Here are our top 12 wellness retreats in Central America and Mexico to help you plan for your next getaway vacation. Featuring ancient native sites, volcanoes, jungles, and beaches, you can experience one-of-a-kind luxury retreats and begin your healing journey in one of the most diverse areas on the planet.
1. Rancho la Puerta, Baja California, Mexico
A world-renowned fitness and spa retreat in the mountains of Baja California, Rancho la Puerta spans 4,000 acres, from meadows to the boulder-garden foothills of Mt. Kuchuma. Trek majestic mountain trails, sink into a guided meditation, or rest in the serenity of the spa, where treatments use aromatic and medicinal herbs and other organic healing plants grown in the garden. The perfect pilgrimage for a solo sojourning experience, or even a romantic getaway for two, the time at Rancho la Puerta will allow you to dive into maximum comfort and naturally pull the best out of your body.
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2. THE WELL at Hacienda AltaGracia, San José, Costa Rica
Dubbed the epitome of holistic luxury, The Well at Hacienda AltaGracia is a collaboration between New York City’s most popular wellness center The Well and Auberge Resorts. It is a new 50-casita wellbeing resort (opened in November 2021), set among 180 acres of lush Costa Rican rainforest. Promising unparalleled innovation it has reimagined the spa experience with holistic treatments ranging from craniosacral facials to lunar gong baths, Talamancan healing traditions, mindful movement classes, and expert-driven coaching and workshops. The resort’s main feature is the Casa de Agua spa, a greenhouse-style pool with heated stone beds for relaxation and natural clay treatments. The resort also offers guided excursions to explore the surrounding lush jungle and wildlife, including stargazing sessions led by a local astrologer.
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3. Cartesiano Urban Wellness Center, Puebla, Mexico
Rebuild your body from the inside out with an immersive, bespoke experience at the Cartesiano Urban Wellness Center. Seamlessly designed to deliver advanced results with proven complementary and alternative practices, the 7 pillars of Rhythm, Vibration, Conscious Nutrition, Regeneration, Movement, Culture, and Biophilia are highlighted in your perfect wellness experience in Puebla, Mexico, where each program offered is designed to meet your individual needs. Try the mitigating Detox and Regenerate wellness getaway package, take a step into your inner universe as you watch the stars of Puebla, or engage in Visual Healing with immersive programs of Moving Art, rediscovering appreciation for our beautiful planet – there is so much to choose from at Cartesiano.
4. Tabacon, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
Visit the Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, where you will enjoy wellness activities that will connect you with the many healing powers of Mother Nature, such as outdoor yoga, surfing, healthy and delicious organic food, and soothing spa treatments that use local produce such as chocolate and coffee. When not indulging in the thermal mineral springs or undergoing treatments at the spa, there are many activities available to keep you and your partner entertained. The spa at Tabacon offers perfectly match wellness with nature. Expand your lungs and soul in a yoga session in the open-air studio or embark on an adventure tour where scents of the rainforest become an essential part of your wellness experience, perfectly blending the sounds of wildlife and the relaxing hot springs.
5. The Retreat, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
There truly is nowhere better to go than Costa Rica to switch off from the stresses and strains of the modern world and to reset your mind, body, and soul. Perched on a 50-acre quartz mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean, where sunsets create the setting for healing journeys to come. Whether it is the vibrational healing of the Crystal Quartz Mountain, intending to move deeper into your yoga practice, or getting back into nature to balance your inner spirit, The Retreat offers bespoke experiences for whatever you fancy. Experience healing therapies in acupuncture, massage, and chromotherapy. There is even an ayurvedic menu. Adjourn to your luxury accommodation that looks over the horizon of Costa Rica and indulge in a meal that is 100% organic and fresh, with most produce being grown on the property.
6. Samasati Yoga & Wellness Retreat, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
The Samasati Yoga & Wellness Retreat is situated amidst 250 acres of pristine rainforest on the unspoiled Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Designed to maximize your serenity, peace and connection to nature and to your deeper self, embark on a centering, nourishing retreat journey for a truly transformative experience to awaken into your heart’s inner knowing and dive deeply into personal truth and a keen sense of self awareness. At Samasati, you move at your own pace, exploring whatever you fancy such as guided nature treks, waterfall hikes, dips in a natural pool, bird watching, daily yoga classes, and more.
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7. Pura Vida Retreat & Spa, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
Championing Pura Vida, or the good life and blessed with unspoiled beaches, dense tropical jungles, imposing volcanoes and an abundance of wildlife, the small Central American country of Costa Rica is one of the happiest countries in the world. Offering retreats in yoga, rejuvenation, and the like, Pura Vida Retreat & Spa is a revitalizing wellness getaway located on an eight-acre gated retreat property surrounded by coffee-draped hills. Dedicate time to yourself through rejuvenating specialty wellness treatments in one of the Mind + Body + Spirit packages where you can experience all of Costa Rica: zipline over the forests, raft through rainforests, hike to waterfalls, and practice yoga against the majestic backdrop. Surrounded by volcanic mountains that encircle Pura Vida, natural healing is at the root of every touch.
8. Las Lagunas Hotel, Flores, Guatemala
Located in the heart of the Mayan world, Las Lagunas Hotel brings personalized, magnificent experiences for all your bespoke requests and needs. Begin your stay with a night at Shultún Restaurant, an adventure through Monkey Island Tour, or experience the tranquillity of the jungle with an immersive relaxing massage – there is so much to choose from. Indulge in one of the numerous massages or facial treatments that use local ingredients to enhance your natural beauty. Using a variety of full body techniques that combine aromatherapy and reflexology, massages are revitalizing while other facial treatments use different types of products and masks to detoxify the skin, improve circulation, and provide a stronger sense of psychical and emotional wellbeing.
9. Yaan Wellness, Tulum, Mexico
Yäan Healing is a healing center, addressing inner and outer beauty by nourishing the mind, body, and soul. Health, relaxation, and cleansing through different ancient Mayan therapies comes easily through healing waters, purified crystalline water pools, sauna and steam room. Experience traditional indigenous treatments, energy healing, deep muscle relaxation techniques, or lay back in a herbal flower bath prepared in a custom-made copper tub. A unique spa retreat experience, sacred herbs and indigenous Mayan healing awaits you at Yaan’s healing sanctuary.
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10. Naia Resort and Spa, Placencia, Belize
Discover barefoot luxury and warm, personalized service at Naia Resort and Spa, where you will discover the hidden sanctuary that provides you the space you deserve to embark on a journey of self-care, healing, and renewal. Whether paddleboarding in the beautiful Caribbean Sea, indulging in a customized spa ritual, or relaxing among the resort’s secluded beach houses and swimming pools, no matter the reason for your visit to Naia Spa, there are almost unlimited ways to make the very best of your time. Experience the Ultimate All Inclusive Package, where you can find yourself relaxing in a luxurious suite with a private veranda and breathtaking views, later moving to a signature restaurant and guided therapeutic experience. Become immersed in the unique traditions and culture of Belize and jaw-dropping scenery, offering the perfect place to slow down.
11. Chablé Yucatán, Yucatán, Mexico
Chablé Yucatán highlights the best of Mayan wellbeing. On a daily mission to become more sustainable by redefining wellness, Chablé meets Mayan magic with technology to offer ancestral healing techniques that are strengthened with modern science to give unique and extraordinary wellness results, reconnecting us with ourselves through the celebration of the mind, body, and soul. Chablé redefines wellness as a practice that welcomes everything that creates wellbeing and balance from the soul to the space we inhabit. Channelling the energy of ancient healing, dive into spiritual therapy and practice wellness with traditional Mexican medicine, including the extraction, rearrangement, and liberation of the ancestral or current energies.
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12. Palmaïa, The House of AïA, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Boasting progressive wellness, The House of AïA brings retreat programs built on a bedrock of sustainability. A secluded sanctuary with oceanfront suites, guests will have the perfect opportunity to re-establish the connection between mind and body with guided meditation sessions, bringing an atmosphere of tranquility you would expect from any yoga retreat. Drawing energy from the jungle around, doors open to the Atlantis Spa, where jungle inspired architecture blends seamlessly together with modern design and tranquil treatment rooms. Guests can indulge in various spa treatments, including ayurvedic treatments, Temazcal ceremonies, steam room sessions, sound baths, energy healing relaxing massage, and more.