Top 25 Wellness Retreats in the USA and Europe

Looking for the perfect place to unwind and disconnect from reality while reconnecting with yourself? These are the top wellness retreats in the USA and abroad where you can experience everything from profound inner healing, physical detoxification and weight-loss to activating your chakras and vision boarding. Read on to find the perfect retreat for your needs.

1.Black Swan Temple

Location: Maui, Hawaii

Budget: $$

Meals Included: Yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

At the Black Swan Temple, you can join the Maui Yoga and Sound Healing Retreat. This retreat is offered all year around and promises a transformational experience in the tropical north shore of Maui. This is a boutique retreat, meaning you get to tailor it to your needs and intentions. The schedule includes two-hour morning Yoga, Aerial Yoga and Sound Healing. The afternoons are free for you to take personal healing classes or visit the stunning waterfalls, beaches and natural wonders of the island.      


 2.Land of Medicine Buddha 

Location: Soquel California

Budget: $

Meals Included: Retreat package depending

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

Set at the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains is the active Buddhist community of Land of Medicine Buddha. There are different retreats, classes and group activities year round. The focus is on teaching, prayer, meditation and community service. There is a spring-water filled swimming pool, sauna and dedicated massage yurt. Massage therapists are on hand for treatments. This is a peaceful, tranquil place where you will learn to live from an open heart and connect to the earth. Silent retreats are popular here.


3.Red Mountain Resort

Location: St George Utah

Budget: $$

Meals Included: Yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

With an emphasis on adventure, Red Mountain Resort sits a short distance from several national parks. The views of red cliffs and sweeping wilderness are stunning. You can personalize your retreat package to suit what you require, be that gentle yoga, high-impact fitness or even taking a shamanic workshop. There is guided hiking, horseback riding, kayaking group fitness, meditation and personal consultations with personal trainers. There’s also a spa with indoor and outdoor pools. Pets are welcome!


4.Skyterra Wellness Retreat

Location: North Carolina

Budget: $$

Meals Included: Yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

Skyterra Wellness Retreat is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. You can choose from a wide range of options within their wellness program, customizing it to suit your own holistic requirements. Their focus is on offering you a chance to reset your lifestyle habits and work on physical and spiritual improvements in your life. You can head out on the trails in beautiful natural surroundings, work out in the gym or on the yoga mat or relax and rejuvenate with mindfulness, meditation, breath work and spa treatments.


5. Amangiri,Utah

Location: Canyon Point, Utah

Budget: $$$

Meals Included: Depends on package.

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

Spectacularly located in the sublime American Canyon Country, this wellness destination is close to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Lake Powell and Monument Valley Tribal Park, home of the Navajo Nation. The programs on offer here are shaped by the healing traditions of the Navajo, with ritual fire dances, storytelling and Navajo-guided tours of the canyons and parks. Spa treatments are designed to restore hózhó – the holistic wellness system that includes beauty, balance, health and harmony.


6. Malibu Ranch

Location: Malibu, CA

Budget: $$$

Meals Included: Yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

This is the top option for those looking for a luxury bootcamp, somewhere to switch off- quite literally – this retreat is about disconnecting and there are no TV’s and phone use is restricted to your room. If you want to lose weight and de-stress, here you will re-balance your health with exercise, diet, massage and relaxation. This camp focuses on low-impact exercise in groups, hiking, work-out classes plus connecting with the great outdoors. You can also take a cooking class as well as enjoy acupuncture, cryotherapy and chill out in the infrared sauna.


7. We Care Desert Hot Springs

Location: Desert Hot Springs

Budget: $$$

Meals Included: No

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

A high quality spiritual and detox retreat in Desert Hot Springs, California where you can check in for three, six or eight day programs and give your body a total cleanse and metabolic kick-start. Take advantage of treatments like mud wraps, lymphatic stimulation, hypnotherapy, colonics and massages ever day and relax poolside among cacti, palm trees and blue desert skies. This retreat is all about fasting, so get ready for green juices, broths, teas and supplements.


8. Canyon Ranch Lenox

 Location: Lenox, MAS

Budget: $$$$

Meals Included: yes

Vegetarian Friendly: yes

Set in a 19th Century manor in the Berkshires, Canyon Ranch is all about deep relaxation. During a program here you can take part in yoga, work-out at the gym or even get out into the surrounding countryside for canoeing on the lake or snowshoeing in winter. The facilities include a spa, full gym, a roster of different classes as well as squash courts. You can take a cooking class and learn how to make nutritious food and create a healthy living plan.


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9. Mii Amo 

Location: Sedona

Budget: $$$

Meals Included: Yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

You’ll want to join this retreat if you’re looking for somewhere to pamper, decompress and find spiritual clarity. Under the big Arizona skies you can have a psychic massage, a clay wrap, experience Reiki and past life regression or hypnosis and meditation. The rock formations of Boynton Canyon are known for their powerful and mystical energy, perfect for anyone looking to progress along their self-development or spiritual path – mind, body and soul.  There’s also plenty of outdoor activities like hiking and biking as well as spa treatments and swimming.


10. Miraval Resort and Spa

Location: Catalina, Arizona

Budget: $$$

Meals Included: Yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

The Miraval Resort and Spa is situated in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. It offers 400-acres of desert wellness, perfect for solo or group bookings. A little less strict than other retreats, you’re allowed a drink if you want one! You can also cook, meditate, rock climb, take a botany tour or a horseback ride. Here you’ll also find you can customize your program to your taste. You can start with reiki or pilates, spend the afternoon doing yoga and end the day with a hot-stone massage. You can even learn about sustainable living with the Miraval bee keeping experience.


11. Lake Austin

Location: Lake Austin

Budget: $$$

Meals Included: yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

This is the place to come for a total restoration of mind, body and soul. Lake Austin is a beautiful location right on the water which of course opens up all kind of water-based activities like paddle boarding, river-based work outs and yoga on the dock taking in the views. There’s amazing spa facilities, swimming pools, flower, herb, and vegetable gardens plus the treatments in the spa are incredible. You can choose from cupping treatments to enzyme peels, facials, specific options for pregnant women, couples and groups. The food is garden-fresh and varied, this is not about fasting it’s about healthy, filling and delicious meals.


12. Cal a vie  

Location: Vista, CA

Budget: $$$

Meals Included: Yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

Choose from various 3,4 and 7 night customized wellness packages at this San Diego destination, perfect for those looking for a luxury detox. You can enjoy spa treatments, personalized nutrition consultations, hikes, fitness facilities and cooking classes. The beautiful. Meditteranean style resort is also designed for optimum relaxation and luxury. You’ll find plenty of serene areas for meditation and can enjoy decadent treatments like the seaweed wrap and Aromatic Awakening Massage. There are mindful art and creativity workshops as well as guided visualization and meditation.


13. Lumeria Maui

Location: Makawao, Maui

Budget: $$$

Meals Included: Yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

This restored Plantation estate is a tropical paradise, a peaceful oasis set in lush gardens on the gorgeous island of Maui. It’s ideal for yogis of all disciplines, a place to awaken and renew the senses with meditation, mindfulness, aromatherapy and of course yoga. You can take part in Sound Healing or learn about the land through horticulture programs. In your downtime explore waterfalls and the ocean. There is a saline swimming pool, hammocks and a jacuzzi, the perfect ingredients for deep relaxation. The restaurant provides farm to table dinners.


14. Blue Sky Retreat

Location: Taos, New Mexico

Budget: $

Meals Included: Yes (depending on retreat)

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

Set in 3-acre grounds at the Blue Sky Retreat you can enjoy an affordable week of yoga, meditation and outdoor adventures in New Mexico. This is the perfect, rustic place to unwind and relax, connect and ground yourself with nature. Retreat themes change throughout the year but are usually yoga or self-development centered with workshops on vision and goal creating. Amenities include a hot tub, pool and meditation areas.


15. Sewall House 

Location: Island Falls, Maine

Budget: $

Meals Included: yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

With a variety of yoga retreats available year round, Sewall House is the ideal location for anyone looking for a quiet and beautiful break away from the daily routine. It is a nurturing, healing atmosphere perfect for those going through personal transitions or just needing some time to reconnect. Yoga on offer includes Kundalini, Restorative, Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga. Nature lovers will enjoy the local lakes, hikes and natural parks. The retreats are small and personal, this is a privately owned, friendly place for all levels. 5 day stays are recommended.


15. Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort 

Location: Yosemite

Budget: $

Meals Included: yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

A retreat to connect with nature in a healing forest close to the spectacular yosemite national park. This is for anyone looking to heal mind,body and spirit. A three day retreat includes two yoga classes with massage, two without massage, drum circles, singing and a chance to hike the beautiful trails nearby. Cabins on stilts provide you with cozy accommodation and a chance to relax in a hot-tub overlooking the stunning beauty of nature.


16. Canyon Ranch Tuscon

Location: Tuscon

Budget: $$$

Meals Included: Depends on package

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

The place to go for experts in fitness and cutting edge health and wellness treatments. This retreat is casual, rustic and outdoors focused, what with the stunning high desert landscape all around and adrenalin based amenities such as a zipline as well as nature walks.  There is also an 80,0000 square foot spa and mind-body-soul workshops, yoga, spinning and other group fitness classes and many other wellness options with spiritual gurus on hand for guidance.


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17.  Golden Door

Location: San Marcos

Budget: $$$$

Meals Included: Yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

The Golden Door is something of a celebrity magnet, a spa complete with onsite Japanese gardens and rooms styled after traditional Japanese houses, (think sliding doors, Asian influences, dark wood and lots of art and antiques).  The emphasis is on detoxing both mind and body with lots of exercise options to choose from as well as local, organic healthy food (much is grown on the land in bio-intensive gardens) Every week-long retreat includes a daily massage, five skincare or body treatments and a mani/pedi. There are also 3 different pools, one of which is exclusively for water therapy treatments.


19. The Lodge at Woodloch

Location: Hawley, PA

Budget: $$$

Meals Included: Yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

This spa gets full marks for beautiful scenery, set in 150 acres of woodland in the Pocono Mountains and with a private lake yet still only two hours from NYC. An all-inclusive package here includes 3 delicious, locally sourced meals a day, health and fitness activities and creative workshops. You can go hiking, cycling, kayaking take spin class or join a yoga session. Not to mention the Healing Garden, Whisper Lounge, Hammock Grove, Orchard and indoor and outdoor whirlpools.


20. The Pearl Laguna

Set on the stunning coastline of Laguna Beach, The Pearl Laguna offers holistic retreats for those wanting to blend physical detoxification with quality time in nature and chakra balancing. Here you can take daily hikes, join yoga or Tai Chi class as well as receiving massage treatments and nutritional guidance. The retreat is all about balancing body, mind and spirit and as you progress through the program, you will find that each day compliments the next. You will leave feeling calm, light, focused and more alive than ever before.

Location: Laguna Beach, CA

Budget: $$$

Meals Included: Yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes


Overseas Retreats

1. Tantra Meditation Retreat 

Location: Palairos, Peloponnisos Dytiki Ellada ke Ionio, Greece

Budget: $

Meals Included: Yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

For 8 or 12 days you can immerse yourself in a tantra meditation retreat. Located near a small and friendly port, this location has a yoga garden and deck and is close to numerous beautiful beaches and small isolated gulfs. The program includes Japa Yoga 3 times a day, meditation and Tantric Sadhana (the aim of which is to activate the Kundalini Shakti).


2. Ibiza Personal Retreat

Location: Ibiza

Budget: $$

Meals Included: Yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

This is a personalized one to one retreat for women held in the host’s home on Ibiza. The retreat is all about connecting to the inner you and includes daily-personalized yoga, pranayama and meditation and personal transformational coaching. The forests and countryside nearby is beautiful and perfect for long, quiet walks and meditation. You can also enjoy Reiki, vision board creating, reflexology and self-care planning for the future.


3. The Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat

Location: Romania

Budget: $$

Meals Included: Yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

A totally unique immersion experience all about finding our true nature – the divine self through mediation and yoga practices. Its suitable for anyone interested in gaining further self-knowledge you need no prior experience. It’s perfect for anyone searching for quiet connection and rediscovering themselves. The method is a unique integration of Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Tantra, and Dzogchen. The retreat includes yoga, meditation and spiritual teachings.


4. The Willow Retreat

Location: Ireland

Budget: $$

Meals Included: Yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

Get away from it all at this off the grid cabin set in Co. Galway, Ireland. Pick from a relaxing array of different retreat packages where you can really calm yourself physically and emotionally with yoga, meditation and spa treatments. Homemade organic food, personalized yoga sessions and a very unique setting make this a special choice for healing and learning to be present in the moment.


5. Yogi Adventure and Meditation

Location: Sintra Portugal

Budget: $$

Meals Included: Yes

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

A week of yoga, meditation and true body and soul healing right by the beautiful coastline of Sintra, Portugal. Here you can relax and reconnect, harmonize your whole being and enjoy delicious healthy and organic meals. Twice daily yoga and Pilates plus daily meditations make up the relaxed, balanced schedule at this retreat.

December 19, 2019

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