In today's high-stress world, we all need to take some time to relax. Retreats are a fantastic way to do this, as they get you away from the things that tend to make you feel anxious or overwhelmed every day (like that urge to check your email every five minutes), and get you into a place full of serenity. Here are 7 perfect retreats to recharge your batteries and get you back to feeling like yourself again.
Aqua Wellness Resort, Nicaragua
If you grew up reading The Swiss Family Robinson, you'll love this retreat. Its rooms are built high up in the treetops, looking out over lush green plants and a beautiful white sand beach. Activities include a spa, yoga classes and plenty of opportunities for meditation. This is the perfect place to get back in touch with nature, and to just sit and enjoy the peacefulness of being away from the big city. As an added bonus, this retreat is "unplugged," meaning you can leave your pesky phone and computer at home and finally stop checking those emails for a few days. To find out more, you can visit the Aqua Wellness Resort's official website.
YO1 Wellness Center, New York, U.S.
If you are looking for something a little closer to home, YO1 Wellness Center in upstate New York is a great choice. It is billed as "India's Holistic Wellness Program," and features relaxing and fun activities like yoga, acupuncture, naturopathy, physiotherapy, massage and even a Bollywood-style dance class. This picturesque residence, located on the property of what used to be a country club, is hidden away in the Catskill mountains, giving you the space and time you need to commune with nature and breathe that fresh, country air. To find out more, you can visit the YO1 website.
Maya Tulum Resort, Mexico
Maya Tulum Resort is a gorgeous place to spend a few days relaxing and, unlike some other resorts, it won't break the bank. This amazing resort is inspired by ancient Mayan techniques of relaxation and healing. Services offered at this secluded beachside retreat on the Yucatan Peninsula include beautiful rooms located inside thatched-roof huts, traditional temazcal saunas that let you sweat out your worries and detoxify your body, spa treatments inspired by Mayan medicine and yoga classes. There is also a tranquil maze on the beach that makes a great spot to stop and take in the landscape. To find out more, you can take a look at the resort's website.
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Another great choice for those staying in the United States is Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. This is another mountainside retreat with a great view, but that is just the beginning. Sanctuary Camelback is the height of luxury, with sophistication sparkling from every inch of the 53-acre property. You can go to the relaxing Zen Garden, complete with reflecting pond, to meditate, or you can enjoy one of many high-class spa and beauty treatments like HydraFacial, a procedure designed to both exfoliate and rejuvenate skin. To find out more, visit SanctuatyCamelback.com.
Hidden Valley Forest Retreat, Western Australia
When most people think of retreats, they think about a secluded cabin out in the woods somewhere, far from the city and away from the maddening crowds. If that sounds like you, then Australia's Hidden Valley Forest Retreat is your ideal destination. According to its website, Hidden Valley offers four different types of accommodations, each of which is as luxurious as the atmosphere is peaceful. You can sleep in eco-friendly lodges, go hot-tubbing in the elegant stone stables, and go exploring in the thick forest around the retreat, all while unplugging from your daily technological stresses and making friends with the cheerful, laid-back locals.
Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort, Oman
If just sitting still and relaxing isn't what you need to recharge your batteries, Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort might just have something for you. This is the only retreat in the world that offers, not just meditation and spa treatments, but the opportunity to go paragliding over the beautiful Musandam Peninsula. You can also take a sunset sail on a peaceful dhow, and enjoy both scenic mountains and beautiful beaches. To learn more, you can visit the Zighy Bay Resort website.
Last but certainly not least, Thailand's Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa has earned numerous awards for its incredibly beautiful and unbelievably peaceful environment. Combining healing and relaxation techniques from both the East and the West, this gorgeous sanctuary on the sea offers treatments for everything from emotional imbalance to stress and burnout. It even offers several different ways to detoxify your body and mind. The cherry on top of this serene sundae is that the entire facility is built around a cave where a Buddhist monk used to meditate, meaning that the healing and zen powers of this place are already built in. To find out more, visit Kamalaya.com.