A mind-blowing trip to Ubud, Bali (or these seven other dreamy wellness destinations) is definitely worth adding to your travel bucket list. But the cost of the average blissed-out escape can be a major barrier for most people in need of a mind-body-soul reboot.
Fortunately, there are plenty of wallet-friendly, healthy travel options available right now capable of scratching that wanderlust itch without busting your budget. (I’m talking less than a 20-class pack at SoulCycle.) Many resorts even include meals and activities in your accommodations fee, so the only thing stopping you from days filled with yoga, workouts, surfing, and spa treatments is an airfare deal. Time to set that Google Flights alert.
Here are 11 wellness-focused retreats and destinations that you can score for less than $1,000 in places as far-flung as Thailand and Nicaragua.
Location: Taghazout, Morocco
Major draw: For a week of girl power, head to this sunny surfer’s paradise and enroll in a camp run by an all-female team of instructors. A typical day includes sunrise yoga, surf lessons, beach picnics, and excursions like cliff jumping or visiting a souk (AKA shopping marketplace)—that’s if you can tear yourself away from Surf Maroc’s boho-chic lodging.
Location: Isla Holbox, Mexico
Major draw: Trendspotters are calling Isla Holbox the next Tulum, so get to this laid-back island and nature preserve on the Caribbean before everyone else does—like from November 12-17 for the next Omm Retreats yoga getaway at Hotel Villas Flamingos. While there, you’ll conquer two hours of yoga in the morning and then again in the afternoon, which leaves plenty of time for a well-earned siesta in an over-water hammock.
Location: Nantucket, MA
Major draw: During this weekend retreat, happening September 29–October 1, you’ll stay at a private estate on Nantucket Island, taking two yoga classes daily with instructors Heather Lilleston and Samantha Moriarty. And don’t let its name fool you: Chances are you’ll be feeling good by the time Sunday rolls around.
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Location: Playa Venao, Panama
Major draw: This eco-friendly hostel, on the Azuero Peninsula, is the perfect place to recharge via surfing, horseback riding, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, bird watching, and trekking. And don’t be shy about meeting the locals—AKA the monkeys that regularly, er, swing by this reforestation project–cum-lodge.
Cost: Starting at $6 per night
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Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Major draw: When you’re not taking yoga classes or guided meditations, set aside some time for an herbal steam session or Thai massage. Oh, and don’t forget to take a dip in this holistic wellness sanctuary’s Himalayan crystal salt water pool if you want to soak up some extra good vibes.
Cost: Starting at $423
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Location: Paradise Island, Bahamas
Major draw: Commit to becoming a morning person (even on vacation) with 6 a.m. meditations on the ashram’s white sand beach, followed by a two-hour class of asanas, pranayama, and relaxation that’ll make you want to take on the day—or chill with a book in the retreat’s tropical gardens.
Cost: Starting at $69 per night for camping, $80 per night in a dormitory, or $116 per night in a single room (more lodging options available). The Yoga Vacation Program is an additional $32 per day during the winter and spring and $20 during the summer and fall, covering classes and meals.
Location: Santorini, Greece
Major draw: This isn’t your “college-summer-spent-backpacking-through-Europe-type” hostel: It’s housed within an 18th-century winery surrounded by gardens with lemon and pomegranate trees. When you’re not soaking up the scenery (or snapping pics for Instagram), book one of Caveland’s yoga classes, held right on its terrace.
Cost: Starting at $18 per night
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Location: Ometepe, Nicaragua
Major draw: Get a dose of inner bliss at this off-the-grid spiritual yoga community—located on a volcanic island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. Besides yoga, check out the area’s waterfalls or petroglyphs (AKA pre-historic rock carvings), go horseback riding, or kayaking—but be sure to save time to cook a meal or clean up as part of InanItah’s communal spirit.
Cost: $24 per night for camping or $28 per night for a dormitory room (with a 7 night minimum)
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Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Major draw: Book a YogaCoreCycle package and go through a whole program of asana classes, plus sweaty cardio sessions, with indoor cycling and core work using stability balls and TRX. Then, keep the endorphins going with a stand-up paddle boarding session along Koh Samui’s gorgeous beaches.
Cost: Starting at $162 per night (with a 3 night minimum)
Location: Goa, India
Major draw: Bond over vegetarian meals and Ashtanga yoga with top teachers at this relaxed retreat center nestled in North Goa’s tropical gardens. Just make sure to step off your mat long enough for a traditional Ayurveda massage and trip to a local spice plantation.
Cost: Starting at $756
Location: Woodbourne, NY
Major draw: Looking for a digital detox? Book a yoga vacation in the Catskill Mountains, where smartphones are respectfully switched to airplane mode. The daily schedule is packed with Hatha yoga classes, vegetarian brunches, silent meditation walks, and sweat sessions courtesy of Sivananda’s traditional Russian Banya (i.e. sauna).
Cost: Starting at $80 per per night