A solo trip to a wellness retreat is meant as a rejuvenating experience. It gives busy employees and tired students the chance to relax and unwind, away from people and digital communication. Whether you take a trip to the other side of the state or across the globe, solo wellness retreats can help you focus on your personal health and recharge.
There are several different types of wellness retreats available, including:
Wellness retreats are ideal for solo travelers because you are the focus. With silent retreats, for example, the goal is to say as little as possible during your stay. Instead, through yoga and meditation, you look inside yourself and shed the restraints of everyday life.
The best wellness retreats are located all over the globe, including the five destinations below.
Location: Dehradun, India
The Vana Malsi Estate offers several types of retreats, each with a focus on improving personal wellness. The silent retreat is an opportunity to be more mindful, cutting through the habitual pattern of speaking to entertain ourselves. The goal is to talk only when necessary and avoid distraction. While talking is kept to a minimum, you can still enjoy luxuries like seasonal cuisine meant to nourish your body, including carefully sourced fish and poultry. And don’t forget to take advantage of complementary therapy sessions to learn how to ease stress and aid healing long-term.
Location: San Quirico d’Orcia, Italy
At Adler Spa Resort Thermae, you can experience a holistic approach to well-being that encompasses mind, body and soul. You can soak in 36-degree thermal water from the Earth’s depths and ease your muscles in the balmy temperatures of the saunas. Once you’re fully relaxed, appease your appetite with a gourmet experience like no other, with menu offerings like classic barbecued T-bone steak and perfectly paired wines. And if you want to escape into the local Italian countryside to connect with nature, join in on a range of guided activities, including hiking, horseback riding, biking, golfing and more.
Location: Killington, Vermont
A wellness retreat doesn’t have to mean sitting silently in meditation. For some, a fitness-themed resort that encourages physical exercise is the ideal option. At New Life Hiking Spa, you can lose yourself in the Green Mountains with outdoor activities for all skill levels, from beginner to advance. Once done hiking through the scenic countryside, you can relax in the spa with a Swedish massage. And dine on fresh menu options with a nutritional balance designed to increase your natural energy and fuel a fun, active vacation.
Location: Little Torch Key, Florida
If you want a resort that has everything you need to relax, consider Little Palm Island in Florida. Located near the pristine waters of the Florida Keys, this resort offers a variety of amenities, including secluded beaches and a pristine pool. Spend some time at the resort spa, which offers revitalizing treatments like the Margarita Key Lime Pedicure and the Coconut Sugar Body Polish. And don’t miss the luxury dining experience in the dining room, with candlelit ambiance and breezy sea-side terraces.
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Embrace your inner self at Mii amo, a wellness retreat nestled below the pictures red spires of Kachina and Warrior Rock. Choose from three types of journeys — recharge, renew or rejuvenate. With recharge, you can spend three nights unwinding, perfect for those who want a flexible spa experience. The four-day renew package allows you to seek enlightenment and travel deep within yourself. The ultimate journey, seven days of rejuvenation, provide all the elements you need to restore your body, mind and soul.
Packing your travel schedule with excursions and sight-seeing opportunities can be fun. But sometimes you need some time for yourself to relax and recharge. Ditch the non-essentials and find a wellness retreat that speaks to you — even if it means an experience without speaking.
If you already booked the retreat, consider the clean living mindset when packing your bags. You’ll want enough gear to be comfortable, but not enough to bog you down. Bring active wear if you plan to hike or take part in water sports. Set yourself up for success with healthy snacks to boost your energy naturally during your stay. And don’t forget to pack a journal so you can keep track of your thoughts and experiences.