Best destinations for healing & wellness

Taking a vacation doesn’t just have to be a physical thing; it can be a mental journey, a spiritual escape from a state of mind or a therapeutic progression into a new way of thinking. Nowadays, the Global Spa and Wellness Summit has revealed that the wellness industry is worth over £2 trillion.

With this in mind, more and more people are exploring the possibilities of wellness breaks and healing holidays, taking themselves off to far flung corners of the world to reap the rewards of the natural goodness that lives there. Here are five of these gorgeous destinations that make the perfect holiday, for mind, body and soul. 

Iceland 

You can choose to enjoy a calming yoga session in the mountains of the Trolls, or explore Lake Mývatn - an active volcanic area with hot springs and steaming mud pools that makes the perfect place to relax and enjoy a dip in the wonderful warm water. Take a hike up the Kaltbakur mountain, one of the most energetic places in Iceland, to enjoy a revitalising view almost 1200ft above sea level. 

Aside from this, Iceland is home to a whole host of wonderful waterfalls, pseudocraters, mystical lava towers and geothermal hot spots, making it the perfect place to explore - both the country and within yourself. Plus, time your visit right and you may even experience the wonders of the Northern Lights. 

Thailand 

Thailand is a jewel in the crown of Southeast Asia, world renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches, lush tropical jungles and overall spiritual atmosphere. Known as The Land of Smiles, Thailand has plenty to offer those looking to explore their inner being as well as exploring the wonders of this beautiful country. 

Big Sur, California

According to many Big Sur in California is considered to be one of the most healing places in the world, so if you’re looking to find some inner peace then this is the place to visit. With beautiful spa retreat hotels and ranches, boasting organic architecture dotted in and amongst the redwoods, many of these properties prioritise open space and eco-sensitive features. This, along with the wonderful ocean or mountain views, helps guests reconnect with nature and provides a truly relaxing, healing environment.

Make the most of activities such as stargazing and yoga, or take a look into visiting one of the silent monasteries nestled in the hills to take refuge within the quiet surroundings. 

Nicaragua 

Nicaragua, with its lush tropical forests and natural appeal, provides a secluded setting that makes the perfect place to escape to if you’re looking for a peaceful oasis. The Emerald Coast, north of Costa Rica and edging onto the waters of the Pacific, plays host to a wealth of secluded wellness resorts that offer guests a selection of activities designed to promote inner peace and personal development. 

Whether you opt for a relaxing beach holiday, want to explore the possibilities of yoga, meditation and spa treatments, or want to take to the sea and visit Ometepe Island with its iconic twin volcano, Nicaragua has a lot to offer those seeking peace. 

Ibiza 

When it comes to wellness breaks then you don’t have to travel for hours on end, to the furthest corners of the world, to enjoy these healing properties. Ibiza, in the heat of the Mediterranean, is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in this area of Europe. It is this beauty that has attracted people seeking to soak up the atmosphere and take refuge, embracing everything that the White Isle has to offer. 

Therapists and spiritual practitioners from across the globe now call Ibiza home, offering visitors a wide array of retreat options on this beautiful little island. Explore Shamanistic and Ayurvedic course or find yourself in a world of mystical potential on a journey to spiritual enlightenment. The possibilities are endless. 

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