With the surging popularity of glamping, and the smooth pop melodies of luxe all-inclusives haunting our dreams, getting away these days seems to be all about conspicuous consumption.
On the other hand are getaways that urge guests to look inward, and use vacation as a time to detoxify the mind, body and spirit. From the Buddhist meditation retreats that promote simplicity, to yoga and health resorts that combine that aspect of luxury with personal wellness, there is something out there for everyone. No matter if it’s for two weeks or two days, health retreats offer a retreat from the normal vacation.
Shambhala Mountain Center, Colorado
Situated in a mountain valley in northern Colorado, <a href="http://www.shambhalamountain.org/" target="_hplink">this spiritual retreat</a> takes its name from the legend of Shambhala, a tradition that believes humans possess wisdom, compassion and goodness. Programs include Buddhist meditation retreats, writing retreats, music retreats, yoga retreats and training in ancient healing arts like quigong. There's also the opportunity for self-guided sojourns. In the winter stay in the lodge, while summer affords the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in platform tents. Rates vary by season and length of stay, but three daily meals are included. Visit the website for more info. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/trickofthelight/3844447236/" target="_hplink">trickofthelight</a>/Flickr
Holy Isle, Scotland
The spiritual history of <a href="http://www.holyisle.org/" target="_hplink">Holy Isle</a>, off the Scottish Isle of Arran, stretches back centuries, as it is the site of a healing spring, a hermit monk's cave and a 13th century Christian monastery. The south end of the island is home to a closed Buddhist retreat, but the north hosts the Centre for World Peace and Health. Anybody willing to abide by the five golden rules can participate in retreats like yoga, meditation and massage; the tai ji way of living; qigong's 57 varities; and kum nye and ashtanga. Prices for retreats vary, daily rates range from £28-£85 ($43-$131,) including three vegetarian meals. Daily visitors are also welcome, but generally aren't allowed in the Centre. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/secretlondon/4812011057/" target="_hplink">secretlondon123</a>/Flickr
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, California
Tassajara has for years been the location of a hot springs touted for their therapeutic powers. It's now also the location for this <a href="http://www.sfzc.org/tassajara/" target="_hplink">first Zen training monastery outside of Japan</a>, part of the <a href="http://www.sfzc.org/zc/display.asp?catid=1,5&pageid=1" target="_hplink">San Francisco Zen Center</a>. During the guest season from May through September, visitors are invited to take part in Zen retreats, meditation or study weeks to further explore this facet of Buddhism. There's also a guest practice program that offers the opportunity to practice alongside the Tassajara residential community. Rates range from $68-$388. Day guests are also welcome to use all of the retreat's facilities from 9a.m. to 9p.m., or just pop in for lunch. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/surharper/5830822119/in/set-72157600290243490" target="_hplink">surharper</a>/Flickr
The Island Experience, Brazil
The inspiration behind this wellness retreat was a seven-day hike around the Brazilian <a href="http://www.theislandexperience.com/index.htm" target="_hplink">Ilha Grande</a>. From that sprang an emphasis on adventure, healthy habits, outdoor sports, wildlife and the environment. Set 100 miles south of Rio de Janiero, this experience encompasses a seven-day detox and de-stress program that includes outdoor fitness activities, yoga, meditation, holistic massages and a vegetarian detox diet. Other locations include Argentina and Costa Rica. Photo: <a href="http://www.theislandexperience.com/index.htm" target="_hplink">The Island Experience</a>
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Australia
<a href="http://www.gwinganna.com/home.html" target="_hplink">Gwinganna </a>inhabits 500 acres in Australia's Tallebudgera Valley; the name of which meaning "lookout" in the aboriginal language — a nod to its ocean and valley views. Programs range from two to seven days and focus on detoxification and well-being. Specialty retreats include women's discovery, men's retreat, sleep discovery and feast of nutrition. Packages range from $980-$4265 and accommodations are in charming villas or cottages. Photo: <a href="http://www.gwinganna.com/home.html" target="_hplink">Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat</a>
Hawaii Naturopathic Retreat Center, Hawaii
Detoxification is the focus at <a href="http://www.mindyourbody.info/index.html" target="_hplink">this retreat in Hilo, Hawaii</a>. Programs aim to achieve goals like eliminating headaches; weight loss; disease recovery; body detoxification with raw foods; and freedom from addictions like alcohol, tobacco or even toxic foods. Prices vary, but the residential wellness program is $280 per day, and the addiction program is $380. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ronardis/7234320/" target="_hplink">ronardios</a>/Flickr
Shreyas Yoga Retreat, India
Located in Bangalore, <a href="http://www.shreyasretreat.com/" target="_hplink">Shreyas</a> aims to combine the sanctuary of a yoga retreat with luxe amenities. The emphasis here is on an ashram way of living, which prescribes daily yoga, meditation, chanting, organic vegetarian food and community service — it also shuns alcohol, so don't try to knock back a cold one here. Accommodations are provided in lodge rooms, cottages and tents. Nightly rates range from $320-$680, but packages like "wellness for the soul" and "ayurvedic rejuvenation" are available. Guests also have opportunities to engage in voluntourism by participating in local community service activities like preparing and serving lunch for schoolchildren. Photo: Jupiter Images
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Davood_Mousavi"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100000135249259/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Davood_Mousavi">Davood Mousavi</a>:<br />Kiruna( Norrbotten, Sweden) love the nature and its beautiful silence.
Esalen Institute: Big Sur, California
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/surcoast"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/surcoast">surcoast</a>:<br />Esalen Institute: Natural hot springs come out of the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean at the "Baths." One of the best view from hot springs anywhere in the world.
Amansala, Tulum Mexico
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/hp_blogger_Elizabeth Thorp"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/contributors/elizabeth-thorp/headshot.jpg" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/hp_blogger_Elizabeth Thorp">HuffPost Blogger Elizabeth Thorp</a>:<br />Need a spa vacation? Don't have the coin for The Golden Door? Want a break from your digital dependence and barrage of RSS, Twitter, Facebook feeds and updates? Amansala's your paradise in the Mayan Riviera.
Sewell House Yoga Retreat in Maine
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kmathai"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/2243077.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/kmathai">kmathai</a>:<br />Peaceful boat ride back from yoga on the ledge at Loon Lake. Donna and Kent are wonderful!