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Have you ever had a vacation, within the travel sector of ‘wellness tourism’? If you are looking for something new for 2019, consider stepping away from traditional trips, involving culture and tourism and join the fast-growing travel trend happening throughout the World.

As society becomes increasingly aware of the importance of both mental and physical health, the ‘wellness tourism’ industry is booming, with health-related retreats and experiences popping up in many popular tourist destinations.

The Global Wellness Institute reports that the wellness industry was worth a staggering $4.2 trillion in 2017, up from $439 million in 2014. This goes to show its growing popularity!

The USA is one of the top 5 countries to offer a variety of wellness trips.

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What is ‘Wellness Tourism’?

Wellness tourism is a holiday that focuses on the prevention of disease, improving health and enhancing your quality of life. This can include anything from booking yourself into a day spa, visiting an exercise or yoga retreat and extensive stays at a private lodge for a weight loss programme.

Where to visit a wellness retreat?

As one of the leaders in the industry it makes perfect sense to start your wellness experience in the USA. What better place to begin than the already beautiful and chilled out state of Florida? With ideal weather all year long, the Sunshine State is great for both indoor and outdoor activities.

Here are our top 5 picks for you to find inner peace and tranquillity, while promoting health.

Zen Den Yoga School

This retreat, based in Boca Raton on the South-East coast of Florida, offers a variety of intensive detox and cleanse retreats. Three programmes are available depending on how long you want to stay.

Relaxing activities include daily morning meditation, Thai Chai and Yoga classes, and massages. Your diet during your stay will aid your detox and promote good digestion and set you up for a healthy lifestyle once you return home.  For more details click here.

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Fitness and Spa Retreat

Unplug from your normal day to day life and start your fitness regime with the support of your girlfriends at this premier “ladies only” retreat.

Located on one of Florida’s best beaches, Clearwater Beach, your programme will consist of 6 hours of daily exercise from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You will be motivated and feel great after learning amazing techniques in Yoga and Pilates.

Plus, have a great time hiking, kayaking and biking, plus many more sociable sports. A balance will be made between pampering and exercise as massages and spa treatments are also available too.

Find out more about a 4 night stay, that includes meals and detox shakes all for $1884, by clicking here.

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Getaway Fitness Day Retreat

If you are not ready to jump straight into a long stay wellness retreat consider a day retreat like Getaway Fitness.

This boot camp style regime costs $249 per day and includes swimming, pilates, kayaking, nutrition advice and exploration.

Check out their testimonials, if you need convincing.

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The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club

Voted Trip Advisors #1 value for money in the spa category is The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club.

Their professional treatments, premium facilities and friendly staff make this hotel an ideal wellness retreat. Spa packages are available, and include a range of facials, massages and body treatments. Check out their spa treatments catalogue online today, to have an idea of the relaxing and rejuvenating experiences you can expect.

As well as lavish treatments you will have full access to the Eucalyptus Steam Room, Sauna and Whirlpool Bath.

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Ayurveda Health Retreat

This wellness centre offers a range of retreat packages.

If you are not wanting to include physical exercise to improve your fitness level then we suggest the Rest and Relaxation Retreat. This package focuses on centring yourself by teaching breathing techniques and relaxing with holistic spa treatments.

For an all-inclusive daily price of $395, you will have a private room, eat off an Ayurveda vegetarian menu, and be encouraged through a daily 2-hour relaxation session. Plus, a weekly cooking class is available and daily meditation and yoga sessions.

The Ayurveda Health Retreat focuses on promoting health through massages, nasal therapy and other practices with the use of natural ingredients, for example herbal oils, aromatherapy and steam. If you are intrigued and want to find out more click here.

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If you are someone who often feels worse when they return home from a vacation than when they left, we encourage you to give one of the above wellness retreats a try. Let us know how you got on, in the comments sections below. And if have a favourite wellness retreat we didn’t mention please share the details below.

SpaFinder.com is also a good resource to help you find local services that can promote good physical and mental health.

 

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