Last updated August 8, 2023
From Florida and California to Italy, Turkey and the Dominican Republic, here are five of the world’s best wellness retreats.
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While there’s never a bad time to book a retreat, there’s something timely about a fresh start toward the fall. Growing up, the back-to-school season in September was always the time for what’s “new.” Hence, why it seems the perfect opportunity to scratch that itch for booking a wellness retreat at the start of… Well, do I really need to give an excuse for when?
Whether it’s the start of the fall, the break of winter, the opener of spring or the blooming of summer, there’s never a better time to book a wellness retreat at one of these top hot spots worldwide. Here are five of the world’s best wellness retreats to book now.
1. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort | Florida
Move over Miami party life — wellness is here to stay for the long term. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is located on the Mid-Beach portion of Miami Beach. The resort has long been known for its high-end and forward-thinking well-being offerings to its club members and guests.
Carillon has recently launched an Integrative Emotional Wellness Retreat: A Holistic Retreat for Women, presenting an opportunity for attendees to find calm in an overly anxious world. This is a four-day retreat curated to include movement, mind exercises, coaching, nutrition, recovery detox body treatments, a touchless wellness experience and more to fully calm and take home some of that knowledge.
With so much to see and do in Miami, a four-night stay minimum at the Carillon is the typical duration. However, stay for a few more days to explore the Southern Beaches, booming downtown and artistic flair that Miami has grown into over the past 10 years.
2. Meliá Punta Cana Beach | Dominican Republic
Located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic, Meliá Punta Cana Beach is a 5-star adults-only exclusive and all-inclusive resort. Meliá has worldwide properties, all premium and luxury level, so this is nothing short of top-notch when it comes to accommodations.
Meliá’s updated wellness-inclusive programs at this particular location focus on an encompassing concept of well-being featuring five unique spaces on property — social, silent, sensory, culinary and personal.
Each one of these spaces are created to illuminate within the soul relaxation, reconnection, healthy eating and restorative care for one’s body, leaving all of your senses upgraded by the end of the retreat.
Recommending a four- or five-night stay coming from the U.S., with direct or quick connector flights for a perfect long weekend restore.
3. METT Hotel & Beach Resort Bodrum | Turkey
If you haven’t gotten the memo, Turkey is (in my humble guesses) a top destination for a variety of well-being reasons. Turkey is also home to an incredible coastline with a variety of high-end resorts and wellness spots. One of the most talked about: METT Hotel & Beach Resort Bodrum.
Many years ago, Bodrum was a sleepy fishing village with less than a few thousand in population. The recent renaissance has encouraged an increase in tourists, many seeking to experience the relation of its restorative oceans and turquoise sea views.
METT Bodrum’s RAISE Fitness and Wellness aims to provide fitness experiences designed with a holistic approach and tailored to their guests. Natural, simple and at ease.
Heading to Turkey from the States? Don’t forget to grab yourself a visa prior. They’re easy and fairly quick to apply for, and valid for 90 days after purchase. I’d recommend staying at least five nights and get in a visit to Istanbul to surprise and delight.
4. Terme di Saturnia Resort | Italy
One of Tuscany’s best kept secrets (no longer), Saturnia is just south of the touristic ruins bustle and past the hills of Siena. While unknown to most tourists, locals have long known Terme di Saturnia for its hot springs. In fact, it was the Romans who knew about the healing properties at least before 4 B.C.
Terme di Saturnia Resort is one of the world’s best wellness retreats, as a five-star resort and world-renowned spa, completely cultured with an on-site ancient Roman bath. The spa alone hosts 53 treatment rooms! Guests dine on freshly produced healthy dishes, unwind with yoga classes or privately led instruction, or simply take in “la dolce vita” of the rolling Tuscan hills as you inhale and exhale.
If you’re making the trek to Italy from the U.S., I’d recommend staying at least for five to seven days total. And I’d tack on another week to explore various parts of Europe while you’re there.
5. The Ranch Malibu | California
Just north of the hustling Los Angeles scene, The Ranch Malibu is no new kid on the block when it comes to “the” place to go for a detox, rejuvenate and restore. Many Hollywood locals make the mini trek to stay, move, juice, eat, snooze and reset on property.
The Ranch Malibu has a full line-up of transformative programs that can aid in promoting weight loss, overall health and well-being. The stays are ideal for singles, couples or even group visits. What is new to notably mention, The Ranch has recently expanded its family of destinations to Italy and coming soon in mid-2023 to accommodate the C-suite in Hudson Valley, New York. Covered, coast to coast.
Depending on where you’re visiting from, a four-night stay or long weekend at The Ranch is a good kick off toward a fresh health routine. For a full cleanse and reset, at least seven days to fully reset, up to 14 to really start anew.
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