Travelling while getting fit? Here’s a different way of vacationing! In our present day, most of us are in great need of disconnecting from the clutter and stress of our everyday lives and reconnecting with our mind and body. Whether you’re into hiking, yoga, meditating, or just need a nap-inducing massage, these are some of the best wellness retreats to detox and rejuvenate.

By Mayillah Ezekiel


Aro Hā Wellness Retreat, Glenorchy, New Zealand

Overlooking the otherworldly expanse of Lake Wakatipu, in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, the intimate, self-sustaining retreat offers eco-friendly suites and singles, surrounded by colossal sapphire lakes and snowcapped peaks. Try the ‘Wellness Adventure’ programs that include yoga, hiking, learning about mindfulness and a whole lot of wholesome veggie cuisine.




Mii Amo, Sedona, Arizona

Dramatically situated in Arizona’s Boynton Canyon, this resort rejects a “one size fits all” approach to health and wellness. It offers more than 100 activities to suit different styles, preferences, and fitness levels; whether you like scaling 10,000-footers, shedding stress at the spa, rejuvenating while doing yoga, stargazing, or playing tennis. In between activities, enjoy health-conscious dishes made with seasonal produce or visit the juice bar for energy drinks and smoothies. That being said, life is all about balance, don’t think it’s a total detox, rest assured the wine and cocktails flow freely.



COMO, Parrot Cay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Take full advantage of this resort’s wellness program, COMO Shambhala, which promotes good health through complimentary yoga and pilates classes, holistic therapies (including reflexology and Ayurveda) and enzyme-rich cuisine. Savour a medley of fresh and creative courses like zucchini carpaccio and pineapple sundaes. For the adventurous, the resort coordinates a variety of activities like fishing and diving trips, biking excursions on nearby islands, windsurfing lessons, and more. If you simply want to wind down, huddled away on this private island in the Caribbean, you’ll find the spa’s infinity pool overlooking the ocean.



Bushmans Kloof, Clanwilliam, South Africa

Located on 18,500 acres of wide open plains in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, the natural heritage site on which it sits is home to more than 150 kinds of birds, 750 species of plants, and 35 species of mammals. It features a spa and wellness centre, a heated outdoor swimming pool and a lush garden, where guests can enjoy a variety of activities from hiking and canoeing to cycling and rock art excursions. For maximum relaxation, book yourself one of their signature massages or beauty treatments in the gorgeous riverside gazebo, while the sun is setting over the nearby Boontjes River.






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