For some, "getting away" not only means venturing to a quiet, calm and secluded retreat, but also letting go of everything.
Total relaxation; working up a sweat is out of the question and dietary indulgences are openly welcomed.
Every once in a while we all need to break the rules, and vacation almost always seems like the perfect time for that.
But what if you could take a "restriction-free" trip without having to think about the "damage" you'll have to undo when you head back home?
What if you want to travel to a place where you can truly relax, but also improve your health and wellbeing at the same time?
Well, that's where something like a health and wellness retreat might come in. These specially focused destinations are dedicated to offering guests the ultimate experience in relaxation and rejuvenation.
These resorts and trips are designed to help you fit a little bit of exercise into your trip, but without making it feel like work. And they'll also make eating healthy not just easy, but unbelievably delicious, too.
Whether you’ll find restoration in outdoor adventures, waterfront yoga or luxurious spa treatments, the best health and wellness vacations of the year offer something for every type of health-conscious traveler.
From yoga on the shores of Costa Rica to scenic hikes through the Appalachian trail in Vermont, the following trips feature activities and amenities that focus on every aspect of wellness for a truly unique and, most importantly, stress-free escape from life's rigid rules and restrictions.
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, California
The Tenaya Lodge Yosemite Wellness & Spa Retreat (from January 16-19 in 2015) provides visitors with a diverse itinerary geared towards jump-starting or enhancing a healthy lifestyle for the New Year. Choose between a two- or three- night package, which includes everything from interactive educational classes and wine tastings to spa treatments, yoga classes and nature hikes. And of course, all of this takes place right in the backyard of one of America’s most scenic and celebrated National Parks.
Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica
Rosalie Bay Resort boasts many relaxing and luxurious amenities such as nature-inspired spa treatments, guided meditation and even massage lessons. But what sets it apart from many other fitness-focused destinations is its emphasis on helping guests take their new healthy habits home with them. Your visit here will include a custom-tailored plan created by the resort's wellness coordinator that includes all the details and tools you’ll need to be successful after returning to the real world.