World’s Top Wellness Retreats in 2021

by Sarah Peterson

Between 2015 and 2017, the wellness industry grew by 6.4% to now be worth $4.2 trillion. No doubt that it’ll grow even further.

It makes sense. Wellness travel can help treat many mental and physical health problems the western world experiences. And there’s a wellness retreat for every interest; from yoga and mindfulness to nutrition and physical movement, you can find one that suits your needs. 

We’ll go over the world’s top wellness retreats to help you combat stress, fatigue, tension, burnout, and other modern-day health conditions.

The Top Wellness Retreats in the World for 2021

    #1. Aro Ha, New Zealand

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    Also known as “in the presence of divine breath,” the Aro Ha wellness retreat can improve your mindfulness.

    The uniqueness of the Aro Ha stems from the picturesque landscape in a disconnected location in the Southern Alps. It’s an intimate retreat that accommodates only 32 guests at a time.

    This provides more one-on-one attention from the staff to help you overcome any hurdles you’re experiencing. 

    The programs are known to be fitness-oriented, so your physical being is connected to your mental state for a holistic approach. Zen-based meditations are also available to ground your mental health, and paired with a mindfulness program to build a stronger emotional bank account.

    Cost: $$$
    Continent: Oceania
    Best for: Holistic Wellness

    #2. Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand

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    If you love beautiful sunsets, tropical places, culture and wellness travel, you can’t go wrong by heading to Kamalaya

    Located on a verdant hillside in Koh Samui, Thailand, the wellness programs offered include detox, stress & burnout, emotional balance, and yoga.

    The Kamalaya wellness retreat offers breathtaking landscapes and a little ocean-therapy, with the beaches nearby. 

    What makes Kamalaya unique is its flavorful food. Traditional Thai food with a wellness twist makes this unique. 

    The only thing you’ll regret is that you did not book your stay earlier.

    Cost: $$
    Continent: Asia
    Best for: Mental wellness & food

    #3. Lefay Resort & Spa Lago Di Garda

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    Are you a fitness enthusiast?

    If yes, the Lefay Resort & Spa Lago Di Garda in Italy might be a good choice.

    But even if you’re not, this retreat offers an unparalleled spa, a “food is medicine” attitude and overall luxury relaxation. 

    Lefay’s mind-based wellness programs combine Chinese medicine with cutting edge Western techniques to clarify the mind and refresh physical awareness.

    With stunning views and an eco-friendly philosophy, Lefay Resort is surrounded by nature so you can relax and de-stress.

    Cost: $$$$
    Continent: Europe
    Best for: Physical wellness 

    #4. Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand

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    Located on Phuket’s west coast, the Amanpuri wellness retreat offers the most personalized and private experiences among all the other resorts here.

    You’ll start with a thorough wellness screening, and based on the results, go through weight management & transformation, detox & cleansing, and mindfulness programs specifically designed for you.

    The Amanpuri provides beautiful landscape views as well as surrounding green foliage.

    Spa treatments and therapy sessions are the major reasons why Amanpuri finds a place on our list. Gym, yoga, and meditation practices are included in a holistic wellness approach.

    Cost: $$$$$
    Continent: Asia
    Best for: Personalized wellness

    #5. Amatara Wellness Resort

    Do you want to adopt some Thai wisdom and participate in Turkish bathing practices? Check out the Amatara in Phuket.

    The uniqueness of the Amatara Wellness Resort stems from its trio of yoga practices. 

    Here you can also go through personalized therapies to improve mental wellness. Rejuvenate your physical wellness with luxurious spa treatments and nutritious food options

    Cost: $$$
    Continent: Asia
    Best for: Mental wellness & food

    #6. Mii Amo, Sedona, Arizona

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    Located in the Valley of the Sun (Sedona), Arizona, Mii Amo is currently one of the highest regarded wellness resorts in the state.

    It’s not difficult to see why. 

    Delicious, nutritious food. Stunning landscape. Well-crafted wellness itineraries. Plus right here in North America so you can reduce the impact of jetlag on your body

    A typical stay can last from 3 to 7 days, which is enough to refresh your physical and mental state. 

    Enjoy a signature cocktail designed to put your mind at ease and provide further relaxation. 

    Cost: $$$$$
    Continent: North America
    Best for: Nature and dining.

    Book One of These Top Wellness Retreats in 2021 

    If you’re considering booking a wellness retreat, this is the year to do it. 

    The stress and demands of work and life can wear you down, and you need to take care of your mental and physical health. 

    The best way to unwind is to leave it all behind -- at least temporarily.

    Sarah Peterson
    Sarah Peterson

    Sarah Peterson is the co-founder and head of marketing at FLIGHTFŪD. She's a travel health expert and after having visited 20+ countries as a digital nomad and flying every 4-6 weeks for business, she became passionate about empowering others to protect their bodies on the go.

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