Looking to get out of the daily hustle and bustle and finally take some “me” time, but don’t know where to start?
Of course, you can begin by booking one of the world’s top retreats, some of which require a flight halfway around the world …
… Or you can de-stress and find your center at one that might just be in your backyard.
Here are 8 lesser-known, but totally worthwhile, wellness retreats that will fill your vacation with adventure, fun, and some much needed unplugging and recharging.
New Life Hiking Spa in Killington, VT
Get in touch with your inner awareness by joining one of the many hikes around the Green Mountains in Vermont. <a href="http://www.newlifehikingspa.com/intro.htm" target="_hplink">New Life Hiking Spa</a> offers Hiking Spa programs starting at $259 per night and includes healthy meals, hiking programs, fitness classes and spa treatment.
Jungle Spa Adventure in Dominica
Connect with nature on a <a href="http://www.junglebaydominica.com/packages-rates/packages/jungle-spa-adventure" target="_hplink">Jungle Spa Adventure</a> at the Jungle Bay Dominica in the Caribbean. Start your day with a gentle yoga session surrounded by the luscious rainforest and then go on an island adventure, or even a hike for a breathtaking view of cascading waterfalls. And for the cherry on top, end your day with a revitalizing spa treatment.
Harbin Hot Springs in Middletown, CA
Book a digital detox weekend escape and soak your troubles away at <a href="http://www.harbin.org/features-and-services/introduction/" target="_hplink">Harbin Hot Springs</a>, one of California’s oldest hot springs north of Napa Valley. De-stress and rejuvenate with daily yoga, spiritual and meditation sessions. With their no phone and Internet policy, you'll really disconnect and a chance to take care of yourself.
Blue Heaven Resort and Spa in Boone, NC
With the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains as the perfect backdrop, <a href="http://blueheavenresortandspa.com/spa-packages/" target="_hplink">Blue Heaven Resort and Spa </a>offers a variety of packages from the adventurous to finding your inner peace. An Eat, Spa, Love girlfriend getaway starts at $390 for a 2-night stay and includes healthy meals, spa treatments, meditation and yoga sessions.
Shambhala Mountain in Red Feather Lakes, CO
Reconnect with yourself with the Retreat and Renewal Package at the <a href="http://www.shambhalamountain.org/program/rr1013-retreatandrenewal/" target="_hplink">Shambala Mountain Center</a>. Join one of the yoga and meditation sessions, or go on a guided hike during the day and rewind with a massage at night. For more inspiration, guests can take a walk to the Great Stupa, a Buddhist sculpture said to bring peace and harmony.
Kalani Experience in Big Island, Hawaii
There’s nothing like recharging in paradise. With the <a href="http://www.kalani.com/edu-vacations/kalani-experience" target="_hplink">Kalani Experience</a> package on the Big Island of Hawaii, guests can participate in hula classes, tai chi, or enjoy an aquatic bodywork session. You can even go on a Hawaiian “holoholo“ outing, which means to go out simply for the pleasure of doing so.
Bodhi Khaya Retreat in Capetown, South Africa
Connect with your breath as you take in the beauty of fynbos all around the <a href="http://www.bodhi-khaya.co.za" target="_hplink">Bodhi Khaya Retreat Center</a>. A 2-hour drive from Capetown, Bodhi Khaya is your spiritual home away from home. Find your balance in one of their Qi Gong, cooking, or yoga retreats.
Mountain Trek in Tecate, Mexico
Detoxify and de-stress with Mountain Trek’s health spa vacation at the picturesque <a href="http://www.mountaintrek.com/rancho-la-puerta/" target="_hplink">Rancho La Puerta</a> in Tecate, Mexico. Escape from the world on a scenic nature hike or take a moment to reflect on your own. As the weather gets colder by the day, this retreat is the perfect winter getaway in sunny Mexico.