Retirement is your time to focus on you: Your health, your passions, and all the things you never had time for when you were working. If you are lucky, retirement may also give you the financial ability to travel.
In this article, we explore some of the world’s most inspiring health and wellness resorts. You may have to wait for international travel restrictions to be lifted to visit these destinations but, until then, you can be inspired.
If meditation and yoga aren’t for you, don’t worry. Wellness retreats offer something to suit everyone’s goals and needs. Here are some truly inspiring holidays that focus on your health.
- Chiva Som – Thailand
Royalty and celebrities around the world favour Chiva Som International Health Resort for its impressive healing therapies and seven-star accommodation. With everything from a huge serene Watsu pool to Pilates, Physiotherapy, and Thai-inspired treatments, you’ll love the serenity of this esteemed resort. Located in Hua Hin just a few hours from Bangkok, the Thai influence adds a unique element of luxury.
- Ananda Spa in the Himalayas – India
Uma Thurman and Oprah love Ananda, and it’s no secret why. Set in the foothills of the Himalayas just past the holy town of Rishikesh, Ananda is an oasis of health and wellness. Inspired by Ayurvedic medicine, Ananda offers everything from Ayurvedic-prescribed dietary menus to cleanses, philosophy classes, Physiotherapy, massage, and of course, yoga and meditation. Set in a palace belonging to one of India’s last Maharajas, Ananda blends opulence with effective Eastern philosophy.
- Aroha, New Zealand
It’s no secret New Zealand is breathtakingly beautiful, but you haven’t seen beauty quite like Aroha. Set in the Southern Alps near Queenstown, Aroha blends modern minimalistic and eco-conscious design with modern wellness therapies. Created with a solid interest in movement therapies and plant-based food, Aroha is a favourite among billionaires around the world.
- Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Australia
Set amongst the stunning Australian bush, Gwinganna fuses outdoor activities with organic food, wellness seminars, and luxury accommodation to help restore you to your best health. With set retreat dates or the ability to choose a package suited to your goals, this Aussie wellness retreat is exceptional and impressive. It’s no wonder wellness celebrity, and biochemist Dr. Libby started seeing patients at this retreat before going on to inspire millions.
- Liv Nordic Spas, Viking Cruise Ships
If you have ever wanted to take a cruise, but you’re worried you’ll get too excited at the buffet and lose all your fitness, Liv Nordic has you covered. While enjoying the luxury of Norwegian Viking Cruises, you can also immerse yourself in health and wellness with massage, wellness seminars by visiting guests and daily use of the exceptional gym facilities. If you’re chasing relaxation more than fitness, the onboard spa is free to use, offering nordic bathing; alternating between hot and cold. There’s even a snow room.
Retirement is your chance to focus on living your best life: You finally have the time and money. Treat yourself to a week at a wellness retreat, and you’ll be impressed with what you can accomplish in both the short and long term.
Written by Caitlin R.
As a physiotherapist and personal trainer, Caitlin is passionate about health and fitness.
All articles are provided as general information and are not intended, nor may it be construed, as medical advice or instruction. Information and opinions expressed are believed to be correct and accurate to the best knowledge and judgement of the authors. Readers should consult their appropriately qualified health care professional prior to taking any action or inaction.