Wellness holidays are becoming increasingly popular as a way to de-stress and take care of both our physical and mental health. Though vacations are often thought of as a luxury, they are integral to living the happiest and healthiest lives we can.
Top Holiday Destinations for Your Health
Interested in a healthy getaway but not sure where to go? Here are our top 10 holiday destinations and resorts for taking care of your mind, body and spirit.
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1. Ubud, Indonesia
This spiritual centre on the island of Bali is the ultimate spot for a first wellness holiday. The Yoga Barn runs cleanse and detox retreats that include infrared sauna sessions, acupressure massage and colon hydrotherapy, plus yoga, meditation and sound healing classes.
2. Pai, Thailand
The Xhale Yoga Retreat is ideal for those with an interest in mindfulness, natural healing and living holistically. It also helps that this gorgeous northern Thai town is full of fresh, healthy and delicious foods.
3. Bodum, Turkey
Although the town has a big nightlife scene, The LifeCo is the perfect spot to travel with your health in mind. Activities include tai chi, spine healing therapy and mandala painting.
4. Sedona, United States
If you’re looking to nurture your spirituality and find inner peace, you’ll benefit from a visit to Sedona. The town is known for its vortexes brimming with powerful, positive energy, so a trip here will definitely lift your spirits. Sedona Sacred Journeys can develop a customised healing plan with you.
5. Rishikesh, India
Staying in the yoga capital of the world is guaranteed to boost your physical, mental and spiritual health. There are tons of retreats and centres to choose from, though Maa Yoga Ashram and Mahatma Yoga Ashram are considered two of the best.
6. Koh Phangan, Thailand
Escape the parties and head to The Sanctuary on Haad Tien Bay. Restore your health with personalised detox treatments and enjoy the herbal steam room.
7. Daylesford, Australia
Clear your mind and get a great night’s sleep, go and relax at Samadhi Retreat in central Victoria. Their Life Shaping session can also help you develop a better work/life balance.
8. Otago and Queenstown, New Zealand
Aro Hā offers a “next-level wellness experience”, with vinyasa yoga, mindfulness and healing bodywork programs. Rejuvenate your spirit and reconnect with nature through hiking the stunning mountains and peaks. This area of New Zealand is also perfect for a relaxing winter getaway.
9. Marbella, Spain
Want to visit Europe while keeping your travel health up? Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat is the place for you. After their yoga and Pilates classes and relaxing spa treatments, you’re sure to leave healthier and happier than ever.
10. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Small villages outside of the main city are perfect for meditating and re-centering. Wayist Spiritual Energy Centre focuses on empowerment and spiritual awareness to boost mental health and physical homeostasis.
As always, it is recommended to do research into your destination first to ensure you don’t require any vaccinations or anti-malarials before travelling. Websites such as NHS’ Fit to Travel and GOV.UK are a great resource for travel health advice.
You can also make a visit to your local GP surgery / health clinic for advice if you are still unsure about any special requirements before travelling.