When was the last time you gave yourself a break? You work so hard every day; you deserve to let yourself breathe once in a while. And what better way to de-stress than to go on a wellness retreat? Think of it as a gift to yourself and a chance to regain balance in your life.

But what are wellness retreats? Well, these are not your average getaways. It’s more than just a vacation or an adventure–it’s a chance for you to boost your mental health while enhancing your physical well-being.

Here are five good reasons why you should go on a wellness retreat.

  1. You deserve to go on a date with yourself

If you think about it, our daily routine doesn’t really leave much room for us to enjoy life to the full. There’s just too much work to do for other people and too little time left for yourself.

Really, if there’s anyone who deserves to get time off the daily hustle and bustle, it’s you. When you go on a wellness retreat, you get the chance to just relax in peace. Plus, you get all the time you need to reflect on your life. No stress, no deadlines to think about. Consider it as a time out from your everyday routine so you could chill and unwind. Now that’s a breather you definitely need to try.

2. You need a digital detox

You might not notice it (or maybe you do!), but the more we surround ourselves with all these gadgets, the more stressed out we get. All these emails and social media posts are not doing anything to give our minds a measure of peace.

Now, we’re not saying you have to get rid of those things altogether. You do need some technology, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a few days off the hook? 

Wellness retreats are must-haves especially for those who are desperate to go on a digital detox. And if you think you just can’t imagine living your life without a phone beside you, you’ll be surprised to find out that you can actually survive without posting a few selfies of you doing yoga or doing something healthy for a change. Don’t worry, your social media life will survive even if you go on a week-long hiatus.

  1. You need a break from your routine

Ever felt like life is just one boring cycle? Does it feel like your days are just one endless routine? Then it’s time to amp up your life. Do something you’ve never done before! Whether it’s enrolling yourself to a yoga class, going on a new diet, doing a new exercise routine, or going on a hiking trip, there’s always something new that you can do. One of the best ways to recharge your soul is by getting as close as you could to nature.

Go away to a quiet place and take the time to just reconnect with yourself, get in touch with your inner voice and thoughts, and step out of your comfort zone.

Doing something you’ve never done before, which most likely includes going on a wellness retreat, will spice things up for you and help improve the quality of your life in more ways than you can imagine.

4. You seriously need to shift to a healthier lifestyle

If you think sleeping eight hours a day and drinking eight glasses of water daily is enough for a healthy lifestyle, think again. There’s more to being healthy than just dealing with the physical aspect.

You need a holistic approach towards wellness, which means you also have to consider your mental and emotional well-being. Getting enough sleep and hydration may do much to improve your physical health, but to improve your mental and emotional health, you need to do more than that.

That is where wellness retreats come in. It’s really more than just getting good food–although it’s part of the package. It’s more about getting the time to detach yourself from your normal way of life and to just recharge your soul.

When you take the time to recharge your mind, you become more conscious of what’s going on around you.

That heightened state of consciousness allows you to make better decisions and gives you a sense of empowerment over your life, even as you go back to your demanding daily routine.

  1. You deserve good food

We did talk about this earlier. When you go on a wellness retreat, you will eat really healthy food. Of course, that does not mean you should expect a traditional buffet. Wellness retreats promote health consciousness, so expect to go on a healthy diet for the duration of the retreat.

Depending on where you choose to spend your wellness retreat, you’ll probably have to go on a plant-based diet or fasting to help your body detox. Either way, you don’t have to worry about starving on your wellness retreat.

There’s a reason why it’s called a ‘wellness’ retreat after all. It’s time for your body to heal from all the stress, so you can be sure that you’ll get just the right nutrition you need during your wellness retreat.

Now those are really good reasons to go on a wellness retreat, but the next question is, Where do you go on one? No worries, we’ve got you covered.

Most of the locations for yoga retreats are in Southeast Asia, with Thailand topping the list. But you can also opt for locations in Europe, India, and the Americas. Whatever place you pick, we suggest that you pick a destination that’s already on your bucket list. Also, make sure to check that the yoga style and the food that you’re signing up for matches your expectations.

And one more thing, prices tend to go up during peak season, so you might want to consider when you’re going on a retreat. After all, we don’t want you to stress out on your budget later.

Need help looking for the right place? Here are our top picks for wellness retreats:

Ayurveda Yoga Retreat in the Mountains of Sri Lanka

Ayurveda is one of the most ancient surviving holistic systems geared towards striking the delicate balance between the mind, body, and soul, for a more harmonious you. Nestled in the mountains of the Kandy district in Sri Lanka, this three-day Ayurvedic yoga retreat is what you need to be at one with nature and reconnect with your soul. 

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of this UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. Enjoy refreshing solitude in this picturesque destination as you go on a holistic journey to regain balance between your body and mind.

Package inclusions:

  • 3D and 2N accommodation
  • All meals
  • 2 Yoga sessions
  • 2 Ayurveda sessions
  • Waterfall tour
  • Cooking lessons.
  •  Activities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

    Relaxation Therapy Retreat in the Scenic Southeast Corner of Ireland

Enjoy a three-day and two-night retreat while you indulge your palate in a holistic culinary adventure right at the heart of Italy’s famous Amalfi Coast. This is the perfect getaway for the adventurous soul, with the chance to enjoy the best culinary products of the region–cheese, wine, truffles, you name it–and the best meals made from 100% organic ingredients. Definitely a retreat that any foodie would not want to miss.

Package inclusions:

  • 3D and 2N accommodation
  • 1 cooking lesson
  • 1 outdoor activity (walking or trekking)
  • 2 meditation and yoga sessions
  • All meals (100% organic)

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Get away from the busy metropolitan life and immerse yourself in a refreshing four-day retreat in one of Bali’s most beautiful resorts. Home to many yoga centers, rainforests, and rice paddie fields, Ubud is undoubtedly one of the must-see places for those who want to take the time off to meditate and reconnect with nature. This wellness retreat helps you rejuvenate your body and mind with carefully prepared medicinal juices and a dietary program structured to cleanse your body of impurities. Enjoy the best of Bali’s breathtaking sceneries as you recharge your mind through yoga and meditation sessions.

Package inclusions

  • 4D and 3N accommodation
  • 2 meals
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Spa
  • Airport Transfer and Local Shuttle
  • Yoga and Meditation Sessions

Indulge yourself in a luxurious spa holiday right in the largest city of Northern Thailand. Chiang Mai is the perfect destination for those who want to enjoy the beauty of lush mountains and countryside blending in with the jive of different cultures from all over the world.

From the delightful aroma baths and rejuvenating massage treatments to picture-perfect postcard views, it is hardly surprising how Thailand consistently tops the list for the best wellness holiday getaways.

Package inclusions

  • 3D and 2N accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Aroma bath and aromatherapy
  • 2 massage (herbal steam or aroma oil)
  • Facial and foot massage
  • Manicure and pedicure
  • Herbal steam room and sauna
  • Round trip airport transfer
  • Full use of facilities

Who says going on retreats has to be boring? Take your physical activities to a whole new level when you go on this sports and detox retreat in Phuket, Thailand. In this five-day retreat, you get the chance to go on a holistic fitness journey with qualified and well-equipped staff. Explore your limits in the Asia’s premier sports facility, with its swimming, tennis, track and field, and cardio centres, while going on a detox.

Don’t worry! Your dietary and fitness programs are monitored by in-house medical professionals to ensure that you do not overstep your body’s boundaries. Plus, what’s a wellness retreat without yoga and meditation?

During this five-day retreat, you’ll have all the opportunity you need to get in touch with your body and be one with nature as you enjoy daily yoga and meditation sessions. Definitely the perfect retreat for those who enjoy a more active lifestyle.

Package inclusions:

  • 5D and 4N accommodation
  • Round trip airport transfer
  • 2 medical and health & wellness consultations
  • Private dietitian consultations
  • 2 body composition analysis
  • Detox lab profile
  • Nutrient treatments (intravenous)
  • 2 colon hydrotherapy
  • Detox meal program
  • Lymphatic drainage massage
  • 2 abdominal detox massage

Embrace the beauty of nature as you go on this healing spa journey in the beautiful and iconic Western India. Situated in the lush hills of the Maharashtra state of India, this location is ideal for those who want to unwind while enjoying the restorative power of luxurious spa and massage treatments.

This retreat gives you the chance to get in touch with your inner being as you self-indulge in holistic treatments that make use of the best organic ingredients that India has to offer.

Treat yourself to a wide range of fitness activities, yoga classes, and wellness consultations for three nights and four days, with full access and unlimited use of all facilities in the location.

Package Inclusions:

  • 4D and 3N accommodation
  • Wellness/spa cuisines
  • Daily massage of your choice
    • Aromatherapy Massage
    • Arm & Leg Recovery
    • Head & Spine Massage
    • Foot Reflexology
    • Invigorating Massage
    • Vedic Spice Massage
    • Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage
  • Holistic Facial treatments