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With both wellness travel and solo travel on the rise, it’s no surprise that solo wellness retreats are growing in popularity. Traveling alone in a way that benefits your physical and mental health is easy — with no one else in tow, you’re able to fully focus on yourself and your needs and travel exactly how you like. This article explains what a solo wellness retreat is, why you should consider going on one, and some of the best wellness retreats for solo travelers in the U.S.
A solo retreat is a trip where you travel alone and stay somewhere or do activities that offer positive benefits for your physical or emotional health. Wellness solo retreats can be specific resorts that offer retreats or wellness-focused activities. Activities can include fitness, yoga, meditation, self-discovery workshops, breathwork, spa treatments, or outdoor experiences. Most retreats don’t have an official rule that you have to be alone, but all of the retreats on our list are especially welcoming or cater to solo travelers.
Going on a wellness retreat alone means that you can interpret and manifest wellness in whatever way you’d like. If wellness means hiking in the wilderness to you, your solo retreat can give you time to hike as much as you’d like and focus on your specific wellness needs without interruption.
Taking time to focus on yourself also allows for self-care in whatever way best serves you while you travel exactly how you like. When everything is organized your way, and you aren’t cutting your needs short to meet others’ needs, then relaxation, rejuvenation, and even healing can result. Solo wellness travel can increase your self-awareness and help you set goals for the future, encourage personal growth, improve confidence, and boost independence. It may also invigorate you to challenge yourself or try new things in a judgment-free space.Hot Tip:
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Whether you’re in the market for a retreat getaway for fitness, bonding with horses, bringing your pet along with you, relaxing all day in the spa, or doing a digital detox, here are the best solo wellness retreats in the U.S.
If you’re looking for a wellness getaway but not sure where to start, the Art of Living Retreat Center offers options for serious wellness fans, such as silent retreats or intense detox programs. It also has options for newbies, such as creativity escapes or rejuvenating weekends.
Art of Living is located along the Blue Ridge Mountains amid hundreds of acres of verdant forest — a setting that makes healthy living feel easy. While the center also does women-centered, male-catered, and even mother daughter-retreats, Art of Living also offers a few retreats specifically geared towards solo travelers, such as the Ayurveda Solo Escape, which melds Ayurveda treatments with yoga and meditation so you can discover your best and healthiest self and learn more about ayurvedic concepts like doshas, which are body types, and how to best nurture and heal your dosha.
Ayurveda Solo Escapes include 2 nights of accommodation, 3 meals per day, 3 ayurvedic treatments per person, workshops, meditation and yoga classes, and 1 lifestyle Ayurvedic consultation. Rates start at $1,445.
If sharing a cabin or glamping just isn’t right for you, you can focus on yourself and your wellness needs in the lap of luxury at Castle Hot Springs. The resort is built around a collection of natural hot springs that refresh and revive guests with their unique geothermal properties.
Although you can stay at the resort in a non-traditional retreat setting, Castle Hot Springs offers a 3-day Yoga Retreat, which focuses on Sutras and Satsang, Yin, and Hatha yoga, plus mantras and meditation. Don’t worry; the retreat offers plenty of free time to enjoy the hot springs, spa treatments, and other resort activities such as guided hiking or archery.
Retreat rates include accommodation, meals, yoga, and activities, starting at $2,050 in a Sky View Cabin featuring a terrace with a view and telescope or $2,500 in a Spring Bungalow featuring a private, custom Sonoma stone soaking tub.
Designed especially with solo travelers in mind, weekend wellness getaways at Honor’s Haven Retreat mean that you can focus on yourself for just a short getaway, making it an easy and affordable way to indulge in a little self-care. This eco-friendly resort is optimal for solo travelers who want to head out on their own but also connect with other like-minded travelers during workshops and classes.
Visitors can roam the onsite herb garden, walk along the lake, eat healthy meals, lounge in the indoor pool, outdoor pool, and sauna, and use the tennis courts or fitness center. Daily classes include energy yoga, healing qigong, guided meditations, and much more. Meanwhile, guestrooms offer lake, mountain, or garden views.
Rates inclusive of accommodation, wellness classes, guided nature walks, and 2 meals per day start at $280 per night.Hot Tip:
Since most wellness retreats may not be affiliated with a hotel loyalty program, it’s best to charge your retreat on a credit card that offers bonus points on travel purchases, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve® or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, which offer 3x points or 2x points spent on travel, respectively.
Lake Austin Spa Retreat is one of our all-around favorite U.S. retreats, whether traveling solo, as a couple, or with friends. The adults-only resort feels tranquil and intimate, with just 40 rooms. Its peaceful setting on Lake Austin makes it the ideal destination for solo reflection, wellness, and fitness, thanks to daily hikes, yoga, meditation, and workout classes. You can also participate in lake activities and cooking classes and choose from a variety of spa treatments.
Solo travelers should opt for the Fresh Start package, which starts from 2 nights and includes a nightly spa and experience credit for $100, a custom journal, meals, snacks, daily group activities and classes, and access to spa facilities, including steam rooms, gardens, pools, and relaxation areas.
Rates start around $775 per night for single occupancy.Hot Tip:
Lumeria Maui offers different retreat options, from Healing the Hustle to Just Breathe to Fall Renewal. But solo travelers may be best served by just staying however many nights they’d like and participating in daily activities. Choose options such as yoga and alignment classes, ukelele workshops, sound baths, energy healing, and so much more. Spa treatments and massages also feel decidedly Hawaiian, from lomi lomi massages to Pohaku (traditional Hawaiian hot stones) sessions.
This beautiful Hawaiian property feels intimate and unique, with just 24 guestrooms that come with picturesque garden or ocean views. The resort and spa features treatments and classes such as bodywork, healing art and nature therapies, daily activities, plus fitness, yoga, and meditation options.
Nightly rates start at $479 per night and include accommodation and daily activities.
Escape to the Catskills to clear your mind at Menla, a Tibetan-inspired resort and retreat center. Set amid a verdant woodland on a 330-acre natural reserve, you’ll be encouraged to get in touch with your inner self and improve your mental and emotional health during retreats such as Autumnal Equinox Gatherings, Sound Healing and Hiking Retreats, Nurture Nature Experiences, and Mindful Living Immersions.
Rooms and suites are simple, luminous, and comfortable, and budget retreat-goers can opt for individual cabin rooms. The resort also features a 4,000-square-Dewa spa specializing in herbal bath therapies and ancient healing treatments. Menla’s cuisine is mostly plant-based and designed around locally-sourced ingredients, many of which come from the on-site organic gardens.
Retreat rates vary in price and inclusion, but you can probably expect to spend a minimum of $1,000 on a 3-night retreat, inclusive of meals, accommodation, and retreat activities.
If you want to be pampered among a stunning landscape of cacti and the Sonoran sun, Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa is a resort home to the Life in Balance Spa, which offers a unique mixture of rejuvenating treatments blending therapies from Tibet, India, Europe, and China.
Choose from treatments such as Chi Nei Tsang (a Taoist digestion therapy), intuitive massage, desert-infused scrubs and wraps, and so much more. Plus, the spa facility offers access to saunas, serenity pools, steam rooms, and a quiet room.
A retreat can be organized however you’d like — it’s really just choosing to stay for however many nights you want. We recommend choosing the unlimited package, which includes accommodation, meals, wellness activities (everything from beekeeping to chakra balancing to equine therapy and drum circles), and a $175 credit to use however you’d like — opt for the spa. Rates for single occupancy start around $800 per night or 45,000 World of Hyatt points.Hot Tip:
Looking for wellness using points? Miraval is one of the few retreats on this list where you can stay using points. To earn more Hyatt points, apply for a credit card such as The World of Hyatt Credit Card. Or, earn points that can transfer to the World of Hyatt program using a card such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve®. Miraval also has its very own loyalty program if you think you’ll make more frequent visits: Miraval Authentic Circle. And if you’re itching to check out Miraval but live on the East Coast, consider visiting Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa instead.
Greater Zion is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts or anyone who wants to relax among stunning desert and canyon scenery. Red Mountain Resort offers regular resort stays, but we love the Essential Retreat Package, a 3-night stay offering 3 healthy meals, fitness classes, discovery activities, and a choice of accommodation.
Fitness and discovery activities include experiences such as guided hiking and rock climbing in national parks nearby, sound baths, yoga, and more. Activities such as shamanic energy healing, guided labyrinth experiences, Reiki, and others come at an additional cost. The resort’s Sagestone Spa offers unique, locally-inspired treatments, such as the adobe lavender hydrating cocoon skincare treatment and a turquoise sage salt scrub.
Rates for the retreat start at about $1,300 per stay, depending on room selection, which ranges from desert oasis king rooms to luxury villa suites.
If you want to bring Fido along with you on your next wellness retreat, head to The Resort at Paws Up in Montana, set on thousands of wild acres of mountains, badlands, and prairie. Call it a wellness retreat, glamping, or a luxury hotel stay — but the important thing is that Paws Up offers your beloved pet some pretty awesome amenities, so it’ll be a wellness experience for everyone. Your prized pup will get a special dog bed, dish, locally-made treats, a tennis ball, and a special welcome card from the owner’s dog, Coco.
Paws Up has many all-inclusive packages ideal for a solo wellness getaway. From winter wellness inclusives to foodie-centric chef retreats, there’s a getaway perfect for you. Activities include horseback riding, wilderness workshops, stargazing, fly fishing, hiking, cattle drives, ice skating, and so much more.
Cabin rates start at $2,596 per night — expect a 2-night minimum stay in many cases. Many homes come with kitchens and laundry machines; you can participate in group activities or hole away for some alone time. However, pets cost an additional $50 per night and aren’t allowed in restaurants or tented accommodations, among other pet-related rules.
If you’re a woman looking for healing, connection, and support, consider visiting Retreat in the Pines in East Texas. The center has a number of retreats to choose from, with themes such as Mindfulness and Meditation, Grounding and Growth, Strength and Healing Yoga, Inner Goddess, and many more. Solo travelers may enjoy the Book Lovers retreat, where you read all your favorite books on your own but are surrounded by other women reading. Another favorite is the Love Yourself retreat, which includes a mini private healing session as well as group activities.
Although each type of retreat has its own itinerary, you can expect to see activities such as yoga, meditation, fireside chats, gardening, stargazing, mandala making, nature walks, affirmations, and more.
Most retreats are 1 weekend long and include meals, activities, and shared accommodation in a cozy cabin. Weekend rates range from $799 to $1,299, depending on the type of retreat.
While some other wellness options on this list offer equine activities (such as Miraval and Paws Up), a horse-centric retreat may be the key to improving your wellness. Retreat Ranch‘s Yoga & Horse Retreat touts working alongside these gentle giants, noting they can improve connection and have restorative benefits.
If you’ve never ridden a horse or done a yoga pose, no problem. The retreat caters to beginners as well as more advanced riders and yogis, too. This particular retreat includes 3 nights of accommodation, daily yoga, meditation, a horse interaction workshop, meals, and a sound bath. Accommodation comes in the form of vintage trailers, cabins, luxury yurts, or affordable bunk rooms.
Rates start at $2,199 for the 3-night retreat (bunk rooms start at $1,299). Horses not for you? This center also runs other retreats, such as Mother/Daughter, Fall Eclipse, Yoga & Wine, and many others.
Retreats aren’t just for 20-somethings looking to “find themselves” or Instagram influencers wanting to be captured in the perfect upside-down yoga pose. So many retreats around the U.S. welcome mature travelers, and if you’re hoping to travel solo alongside like-minded 50+ wellness enthusiasts, consider a Road Scholar retreat.
Road Scholar hosts retreats in more than 40 different locations around the U.S. Retreats begin with optional morning stretching and exercise, followed by community meet-ups, live performances and events, and farm-to-table meals. Some examples are a rustic lodge in Yosemite, perfect for gardening and nature enthusiasts, an arts training center in California, best for cultural events and plenty of sunshine, and island retreats in Virginia geared toward birders.
Retreats usually range from 5 to 7 days and are inclusive of accommodation, meals, and activities. While prices vary based on retreat, they usually run between $1,000 and $2,000, and solo travelers can get rooms to themselves for a supplement of $200 or even less.Hot Tip:
If you’re hoping to reclaim your overall health, improve your body image, or have higher energy levels, the Rock Springs Fit Farm Weight Loss retreat at Rock Springs Retreat Center can encourage building muscle, losing weight, and having a healthier relationship with both food and your own body.
Weight loss retreat classes include stretching, mobility, cardio, boxing, strength training, wellness education, nutrition seminars, yoga, and spinning, plus activities such as paddle boating, team sports, and axe throwing. The property also has a library, spa, pool, and firepit on its nearly 200 acres of rolling Tennessee hills.
Retreats include accommodation, fitness classes, cooking classes, meals, and other wellness activities. There’s a 2-week minimum stay, and single occupancy rates start at $3,595 per week. Discounts are available for longer stays.
To finesse your yoga skills amid a picturesque New England landscape, head to Sewall House in Maine, where you can customize your own retreat based on your yoga expertise level and personal needs. It’s also ideal for solo travelers on the hunt for personal healing, sober travel, and/or addiction recovery, as it’s 100% alcohol- and drug-free.
A typical day at Sewall starts with coffee or tea, an optional silent meditation, and either restorative, Hatha, or vigorous Ashtanga yoga class. Before and after an included vegetarian lunch, you’ll have free time to journal, cycle, hike, or whatever you’d like among the beautiful grounds nearby Mattawamkeag and Pleasant Lakes. After more yoga, enjoy a vegetarian dinner and a soak in the Jacuzzi or sauna before returning to your private bedroom (and bathroom) for rest.
Rates at the historical house start at $399 per night and include accommodation, 3 vegetarian meals per day, and yoga/meditation classes.
Solo travelers who really need a break from social media, work, or just mindlessly scrolling their phones should consider SoCal Wellness Retreat in California. The retreat center offers digital detox retreats as well as retreats specifically catered to singles.
The digital detox retreat consists of a 4-day adventure that offers workshops and classes on tummo breathwork, meditation, stretching, and group connection. The center is a stunning mansion set upon 5 acres of olive groves and wooded areas, the ideal place to leave screens behind and fully immerse yourself in the serene surroundings.
With many accommodation options to choose from, travelers can stay in master suites, private rooms with private bathrooms, or, for those on a budget, shared dorm rooms. A 4-day retreat starts at $997 and runs up to $2,497, depending on your room type.
If you’re ready to get fit, you may as well do so on the golden sands of Delray Beach beneath the Florida sunshine. Vita Vie Retreat‘s Vita Wellness Camp focuses on 4 health pillars: fitness, nutrition, stress management, and sleep, which are all manifested through beach workouts, toning, strengthening, flexibility, and recovery classes.
Retreat guests stay at the Seagate Hotel & Spa on a private beach with 2 pools and a spa. Let your body recover from all the intensity in guestrooms, complete with designer furnishings, Nespresso machines, Egyptian cotton linens, and private balconies.
A 6-night retreat inclusive of accommodation, 4.5 to 5 hours of fitness per day, 1 spa treatment, a $60 per night food and beverage credit, and a Vita Fit Guide and retreat journal starts at $4,190. You can also customize your own private retreat (prices upon request).
Wellness retreats are perfect for solo travelers. With catered activities and both group and private classes, you’ll never feel lonely. But you’ll still have plenty of alone time to reflect and relax.
And a solo wellness retreat doesn’t have to be far-flung. You can easily visit one of the wellness retreats in the U.S. for your next solo dose of rejuvenation.
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Solo retreats offer a myriad of benefits. Not only can they build self-confidence, but they also inspire self-care, relaxation, empowerment, and personal growth. Taking the time to focus on yourself is important and can increase self-awareness. Plus, you might make new, like-minded friends during a retreat.
Plan a solo wellness retreat by first deciding what you want to get out of the retreat. Luxury spa relaxation, self-discovery, or improving fitness are all very different goals, so you want to figure out your needs to select a retreat that will be the right fit. Then, decide exactly where you want to go and what kind of nature, beach, or weather you’d like to experience during a retreat.
Solo retreats are ideal for anyone who wants to organize a wellness escape that’s exactly to their liking. When you don’t have to consider anyone else’s needs, you can focus on your own. Solo wellness retreats can improve both your physical and mental health.
Get the most out of a wellness retreat by leaving expectations at home and fully immersing yourself in the experience. Be open and allow yourself to disconnect from digital devices, work, and anything holding you back from living in the present moment.
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