11 Dreamy Wellness Escapes

11 Dreamy Wellness Escapes

Wellness Escapes beyond a Yoga Retreat

By Adam York

Wellness tourism allows travelers to maintain, enhance or kick-start a healthy lifestyle, and support or increase their sense of well-being. From cycling across Italy with a famous chef to meditating with monks in Tibet, here are 11 dreamy wellness vacations to relax, reboot and establish a sense of inner balance


Soaking & Cycling Shikoku 

Shikoku is the smallest of Japan’s major islands. It’s encircled by a 1,200 km, 88-temple Buddhist pilgrimage route honoring the 9th-century monk Kukai. Cycling these ancient Samurai roads, trekking sacred Pilgrim routes, soaking in historic hot springs, and enjoying a unique culture and gastronomy make this Ride & Seek vacation the perfect wellness retreat for active travelers. 


Samari Japan Bike Tour
Samari Japan Bike Tour


Tiny House Ski Retreat 

Just minutes from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Fireside Resort capitalizes on the tiny house craze and the classic appeal of rustic cottages by offering 25 pint-size, luxuriously outfitted units designed by Wheelhaus. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort offers 133 runs and 12 lifts across more than 2,500 acres. Well-groomed Nordic skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing trails are also available. 


Rustic Cottages by Wheelhaus
Rustic Cottages by Wheelhaus


Fly Fishing + Diving in Belize 

Turneffe Flats has been one of the world’s top flats fishing and diving resorts for close to four decades. Frontiers International Travel guests enjoy a myriad of other activities such as unique marine eco-adventures, birding, and wildlife watching. 


Fly Fishing in Belize
Fly Fishing in Belize


Meditating with Monks 

On this MIR Corporation adventure, guests visit Dunhuang’s UNESCO-listed Mogao Caves and explore the Tibetan Plateau on a splendid route that embraces the sacred cities of Gyantse, Shigatse and Lhasa, “City of the Sun.” 


Learn to Meditate with the Monks
Learn to Meditate with the Monks


Cycling with a Chef in Italy 

Tourissimo offers cycling vacations that focus on the best food and wine Italy has to offer. On each departure, they invite a well-known chef whose role is to facilitate the understanding of local gastronomy. The tours all happen around carefully selected cycling routes. 


Cycling with an Italian Chef
Cycling with a Chef in Itay


Cowboy Cooking & Horseback Riding 

In addition to hiking, fly fishing, cattle wrangling, horseback riding, yoga and luxury accommodations, guests at Red Reflet Ranch in Ten Sleep, WY have an opportunity to learn culinary techniques and skills by joining the ranch's executive chef for cooking classes. Much of the meat and produce consumed at Red Reflet Ranch comes from its butcher shop and gardens. 


Cowboys and Cuisine


Biking Across Colorado 

Cycle of Life Adventures has created a four-week-long “Epic Colorado” cycling expedition covering 1,258 miles with an elevation gain of 89,502 feet. In addition to cycling, there are three rest days built in so guests can enjoy fly fishing, kayaking, rafting, hiking, golf or spa experiences. 


Cycling in Colorado


Northern Lights, Dog Sledding & Curling

Get a dose of local culture by day and view the Aurora Borealis by night. Visit a local homesteader, walk with reindeer, go dogsledding, learn the sport of curling, and relax in the outdoor hot springs on this quintessential wellness vacation offered by Gondwana Ecotours. 


Dog Sledding in Alaska
Dog Sledding in Alaska


Big Sky Spring

Visit Big Sky, Montana, and make the new Wilson Hotel your base for active spring adventures. End ski season on hundreds of exhilarating runs spread across 5,850 acres of terrain at Big Sky Resort, or venture into Yellowstone National Park on foot or bike to see natural wonders and wildlife waking from the quiet of winter. 


Blue Skies and Big Slopes
Blue Skies and Big Slopes


Ride the Roof of the World

Join H+I Adventures on a mountain bike trip in the Himalayas of Nepal for breathtaking climbs and fast descents in the Kathmandu Valley and among the highest peaks in the world. Along the way, share tea with local farmers on their rooftops in the mountains. 


Cycling in Nepal
Cycling in Nepal


Sri Lanka Safari

Visit the national parks of Sri Lanka with Adventure Life to see wildlife like colorful peacocks, giant crocodiles, majestic herds of elephants during jungle hikes, game drives and boat rides. Also find four centuries of Arab, Portuguese and Dutch cultural influences on a walking tour through the cobbled streets of Galle. 


Sri Lankan Safari
Sri Lankan Safari

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