You Probably Need a Wellness Retreat .

Do you ever feel like you just need to get away and find yourself?

Take some much needed self care or “me” time?

 

 

I know I don’t really know you but I am willing to guess you have earned it if you somehow ended up here! I know enough about you based on the fact that you clicked a Top 5 Wellness Retreats – you need one! And you probably don’t have time to look for one. So I searched far and wide for you and found the top 5 WORLD WIDE. Whether you are looking for a beachy all inclusive with a wellness vibe, a weekend getaway to find your zen or a full on yoga retreat to India – I got you!!

Also, I love to hear your feedback so if you think I missed a wellness retreat spot that should be included, email me at kara@loveatfirsttravel.com

Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun in Mexico

 

 

I figured some might object to me including a beachy all inclusive in my wellness hot spots, so I wanted to get it out of the way first and foremost. A solo trip at Zoetry Villa Rolandi on Isla Mujeres, is my idea of a perfect wellness retreat. Indulge yourself in the Art of Life® at Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun. This is a LUXURY, secluded resort with top notch service that they have labeled: Endless Privileges® with holistic wellness, tranquility, and romance. Only 35 rooms, this boutique property features gourmet dining, a Thalasso Spa, luxurious and complimentary deluxe yacht services, Bvlgari® bath amenities.

 

 

Included in your stay at Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts:

  • Private, deluxe yacht transfer between Cancun and Zoëtry Villa Rolandi for arrival and departure*
  • Gourmet à la carte dining options with an assortment of organic food and beverage selections
  • Bottle of sparkling wine and fresh fruit daily
  • Limitless international and domestic top-shelf spirits
  • Exquisite Suites, all with stunning oceanfront views and access to the beach
  • Twice daily refreshed in-suite mini-bar
  • 24-hour concierge services
  • 24-hour private in-suite dining
  • Maid service three times daily
  • Complimentary, unlimited worldwide calling
  • Luxurious Bvlgari® bath amenities
  • Welcome bottle of tequila or rum
  • Complimentary 24-hour laundry service
  • Complimentary 20-minute wellness experience or fitness consultation
  • Rejuvenating Thalasso Spa, outdoor saltwater whirlpool and fully equipped fitness center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi available in rooms and common areas
  • Pillow menu, fine luxury linens, bathrobes and slippers
  • Therapeutic in-suite shower

 

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp in Quebec, Canada

 

 

Until I stumbled upon Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp I had no idea something existed like this is Canada. I couldn’t have even imagined something so perfect could exist for those of us who can only getaway for a weekend. Although it might not look fancy, it is EXTREMELY AFFORDABLE. Meaning the flight to Montreal will be your biggest expense of the trip. A weekend course (INCLUDING accommodation) might set you back $180.00 – are you jumping up and down as excited as I am? I am literally planning my next trip here!
So What Exactly is an Ashram? According to their website, An ashram is designed as a retreat from the concerns of worldly life. It provides a safe space for personal development and the pursuit of spiritual ideals. The common intent of those who visit helps create a space for like-minded people to experience the benefits of Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda. The Sanskrit word “Ashram” translates as a place away from work. The peaceful setting in Nature allows the yogi a chance to reflect, to nurture, to meditate and deepen their personal spiritual practice.
An example of a weekend program:

(you can find more programs here)

Inner Healing Through Nada Yoga : June 08 – 10, 2018

Chakras are the subtle energy centers in the body. They govern our health – physical, mental, emotional as well as spiritual, the quality of our thoughts and the direction of our life. In this series of workshops, we will learn about the different dimensions of our being, the Chakras, their roles in our life, how to balance them through meditation, Mantras, Mudras and Nada Yoga. These workshops involve intermittent meditation as well as live Sitar music. Please dress comfortably.

 

Haramara Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico

 

 

According to their website, Haramara Retreat is a magical and idyllic place created and designed to provide a natural and supportive environment for groups, couples and individuals to relax, renew and restore well-being. Can we just talk about this? They are dedicated to your making your stay MAGICAL. Talk about high standards (I love it!). Haramara means “Mother Sea” in the native Huichol Indian language. This MAGICAL setting offers a secluded ocean side retreat so you can have (in their own words) a superior mind-body-spirit experiences along with sensual tropical harmony to every guest.  This is my kind of place. Forty-five minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, Haramara invites you to come and experience the world-famous Haramara magic. Twist my arm why don’t you 😉

 

Package Choices
Basic/Sampler

They offer a basic package for those who just want the bare minimum (cabana and meals). They also offer a Sampler package so you can have a little bit of everything (cabana + meals + yoga + spa + a credit to try somebody sample activities).

It’s up to you but I think the sampler pack looks pretty appealing!

Honeymoon Package / Romantic Getaway

Does your significant other love wellness (or need it!) as much as you? One of the reasons I had to include Haramara in this post was that they offer Honeymoon packages! I can’t think of a better way to start your new life together. Enjoy their honeymoon Cabaña is two separate cabañas – a bedroom cabaña and a bathroom cabaña (with private outdoor with two shower heads).  The Honeymoon/Romantic Getaway Package includes little extras as well like one Honeymoon Breakfast and a romantic dinner on a private dining terrace, and one 80-minute massage for each person and all taxes and fees.

Satsanga Retreat in Goa India

 

Do you want to head straight to India so you can Eat, Pray, Love? When you think yoga retreat, do you think India? Satsanga Retreat is a family-run center in Goa, India. Satsanga retreat is in a perfect location so you feel the authenticity of Goan village life and the peacefulness of the centre within – all while being close enough to the Arabian sea to enjoy the beaches (note: it is not beach front, it is about a half hour away). ​Because it is family run, the staff truly makes every guest feel special. ​If you are looking for warm weather, yoga, friendly staff, great food, in a village that feels authentic – this might be the place for you.

One Of the Retreats They Offer

(find the full schedule here)

New Year Yoga Retreat

Taking a holiday at New Year is the perfect time to reflect on where we’ve just come from and to set intentions on where we are going. Transitioning from one year to the next is an opportunity to honour and express gratitude for all that is beautiful in our lives, as well as to acknowledge what we need to release and let go of. In surrendering that which does not serve us, we create a spaciousness and openness to that which we want to invite in and embrace in our lives.

The rooms at Satsanga are warmly furnished and all have spacious en suite bathrooms with solar hot water. All rooms have ceiling fans and all beds have mosquito nets. Purified and filtered water is available in the guest rooms. Both private and shared accommodations are available and rooms are cleaned daily.

The beautiful Satsanga kitchen staff lovingly prepare a creative delight of Ayurvedic, Indian and vegetarian food. The food is nourishing and healing, fully supporting you during your stay and yoga practices. All meals are vegetarian and served buffet-style.

Six Senses Douro Valley in Douro Valley, Portugal

If you know me, you know I would include a wellness retreat in the middle of a wine region! Six Senses Douro Valley happens to be one of the world’ oldest wine regions complete with a wine cellar or a “by-the-glass” machine at the bar. That’s right, this retreat has wine ON TAP. I am kind of veering off track though, this place has everything. Acupuncturists, yogis and wellness consultants there to help you customize your own wellness plan.  Relax, Refresh and Reconnect.
The Experience
Enjoy a variety of wine-influenced experiences like enjoying a wine and dine cruise along the Douro River. You can also take a wine tour and visit other nearby historic wineries or even take a wine certification program! I think I need to become wine certified. Their spa infuses nature and Portguese tradition so yo you’ll find lots of water, stone and wood elements in every treatment you choose to enjoy.

You Need a Wellness Retreat!

Hopefully the ideas and places above have inspired you to book your own wellness retreat (even if you can only get away for a weekend). If you are looking to schedule a wellness retreat of your own, or any other type of getaway fro that matter (depending what you are looking for) don’t hesitate to contact me here or book an appointment below!

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