If You Need Me, I'll Be Living My Best Life At One Of These 20 Wellness Retreats (2022)

Close your eyes for a moment and envision your happiest, calmest self. Well, where is she?

Is she on a beach in Mexico indulging in delicious whole food cuisine while soaking up some much-needed rays? Or perhaps she’s grinding it out in a HIIT workout class along with other like-minded peeps.

Whatever your ideal wellness vision is, there is something for you out there, says Andrea Wolter, who co-founded Texas-based Intoxicating Travel Group with her daughter, Desiree Palmer, in 2013.

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"We’ve traveled to over 130 countries. We check out resorts and retreats and meet with the different individuals to make sure we're aligning our clientele experience with the resort of their dreams," says Wolter. ('Nuff said—sign me up!) This mother-daughter tag team tailors wellness retreats, as well as regular vacations, to line up with every desire, from weight loss to silent meditation.

"There has been a real uptick in the spiritual and emotional side of these retreats," Wolter notes. "People have been confined [due to the pandemic], and it is really rough on folks mentally. A lot of the people who struggled are now looking to realign and get away."

When considering what kind of wellness retreat is right for you right now, communicate your goals to yourself—and to your travel agent if you decide to invest in one. Want a top-of-the-line medical experience where you get your blood drawn and analyzed every day? There’s a spot for that. Hoping to just chill on the beach for a few days, while getting complimentary massages and painting? Yup, there's a place for that, too.

The best thing about seeking your health bliss is that the journey is completely customizable to your heart’s desire. Check out this list of the top 20 wellness retreats to plan your next relaxation vacation. (Meanwhile, I'll be booking my stay at all 20. See ya next year!)

Bodhi Tree House

Location: Costa Rica

Cost: Start at $382.40/ night

Owners of The Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort keep nature in mind via their creatively designed center, which leaves the jungle around it as close to untouched as possible. (Teh beaches are pristine, too!) This resort focuses on connecting with the earth and being as environmentally-friendly as possible to preserve the jungle’s natural state. Located in the province of Guanacaste in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, the center boasts an authentic charm and a chance to join a community "united in the care of their beautiful town." Enjoy spa treatments, yoga classes, and Spanish lessons at this unique getaway.

Dolce Vitality

    Location: Italy

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    Cost: 6,000 euro (about $7,000)

    You might not think of Italy when it comes to sparking your wellness goals, but let Dolce Vitality change that. During their two annual retreats in March and November, guests enjoy a beautiful room overlooking the sea on the Amalfi Coast. The center offers daily yoga and meditation classes, guided walks through the mountains around Positano, strength training with a personal trainer, daily massages, and access to the hotel’s pool, sauna, and Turkish bath. A chef prepares meals that meet each participant's nutritional goals (set by their onsite nutritionist, of course) and students are tutored by world-famous yoga and meditation teacher Elena Browe!

    The Ranch Malibu

      Location: Malibu, California

      Cost: Double occupancy is available for $7,300 per person for a weeklong retreat.

      Spend a week in nature with absolutely no distractions. The Ranch Malibu sits on 200 acres in the Santa Monica mountains on a historic working ranch and sequesters guests without television, limited wifi, and no cell service for "further aid in mental detoxification." Live in a private cottage and eliminate all decisions with a rigorous health and wellness schedule that includes hiking, daily fitness classes, meditation, and massage.

      The Lodge at Woodloch

        Location: Hawley, PA

        Cost: $798 per night

        Details: This resort in the Poconos offers guests the chance to shift away from the business and distractions of everyday life in order to ground down and focus on YOU. With activities like stand-up paddle-boarding, archery, yoga, and other creative outlets, there are tons of ways to relax and reconnect with your truest self. The Lodge also has a full spa, featuring the resort's signature haia (Happy As I Am) facials, complete with vibrational sound, aromatherapy, gemstones, breathwork, affirmations, as well as lasting skin care results! Consider this a full-body YES.

        Pura Vida Adventures

          Location: Costa Rica

          Cost: $4,295 for a solo traveler for a week-long program

          Pura Vida Adventures offers a week-long women-only surf camp in Costa Rica (cowabunga!). Solo travelers or groups are welcome to join a community of like-minded ladies. The goal of this retreat: to lead transformations and empowerment through surfing. Surfers of all levels are encouraged to hang ten (or, ya know, just do their best and have fun!). When you're not catching waves, the resort also offers yoga classes, a full spa, oceanfront massages, and more.

          Skyterra Wellness Retreat

            Location: Pisgah Forest, NC

            Cost: $3,675 for one week

            The Skyterra Wellness Retreat aims to help people make sustainable, healthy lifestyle changes with their program that blends self-care, stress management, weight loss, fitness and mobility, nutrition, and more. Participants have their pick of a wide variety of activities like yoga, hiking, workout classes, mindfulness discussions, and spa services. Sign me up!

            Sensei Lāna‘i Resort

              Location: Lānaʻi, Hawaii

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              Cost: Starting at $800 per night

              Picture this: Your wellness retreat begins with a complimentary, semi-private flight from Honolulu to the island of Lānaʻi where guests are invited to indulge in luxury. Once at the resort, enjoy a variety of fitness classes, including meditation, yoga, hiking, and lectures daily. (Their 1:1 private Wellbeing Consultations sound particularly appealing!) Discuss your nutrition, mindset, fitness, or yoga goals in 60-minute sessions (that cost around $225 each) with professionals. If you're looking for a full-body splurge that's worth every penny, the spa offers Thermal Body Mapping and Massage. During 150-minute experience, which costs $750, your tech uses Sensei-developed thermographic technology to make a map of your body that shows asymmetries, muscle tightness, and areas of pain. Then, you can get a customized targeted massage to best fit your needs.

              bodyholiday Saint Lucia

                Location: Saint Lucia

                Cost: $967 per night

                The Wellness Centre supports four pillars: exercise, diet, restorative beauty, and relaxation. With 18 acres of tropical gardens and a beach, the resort features a picturesque environment perfect for soaking in all the bliss Mother Nature has to offer. Inside, there are spa treatment rooms, a fitness center, dance studio, yoga studio, thalassotherapy pool, and a temple. Another thing that sets this resort apart? Its coaches—Olympic athletes have led retreats!

                Castle Hot Springs

                  Location: Sonoran Desert (1 hour from Phoenix)

                  Cost: Starting at $1,400 per night for a minimum of two nights

                  Founded in 1896 and located in the Bradshaw Mountains, this resort has been visited by the rich and famous for decades. (It is reported that Rockefellers and Vanderbilts, Theodore Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy visited this iconic resort.) It was closed for 40 years but reopened in 2019, so visitors can enjoy 115-degree hot springs, activities like ATV tours and yoga, and farm-to-table cooking! And, of course, there are puh-lenty of spa services.

                  Carillon Miami

                    Location: Miami, Florida

                    Cost: Starting at $399 per night

                    At this resort, which boasts the largest spa and wellness facility on the Eastern Seaboard, guests have access to top medical and wellness experts all in the same place! Sleep in spacious apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows, while you partake in private fitness classes and spa treatments. This place even has a quartz massage, where the guest lays down in a crystal quartz massage bed and uses color therapy for a deeply therapeutic experience. Sounds heavenly, no?

                    Fivelements Retreat Bali

                      Location: Bali, Indonesia

                      Cost: Starting at $94 per night.

                      At this plant-based, eco-friendly resort, guests enjoy sacred arts and Balinese healing traditions, such as deep bodywork, energy movement, and meditation. The property also features tropical ponds and lush gardens where guests can enjoy transformational retreats by themselves or with a partner!

                      Rancho La Puerta

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                        Location: Tecate, MX

                        Cost: $5,400 per week

                        This ranch is a great place for a digital detox—rooms do not have WiFi or televisions! The 4,000-acre paradise includes 40 miles of hiking trails, 32 acres of gardens, an organic farm, and La Cocina Que Canta cooking school. Attend lectures on the latest research in health and psychology. Plus, the spa is stacked with a staggering number of luxe services.


                          Location: Tulum, Mexico

                          Cost: Starting at $397 per night

                          Details: This luxury hotel on Tulum Beach is the perfect place to unwind. Sanará means "you will heal," so naturally this resort gives you unlimited access to classes and workshops, self-care treatments, and inspired movement. In your free time, relax and rejuvenate in the sparkling Caribbean water.

                          Blackberry Mountain

                            Location: Walland, Tennessee

                            Cost: $1,595 per night

                            Tucked into the mountains, this resort has something for everyone—whether you’re looking to luxuriate in massages and facials or get active with ropes yoga, aerial yoga, cardio dance, and more. Tap into your creative side with Mandala Stone painting or guided journaling classes. This is the sister property of the much-discussed Blackberry Farm, and the views on this property are gorgeous!


                              Location: Zakynthos island, Greece

                              Cost: Starting at $279 per night

                              Details: This 5-star hotel is the ultimate relaxation destination. Surrounded by greenery and olive trees, with gorgeous views, and a short distance to the village and the beach, Olea is the spot to get away and shut out the rest of the world. This resort has 93 suites on property that are quiet and secluded for truly blissful alone time. There are also three restaurants onsite, so if you don’t want to leave at all... you don’t have to!

                              Crestone Mountain Zen Center

                                Location: Crestone, Colorado

                                Cost: $150 per night for a single room, minimum of 4 to 13 nights

                                If you’re looking to spend some time in nature without actually living in nature (this is for all my other non-camping girlies), Crestone Mountain Zen Center is for you. The resort has views of the mountains and Colorado landscape, while also offering top-of-the-line accommodations with three vegetarian meals delivered to your door daily, as well as personal yoga, tai chi, meditation, and other practices. Nature trails begin right outside the guest’s door to make it the perfect happy medium for the outdoors lover who likes to, say, shower at the end of a day! Worth noting: This is a Zen Buddhist monastery, so guests are invited to participate in ceremonies and meditations as desired.


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                                  Location: Monticello, New York

                                  Cost: Starting at $224 per night

                                  Details: Right in the middle of the Catskills Mountains, this resort is the perfect place to align your mind, body, and spirit. In fact, the name YO1 is inspired by the Sanskrit word "Yovan," meaning youthful and the human quest of attaining eternal youth. Resting on 1,300 acres of beautiful greenery, this resort promises the serenity necessary for profound, lifelong changes. The spa offers all sorts of services from reiki energy healing to Ayurveda massage.


                                    Location: Miami, Florida

                                    Cost: Starting at $3,500 for two weeks

                                    If weight loss is your goal, Pritikin is your spot. Located right in sunny Miami, this top-of-the-line medical facility will track your goals, sample your blood, and set you on the best track for sustained health after leaving the resort. The activity schedule is packed—expect to meet with doctors daily, work out, walk, and learn how to fuel yourself in the best way possible.

                                    Miraval Austin

                                      Location: Austin, TX

                                      Cost: Starting at $649 a night (three-night minimum)

                                      This resort combines traditional spa services with a little bit of that Austin-weird adventure vibe. Enjoy luxury lodging, unlimited hiking, group fitness classes, meditation, and yoga, as well as farm-to-table meals. This is a place where you can play with your shadow, participate in a moon dance ritual, paint a horse (yes, you read that correctly), but also wind down with a traditional massage and facial from their exquisite spa. Sound right up your alley?

                                      The Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection

                                        Location: Washington, CT

                                        Cost: Starting at $730 per night

                                        True Bravo fans will recognize this spot from The Real Housewives of New York. (And if it’s good enough for Ramona Singer, it’s good enough for me!) This is great for city dwellers who want to escape for a few nights of luxury in nearby Connecticut. Enjoy one of their dozens of spa offerings like sound healing, massage, as well as breathing classes, all in the idyllic scenery overlooking the woods.

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                                        How much do spiritual retreats cost? ›

                                        How Much Do Meditation Retreats Cost? Depending on type of accommodations or length of the retreats, programs can cost anywhere from about $100 to $8,000.

                                        What do you do at a wellness retreat? ›

                                        A typical day at a wellness retreat may include a morning meditation or yoga practice, a healthy nutritious meal plan, a massage or energy work treatment. Wellness retreats are centred around improving your health and wellbeing through relaxation, connection and education.

                                        Are retreats worth it? ›

                                        Retreats Can Make You Healthier

                                        According to one recent study, the answer is yes. The study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, took place at a week-long wellness retreat with a blend of educational, therapeutic, and leisure activities and a mostly plant-based diet.

                                        What is a holistic retreat? ›

                                        A holistic retreat is one where your state of health and wellbeing is looked on as a “whole”. Where the goal is to balance mind, body and soul so that you are vital and can live life as your best self.

                                        What does wellness retreat mean? ›

                                        To put it simply, a wellness retreat is a holiday that concentrates on your health goals whereas a wellness tour spreads out your time: satisfying your love of culture or natural geography as well as your love of spa treatments.

                                        What does it mean to go on a spiritual retreat? ›

                                        Spiritual retreat is time set apart to be in quiet, rest, and solitude with God. For generations, people have gone on spiritual retreats to encounter God and experience spiritual renewal. Retreats remove us from noise and distraction, and into a place of spiritual refreshing and renewing.

                                        How long should a spiritual retreat last? ›

                                        How long do they typically last? Meditation retreats vary in length, lasting anywhere from a weekend to a full week, month, or more. According to Silverman, classic Vipassana (silent) retreats traditionally last 10 days but can be as short as 3 days.

                                        Why is Wellness Retreat important? ›

                                        Wellness retreats improve your physical and mental well-being. It provides inspiration and a different way for positivity. They can assist you in discovering a new spiritual practice, a new hobby, or achieving a deeper sense of passion for life.

                                        What is the purpose of a retreat? ›

                                        A retreat is a type of group getaway in which the members of that group take time to form bonds with one another, contemplate their purpose and motives, and work on one or more specific goals. People often mistake any group planning or training meeting for a retreat.

                                        What's the difference between a vacation and a retreat? ›

                                        However, as opposed to a vacation, which is quite simply a time off from everyday routine, retreats are purposeful getaways that are aimed at rescuing you from an undesired or unpleasant situation and whisking you off to an exotic location to heal in that particular respect.

                                        What does going on a retreat mean? ›

                                        1a : an act of going away especially from something difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable. b : a military retreat from the enemy.

                                        How much does the path of love retreat cost? ›

                                        Options for housing & all meals range from $811 – $1453. Housing Rates for Path of Love include 2 options with many variations available (see below). All rooms are based on availability so please book housing soon to get the rate you want. * Shared rooms reflect per person rate.

                                        What does retreat mean in the Bible? ›

                                        The Christian retreat can be defined most simply as a definite time (from a few hours in length to a month) spent away from one's normal life for the purpose of reconnecting, usually in prayer, with God.

                                        What does self retreat meaning? ›

                                        A self-retreat, as opposed to a group retreat, is obviously one where you go by yourself. You take the time you need to re-group and reconnect with yourself, so as to re-discover how to be happy by deciding what you do or do not need in order to feel fulfilled.

                                        How do I turn my house into a Wellness Retreat? ›

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                                        1. Have a designated room. Designate a room or a corner in your home that will help bring about a sense of calm within. ...
                                        2. Let the light in. ...
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                                        4. Make your home smell good. ...
                                        5. Get physical. ...
                                        6. Bring your plants inside. ...
                                        7. Meditate. ...
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                                        What type of people go on retreats? ›

                                        Retreat goers come in all sizes, shapes, ages and personality types. They range from super-fit to the chronically unwell, and everything in between. People go on retreats for all kinds of reasons, from needing time off, to wanting to change an aspect of their lives.

                                        What is the meaning of retreat '? ›

                                        to go away from a place or person in order to escape from fighting or danger: Attacks by enemy aircraft forced the tanks to retreat (from the city). When she came towards me shouting, I retreated (behind my desk). Thesaurus: synonyms, antonyms, and examples. to go backwards.

                                        What are the 8 wellness areas of the wellness Wheel? ›

                                        Wellness comprises of eight mutually co-dependence dimensions: emotional, physical, occupational, social, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, and financial. If any one of these dimensions is neglected over time, it will adversely affect one's health, well-being, and quality of life.

                                        What does the Bible say about retreating? ›

                                        Mark 6:31 ESV / 20 helpful votes

                                        And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.

                                        How do you do a personal spiritual retreat? ›

                                        A spiritual retreat is the perfect time to work through emotions without forcing yourself to feel what you think you “should” feel. As you become still and quiet, listen for messages from God/Universe/Spirit. Listen for phrases that uplift you, messages that support you, and guidance for any questions you have.

                                        What can I expect at a Catholic retreat? ›

                                        In addition to the Mass, there are brief respites from the burdens of daily life we may experience in praying the rosary, spending an hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, praying the Liturgy of the Hours, reading Scripture, sitting in meditation and contemplation, or enjoying God's creation by walking a ...

                                        How long should a spiritual retreat last? ›

                                        How long do they typically last? Meditation retreats vary in length, lasting anywhere from a weekend to a full week, month, or more. According to Silverman, classic Vipassana (silent) retreats traditionally last 10 days but can be as short as 3 days.

                                        How do you budget for a retreat? ›

                                        Use the basic formula: price per person per night x number of nights x number of people = first estimate of the budget. Then add transportation estimate and an extra 20% buffer to get a final estimate. Or, just use Surf Office's free retreat budget calculator to get started.

                                        Should I go on a spiritual retreat? ›

                                        Regardless of what type or format you choose, it is clear that a spiritual retreat can help you cultivate self-awareness and inner peace, forge lifelong connections, and rejuvenate your being and the lives of those around you for the better.

                                        What should I bring to a spiritual retreat? ›

                                        To best prepare yourself for a meditation retreat, be sure you're packing:
                                        • Crystals or other relics.
                                        • Cushion for sitting, or back support (if not provided)
                                        • Comfortable, loose clothing.
                                        • CBD balm, or muscle relaxant.
                                        • Photos of loved ones (especially on silent retreats, the visual connection can motivate you)
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