There is a pleasure one feels when focusing on wellness, which encompasses our body, mind and spirit.
When we take greater care of our foundation, life begins to shift in a positive way and we become more aware of what our body needs for nourishment, for movement and for peace leading to a greater outlook on life.
Embark on this journey with us as we review several Wellness Resorts where you can step away from the demands of your life and focus on your objective, which may include nutrition, movement, yoga, meditation and spirituality.
Your Journey Begins!
Chable Resort, Chocholá, Yucatán, México
Chable Wellness Resort is surrounded by the Mayan Forest at a sacred natural cenote, which is a Mayan place of reverence, and home to 38 casitas and 2 villas.
There are a number of options offered by Chable, including their all-inclusive package with meals and activities. With so much to explore at Chable and keeping your objective in mind, you may choose to focus on self-awareness and enjoy Zen Meditation, and Breathing Practice; Focus on Balance and enjoy Yoga, Reiki Healing; or focus on Fitness and enjoy Pilates, Aqua Fitness, Salsa Dancing, Biking and more. Of course, a combination of these will bring about a more balanced approach for your personal journey. Their Temazcal Ceremony, an authentic tradition in the Mayan Culture, is led by a Shaman and there are several offerings that take guests on a journey designed to relax and cleanse.
Dining is a pleasurable experience at Chable and in addition to their Juice and Smoothie Bar, there are three restaurants including Ixi’im, Ki’ol & Spa, and an on-site garden supplying most of their organic and seasonal fare.
Step into bliss at the Spa where you’ll find several Rituals designed to relax, nurture and inspire. The Fountain of Youth’s Flow ritual utilizes the resort’s healing cenote, whereas the Tree of Life’s Balance ritual allows for a place of harmony, and Heaven on Earth’s Inspire ritual is about connection to all.
Grand Velas, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
This award-winning resort is surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains on Banderas Bay. Close enough to Puerta Vallarta’s shopping, surfing and hiking and far enough from modern day distractions.
Their Wellness Suites offer a unique two-floor retreat with aromatherapy, spa spaces and a personal trainer. The first floor houses the bedroom, a recumbent bicycle, and Vitamin C shower while the 2nd floor has a penthouse Jacuzzi, massage tables and a stunning panoramic ocean view.
One of my favorite features at Grand Velas, particularly at Riviera Nayarit, is the Water Ceremony (Hydrotherapy ritual). The temperatures vary at each of the stations with some areas that are more relaxing while others are invigorating; muscle soothing waters create a desirable way to begin any of their spa services. There are several areas from Color Therapy, to the Eucalyptus Inhalation to the Hot & Cold Lagoon. This is a not-to-be-missed ritual for overall wellness.
Massage is an element of Wellness and a favorite service of mine was the Grand Cora Massage. Massage, sounds of nature and warm ginger oil created a healing sensory experience.
The BodyHoliday, St. Lucia
The BodyHoliday is always on my radar for wellness retreats as they offer one of the most comprehensive programs in the Caribbean along with some very unique features in the Wellness Travel arena. For instance, osteopathy is on their menu of wellness offerings along with other holistic treatments like Hara Shiatsu Therapy. This treatment is being offered for a limited time and works with your energy-flow. Some of the benefits include insomnia, stress relief, anxiety, and other areas.
Food is a major component of wellness travel and you may find yourself working with a nutritionist and obtaining a customized diet, focusing on Ayurvedic Cuisine or learning more about their on-site garden and sustainable farming practices. The goal of any wellness retreat is to implement what you learned when you return and The BodyHoliday offers a number of tools to help with this goal.
Adventure can also be part of an integrated wellness retreat and St. Lucia is just the place to make it happen with rain forest treks to hiking the famous Pitons with breathtaking views as your reward.
For more on the BodyHoliday, you may want to revisit one of our other articles, 10 Best All Inclusive Resorts in St. Lucia.
Rancho la Puerta, Tecate, Mexico
Once upon a time a wellness resort opened about 2-hours south of San Diego and this was the beginning of wellness travel. Edmond and Deborah Szekely created this health-focused resort in 1940 and it has transformed many lives over the years, including my own.
Rancho la Puerta truly does get better and better and their wellness offerings include a diet that is lacto-ovo vegetarian (no meat or poultry) with seafood offered four times per week. Their produce is organically grown and free of toxic chemicals. A favorite is their culinary school, La Cocina Que Canta, where you can learn more about healthy cooking and implement some more techniques when you return home. A visit to their Organic Farm is a must!
Hiking is a draw for Rancho la Puerta along with a robust schedule of yoga, Pilates, meditation, fitness and nutrition classes. Latin Dance and a number of art classes will tap into your creativity, another benefit of a wellness retreat, and they have one of the best water programs of all wellness resorts combined.
In addition to desirable spa services like massage, facials and wraps; Rancho la Puerta offers a number of holistic services including Chiropractic, Craniosacral therapy, Acupuncture, Ayurvedic services, Watsu, and WaterDance (flowing movement above and below the water).
Be sure to consider one of the Mindfulness activities. My suggestion is to meander over to their labyrinth, which is a full-scale replica of the classic labyrinth found at Chartres Cathedral, France.
Are you ready to consider Wellness Travel to reset, rejuvenate and reconnect to your inner spirit?