leisure.
Diet and Detox Retreats for Weight Loss
Raw food detox retreats are so much fun in that they offer many educational opportunities along with the natural detoxing process. Explore the raw food lifestyle and experience its many benefits.
Think a raw food diet is too much for you?
Consider checking out many of our vegetarian retreats, instead. You will certainly get many of detoxing benefits while also expanding your repertoire in the kitchen.
Top Wellness Retreat Centers
When you’re searching for a life-changing retreat, it can seem a bit overwhelming. There are SO many options, each of which undoubtedly looks amazing. Doing a quick search for “spa resorts near me” could render you even more clueless as hundreds of amazing spa vacation packages and top wellness retreats appear on your computer screen.
You see amazing pictures of retreat centers like Marigot Beach Club or Granlibakken Tahoe and you can’t think of anything else as magical. Their family vacation packages include luxurious rooms and spa wellness treatments that are hard to find in other wellness programs…
…even other wellness resorts.
Believe me, I get it.
But heading to your very own wellness getaway shouldn’t cause more stress! Instead, let it work its magic on you so that you can finally take care of yourself exactly as you deserve.
So, to help you focus your health and wellness search a bit, let me tell you about the popular holistic retreats that thousands of deserving little yogis like yourself are currently booking.
Top Wellness Retreats
A wellness retreat may be exactly what you are looking for. Learn techniques to improve your health and well-being in daily life while indulging in spa treatments and delicious, nourishing meals. You can find beach retreats or retreats in Europe, each offering total health and wellness. Here are a few of our favorite…
Spiritual and Meditation Retreats
Meditation retreats offer a great opportunity to learn new skills that you can take back with you to impact a healthy lifestyle. They also often come with a healthy diet and yoga practice, ensuring that you have a holistic wellness experience during your retreat.
If you’re looking for something deeper and with more introspection, consider searching through our spiritual retreats. Many people find that wellness is best achieved through inner work and, to be honest, we believe the same. You will be surprised to see how much a spiritual retreat encompasses.
Wellness Retreats for Women
Women all over the world have got the same idea about retreats and women’s retreats are popping up in response. It is a truly beautiful force that is growing as women reach out to one another for strength, courage, and compassion. Take this opportunity to expand your tribe while also giving yourself the cleansing you deserve. Because women’s wellness spans much further than weight loss, fitness classes, and detox. No, women’s wellness is a holistic approach to everyday life. It includes yoga and meditation, sure, but it includes things that can help you live a healthy lifestyle. Like massage treatments, delicious vegetarian meals, daily yoga classes, outdoor activities, workshops for personal growth, and connecting with other guests. It includes wellness on the inside and out. Health and well-being of the mind, body, and soul. If you’re a woman then you deserve all of that, don’t you?
We live in a time where stress is the norm and relaxation seems like a naughty activity. That doesn’t mean that we don’t need it, though. With our constant sense of urgency these days, it is super important to remember to relax. It is good to give your body and mind a rest for a bit, nurturing it back to a happy and calm homeostasis. Luckily, wellness tourism has become super popular in recent years, making it easier than ever to find a retreat center to escape to for a bit. Reset your mind and body on a relaxation retreat this year. You deserve it.
Emotional Healing Retreats
Our fast-paced world has our hearts working overtime as we move from one stressor to the next, never fully processing all that baggage that comes our way. Rather than pushing emotions under the proverbial rug, many people are taking the time to fully heal from past traumas in the structure of a retreat. Many of them even bring in licensed therapists to run workshops or lead group therapy sessions and breakout sessions. There are certainly varying levels among the retreats, but it is worth checking out.
Many of us in the wellness industry fully believe that wellness is a holistic endeavor. In these holistic retreats, you will find all areas of yourself tended to with equal care. Yoga classes may be offered to nourish the body. Meditation classes to nourish the mind. Cooking classes to feed your cells and tincture classes to treat your illnesses. Every corner of your innermost self will be caressed back to health in these kinds of retreats.
Spa Resort Vacation Packages
Many people don’t have much vacation time to take a total wellness vacation like we very much deserve. The solution? Combine your vacation with your wellness retreat. Many retreat centers are offering all-inclusive resort packages so that way all you have to do is show up. Many of these include meals, spa services, yoga courses, cooking lessons, and more. The cool part is that many spa resorts will also offer yoga and pilates classes, giving you the opportunity to literally have a life-changing experience. Want more details? Check out our blog post on the best luxury yoga retreats in the world to find the perfect luxury wellness experience for you.
Detox Spa Retreats
The seriously intense detox retreats offer all of the goodies that you’ve only read about in blogs. Infrared saunas, coffee enemas, juice cleanses, reiki, acupuncture, and more can be achieved at a detox spa retreat. Take the time off to cleanse your body while also getting hands-on educational experience.
Mental Health Spa Retreats
Sometimes we need a little bit of tuning up on our mental health capacities (okay, a lot of the time). This doesn’t necessarily mean that we need to go on vacation to dig up some serious past traumas, but it can still offer quite a bit of healing opportunities. Many mental health retreats offer workshops on how to deal with stress, exercises to better respond to stressful situations, and education on healthy coping mechanisms. Many will offer daily yoga and meditation sessions to help you develop centeredness before heading back home (to the chaos). Because if you take care of your emotional well-being, then you are truly caring for your long-term health. There is truly powerful stuff happening at these retreats and it is certainly encompassed under the realm of wellness.
Rejuvenating Wellness Spa Retreats
Wellness is a multi-faceted endeavor, to be sure, but that does not mean that you can’t do a little pampering along the way. Many yogis find the reprieve they are looking for in tropical climates such as in Costa Rica and Thailand. The vibrant yogi communities in these places will open a whole new world of wellness to you, where coconuts come by the dozen and raw foods are a way of life. If you really want to experience wellness vacations in style, then look for an all-inclusive resort that has a wellness program built right into their menu. They’ll likely have a full-service spa, a gourmet chef to prepare healthy meals, and daily yoga and pilates classes to get your exercise on. If you go to Costa Rica, then your wellness resort will also be an eco-friendly resort, giving you an all-around incredible experience.
Weekend Wellness Yoga Retreats
We get it, not everyone has time for a week-long wellness retreat. That’s okay! It’s sort of a part of the give and take for being blessed with an abundant life, right? So get yourself to a weekend getaway that offers all the same perks as a longer wellness retreat. Look for a wellness program at a nearby retreat center that offers daily yoga classes, wellness treatments, and healthy meals for your very own weekend getaway. Check out an area near you or zip over to a nearby city that you have yet to explore. Thousands of yogis are doing exactly that, already! That’s why weekend getaways are one of the most popular searches for wellness retreats here at BookRetreats.
Wellness Fitness Retreat
There is something magical that happens when you focus on your wellness… You naturally become more fit, too. You’ll find that a lot of wellness centers will incorporate a fitness program in their programs. This way, guests can reach their fitness goals while also focusing on their health and well-being. Some may go as far as bringing in personal trainers to lead a boot camp, while others may simply offer fitness classes at their fitness center. Others still may lead a mountain trek in the great outdoors so that your fitness isn’t limited to a cramped fitness center. It’s also worth noting that if you attend a fitness retreat then you will likely be enjoying healthy meals alongside your workouts. Because being well and fit is not just about personal trainers and workouts, right? It’s about a healthy lifestyle, one that supports you in your quest to achieve those fitness goals. So head off to a fitness retreat to learn how to incorporate exercise into your everyday life, learn how to prepare your own healthy meals, and learn how to take care of your emotional well-being. Be fit, inside and out.
Courtesy Viceroy Central Park Viceroy Central Park’s Journey to Wellness
For as long as I’ve lived in New York City, I haven’t experienced peace and quiet. That’s not to say I don’t like living here. Quite the opposite, really. The problem is that sometimes you just need to find your very own personal zen. That can be hard to do when you work here, must fall asleep listening to every sound your neighbors make, and ride the loudest underground train on Earth to get to and from work.
I’m sure that visitors find the city even more jarring than I still do, even as a seasoned New Yorker. Whether you’re coming here for fun or business, it’s one of America’s biggest tourist attractions, in part thanks to the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower, and of course, Central Park.
To me, Central Park is comprised of Sheepshead Meadow and that’s about it. You can thank summer Fridays and bottles of rosé for that. To visitors, it’s a confusingly vast expanse of greenery in the middle of honking horns, fast walkers, and the setting of every/any movie ever made.
Whether you’re a permanent resident or a traveling visitor, you deserve to take a breather. A lot of people can find that through activities that leave you – well, out of breath. My chosen stress-relief method is SoulCycle. For others, it’s yoga. Some choose running. No matter what you love to do, you should be able to do it, even in the busiest city on Earth.
After a weekend fitness retreat at the Viceroy Hotel in Central Park, I’ve finally located my zen. And surprisingly enough, it’s actually right in the middle of the park.
The Viceroy offers active, fitness-minded visitors an option that’s equal parts NYC tour and equal parts wellness retreat.
The hotel’s Journey to Wellness package gives you a bit of zen thanks to a partnership with Fit Tours NYC and Nomi Beauty. For $509 and up, you can score a night in their superior king accommodations, a healthy breakfast at Kingside, a Fit Tour experience of your choice, handy workout essentials from Routinely, and the choice of an in-room massage or beauty service from Nomi.
I chose to take on a night at the Viceroy with a bit of skepticism: How the hell would I be able to not only enjoy a night in a hotel amid all the hustle and bustle and then find relaxation on a yoga walking tour of the tourist-ridden park?
Turns out, I actually found my new happy place.
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The Viceroy’s accommodations are not only five-star, but the combination of their internal and external services makes for a pretty serene experience. Thanks to a good massage and a nice room, you feel like you’re in paradise – no honking horns in earshot.
Even better, the team at Fit Tours NYC knows how to move at a New Yorker’s pace, but without sacrificing info or technique. I ultimately was grateful I’d woken up early and ventured into the Central Park to contort my body for basic yoga moves, which is something I never thought I’d say. I walked away knowing way more about the part of the city that feels like my backyard than I’d ever thought I would. And if I do it again, I’d love to try their other workout options, just to test my own limits and learn a bit more.
Turns out there is peace and quiet in New York City. You’ve just got to find it. The Viceroy is here to help.
Serenity In the City
Looking for a different kind of getaway in the Big Apple? From workout classes to zen outdoor spaces, these hotels have everything you need to achieve relaxation, no matter how that might look for you.
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Nestled in the Catskill Mountains, a two hour drive from New York City, the award winning Copperhood Retreat has for 36 years provided transformative vacations of wellness and rejuvenation.
We now have commercial-grade fiber internet so guests can enjoy our natural surroundings without giving up the connectivity they’ve come to enjoy at home.
We offer a menu of spa services and a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities. Hike, bike, snow-shoe or ski; take yoga or mat pilates; relax in the sun or wade in the creek; fly fish, play tennis, bird-watch.
Our property has a 40 acre island with trails and is convenient to Phoenicia and its renowned Phoenicia Diner (5 minutes), Belleayre Mountain (14 minutes), Hunter Mountain (25 minutes), Town of Woodstock (25 minutes), Tannersville (27 minutes), and Kaaterskill Falls (34 minutes).
We offer a continental breakfast and are proud to have an incredible array of eateries as neighbors. Please reach out to us and help us plan your stay!
The Copperhood is under new management and has opened as a unique bed & breakfast with a full-service spa.
The Copperhood welcomes adults and children ages 5 years and up. We also have five pet-friendly rooms with hardwood floors.
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California has long been a mecca for travelers seeking a higher level of health, fitness, and inner peace. In fact, the term “wellness” was popularized here in the late 1970s. Retreats can be found all across the Golden State, from the beachy yoga culture in Southern California to the breezily beautiful Central Coast and remote northern regions. Don’t worry—it’s not all sweat lodges and wheatgrass shots. An increasing number of hotels and tour groups offer fresh twists on the traditional fitness vacation with plenty of luxurious and unexpected additions. Whether you’re looking to unwind on horseback, exercise around the clock, or explore vibrant marine life, we’ve rounded up some of the most interesting ways to hit reset in the Golden State, given here from north to south.
Live like a monk
Shasta Abbey, Mount Shasta
Achieve a more profound sense of self through a stay at Shasta Abbey. This Buddhist monastery welcomes outsiders into its beautiful, sacred space, located on a 16-acre forest near the base of Mount Shasta. The three-day Introductory Retreat encourages visitors to try Soto Zen through guided meditation, Dharma talks, and mindfulness.
Experience equine therapy
Ricochet Ridge Ranch, Fort Bragg
Horseback riding as salve for the body and mind is a practice as old as Ancient Greece. The Ricochet Ridge Ranch in Fort Bragg offers a thoroughly modern six-day retreat with full-day rides along Mendocino County’s coastal trails and sandy surf. If watching rather than riding is more your speed, book a private tour at the Return to Freedom sanctuary in Lompoc where 400 wild horses and 29 burros roam free.
Relax with yoga and wine
Westerbeke Ranch, Sonoma
It’s all about balance at this Sonoma retreat. Body Flows hosts regular retreats at the stunning Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma. In wine country, feeling at one with the earth includes daily yoga classes, meditation, hikes, healthy farm-to-table meals, and nightly tastings best enjoyed before a dip in the hot tub. Retire to your private or shared cabin, nestled in among trees and gardens.
Trek from coastal redwoods to Yosemite’s waterfalls
Starting from San Francisco
On MT Sobek’s California Coast to Crest Women’s Adventure, you’ll hike through the redwoods of Muir Woods, along the cliffs of Point Reyes National Seashore, through the backcountry of Jack London State Park, and up to the waterfalls, domes, and sequoias of Yosemite National Park—all in one eight-day trip. Hikes vary from 2–9.5 miles and can depend on the weather, but you’re sure to see some of the most jaw-dropping natural sights that California has to offer. Meals are all included, including picnics in idyllic locations, as well as a tour of Sonoma’s Benziger Family Winery.
Be fully present
La Playa Hotel, Carmel-by-the-Sea
What better place to push your happiness up a notch than the beautifully serene Carmel-by-the-Sea? The historic La Playa Carmel plays host to Mindful-by-the-Sea retreats, guided by renowned psychologist and mindfulness expert Rich Fernandez. The three-day experience promises improved clarity and relaxation. Accommodations are not included, so guests can choose to stay at the romantic La Playa or anywhere they’d like.
Play all day at family summer camp
Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel Valley
Just like the summer camp you remember, but year-round and with luxurious accommodations and zero teen angst. At Carmel Valley Ranch, guests stay on 500 acres of vineyards and hiking trails in Carmel Valley. The one- to four-bedroom guest suites, perfect for a couple or the whole family, include fireplaces and private-deck soaking tubs. Fill the days with nonstop (albeit optional) activities, such as hiking, tennis, golf, archery, beekeeping, and more.
Embark on an ocean safari
Base Camp Channel Islands, Channel Islands
Jacques Cousteau meets Deepak Chopra at Base Camp Channel Islands, a five-day cruise offered by Lindblad Expeditions–National Geographic. Passengers will get up close with some of the marine creatures and animals inhabiting Channel Islands National Park’s largely untouched coastal ecosystem offshore between Ventura and Santa Barbara. When you’re not marveling at the wonders of the island foxes, sea lions, and dolphins, you can enjoy guided hikes, yoga and fitness classes, lectures from naturalists, and one-on-one photography lessons.
Detox like a celebrity
The Ashram, Calabasas
For nearly 45 years, The Ashram, nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, has been putting Hollywood elite through the wringer. Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Oprah have all reportedly signed up for the weeklong program, which starts each day with a 5:30 a.m. “gentle knock on your door” before challenging guests to tackle multiple fitness classes per day and 10-plus-mile hikes, fueled only by plant-based meals. (Explore other toxin-releasing resorts: California Detox Retreats.)
Soak in a desert oasis
Two Bunch Palms, Desert Hot Springs
Two Bunch Palms has beckoned famous faces to the middle of the desert for more than 75 years. A former favorite of Al Capone, the resort has more recently hosted Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Madonna, and more. Thanks to natural aquifers found in Desert Hot Springs (30 minutes outside of Palm Springs), guests can soak in healing mineral water under the shade of tamarisk trees. The spa menu encourages adventure through unique therapies, including water shiatsu, sound vibration healing, and a shaman-lead class designed to find your spirit.
Ride waves, then stretch
Surf & Stay, San Diego
Up your fitness, SoCal-style, with a Surf & Stay retreat in San Diego. Guests can choose from a weekend-long or five-day package, both of which include accommodations at Blue Sea Beach Hotel, overlooking the Pacific. You’ll be fully kitted out in head-to-toe surfing gear while enjoying unlimited lessons and surf tours up and down the San Diego coast. Organic meals, yoga classes, and stretching sessions support your daily habit.
Retreats in California
Kurorte Health and Wellness Intensive
Private Retreats offered July thru Feb: Detox, Jump-Start your Metabolism through a tailored made program to fit your Life Style. California Hot Springs, California Learn More
Women’s Spirit and Nature Quest®
Thursday, January 9th to Monday, January 13th, 2020 Nevada City, California Learn More
Practice Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insight
A Group Silent Buddhist Meditation Retreat Guided by Shaila Catherine. February 18-28, 2020 Bodhi Retreats in Northern California Learn More
Cultivating Concentration and the Jhana Factors
A Group Silent Buddhist Meditation Retreat Guided by Shaila Catherine. February 18-28, 2020 Bodhi Retreats at Loma Mar, CA, USA Learn More
Wine Country Yoga and Wellness Retreat
2020: Feb 14-17, Mar 20-22, May 29-31, Jun 26-28, Jul 31-Aug 2, Aug 28-30, Sep 18-20, Oct 16-18, Nov 27-29. All Levels Welcome! Sonoma, California Learn More
Hot Springs and Yoga Retreats with Wine Tasting
April 3-5, 2020. Recharge, rejuvenate and renew with yoga, meditation, hiking, healthy food and wine tasting for all levels. Wilbur Hot Springs, California Learn More April 9-14, 2020. Nature Quest Nevada City, Sierras, California Learn More
Concentration, Jhana, and Mindfulness of Breathing
A Group Silent Meditation Retreat. May 12-21, 2020 Insight Meditation South Bay at Upper Lake, CA, USA, in Europe, and worldwide Learn More
Fall Hot Springs Rejuvenation Yoga Retreat
Sept 25-27, 2020. Natural, healing mineral hot springs, yoga, meditation, hiking trails, nature and healthy food. Sierra Hot Springs, California Learn More
Your Custom Transformational Experience
We tailor your experience to your personality, goals, and aspirations, and get you where you want to be, in record time California and Worldwide Learn More
Sonoma Couples Retreat
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13 Cheap Wellness Retreats That Will Change Your Life
Think about your perfect wellness retreat. Maybe you envision beach yoga at sunrise, rehydrating with fruit smoothies in every color of the rainbow, wandering down cobblestone streets (arm-in-arm with your new travel friends), and relaxing on a massage table as a caring therapist kneads your body from head to toe. Ahhh—how dreamy.
But one look at the price of some of these luxe vacations, and those dreams come crashing down, fast. Are there any affordable retreats where you can soothe your mind, body, and soul without stretching your travel budget beyond capacity?
Once upon a time, you had to shell out big bucks to bliss out on a rejuvenating retreat. Nowadays, there are tons of affordable retreats around the world, complete with invigorating activities, inspiring workshops, cozy accommodations, and plenty of opportunities to bond with fellow travelers. So say sayonara to sticker shock, and check out these 13 cheap retreats. This is bliss on a budget.
Affordable Fitness & Yoga Retreats
In the mood for a getaway to reconnect with your mat and work up a sweat? Check out these affordable yoga and fitness retreats with totally zen prices.
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health (Stockbridge, Massachusetts)
What: Known worldwide for its deeply moving yoga instruction, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health invites guests for flexible, affordable retreats in the Berkshires. You can drop in on yoga classes, outdoor activities, and mindfulness workshops that will prove to be equal parts introspective and expansive. The beautiful mountain scenery will inspire you to disconnect from your screens and reconnect with yourself.
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
It’s not all woo-woo, though. Kripalu stays grounded with its weekly whole foods cooking demonstration, where executive chef Jeremy Rock Smith will have you giggling about all the activities you’re taking so seriously during the day (and fueling your retreat with some seriously tasty meals). It brings everything back down to earth.
Price: Starts at $177 per night for rest & relaxation retreats, including accommodations
Giardino Ascona Pop-Up Yoga Retreat (Ascona, Switzerland)
When: October 14 to 17, 2018
What: How can a yoga retreat at a five-star hotel in Switzerland actually be affordable? We’re not sure, but somehow Giardino Ascona is offering just that. This yoga retreat includes four full days of pampering, complete with revitalizing vinyasas, Ayurvedic cooking classes, and optional spa treatments.
Giardino Ascona Pop-Up Yoga Retreat
During your downtime, take one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes out for a spin. It’s just a short ride among beautiful scenery and fragrant flora down to serene Lake Maggiore. Talk about bliss!
Price: Starts at $950 for three nights, four days
Prana del Mar Yoga Retreat & Wellness Center (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)
When: Various dates throughout the year; see the upcoming retreat schedule.
What: Between strolling miles of pristine beaches and taking yoga classes with internationally-acclaimed instructors, you might never need to slip on a pair of shoes when on a retreat at Prana del Mar. However, these inexpensive yoga retreats aren’t just about spending time on your mat.
Prana del Mar Yoga Retreat & Wellness Center
You can also add on a range of other fun activities, like watching sea turtles hatch, surfing, whale-watching cruises, horseback riding trips, cooking classes, and ATV tours. With so many natural treasures around the area, Prana del Mar does its part to preserve its surroundings by adhering to eco-friendly practices (like using solar power to heat the lap pool and recycling all wastewater) throughout the property. Unplug, and let the sound of the ocean waves soothe you throughout your time on one of these yoga retreats.
Price: Starts at $280 per night
Chicks on Waves Surfing & Yoga Retreats (Algarve, Portugal)
When: Various dates throughout the year; see the retreat calendar.
What: Dream of learning how to surf? There’s no better place to give the sport a try than the surf breaks in the Atlantic, especially with a group of likeminded women on a retreat with Chicks on Waves. These cheap retreats include surf lessons every day, along with body-strengthening yoga classes that will give you the balance and control you’ll need to hang 10 when you’re getting started on the board.
From transportation to the beach and surf gear to yoga mats and towels, everything’s included—the only things you’ll need to bring are some bravery, a bathing suit, and a willingness to bond with other women.
Price: Starts around $930 for a six-night surf and yoga retreat
Essential Zion Adventure at Red Mountain Resort (Ivins, Utah)
What: With its wild red cliffs, epic hikes, and breathtaking vistas, Zion National Park is a bucket list-worthy destination in and of itself for nature lovers. But Red Mountain Resort formalizes the retreat experience at this popular park with a package deal that includes healthy cooking demonstrations and fitness classes.
Red Mountain Resort
The real appeal of this natural park retreat, though, is hikes throughout Zion with one of the resort’s highly trained guides. They’ll even pack a to-go lunch to keep you fueled while you tackle Angels Landing (or one of the easier trails, if that’s more your fancy). And after all that trekking, you’ll love a soak in the resort’s indoor and outdoor seasonal pools. No need to compromise your creature comforts to have an adventurous outdoor retreat.
Price: Starts at $340 per night
eXtreme Hotel Circus Retreat (Cabarete, Dominican Republic)
What: If you’ve ever thought about running away and joining the circus, now’s your chance to give it a try at eXtreme Hotel. The eco-friendly retreat center will have you up in the flying trapeze, learning how to juggle, defying gravity on the aerial silks, and trying acrobatics in up to eight circus classes per day.
The quirky, inexpensive retreats also include tours of eXtreme Hotel’s organic farm, river tubing, and farm-to-table breakfasts and dinners. And if the circus retreat inspires you to quit your job and become a tightrope walker, don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Price: Starts at $1,200 for seven nights, eight days
Cheap Spa Retreats
Perhaps your ideal retreat consists of massages, body scrubs, facials, and all-around pampering. What could be better than that? These spa retreats will soothe your body without stressing your finances.
Jaya House River Park (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
What: Every culture takes its own approach to pampering. At Jaya House River Park, you can experience the distinctive art of Khmer healing on an affordable spa retreat. The expert staff will apply gentle finger pressure to ease tension throughout your body and re-energize tired muscles (a welcome relief after a long-haul flight to Cambodia!).
Jaya House River Park
Guests at the stunning hotel and spa—which makes its own shampoo, lotion, and body scrub—get a complimentary treatment every day of their retreat. No need to feel guilty about self-indulgence here; Jaya House River Park supports local organizations in artistic endeavors and landmine removal, among other socially responsible efforts.
Price: Starts around $206 per night
Museflower Retreat & Spa (Chiang Rai, Thailand)
What: Want a wellness retreat on the cheap? You can’t do better than at Museflower Retreat & Spa. Its affordable six-day retreats include a signature 90-minute massage, body scrub, foot massage, Thai massage, and a bunch of other spa treatments you’ll definitely enjoy.
Museflower Retreat & Spa
When you’re not getting pampered, take a dip in the Himalayan saltwater pool, drop in on a yoga class, indulge in an herbal steam, or bike around the local town. Then, snuggle into your cozy cottage for some rest and relaxation. This is a retreat, after all.
Price: Starts at around $765 for five nights, six days
Lasko Thermal Spa Resort (Lasko, Slovenia)
What: Everything centers around the thermal water at this Slovenian destination spa. The mineral water supposedly has therapeutic properties, which you can soak up on a spa retreat at the resort’s various pools and water-based treatments.
True to its Eastern European roots, Lasko Thermal Spa Resort also uses another type of liquid therapy as the basis for some spa treatments: Beer! It’s used in special beer baths and massages, which pamper the skin with natural vitamins, according to the spa. (Did Homer Simpson dream this up?)
Price: Around $96 per night for the Wellbeing Package
Cheap Retreats For Creativity & Mindfulness
We all need some headspace from time to time. These creativity and mindfulness retreats will give you just that, plus a whole lot of inspiration to take home with you.
Art Ovation Creative Retreats (Sarasota, Florida)
What: Art and music are at the heart of Art Ovation, a recently opened boutique hotel in Florida. Rooms come with their own musical instruments, like ukuleles, cellos, and guitars, along with sketching materials to help you get back in touch with your creative side.
But the art doesn’t stop once you leave your room—Art Ovation’s events calendar is chock-full of music lessons, art and wine tours, recitals, drop-in improv comedy classes, origami workshops, painting classes, and tons of other activities. Da Vinci, eat your heart out.
Price: Starts at $179 per night
Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center (Bahia, Brazil)
When: October 20-28, 2018; November 17-25, 2018; December 15-23, 2018
What: Indigenous tribes of the Amazon have used ayahuasca, a tea made from psychoactive plants, for healing and spiritual purposes for thousands of years. You can experience the powerful effects of this psychedelic substance for yourself on an ayahuasca retreat, guided by experts who have studied with shamans around South America. The music and setting have been carefully designed to give you a safe, comfortable, and supportive experience throughout your inner journey.
Spirit Vine Ayahuasca Retreat Center
You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the jungle with a local guide, visit a waterfall, take yoga classes, and go on “visionary art explorations.” Your body will need to go all the way to Brazil for this retreat, but your mind will go much, much further.
Price: Starts at $1,650 for eight-day retreats
Talalla Wellness Retreats (Talalla, Sri Lanka)
When: Various dates throughout the year; see retreat inquiry form.
What: There’s no one path to wellness—that’s why Talalla offers a diverse selection of activities on its wellness retreats to help you achieve health, serenity, and happiness. Your body will get some TLC on the twice daily yoga, Pilates, and “Boxilates” classes, along with the surf lessons and spa treatments. Your mind gets its own workout through guided meditation and writing exercises.
Talalla Wellness Retreats
And unique experiences, like Sri Lankan cooking classes, visits with elephants, and bike rides in local villages, will create memories that will inspire you for years to come. Who said the benefits of a retreat end on the last day?
Price: Starts around $1,015 for seven days
Le Monastère des Augustines (Québec, Canada)
What: Perhaps you’re looking for a retreat for your spirit. If so, you’ll find it at Le Monastère des Augustines, where you’ll stay in a restored cloister and choose a retreat theme that will feed your individual soul. Some of the monastery’s wellness retreats promise to renew your body through holistic health consultations, private spa treatments, and healthy meals, while others immerse you in local culture though guided tours of the property and contemplative museum visits.
But the most spiritual practice of all might be the vitality breakfasts—held in complete silence, so you can sip your coffee and be at peace with your earliest thoughts of the day, sans interruptions. That’s an affordable retreat ritual you can take home with you.
Price: Starts at $74 per night