Print Posted on 05/17/2017 in Health

The 8 Different Types of Wellness Retreats You Should Know

The 8 Different Types of Wellness Retreats You Should Know

The 8 Different Types of Wellness Retreats

There’s something wrong, you just can’t put your finger on it.

You crave something.

Your soul desperately needs some sort of get away. And with so many different types of wellness retreats, you may not be sure where to start.

Do you need yoga, or will something more active help you?

The first step is to know your options, so you can grab the one that jumps out and you and captivates your imagination the most.

Here are the 8 most common types of wellness retreats:

Activities /Adventure

These retreats will inspire you with the physical activity you do, and the beautiful settings you do them in.

Your adventures may include everything from cycling trips, to tours of the scenic areas around the resort. You can also often take advantage of gyms, or tennis courts to raise your pulse and get those endorphins pumping.

They also typically offer lots of first-class amenities such as pools and spas to help you wind down after your exciting day. Some examples of these retreats include:

Camps Bay Retreat Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

1Team Fitness Clearwater,  Florida, United States

Suncadia Cle Elum, Washington, United States

Awareness Wellness Retreats

Awareness and mindfulness are at the very core of managing your day-to-day stresses. These retreats are not about de-stressing while you’re there. It’s far deeper than that.

It’s more about getting in touch with your true self and learning the much-needed techniques to manage this understanding and parlay it into your:

  • Relationship with your partner
  • Job and career
  • Parenting approach
  • Day-to-day stresses.

Some examples of these retreats include:

The Ishaya Foundation Saint James, Missouri, United States

Exercise/ Fitness

These are aimed at people who aren't looking to slow things down and relax. These are people who want to feel their blood moving and crave this to feel alive. 

Studies have shown that exercising 150 minutes or more weekly can help you live up to 4.7 years longer. These retreats help you reach yourself through fitness and  amazing programs such as:

  • Kayaking
  • Yoga
  • Spin
  • Surfing
  • Beach Boot Camps
  • Rock Climbing
  • Resistance training
  • Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP)

Some examples of these retreats include:

1Team Fitness Clearwater,  Florida, United States

Digital Detox

This is exactly what it sounds like. This is an exercise that teaches to put down our devices and reconnect with everything else in this world that can bring us joy.

We’re talking about making real human connections and rediscovering how to really communicate, without the use of emoji. 

This is something our society is losing, but a digital detox wellness retreat can help you find it, and rediscover a piece of yourself in the process.

We’ve all become so dependant on our screens for information, entertainment, work, and even our relationship. Can you imagine the world without them?

These retreats will show you how. Not only will they help you feel untethered during the process, they will show you how to become less of a slave to technology from that day forward. “By doing a digital detox, we give ourselves chance to step back temporarily,” wrote Forbes magazine’s Frances Booth.

She added, “When we return, recharged, we’re more productive and have a different perspective. We’re also likely to have at least one great idea while we’re ‘not thinking about it.’”


Discover real bliss and inner peace with a meditation and wellness retreat. These retreats are designed to help you slow down and shut out all of the external noises that help us from really listening to ourselves. Listen to yourself and recconect with yourself. 

They can help teach self-compassion and self-care. You can use facilities such as:

  • Wellness Pools
  • Healthy Juice Bars
  • Yoga Platforms
  • Gym and Fitness Zones

Some examples of these retreats include:

Layana Resort & Spa Koh Lanta (Krabi), Thailand

The Ishaya Foundation Saint James, Missouri, United States

Mountains/ Ocean

Let mother nature be your guide on any number of mountain or ocean themed wellness retreats.

Just being in nature and marveling at the sheer beauty of your surroundings can replenish your soul in ways that 50 yoga studies combined couldn’t do.

We’re talking about real life in real nature, and escaping into your surroundings. From this day forward, this will be the happy place that you go to when you’re stuck in traffic or in a boring meeting. Some examples of these retreats include:

Camps Bay Retreat Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Suncadia Cle Elum, Washington, United States

Layana Resort & Spa Koh Lanta (Krabi), Thailand

Spa/ Massage

Take a trip that puts YOU first. Decompress, distress, and detox at spa or massage themed wellness retreat. You can take advantages of services as:

  • Relaxation and healing massage
  • Energy and vitality massage
  • Deep therapeutic massage
  • Neuro-energetic massage
  • Essential oils massage
  • Sports massage
  • Reflexology

There are also hot tubs, steam rooms and mud baths to sooth your soul. Some examples of these retreats include:

Alderbrook Resort & Spa Union, Washington, United States

Ecodice Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain

Le Monastère des Augustines Ville de Québec, Québec, Canada

1Team Fitness Clearwater,  Florida, United States


Ariston Anderson of the Huffington post put it perfectly when she wrote, “I’m generally short on leisure time, so the idea of swapping my precious vacation time for a rigorously scheduled exercise getaway was not in the least bit appealing to me.”

“But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that a yoga retreat could fulfill all my ideas of a typical vacation, and much more.” Live, breathe and escape at a yoga wellness retreat. Some examples of these retreats include:

Ecodice Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain

1Team Fitness Clearwater,  Florida, United States

Which one of these wellness retreats stands out to you? Can’t decide between spa or yoga? We can help you and answer any more questions you might have. You can click here to contact us anytime.

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