Top 10 Wellness Retreats in the World

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Kickstart your wellbeing journey with a wellness retreat 

Whether you are looking to shed a few kilos, rev up your fitness game or get in touch with your spiritual side, we’ve rounded up our top 10 wellness retreats to recharge and reboot. 

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1. Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand

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. The delicious food at Kamalaya is phenomenal. You won’t be missing anything if you decide to eat healthy during your retreat. However, there are meat, coffee and alcohol options.


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2. Aro Ha, Glenorchy, New Zealand

Tucked away in between the mesmerizing Southern Alps (35 minutes from Queenstown), Aro Ha is an intimate eco-friendly retreat surrounded by 8.5 hectares of rugged New Zealand landscape overlooking Lake Wakatipu. The US$20-million solar- and hydro-powered wellness retreat is unique and the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere, accommodating only a small group of 32 guests max. Built to motivate and vitalize mind and body, the neutral wood, stone, and glass features enable the resort to seamlessly blend into the natural landscape, allowing guests to reconnect with themselves and the environment. Delicious vegetarian meals (often raw and paleo-inspired) are freshly prepared, with ingredients from the organic garden. Aro Ha offers transformation on a physical as well as mental level. A wellness retreat at Aro Hā is an all-inclusive journey over 5 or 7 nights.


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3. RAKxa Wellness, Bangkok, Thailand

Located a stone’s throw from Bangkok, RAKxa is nestled along the Chao Phraya River, considered the ‘Green Lung’ of Bangkok. RAKxa offers tailored wellness retreat programs with world-class medical doctors from VitalLife (a subsidiary of the reputable Bumrungrad International Hospital) and holistic therapies drawing from Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM), Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and Ayurveda. This ground-breaking medical wellness retreat is the first of its kind in Thailand. Guests can choose between 1- and 2-day packages, which extend to customized 14-day programs with long-term health goals in mind. The wellness retreats promise a fully transformative experience, addressing various health issues. They include the following programs: YOUR DNA, Long-Covid, Immunity Boosting, Detox, De-Stress, GUT Health, Mobilization, Weight Management, Facial & Body Solution, and Discover RAKxa. RAKxa also features a medical gym, which offers numerous machines and techniques for optimized posture and fitness performance.


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4. Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

Located among vineyards and acres of rolling hills, Six Senses Douro Valley, which is set in a restored 19thcentury manor, is the ultimate hideaway in nature to focus on your wellness and maintain or restore your health. Enjoy far-reaching vistas across the Douro River during your yoga class or on long walks as you explore the forest nearby. Guests can choose between four wellness programs, such as Sleep & Resilience, Cleanse & Detox, Trim & Fit, and Full Potential, and each retreat starts with a wellness screening and is then personalized. The vast range of therapies includes spa treatments, movement, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, as well as holistic sessions with healers and wellness specialists. Foodies are also in for a treat. All Six Senses Spas use locally sourced ingredients, and Six Senses Douro Valley is no exception. It has a large organic herb and vegetable garden, which guests can visit. Which other wellness place fuels you with nutrient-rich foods and lets you indulge in a glass of local wine without feeling guilty?

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5. Fivelements, Bali, Indonesia

Rest assured that you’re in for a holistic transformation at Fivelements Bali. The eco-friendly wellness retreat’s Balinese healers practice rituals and therapies that have been passed along through generations. The signature retreat, Panca Mahabhuta (five elements), is a life-changing wellness program for rejuvenation, replenishment and alignment. It includes spa treatments, healing sessions, purification rituals, yoga and meditation, as well as its award-winning plant-based cuisine. The retreats are designed to allow your highest potential to come through and for a natural healing to take place on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. The program can be done alone, as a couple or in a small group and normally lasts from 3 to 21 nights, depending on your needs. Guests can also choose between two other programs, such as the Signature Detox Retreat and the Signature Culinary Retreat. 

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6. Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand

With Aman’s growing interest in wellness, Amanpuri (being Aman’s flagship) is now also offering wellness retreats all year round. The Wellness Immersions are tailored to your specific needs and start from a minimum of 3 nights. Amanpuri focuses on three key programs such as Weight Management & Transformation, Detox & Cleansing, and Mindfulness & Stress Management. However, each immersion is still personalized based on a thorough consultation and wellness screening. The wellness retreats include spa treatments, private movement and therapy sessions with highly-rated healers and therapists, as well as nutritional support and a bespoke wellness menu. The resort is situated on Phuket’s west coast on a palm-fringed beach, and the villas, which all come with their private terrace, are surrounded by green foliage. The two-storey spa is situated on a hilltop with gym, yoga and Pilates studios, meditation salas and 12 treatment suites.

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7. COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali, Indonesia

Spending a wellness retreat at COMO Shambhala Estate is like returning to Mother Nature. Just a 15-minute drive from Ubud, high above the Ayung River in the lush Balinese Jungle, the magical property spans 23 acres of tropical forest, think fireflies, squirrels, monkeys and many other animals you share this natural playground with. COMO Shambhala Estate is the brand’s flagship and has long been a wellness leader in its field. The resort offers three distinct programs, such as the Cleanse, Ayurveda, and Be Active retreats, with an additional Bespoke package, designed to meet your individual needs. This can address anything from stress management, to weight management and diet change to coping with life transitions. Wellness activities include yoga, Pilates, meditation, hydrotherapy, massages, lectures, and treks through rice paddies as well as the COMO property. Furthermore, you will get to feast on healthy dishes (with local ingredients) from the brand’s award-winning COMO Shambhala Cuisine at Glow. You will leave the property feeling rejuvenated and motivated, with new advice and tools to cope with your daily challenges back home.


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8. Golden Door, San Marcos, California, United States

Surrounded by 600 acres of rolling hills and hiking trails, Golden Door is just a 40-minute drive north of San Diego. Since its opening back in 1958, the retreat has been attracting a number of Hollywood luminaries, including Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Chevy Chase, and Susan Sarandon to name a few. Go for the all-inclusive 7-day program and get ready for a complete reboot. With a focus on transforming mind, body and spirit, you will leave a different person. Daily spa treatments (including massages, reiki, craniosacral therapy and watsu), exercises (including hikes, yoga, fitness classes), mindfulness workshops, art classes and silent meditation walks will rejuvenate and energize you to embrace your future. As it is a place to detox mind and body, the food matches the wellness program and is subsequently local, organic and healthy. You might even find yourself harvesting your veggies in the garden. Styled after a Japanese ryokan, the 40 guest rooms come with sliding shoji doors and tatami mats. Furthermore, you don’t have to think about what to wear. A workout outfit (for daytime) and a Japanese yukata robe (for dinnertime) can be found in your wardrobe. 


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9. SHA Wellness Clinic, Alicante, Spain

Tucked away in the Sierra Helada Mountains in Spain, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, SHA Wellness Clinic, which spans more than 6,000 square meters, is known to be one of the best medical spas in Europe. The luxe wellness retreat combines Western medical expertise and ancient Eastern alternative therapies, alongside healthy nutrition. There is a vast array of programs that can be tailored to your specific needs, from Detox, to Fitness, Weight Loss, Sleep Recovery, and even Anti-Tobacco, each retreat can help achieve a new way of living, focusing on improving your wellbeing with natural therapies, a customized fitness plan, and a healthy diet. SHA has various divisions, including units for Revitalizing Medicine, Cognitive Empowerment, Dental Aesthetic, Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells, and Aesthetic Dermatology, as well as a Capillary Health unit for hair problems. Furthermore, there is a hydrotherapy circuit with two indoor swimming pools and numerous relaxation areas. Most retreats at SHA require a minimum of 7 days, except for Discovery which runs for 4 days, and Life Reset which runs for 28 days.

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10. Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Queensland, Australia

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is situated in the stunning Tallebudgera Valley in Queensland. Founded by fitness entrepreneur Tony de Leede and co-owned by actor Hugh Jackman, it offers breathtaking views of the coast and surrounding valleys, creating a relaxed atmosphere. Gwinganna aims to inspire healthier living, providing organic cuisine, spa treatments, and wellness seminars in a low-tech environment. Tailor your stay from a 2-Day Wellness Weekend to a full 7-Day Detox or combine multiple retreats for a longer visit.

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