Why you should consider a wellness retreat for your next holiday
Traditionally, holidays have been about kicking back with a cocktail or 10 or traipsing around a far-off destination with the family. But in recent years we’ve seen a major rise in an entirely different type of vacation – wellness retreats! RELATED: The best beauty travel packs for your summer holiday RELATED: Time-saving holiday hairstyles to try A wellness retreat is all about going on a purpose-driven holiday. Whether you want to detox, recharge or embark on a journey of self-discovery, there are guaranteed to be several wellness retreats available to suit your needs. From healing retreats to a health retreat, weight loss retreat or fitness retreat, the options are truly endless. Whichever you decide, all you need to do is pack your beauty essentials (we can't live without Dettol Antiseptic Disinfectant Liquid and Deo Fresh For Her when travelling) and your well-deserved break is all planned out for you. So if you’re looking to kickstart a new phase of your life, or even if you’re just wanting to try something new, here’s why you should consider a wellness retreat and how to find the best one for you. Why should I go on a wellness retreat? There’s always a time in everyone’s life where they feel a little disconnected. You’re not sure what it is, but you just need something new – whether it’s some time out, a new adventure or even some simple R&R. If you’re craving a bit of a shake-up in your life, a wellness retreat could be the perfect solution. And contrary to popular belief, not all wellness retreats involve sitting on top of a mountain playing the bongos (unless you want it to be!). There are now loads of excellent wellness retreats both locally and internationally, so all you have to do is find the one that best caters to your needs. What type of wellness retreat is right for me? Now that wellness retreats have become a major trend in the health and fitness arena, you’re quite spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the one that suits you. Start by examining the reason you’re craving a good getaway. Do you want to break bad habits? Are you looking to combat stress? Or do you simply want to treat your body and mind to good dose of self-care? Determining the reason for your health holiday will help you focus on what’s important during this time, which will in turn help you to choose the best wellness retreat for you. Still not sure? Here are a few of the most popular types of wellness retreats to get you started. Weight loss retreat A weight loss retreat is just as it sounds – a dedicated space of time where you can focus on achieving your weight loss and health goals without falling victim to the traps that can occur in everyday life. Regular workouts, a healthy meal plan and food coaching are all par for the course, with the main objective being to ensure that you’re able to lose weight safely and sustainably for the future. Try: On Track Weight Loss Retreat, Central Coast NSW (www.ontrackretreats.com.au) Spa retreat The ultimate indulgence, the spa retreat is all about treating yourself to some serious pampering. From massages to facials, hot tubs and steam rooms to mud baths, to sessions with a naturopath and wellness consultations, spa retreats are about nurturing your body and mind so that you can unwind completely. You can find a package for solo travellers, hens weekends and even mother-daughter packages! Try: Gaia Retreat & Spa, Byron Bay NSW (www.gaiaretreat.com.au) Healing retreat Sometimes we all come up against personal issues that require some addressing. Healing retreats can be a great way to confront any sources of personal stress by being removed from your reality and allowing time to really focus on yourself. Healing retreats can help you find peace again and offer relief from stress and anxiety. Try: The Gawler Foundation Retreat, Yarra Junction VIC (www.gawler.org) Adventure retreat Take yourself out of your comfort zone and dive headfirst into a new environment. Active retreats are available in a number of stunning locales, each with the ability to help you lose yourself in adventure. The perfect way to take a breath from a busy life, an adventure retreat can be anything from a camping adventure to a horse-riding or hiking experience through unique terrain. Try: Scenic Rim Walk, QLD (www.healthandfitnesstravel.com.au) Health and fitness retreat Sometimes all you need in life is just to get your sweat on. Whatever your health and fitness goals, there’s a retreat to suit you with dedicated training plans all organised to help you get there. From pilates to yoga, boxing to tai chi, there’s a health and fitness retreat that’ll have you feeling the burn in no time. Try: Fitbreak, Byron Bay NSW (www.fitbreakaustralia.com.au) What can I expect once I’ve finished my wellness retreat? Depending on your wellness retreat of choice, you can expect to return home feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and possibly with an entirely new outlook on your life. Even if you don’t experience enlightenment, it’s likely you’ll come away with a renewed sense of self, some great stories and having made a few new friends. When you return, try to take the practices you’ve learnt from your wellness retreat into your daily life. After all, that’s where the real wellness lies! Have you tried a wellness retreat?
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