Self-Care Retreats to Help You Recharge

by Elizabeth Yuko
Feb 28, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. ET

One of the main reasons to go away on a vacation — especially a wellness retreat — is to relax. It feels downright luxurious to take a few days off to unplug your devices and recharge your body and mind. 

Of course, everyone has their own idea of what relaxation entails, but for a lot of people, it means taking the time to stop and breathe and be more mindful of what’s around you. While it’s great to take the time for self-care over a long weekend, what’s even better is learning the techniques to incorporate into your everyday life back in the real world.

Here are some wellness retreats that focus on aspects of self-care, including improving your sleep and helping you meditate. These are all located in the U.S. and range from relatively affordable getaways to major splurges. Either way, take a look at some of these properties to see how your next vacation could result in some major improvements to your self-care routine.

1 /7: New Life Hiking Spa

1/7 :New Life Hiking Spa

The New Life Hiking Spa has been welcoming guests to the Green Mountains of Vermont for 40 years. Unsurprisingly, this property specializes in hiking in the forest, but also offers healthy food options and holistic massages. Your stay at this self-care wellness retreat is all-inclusive and one of the most affordable options around, with prices starting at $229 per person per night (depending on the package and length of stay). And there's a bonus: one free massage for every three nights you stay.

2 /7: Sunrise Springs Spa Resort

2/7 :Sunrise Springs Spa Resort

Sunrise Springs integrative wellness resort near Santa Fe, New Mexico, offers spa and therapeutically designed programming for those seeking healthy living and rejuvenation. A trip to this property is more than a few days of relaxation — the aim is also to give you the skills to continue your journey to wellness when you return home. And unlike other health and wellness resorts, Sunrise Springs also offers integrative behavioral health care to its guests and features a program in which guests work with a licensed counselor daily to evaluate their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

3 /7: Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

3/7 :Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

The Mandarin Oriental in Atlanta has recently started offering a new wellness-retreat package. It begins with a wellness bath in shungite-charged water to relieve fatigue and revitalize the body followed by a massage concentrating on the head, eyes, neck, shoulders, hands and feet. It also includes a private mindful meditation class with a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, which integrates Eastern philosophies of Buddhist meditation, Chinese energy medicine and Yin yoga to create a healing environment for transformation and self-care.

4 /7: Red Mountain Resort

4/7 :Red Mountain Resort

Red Mountain Resort in Utah is not only a place to relax — it's also stunningly beautiful. Better yet, they have a four-day, three-night self-care retreat that involves a variety of activities designed to make the most of your vacation and extend the relaxation beyond your time of departure. The retreat comes with daily guided hikes in the mornings, three healthy gourmet meals daily, fitness and wellness activities including Himalayan salt stone massage, vibrational sound therapy, cranial sacral therapy and table Thai yogi massage.

5 /7: No Taste Like Home

5/7 :No Taste Like Home

No Taste Like Home isn't your average wellness retreat: It's an Asheville, North Carolina-based ecotour company that takes people out to eat — outside, that is. Participants gather wild edible plants, mushrooms and more, then enjoy “find dining” made from what they gathered at one of five Asheville restaurants. Eating well is an important part of self-care — as is the exercise you'll get gathering the food. Unlike the other properties, No Taste Like Home doesn't involve an overnight component. Their foraging tour is the most popular offering.

6 /7: Mohonk Mountain House

6/7 :Mohonk Mountain House

Located about an hour-and-a-half from New York City, Mohonk Mountain House has been offering wellness and mindfulness programming to guests for nearly 150 years. In fact, the resort is so serious about mental well-being they have an official director of mindfulness — Dr. Nina Smiley. She leads many wellness retreats and sessions throughout the year, both in private and group settings. Some of her most popular focus on mindfulness to treat insomnia and pain, and she also leads guided forest bathing

7 /7: Hilton Head Health

7/7 :Hilton Head Health

Hilton Head Health on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina bills itself as a "weight-loss resort," but the programming goes far beyond dropping pounds and focuses on helping guests adopt healthier lifestyle habits. Through healthy meals and snacks, fitness programming, meditation sessions and lectures, guests truly learn about self-care and techniques they can bring home with them.