9 of the world’s best wellness retreats

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(CNN) – Pampering strangers, soaking them in fragrant water, or encouraging them to throw yoga shapes in a beautiful environment will not solve the problems of the last two years.

But for those of us who still carry the burden of anxiety or the long-term health consequences brought by this hectic time, such wellness-inspired activities will certainly come as a welcome escape.

Whether you’re looking for deep cleansing between New Zealand’s snowy peaks, massages in the Maldives and St. Lucia, or spa therapy in St. Lucia, here are some of the world’s best rejuvenation hotspots.

Arrow yes, New Zealand

Surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, Aro Ha says it has a simple kaupapa or purpose: to revive the mind and body.

It doesn’t come easy though – guests are expected to sever ties with alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes before embarking on their well-being journey.

The days at Aro Ha begin with the sound of Tibetan bowls, the dynamic flow of yoga against the backdrop of the rising sun, and the breakfast of carrot bread with apple butter and berry coolies, all obtained from the resort’s garden.

To keep the mind, body and soul pure, the kitchen is plant based with an emphasis on the garden-to-table. Fitness is just as key, so enjoy a subalpine tour around the area before some spa time and therapeutic massage is highly recommended.

Wilca Tika, Peru

Wilka Tika draws on the teachings of the local Quechua people for a healthy wellness solitude.

Wilka Tika draws on the teachings of the local Quechua people for a healthy wellness solitude.

Wilka Tika

Situated in the Andes, between the ancient castle of Machu Picchu and Cusco, the Inkan capital, this eco-friendly resort is nestled in one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world.

Throw in the luxury spa and it’s a perfect post-pandemic retreat.

The stunning beauty goes beyond the picturesque exterior; Among the pink buildings of this boutique hotel are the Seven Chakra Gardens – a restored space to represent the seven classic chakras, said by some to be the energy centers of the human body.

While traditional Andean ceremonies can be experienced outside the resort, the staff, including the local Quechua people, make sure that the guests’ stay is influenced by their relationship with Pachamama – Mother Earth. One of the best ways to stay in touch with nature is to soak in a floral solar bath full of salt and herbs under the night sky, warmed by the sun during the day.

Bodyholiday, St. Lucia

BodyHoliday's skin clinic offers a "Restoring beauty" Program

BodyHoliday’s skin clinic offers a “restorative beauty” program.

Physical leave

A beautiful Caribbean sea setting amidst powdery sand beaches and tropical rainforests boosts bodyholid’s promise of confidence: “Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind.”

Depending on the program, guests can spend their entire stay doing yoga or exploring the island with exciting activities such as scuba diving and archery.

There is a wellness center complete with a skin clinic, which has a “restorative beauty” in its other spas and therapy treatments.

Popular among guests is the “Serenity Massage”, a Swedish technique using a special blend of oils to help with breathing and sleep with Ayurvedic principles.

Anantara Eastern Mangroves, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Anantara Eastern Mangroves has luxury spa treatments, including a Turkish hammam.

Anantara Eastern Mangroves has luxury spa treatments, including a Turkish hammam.

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Observing the beautiful mangroves on the city shores, Anantara uses its natural surroundings to create healing oases that combine Eastern healing with Arabic influences. Typical treatments here include “Vichy Desert Sand Body Scrub” and “Neom D-Stress Candle Massage”.

Depending on the mood, guests can experience a Turkish hammam or head to the endless waterfront where they can indulge in one of the many water sports available.

Other treatments include the typical luxury of a luxury hotel – offering numerous excellent dining options and bottomless drinks at home.

Pleasure in the Himalayas, in India

Pleasure in the spiritual path of the Himalayas includes medical examination and spa consolation.

Pleasure in the spiritual path of the Himalayas includes medical examination and spa consolation.

Pleasure in the Himalayas

Sitting in the foothills of the Himalayas surrounded by Sal forests, Anand calls himself the “spiritual path”. It offers treatments tailored to the needs of guests – the epidemic-fed arrivals want to take advantage of the “stress management” program.

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A full medical examination is provided with spa consultancy to ensure that activities like yoga, meditation, pranayama (breathing regulation) and refreshing plugs give maximum benefits.

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Rejuvenating guests of this rejuvenation include British royalty and A-listers, including Elizabeth Hurley and Brad Pitt. If you are lucky, you can go on a trek in the woods with someone you know.

Stanglwirt Green Spa Resort, Austria

The water features of the Stangalvert Green Spa Resort echo the rocky mountain landscape.

The water features of the Stangalvert Green Spa Resort echo the rocky mountain landscape.

Stanglwirt Green Spa Resort

“The Sound of Music” meets “The Hobbit” in this sprawling, grass-roofed alpine chalet in the Wilder Kaiser Mountains of Austria, where the Hauser family presides over a high-level eco-escape.

Environmental identities are fostered by home-made food from Stangelvert’s organic farm, while the resort’s eco-sauna is made from local Arola pine.

Activities on offer include golf, horseback riding and skiing. There is also a 500-square-meter indoor fitness garden.

Stangelvert highlights include water features designed to mimic the surroundings of rocky mountains. Before guests can go up the algae-covered stairs to get involved in the Spanish Organic Treatment, it is recommended to let Brin soothe the skin from the salt water pool while relaxing in the massage alcove.

Palazzo Fiogi, Italy

Palazzo Fiuggi programs are tailored to the specific needs of guests.

Palazzo Fiuggi programs are tailored to the specific needs of guests.

Tyso Sadlo / Palazzo Fiogi

This medical retreat claims to take a 360-degree approach to well-being, with a serious focus that can potentially relieve people suffering from ailments including chronic covid.

With the healing waters as a backdrop and the natural beauty of Italy’s Apennine Mountains, the setting is beautiful.

Palazzo Fiuggi offers a bespoke wellness treatment program with holistic therapies and medical services developed by a team of doctors and specialists.

Guests can choose from “medical and diagnostic” treatments like its “Post Covid-19” program or from its “regeneration” scheme like its “Restore and Balance” program.

All treatment plans come with extensive medical workouts, Roman baths and lymphatic drainage, aromatherapy and other massages.

The best kind of wellness treatment also includes a good diet. Here guests can enjoy a menu designed by the three-star Michelin chef.

Euphoria Retreat, Greece

Euphoria Retreat offers unique wellness activities such as laughter yoga to clear the mind.

Euphoria Retreat offers unique wellness activities such as laughter yoga to clear the mind.

Euphoria retreats

The enchanting mountain village of Mystras is a cold escape from the plains of the inner Peloponnese region of Greece, and is the gateway to the fabulous ancient wonders of the Byzantine castle that overlook it.

It is also home to other escapes. Euphoria is a classical-style spa resort complex that offers guests treats, among other things, designed specifically to assist in post-epidemic recovery.

Euphoria’s “Feel Alive Again” program aims to free guests from punt-up negativity by combining activities such as laughter yoga, breathing and music.

The resort says these activities are designed to purify the mind and bring out unconscious thoughts and feelings.

It also offers patented “3GL Plus” therapy that measures the most important markers for metabolic health as guests travel through Euphoria Methodos, a spa approach that combines omnipresent Hippocratic medicine with Taoist spirituality.

Hopefully, guests say goodbye in a state of ecstasy.

Joali Being, Maldives

The purpose of Joali Being is to give guests a sense of freedom.

The purpose of Joali Being is to give guests a sense of freedom.

Joali Being

Surrounded by soft sand and sea breeze, the island’s wellness resort centers around the concept of “weightlessness”. No laws of gravity are broken, though; In Joali Being, it means giving a sense of freedom.

The resort says it combines modern science with ancient healing arts to stay inspired by its four pillars of well-being: mind, microbiome, energy and skin.

Programs designed to restore guests’ well-being, including a full body massage in the refreshing waters of the resort’s hydrotherapy hall, are on offer.

And for drinks? There are over 60 types of organic tea available at the Tea Lounge, Sai, where guests can sip and hopefully feel weightless.

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