The best Caribbean islands for wellness retreats may surprise you.
Taking time off from everyday life should involve much more than just booking a few fun excursions or basking on the beach. A true vacation means taking a break from stress and responsibilities, and giving your hard-worked body from TLC! Taking a wellness treat is one way to envelop your mind and body in peace and serenity, and recover from those long, hard months at the office. And what better place than the Caribbean to do just that?
What is a wellness retreat?
First of all, what exactly is a “wellness retreat”? The dictionary definition of retreat is “a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax,” or “a period of seclusion for the purposes of prayer and meditation.”
Wellness is defined as “the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.”
So, a wellness retreat is simply a quiet, secluded place to get away in order to get back in (or maintain) good health! A Caribbean wellness retreat can do wonders for your emotional and physical wellbeing. The Caribbean region is the perfect location for relaxation, thanks to its sunny weather, stable warm temperatures, and incredible ocean views.
Best Caribbean islands for wellness retreats
So maybe you’re thinking about getting away and focusing on your health for a while– but where should you go? We’ve chosen the best Caribbean islands for wellness retreats based on the following factors:
- Availability of secluded, quiet accommodations
- Ample variety of spas, treatment centers, and fitness classes
- Weather trends (more sunny, less rainy weather)
- Beauty of the island landscape (a concrete jungle just won’t do)
Combining these factors, the best Caribbean islands for wellness retreats are:
1. Turks and Caicos
Without a doubt, Turks and Caicos is one of the best locations in the entire world for a wellness retreat. This is because this multiple-island country has many spas, treatment centers, yoga instructors, and reiki practitioners to choose from. It also doesn’t hurt that Turks and Caicos is home to 2 of the world’s most beautiful beaches!
Providenciales, the nation’s biggest island, also has a plethora of luxury villas that will help you reach ultimate relaxation. This two story colonial-style villa even has a studio room that can be used for yoga or other fitness needs.
One more reason why Turks and Caicos is the perfect spot for your wellness retreat is the climate. The weather is pleasant year-round, and temperatures hover around the 80s the majority of the year. In addition, these islands are rarely hit hard by hurricanes.
The reason why Barbados is one of the best Caribbean islands for wellness retreats is because it is brimming with spas and holistic wellness centers. A second reason is the fantastic weather! Barbados lies outside the Atlantic Hurricane Belt, so it’s not at risk for being hit by big storms. There’s also much less chance of rain dampening your spirits.
You can find everything from acupuncture and reflexology, to chakra therapy and crystal healing in Barbados. See a list of luxurious spas and holistic wellness centers in Barbados here.
Clean-eating is big in Aruba, so you’ll find plenty of restaurants with vegetarian, vegan, and other healthy options. The island also has breathtaking white-sand beaches, and plenty of opportunities to engage in watersports like windsurfing or kitesurfing.
In addition, there are plenty of private villas in which to find restful peace and quiet (something hard to come by at crowded hotels and resorts).
Finally, Aruba has earned the nickname “One Happy Island”, thanks to the island’s stress-free vibe. Located outside the Hurricane Belt, this country enjoys sunny weather year round, few rain showers, and no hurricanes.
For recommended spas, check out Nafanny Spa in Noord and Clinical Massage Aruba & Spa in Palm – Eagle Beach.
4. Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia is clearly one of the most beautiful islands on earth. Just a glimpse of the beach at Anse Chastanet will take your breath away and usher in serene, calm thoughts.
Saint Lucia has plenty of spas, resorts, and other facilities emphasizing fitness, health, and wellbeing. For example, The BodyHoliday in Castries has daily itineraries that include fitness classes combined with sightseeing. Activities include water skiing, Caribbean dancing, and sunset yoga.
Ojas Spa and Wellness in Rodney Bay has a waterfront yoga hall and offers relaxing treatments like deep tissue massage and reflexology. F.A.C.E. to Face Day Spa, also in Rodney Bay, is the perfect place to escape with your girlfriends, since they offer manicures and pedicures along with massages and facials.
In addition, the country holds an annual three-day health and wellness retreat every November. It includes yoga, Ayurveda, and tai chi classes, as well as nutritional cooking demonstrations.
5. The Bahamas
The Bahamas, with its collection of around 700 islands (most are uninhabited) is prime territory for seclusion and relaxation. Of course, you’ll need to stay on a populated island at night, but that doesn’t mean you can’t escape to a deserted island to get some peace and quiet during the day.
If you need a little help learning yoga moves or getting fit, you can choose from dozens of stand-alone wellness facilities throughout the islands that offer classes both indoors and out on the beach.
There are also plenty of spas in which to relax and let technicians and therapists take care of your body’s accumulated stress. Try the Wellness Spa Bahamas in Nassau, or The Island Spa in Dunmore Town on Harbour Island (don’t forget to visit Harbour Island’s picture-perfect pink beach if you go!) There’s also the highly-rated Renu Day Spa on Grand Bahama Island. Besides couples massages and foot massages on the beach, they offer beauty treatments like hair styling, microdermabrasion, and even mink lashes application.
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