Looking for an escape from the cold temperatures and winter blues? Travel is as healing as the sun. Find your center under sunny skies at these destinations known for igniting the good vibes.
Health, wellness, and self-care have been trending especially during the winter months where words like dreary and cold encompass many of our conversations. Take a break from the winter blues and plan a sunny retreat that will give you a lasting reboot until the temperatures rise and the sun makes its comeback.
We searched for the best health and wellness travel resorts in destination known for their year-round sunny skies. We’ve also included a look at average temperatures during the winter months. Be sure to check out your favorite weather app before you plan your stay just to be sure!
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MAUI, HAWAII – MAUI HEALING RETREAT
Climate: The average temperature in Maui is 75 degrees year-round. Maui is tropical so you do have to watch out for rain. Overall, expect sunny skies and warm temperatures.
Hawaii rests on land that is soulful. The land itself is known for its spiritual, healing energy. There’s an inherent vibe that reverberates through you the moment you are welcomed on the island with a fresh flower lei and the iconic greeting, “aloha.”
There are many wellness resorts to choose from in Hawaii. Our pick is Maui Healing Retreat for its multitude of wellness sessions based on the ancient wisdom Hawaii is known for. Spiritual growth, emotional healing and adventures that connect you with the idyllic landscape are among the many sessions that you can sign up for to get the full wellness experience. The certified practitioners offer non-traditional services like Reiki, Shamanic Healing and Zen Shiatsu pressure massages.
This is a great choice for anyone that’s looking to explore different wellness pathways that are a blend of science, spirituality, philosophy, and physiology.
PALOS VERDES, CALIFORNIA – TERRANEA RESORT
Climate: A state known for its pristine views, immense sunshine, and beautiful climate. Though temperatures do drop, the Golden State is known to stay between 60- 80 degrees year-round.
If you prefer a getaway light on new age wellness, and heavy on waterfront views, outdoor activities, and spa services, the Terranea Resort is a great option for you. Terranea Resort rests right at the edge of where land meets the Pacific Ocean. Listen to the calming sound of waves crashing against the large rock formations right outside your window.
The resort offers complimentary activities including seaside yoga, nature walks and cycling. Connect with the natural surroundings by partaking in a variety of additional outdoor activities including ocean kayaking, surfing or stand-up paddle boarding. Are you ready for a body scrub, clay mask and facial? Be sure the schedule some spa treatments to get your circulation going. Don’t worry, the resort offers a slew of activities for kids so you can get some alone time. There’s a golf course on the property as well if you’re looking for a new course to tackle with an unmatched view.
SANTE FE, NEW MEXICO – BISHOPS LODGE
Climate: While Santa Fe, New Mexico does get chilly in the winter months, the state has on average 300 sunny days per year. You’ll get cool temperatures with the sun to keep your spirits high.
Bishops Lodge is a Santa Fe landmark that radiates iconic Southwestern architecture, and culture. The experiences offered on the property are as distinctive as the land. Enjoy “Land Dancing,” a movement-based activity that guides you to connect with the ancient land using different meditation practices and unique physical movements. Work with a healer to learn breathwork to achieve a meditative state that can help you connect mind and body. Scenic trails and horseback riding excursion can complete your wellness journey. Discover Southwestern cuisine with in-house dining options that will satisfy your tastebuds. Don’t forget to include an indulgent chocolate tasting to your itinerary. Finish the day with the calming scent of incense after partaking in the incense workshop. Create the itinerary that works for you.
SAVEGRE, COSTA RICA – LAPAZUL RETREAT CENTER
Climate: Enjoy the mild temperatures of Costa Rica all year. Costa Rica has no winter season, with the coolest temperatures ranging from 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Costa Rica. Its landscape consists of majestic beaches and a surrounding rainforest, both just walking distance from the Lapazul Retreat Center. Wake up your adventurous side with an afternoon hike, a swim underneath the waterfalls or explore from above on a ziplining excursion. Or revive yourself with outdoor yoga overlooking the coastline. Stimulate your tastebuds with the divine menu items, all sourced from local farms. We even hear the coffee is its own experience! Other activities you’ll enjoy include horseback riding on the beach, cooking classes, tropical fruit tastings and perhaps a walk on the beach to take in the beautiful sunset or sunrise. If “healing” was a place, Lapazul would be the destination.
SANTANI Wellness Resort & Spa
This is the best time to travel to the tropical island of Sri Lanka. The moderate temperatures of this time of year will let you enjoy an average of 75°F temperatures.
Rest, nourish, heal, connect, and renew yourself at the Santani Wellness Resort & Spa. If you’ve got plenty of vacation days to spare, invest some time here to revitalize yourself in a far-off land. We included Sri Lanka in our list for the ayurvedic approach to wellness. This is an ideal destination for anyone looking to learn about healthy living. You’ll return with a new knowledge that will allow you to sustain your wellness journey when you return. The yoga “masters” in the Santani Resort will teach you breathwork and movements that aren’t practiced in the West. You can partake in several activities including a hike across the Werapitiya Hanging Bridge, Santani River Walk, or bird watching to see the incredible biodiversity surrounding the land. Read up on the many packages that address different needs. Pick the one that best suits you and you’ll return home a new version of you!