Revitalize mind, body & soul from Bali to Cuba; India to the French Alps.
When it comes to travel, it’s hard not to be guilty of quickly slipping into “vacation mode.” You know, the one where calories don’t count, workouts are skipped, and we end up returning home ultimately feeling exhausted and lethargic, not energized and recharged. But a rapidly growing number of health & wellness retreats continuing to spring up across the globe are committed to doing just the opposite. Here, 9 such retreats for 2017 effectively blending fitness, health and well-being into curated travel experiences guaranteed to revitalize your mind, body and soul. Whether you fancy hitting the slopes in the French Alps or the surf in Bali, expert-led yoga in the Texan desert or guided running through Spain’s stunning Costa Brava, these intimate experiences accommodate limited attendance – so best to book these beauties now to guarantee your spot for Spring/Summer 2017.
Goa, India I January 21 – 28, 2017
Escape the everyday with Love Yoga and retreat to magical, untouched Cola Beach along the Arabian Sea. Led by LA based yoga instructors Miki Ash and Caley Alyssa, the retreat includes daily yoga classes, meditation practice, vegetarian meals, Ayurvedic treatments and even a South Indian cooking class during your stay at beachfront yoga resort Little Cove. From $1600.
Costa Brava, Spain I April 22 – 28, 2017
Wind your way, on foot, through the picturesque fishing villages of Costa Brava’s stunning Mediterranean coastline during this guided running and wellness retreat for women. Learn how to better manage your energy and prevent injury through mindful running form clinics and wellness workshops led by Run Wild Retreats CEO Elinor Fish. And your luggage? Waiting for you at each stop’s luxury boutique hotel, where you’ll refuel with informative discussions, free time for quiet contemplation and of course – a healthy dose of wine and tapas. From $3800.
La Rosiere, France I running weekly January – March, 2017
Invigorate your mind, body and soul with an unforgettable week in the breathtaking French Alps. Open to beginners and experts alike, adrenalin infused days of skiing and snowboarding are complemented with relaxing evenings of yoga, meditation and massages to sooth both the muscles and mind. You’ll stay in a private mountaintop chalet complete with 180 degree panoramic views, delicious prepared cuisine, cozy log fires, saunas and yes – the requisite hot tub. From £1140.
Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, Peru I April 30 – May 8, 2017
Head to the majestic settings of Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Peru with Prema Yoga Brooklyn in collaboration with True Nature Yoga & Wellness. In addition to daily yoga and meditation led by Prema Founder Amanda Harding and yoga teacher Bobbie Marchand, you’ll also give back to the community with two service projects at a local school and community organization. Plus, participate in a spiritual despacho ceremony, explore Pre-Incan salt mines, spend an afternoon in historic Cusco, and experience the ancient ritual of a coca leaf reading. From $2495.
Seminyak, Bali I various dates running March – December, 2017
Head to the magical island of Bali for this women-only boutique surf and yoga holiday. Designed for both beginner and experienced surfers alike, learn the basics or fine tune your surf skills in a packed, body-positive week including transformative yoga and meditation sessions, decadent spa treatments, organic meals and of course – plenty of time in the water. You’ll stay in a private villa complete with an open air Balinese-style yoga shala, pool, on-site spa and for those in need, complimentary wi-fi. From $2195.
Marfa, Texas I January 12 – 16, 2017
The mystical desert setting of Marfa, Texas will be your backdrop during this relaxing escape led by Sky Ting Yoga teachers Krissy Jones and Alex Sharry. Four nights at the contemporary Hotel Saint George include daily breakfast and yoga classes, plus excursions to the Chinati Foundation Art Museum, Judd Foundation, Big Bend National Park and to round out the trip – a well-deserved margarita party. From $975.
Tulum, Mexico I various dates running January – March, 2017
Working for that beach bod in that beach bod: Bikini Bootcamp’s weeklong sessions offer a tune-up for the mind, body and soul for women of all fitness levels, solo travelers to groups. Create your own workout itinerary in a welcoming, non-competitive atmosphere by selecting which classes you’d like to participate in, from salsa to sculpt. Your stay at Tulum’s Amansala Resort also includes healthy meals, daily morning beach walks, two spa services, a Mayan clay treatment, and guided tours to area highlights. Hey, if it’s good enough for Reese, Drew and Cameron. From $2250.
Bend, Oregon I May 26 – 29 & August 25 – 28, 2017
Join pro runner Lauren Fleshman for a weekend of trail running, yoga and hiking through the tranquil wilderness of Bend, Oregon alongside transformative writing workshops. Plus, take a turn at stand-up paddleboarding in the mountain waters of the Deschutes River and expect plenty of refueling via Bend’s local, sustainably sourced food scene. Pricing to be announced.
Havana, Pinar del Rio & Cayo Jutia, Cuba I April 16 – 22, 2017
Explore Cuba with Yoga for Bad People co-founder Heather Lilleston and yoga instructor Samantha Moriarty on a weeklong adventure held in collaboration with Cuba Education Travel. Four nights in Havana and two nights in Vinales include daily yoga and meditation practice in addition to traditional Cuban meals, walking tours, a visit to the tobacco-rich province of Pinar Del Rio, and a relaxing beach day at spectacular Cayo Jutia. From $3200.