There’s a hot new travel niche that focuses on health and wellness getaways. People seek out vacation locations specifically to give their physical, mental and spiritual states a boost. They want places that offer more than just a white sand beach, a checklist of sightseeing and endless cocktails. They’re looking for rejuvenating experiences that have a lasting impact on their mind, body and soul. From the birthplace of yoga to meditation retreats to Native American sweat lodges, we’ve rounded up some of the best travel destinations for health and wellness.
India is the place where yoga began and can be a true haven for any traveler who seeks to improve their physical, mental and spiritual health. So much of India is devoted to yoga and meditation retreats, it can be difficult to pin down which city or spa/center/ashram to visit. Our best suggestion is to research what type of enlightenment experience you are after and let your senses lead you. There are plenty of serene yoga pavilions, peaceful gardens, hilltop vistas and luxury resorts awaiting you here. Transcendental meditation sessions, communal vegetarian dinners, vows of silence and Ayurvedic treatments are some of the highlights at many of these therapeutic retreats. Try The Art of Living in Bangalore or the AyurYoga Eco-Ashram in Kerala for starters.