The Best Well-Being Destinations in the
Here at Russal Gear, we recognise the importance of holidays. Of course, there are many styles of holidays that you can go on such as adventure holidays or historical holidays. However, the type of holiday that we feel everyone should be booking is a holiday orientated around your well-being. These are the kinds of holidays where you not only relax but learn tools and skills that will help you to relax when you get home and back to the “real world”. We have compiled this article together so that you can sift through the destinations and figure out where you want to go – It is split between The World, America and Europe.
The Best Well-Being Destinations across the World
The Hideout, Koh Yao Noi
This is a sustainable and electricity-free luxury retreat and is the ultimate nurture and nature getaway. The Hideout welcomes guests to revitalize and rejuvenate themselves with authentic healing experiences that are far away from the chaos of modern living.
From its inception, The Hideout has been proud to feature stunning open-air treetop suites crafted from local materials by island artisans, while also offering a veritable bounty for visitors seeking to unplug and lose themselves in natural and cultural beauty.
This retreat includes the following:
- Digital Detoxing
- Daily Yoga and Fitness sessions
- Guided Meditation and Mindfulness exercises
- Personalized diet and wellness treatments
- Nature Immersion (Forest bathing, Jungle Hiking, and Bird-Watching)
- Sonic therapy, Reiki sessions, and Women’s Health programs
Contributor: Anita Ritter
Organisation: The Hideout, Koh Yao Noi
Well-Being in Mexico
This is a deluxe, beach front retreat and wellness centre at the southern tip of Baja, Mexico – on the outskirts of Los Cabos. Each season (October to July), they offer upwards of 40 different health and wellness retreats.
Internationally-acclaimed teachers visit each week throughout the year offering twice-daily classes in various styles – mainly yoga, meditation, and other wellness modalities. They also offer a couple of Pilate’s retreats as well as the occasional fitness “boot camp”. These retreats are a great way to refresh, reset, and rejuvenate.
Guests come for about a week and enjoy luxurious accommodations, delicious and healthful meals, and the option to explore the local area of Baja (baby sea turtle release, whale watching, surf lessons, sea kayaking, etc.). They also offer an array of relaxing spa services and even a cooking class.
The menu is mainly vegetarian with seafood options served several times per week. They can accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and various food allergies.
Contributor: Erik Singer
Organisation: Prana Del Mar
Well-Being in Peru
This is a 10 day retreat that utilises mountaineering as the vehicle for self-discovery. Starting in Huaraz, Peru.
Adventure therapy, nature therapy and wilderness therapy are all proving to be successful methods for improving mental health, but this retreat is the only one in the world that combines mountaineering with self-development. The backbone of the course is based on understanding the body vs mind, realising how much of our decision making is motivated by fear, and sets about creating action based steps towards liberating these fears and gaining mastery of our lives.
Contributor: Gavin Lang
Organisation: First Light Guiding
Well-Being at The Ohana Retreat, Bali
Located just 800 meters from Pererenan beach and set peacefully at the end of a private road, Ohana Retreat Bali combines the authenticity of a home stay with premium, boutique hotel features.
Contributor: Neill Kramer
Organisation: Ohana Retreat Bali
Well-Being in Kerala, India
First, India is the birthplace of both yoga and Ayurveda, as well as four of the world’s major religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. With its 103 national parks and 50+ tiger reserves, plus 7,516 km of coastline and the Himalayan mountain range to the north, India is an ideal destination for health and well-being, and lots of adventure.
Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast at the western tip, has nearly 600 km of Arabian Sea shoreline and 16 national parks, including the country’s largest tiger reserve – Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Known as God’s Own Country, one look at the breath-taking landscapes and friendly people and you’ll see why Kerala is a top destination for those looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway.
Kochi is the second largest city in Kerala and is known for its palm-lined beaches and serene backwaters and offers unlimited opportunities for cycling, trekking, boating, fishing, and golfing.
For the ultimate well-being experience, travel an hour south of Kochi to Mararikulam, a beach village that is home to the famous Mararikulam Mahadeva Temple dedicated to Lord Siva, for a stay at Carnoustie Beach Resort & Ayurveda Spa, featured in Forbes’ 5 Top Wellness Retreats for Ultimate Renewal 2017.”
Elegant thatched-roof villas offer patios with plunge pools and garden views, and bathrooms with sunken tubs and some include outdoor pools and/or Jacuzzis.
Visitors can dine at three refined restaurants, relax at the Ayurvedic spa, and enjoy yoga and wellness programs as part of their stay. There are two outdoor pools, sun decks, and lounges, in addition to a game room, a gym, and even a private beach.
As you can see, Kerala, India, is the perfect location for the ultimate well-being vacation, with something for your mind (culture and historical sites), body (yoga, trekking, Ayurveda treatments), and soul (national parks, religious sites).
Contributor: Kristina Shands
Well-Being in Japan
What makes Japan especially great for wellness for foreign tourists is the serenity and privacy. You don’t know anyone. You don’t speak the language. So you can really tune out and focus on wellness.
Inbound tourists to Japan crossed over the 28 million mark in 2017 (with the vast majority of foreign tourists coming from China, Korea and South-east Asia).
Wellness has always been in vogue with the upper classes and this is the same in Japan.
Hot spring resorts and ryokan inns are famous for beneficial minerals in their waters that can be very beneficial for the relief of pain, stress, and skin tone. The Japanese are famous for their skin and this is largely the result of a good diet and the daily ritual of scrubbing, soaking and special facial masks. Colourful, fragrant bath salts and moisturising face masks are exceptionally well developed products in Japan.
Vegetarian Buddhist monk cuisine or Shojin Ryori is a wellness diet that is both attractively presented but that also acts to bring a balance to mind, body and spirit.
Contributor: Ian Ropke
Organisation: Your Japan Private Tours
Well-Being in Israel
From the pristine beaches of Tel Aviv overlooking the Mediterranean Sea to the iconic Dead Sea, one of the most visited destinations in all of the country, Israel has quickly become a popular retreat for those seeking rest, relaxation and vacations dedicated to wellness. From the fresh cuisine to a variety of spas, retreats and healing locations across the country, Israel has much to offer..
The Dead Sea, located between Jordan and Israel is a salt lake, which happens to the lowest point on earth at 430.5 meters below sea level. Tourists and locals alike visit the famous body of water year round to bask in the healing properties of both the nutrient-rich water, and the mud which can be found in the area. The salty water which is extremely buoyant contains sodium, magnesium and bromide along with dozens of other nutrients. The mud and salt water are known for drawing out toxins from the skin and rejuvenating the skin’s surface. The Dead Sea is particularly notable for those with skin ailments such as Eczema, Psoriasis as well as Rheumatoid arthritis. A float in the iconic Dead Sea is an experience unlike any other that can only be had in Israel.
Beyond the Dead Sea, Israel is committed to wellness seen in a variety of yoga retreats, luxury hotels and spa and a variety of remote getaways found throughout the desert which allow travellers to fully disconnect and feel surrounded by nature.
Contributor: Kylie Goldstein
Organisation: Tourist Israel
The Best Well-Being Destinations in America
Well-Being in Panama
This trip is a city to beach retreat. Starting in Panama City’s UNESCO Casco Viejo district you walk the streets with former gang members and dig under the current tourist underbelly. Travellers get a sense of the districts historic past as well as the recent changes, restorations/gentrification and shifts in the community.
Then you dine out in the area and take off the next day for the east coast of Panama at Bocas del Toro. The warm, clear waters and stay on the islands are the perfect place to enjoy nature and deepen your practice. The hilltop yoga shala is fully stocked and overlooks the ocean. During the week you head into Bocas town for a catamaran trip as well as a second day on the water to the deserted island of Zapatillas. Time on the water is rejuvenating and there’s nothing better than snorkelling your cares away.
Panama is a hidden jewel in Central America and much less frequented than nearby neighbours like Costa Rica.
This trip was featured by National Geographic Traveller as a ‘trip to change your life’ in 2018 and definitely hits this mark.
Contributor: Jennifer Hoddevik
Organisation: The Travel Yogi
Well-Being in Orcas Island
Orcas Island is a wonderful place in which to forget one’s troubles and worries and get back to Nature in her happiest moods. It’s a delightful place in which to regain health-physical, mental, and spiritual. Both quotes are from Seattle shipbuilder and former mayor Robert Moran. Given only a year to live he retreated to Orcas Island where he built the stunning craftsman-style Moran Mansion in the early 20th century and lived another 40 more years.
Contributor: Barbara Marrett
Organisation: San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
The Best Well-Being Destinations in Europe
Well-Being in the Turks
This is Amanyara; this is a tranquil resort in a remote part of the Turks and Caicos, located around 20 minutes from the international airport. You are warmly greeted by a driver and a fantastic view. The resort is nowhere near a town, and has a massive area of land. There are so many activities to do here; there are complimentary bikes, a golf simulator, 2 football pitches, tennis courts, an infinity swimming pool, all you can want in a retreat. There is also a fantastic sandy beach with a life guard, pristine blue waters, are all part of the package. The rooms are spacious and very comfortable, with lovely views, to suit everyone in the family. This fantastic experience is finished with lovely meals, for all tastes and a beautiful sunset.
Contributor: Yuv Malik
Organisation: Gradient Designs