Photo courtesy of The Aleenta Resort
With wellness becoming a super travel trend in 2017, meditation retreats are a growing niche simply because they allow visitors to unplug and get away from it all. Here are some really impressive ones to add to your calendar for this year.
The Chopra Center, Carlsbad, California
The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, the global headquarters of the Chopra Center, offers some getaways sponsored by Dr. Chopra himself will be curated and directed. The main goal of the retreat is to take guests on a journey of thought through the original sound meditation, the sound technique that helps create clarity about the purpose. A women’s retreat will be offered for the first time from May 26th to 28th (US $ 1,695 for single occupancy).
The Arrigo Program, Rajasthan, India
This ten-day retreat, specially designed for women, takes place in an elegant 17th-century palace hotel in Raas Devigarh (translates as “the home of the goddess”) in Rajasthan, India. It includes morning workshops with creator Fiona Arrigo on feminine wisdom, daily yoga classes and evening spa treatments, and visits to three holy sites. Excursions to Udaipur are included; Vedic astrology is one of the optional extras.
The BodyHoliday, St. Lucia
This all-inclusive hotel was founded on the pillars of relaxation, rejuvenating beauty and nutritious diet. The retreats are bespoke and include daily spa treatments such as 50-minute massages, body wraps, thalasso therapy, and a facial. If the sun feels particularly strong for your psyche, opt for an aloe yogurt body wrap or even far infrared therapy, which improves blood circulation and improves the immune system. Take a yoga class at the property’s Tree House Spin Studio to truly be at the top of the world.
ITC Grand Bharat, Andhra Pradesh, India
This hotel is lit up like a jewel and is located at the foot of the Aravlis Mountains. It offers a range of “Eat-Well Detox Holidays” ranging from one night to 14-day experiences starting at $ 430. The Ayurveda Detox Wellness Retreat offers three daily meals in the Swasthya kitchen, a consultation with a doctor, personalized yoga, daily use of hydrotherapy and a dosha-balancing diet. There are also unique and highly personalized treatment sessions like the Kaya Kalp Detox.
Mum and Bub Rescue Yoga and Meditation Retreat, Ubud, Bali
“Being fully present is the greatest gift for you and the baby,” says the advertorial for this retreat from Nurture by Nature, which creates a safe haven for mothers and their children at the Maya Resort in Ubud. Guests stay in a private thatched-roof villa overlooking their own mirror-like infinity pool and receive vinyasa yoga classes, a massage, and daily meditation sessions twice a day. Who Said You Can’t Train Your Four Month Old To Sit Still?
Le Guanahani, St. Barths
This upscale island is offering a “Meditate ON … Sunshine at Le Guanahani” retreat from March 2nd to 5th, led by David Romanelli, who has made a name for himself and creates yoga, chocolate and wine for gourmets. This sensory friendly weekend getaway will help you slow down and really focus on the nature of the food and elemental magic like the warm ocean breeze. There are yoga and wine sessions as well as guided meditation.
The Aleenta Resort, Phuket, Thailand
The Aleenta Phuket Resort and Spa in Phang-Nga in southern Thailand, which borders the Andaman Sea with its limestone-like rock islands, is particularly calming. The Ayurah Wellness Center is hosting a seven-day Spirit Yoga Retreat based on the pillars of weight optimization, anti-aging, mind balance and detoxification, which will bring you around $ 1,500 per person, which is a bargain.
Chill’Asana, Sayulita, Mexico
In Mexico’s lush jungles, experience a Chill’Asana, a week-long retreat that takes people on a journey of yoga, martial arts, exercise, and adventure that includes basic movements, twice-daily yoga classes, and social building activities like a night campfire. Additional optional activities such as horse riding and snorkeling are available.
COMO Shambala, Perth, Western Australia
This wellness retreat at the COMO Hotel in the southern hemisphere with Kris Abbey, who was instrumental in bringing together the Australian wellness program, lasts four days and includes breakfast every morning, two wellness workshops, and yoga every morning with the resident instructor Stephanie Johnson and dinner. Prices start at $ 2,000.
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary, Koh Samui, Thailand
At the Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa in the lush countryside of southern Koh Samui, founded by John and Karina Stewart to bring together different traditions of healing and culture in a nurturing environment. The focus of these retreats is on stress & burnout, detoxification & rejuvenation and sleep improvement.