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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your First Wellness Retreat

Going on a holiday means getting the chance to rest, relax, rejuvenate, and forget your worries. At the end of your vacation, you want to feel refreshed, reenergised, and ready to go back to the daily grind.

However, planning and going on a holiday can also be stressful sometimes. Whether you are vacationing locally or abroad, with your family or friends, there are a few potential snags that you have to deal with first so you can fully enjoy your getaway.

Certain situations and issues may also come up during your holiday that could prevent you from getting some much-needed “me time,” causing you to feel even more tired and stressed out when you come home than before you left.

Experiencing More Health Benefits on Your Next Holiday

If you want to experience a stress-free, enjoyable holiday that allows you to experience more health benefits, consider going on a wellness retreat.

A wellness retreat is a structured or packaged holiday consisting of various physical, psychological, and spiritual activities meant to improve your overall health.

Wellness centres & Resorts offer this holiday package with the intent of helping guests get more out of their getaway. .

When you go on a wellness retreat, you get to heal and unwind thoroughly. Most of the activities included in a typical package include outdoors activities, such as Kayaking, Nature Walks, Cycling and Watersports allowing you to bask in the calm, soothing vibe that nature provides. 

Health retreats also allow you to reflect and renew. The activities and time you spend alone, with your companions, and fellow guests can help you ponder and clarify things.

When you have a better understanding of everything that has been bothering or confusing you, you will gain a clearer perspective, learn to forgive and forget . You can then determine what to do next and make smarter decisions.

Lastly, one of the goals of wellness retreats is to help you learn and adopt a healthier and more conscious lifestyle. Your mentors and guides will guide you through yoga, meditation techniques, exercise routines and better eating habits, all of which will enable you to stay in excellent shape physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Maximising Your Wellness Getaway

Experiencing these benefits and more from your first health retreat requires some planning and preparation on your part.

If you want to get the most from your first wellness holiday, make sure to follow these tips:

1.     Set your goals and expectations.

Providers of health retreats offer different activities. If you want to get the most benefits from these getaways, you have to choose the right package that suits you.

Establishing your goals and expectations before studying your options is an excellent way to ensure you select the right retreat.

Helping participants lose weight, relax, achieve mindfulness, experience rejuvenation are common goals that wellness retreat providers focus on.

If these are also your objectives, look for packages that include detox and weight control programs, sporting and recreational events, and spa experiences. These activities can help you achieve these goals.

However, don’t stop by simply identifying your goals. You also have to set clear, realistic expectations. For instance, if you want to lose weight, don’t expect to shed 25 pounds within a week. Establish objectives that you are sure you can work on with the help of your mentors and trainers.

Once you have a clear idea of what you want to get out of your holiday, start looking at retreat packages online. Search for all-inclusive options to get more for your money. If they do not have the activities you want, find out from the operator if they can customise a programme for you.

2.     Choose the right place.

Wellness retreats work best if they take place in the right location. Moreover, you will get more from the experience if you are excited about the venue.

Check if the resort offers a combination of indoor and outdoor activities where you can be nourished as well as physically active. It is very crucial that all the disciplines that you are serving your wellness goals are existing under one roof. 

When you consider your preferences in your choice of destination, you can get more from your holiday retreat.

3.     Consider your physical fitness and capabilities.

Wellness retreats give you the opportunity to get yourself out of your comfort zone. These experiences help build your confidence, develop your inner strength, and improve your ability to adapt to change.

Although these benefits can serve you greatly, it does not mean that you should sign up for activities that you are sure you can’t handle physically, especially if you have existing medical conditions.

For instance, if you have asthma, avoid signing up for a hard-core boot camp-style retreat. You will have difficulties completing all the activities and won’t enjoy doing them.

Keep in mind that your wellness getaway should enable you to enjoy, relax, and unwind. You won’t be able to do any of these if you are constantly struggling with the activities or hate doing them.

4.     Study your options thoroughly.

A wellness retreat is an investment, which is why you have to make sure you enjoy and maximise every minute of it.

Visit the website and the social accounts of your shortlisted tour providers repeatedly. Read the reviews and comments of people who have joined their retreats. But most importantly reach out to them for any questions you may have in mind. After all your healing journey should be tailored and customised as per your needs.

Lastly, before finalising your booking, ask for a copy of the retreat agreement. Most service providers ask guests to sign one before their holiday starts. Review this document and make sure you understand the fine print before paying anything.

5.     Be open-minded.

Lastly, to get the most out of your first wellness retreat, don’t be afraid of trying something new.

If you are given a chance to try Golf, do so. If it’s your first time to visit your destination, be open to trying new food and bespoke experiences. Spend a few hours exploring the place as well to broaden your cultural knowledge and awareness.

Also, grab the opportunity to widen your social circle. Whether you are attending alone or with your friends, take the time to meet the other guests and socialize  with them.

Likeminded guests may be the new friends you need to build your support system to practise everything you learned during the retreat and follow through with your health goals.

When you follow these tips, you can expect your first wellness retreat to be a success and you won’t have any reason not to sign up for another one.

AUTHOR BIO

Burak Cankat is the Wellness Director at Zoya Health and Wellbeing Resort in the UAE, with 18 years of experience in the Hospitality, Health and Well-being industry. The resort is a unique integrative well-being destination nestled between the sea and mangroves in Ajman, offering holistic packages that combine cutting-edge medical science, physiotherapy, fitness, nutrition, and the latest advance in aesthetics to nourish the body and invigorate the mind.