Remembering to take care of ourselves in the midst of everyday life, not to mention during a pandemic, can be easier said than done. However, we can't properly take care of everyone else without first making sure we fill our own cups. For those who can get away for a break, a wellness retreat can do wonders for our wellbeing. Here are 5 amazing places for a wellness retreat around the world:
1. Nayara Springs, Costa Rica
Part rainforest retreat (note: there are resident sloths that live on-site), part ultra-chic getaway, disconnect and leave your cell phone with check-in to ensure there are no distractions besides the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. Embrace Costa Rica’s philosophy of “Pura Vida” with morning yoga, Kundalini meditation amongst the jungle trees, fresh green juices, and heavenly holistic spa treatments—like Nayara Springs’ signature volcanic mud treatment, a therapeutic detox massage with volcanic mud sourced from the nearby Arenal volcano.
2. Washington School House, Park City, Utah
An escape surrounded by aspens, spruce, and boulders—book a trip to the Washington School House for a weekend of mountain adventure, wellness, and chill time by the property’s dreamy pool and hot tub. Give in to your inner adventurer and enjoy Park City’s wildly long list of outdoor offerings: fly-fishing, ice skating, skiing, riding in a sleigh. And for those looking for a little more relaxation than hitting the slopes, cozy up by the fire, take a private pilates class on site, or book a 90 minute in-room massage from Washington School House’s partners at Aura Spa.
3. The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Florida
Sometimes, a two-day reboot is just what the doctor ordered. Unplug with the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour’s Restore & Recharge package, a spirit-lifting and heart-rate booming energy boost. For 48 hours, guests will nosh on nutritious cuisine, center their minds with one-on-one guided moonlit meditation, tone and lengthen with exhale fitness class at exhale Bal Harbour, and indulge in a daily signature spa treatment (one Flow Massage and one Power Facial). At night, restore with the property’s Ultimate Bath Experience, a soaking tub full of therapeutic essential oils and bath salts overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
4. Valley Rock Inn & Mountain Club, Sloatsburg, NY
This charming, 17-room hotel just an hour north of Manhattan has an intensive Mountain Club Boot Camp series perfect for both NYC daytrippers and long weekenders. The activities—most notably hiking, kayaking, and biking (bikes provided), all of which are done in one day—take advantage of the 70,000 acres of trails, lakes, and parkland that surround the hotel. The property itself focuses on fitness and nutrition too, with a 7,000 square-foot gym, a 75-foot-long pool, and an organic market and restaurants that source produce from their farms in the Hudson Valley.
5. BodyHoliday, St. Lucia
The 155-room resort pioneered wellness-focused retreats twenty years ago, when even having a hotel spa was a rarity. What's unique about its programming is that every month is a different theme. March, for instance, is for sailing, whether you're a beginner or experienced. April is all about yoga, while May is for intensive training and June is dedicated to dance. The experts, athletes, and guides for each month's offerings are top-notch—most are former Olympic athletes. In other words, be prepared to work for it.