New year, new you? Yeah, we have all been there, done that – every single year. That epic list of resolutions – to meditate, work out 5 times a week, change your diet, lose weight and more – end up in the trash by the end of February, if not before. It’s time to do something different for a change to actualize your goals by embarking on an R&R getaway to reconnect with yourself and your purpose.
Finding some peace of mind has become so important in this day and age, but it has also become rare to find. Therefore, while going on vacations has always been an escape from reality, adding wellness to your travel plans is the new trend. In 2020, virtual travel made a much-needed arrival and let people experience travel in a new way. But after an entire year of disappointments, the stress, the feelings of hopelessness and the endless periods spent in isolation, a wellness retreat is definitely a necessity.
While we’re all for nurturing a vibrant garden or watching the day’s last moments of natural light stream in through the window as we enjoy a nice drink, there’s nothing like embarking on a getaway to our own versions of paradise, be it the beach, mountains, or the jungle. Let the days of the ‘wake up, eat, sleep, repeat’ routine remain in 2020. Take a break in beautiful surroundings, recharge, rejuvenate, and revitalise your overall health.
To this effect, we have curated a list of some the world’s best wellness retreats, where you can relax, enjoy and leave all worries behind you.
1. Kamalaya, Koh Samui
One of the best wellness retreats in Asia, Kamalaya is famous for its beautiful property and holistic treatments such as Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Built into a steep verdant hillside in Koh Samui, Kamalaya has some of the best sunsets on the island. The beach is also accessible from the retreat and makes for great relaxation in-between treatments. Kamalaya offers a series of wellness programs, including Detox, Stress & Burnout, Emotional Balance, Yoga, Ideal Weight, Structural Revival, Sleep Retreat, Optimal Fitness, as well as tailormade retreats.
2. Love Surf Yoga Retreat, Colombia
Find your flow and harness balance during this yoga, surf, and Pilates adventure off the shores of Colombia. Kickstart your trip with sightseeing in Cartagena, before jetting off to a private escape nestled in the jungle. High-vibe activations such as daily meditations, evening sound baths, and locally-sourced, chef-prepared fare promise a well-rounded vacation that will leave you feeling fulfilled and rejuvenated.
3. Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
This sprawling multi-hotel health resort complex is located an hour outside Zurich and is clustered around the restorative thermal waters of the Tamina Gorge. It offers a slew of treatments available in the Tamina Therme spa, as well as a renowned Medical Health Center, the Swiss Olympic Medical Center, an inpatient rehabilitation clinic, and even a charming Heidi-themed family spa created with children in mind.
4. Bio Hotel Stanglwirt, Austria
The Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, a sprawling alpine chalet at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser mountain, is like the postcard-perfect set of ‘The Sound of Music’. To make the most of the crisp mountain air, take a six-mile hike over to Schwarzsee Lake, one of the warmest in the Alps, where you can set up a picnic or take a dip. A meal at the cosy but sophisticated Stangl-Alm, with a fireplace and top-to-toe wood panelling providing an ideal backdrop for shaking off the cold, is the best way to reward yourself for all those calories you’ve burned crossing the Alps.
5. SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
The top-of-the-range SHA Wellness clinic is located in the Sierra Helada Mountains overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and features one of the best medical spas in the world. The SHA method focuses on health and wellbeing, lifestyle, and nutrition, integrating ancient eastern natural therapies with modern western preventive and regenerative medicine, genetics, and anti-ageing techniques. Luxurious facilities, two indoor-heated pools, a hydrotherapy circuit, intensive nutrition and relaxing vistas complete this multi-award-winning experience. Most retreats take seven days, some longer.
These 5 wellness retreats are some of the top-of-the-rung getaways where you can actually – in the literal sense of the word – ‘chill’. If you want to check out these places and their surroundings, in case you want to go sightseeing while you’re there, virtual travel is something you can opt for. It will not only give you an in-depth glimpse of what awaits you, but will also help you make an informed decision.
For this purpose, you can use Proxgy – a smartphone app that uses 360-degree camera technology through smart helmets, to give you an immersive travel experience that you’ve probably never had before. With a click of a button, you can be everywhere from the comfort of your home.
All you have to do is log on to the Proxgy user app, click on Proxgy for Travel, and you’re good to go!
So, what are you waiting for? Book Your Proxgy, now!