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Vacation for the Mind, Body & Spirit

As more and more individuals seek to ensure they live as long as possible, “Health & Wellness” has become a popular buzzword. We all try to do what we can to make our minds, bodies and spirits happier and healthier whether that’s eating right, exercising more or finding some peace through meditation. But few people realize how important taking a vacation is to improving our mental, physical and spiritual well-being—that’s right, I’m advocating for wellness retreats!

What is a wellness retreat, really?

By definition, it’s travel for the purpose of promoting health & well-being through physical, psychological or spiritual activities.

For me, it means stepping out of the busy-ness and slowing down, relaxing and unwinding to be with myself.

I think this is important because we tend to get so caught up in our daily lives that we start to neglect what our body is telling us. (Maybe that cold you have isn’t from sleeping with the fan on, after all. It might just be stress!) We all need to decompress, get away from the constant demands of technology, and find some peace and quiet.

What do people do on these retreats?

Wellness retreats can be anything you want them to be! They have become very diverse. While a trip to your local spa is great, it’s no longer the only option.

There are healthy hotels, holistic programs and cruises, and adventure and creative discovery trips. And the best part: these options generally promote, not distract from, a healthy lifestyle. So, if you already have great health habits, but you need to get away, you can rest assured that your routine won’t be thrown off course. If you are looking to pick up a new healthy routine, chances are you’ll go back home inspired to create one.

Even beyond health and fitness, a wellness retreat gives people the opportunity to do the thing we all want to do when we travel: seek out meaningful experiences—whether through exploration, relaxation, self-improvement or a little fun in the sun.

But most of all, it’s your big chance to recharge. According to a Forbes article, vacations are linked to productivity in the workplace. The study showed people who more consistently take some time off from work actually end up being more productive when they’re at work.

So, don’t feel guilty (We all do. I have been there, too) about taking a mental health day—or week! People who do, work smarter and understand the value.

Side Note: They say we, as Americans, don’t even use all of our vacation days. What’s up with that?

The world needs more travelers.

So, let’s jet-set!

You might have heard of the Breakers Palm Beach in Florida, or the Greenbrier in West Virginia which tout themselves as hotels of choice for world class spas, however, if you are looking for a getaway to change your life, these options might be a more perfect fit:

Haramara Retreat, Sayulita Mexico

This hotel is the furthest thing from a Spring Break hangout. This little piece of paradise is known for their yoga and private thatched huts. No electricity allowed—that’s right, not even in the room.

Haramara Retreat is geared toward those looking to detox and relax with daily meditation and yoga classes. Remember, leave those cell phones at home and give yourself the best chance at real peace.

Parrot Cay & COMO Shambhala Retreat, Turks & Caicos

This is for those that want to get away, but not too far off the grid. (Yes, they have electricity.) This all-inclusive resort is located on a private island that can only be accessed via a 30-minute boat ride.

I’m telling you, this is the most romantic & luxurious option in the Caribbean, but don’t take my word for it, see for yourself!

The BodyHoliday, LeSport, St. Lucia

You deserve to refresh, refocus, and re-energize. The BodyHoliday does just that. It’s constantly getting rave reviews from visitors. They not only have special solo packages, but it is also great for a girls-getaway trip (wink wink, ladies).

There are tons of sports & activities to do, and this happens to be my personal favorite. The best part: an organic garden right there on site.

Canyon Ranch Tucson Spa Resort

Canyon Ranch goes beyond health and really focuses on overall wellness and happiness. You can get away from the constant tags on Facebook & flooding email inbox at work, and really spend time getting back to the basics.

They also have wellness programs customized to your liking. It’s an absolute dream come true.

Who has time for a retreat?

I know what you’re thinking: who has the time to do this?

While you may not think now’s the right time to go on a wellness retreat, now couldn’t be better.

It turns out this time of the year, the time where we have put summer out of our minds and are already starting to focus on the upcoming holiday season, is when you should really allow yourself some time for wellness. Let’s face it, after Halloween, it’s basically New Years! Thanksgiving and Christmas are thrown together so quickly, and we can only focus on holiday parties, presents for the kids, in-laws and friends we only see once a year.

But, before the madness begins, I challenge you to take that longer weekend you have been planning. Book that romantic trip you and your spouse have been talking about, or grab your girls and take off! (Sure, the idea of taking a trip without the kids during the summer sounded nice, but we all know it was a little ambitious. You looked, and school is already back in swing—but that’s ok.)

Forgive Yourself. Treat Yourself.

A wellness retreat might be one of the best presents you give yourself this Fall. Your body will thank you later

Eat, Drink & Be Carried Away,



This article originally appeared in Home Magazine. 


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