6 Relaxing Beach Retreats to Escape Those Dreary Winter Months
With the chilly winter months quickly approaching, we’re already plotting an active getaway to a tropical beach or a coastal paradise for a little respite. What better way to escape the gloomy skies than with surf, sand, and some yoga on the beach?
Here are some of our favorite beach retreats to relax, rejuvenate, and restore your body and mind. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!
1. Terranea Resort & Spa (Palos Verdes, CA)
With a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean coastline and the Palos Verdes Peninsula, you can enjoy the 25 spa treatment rooms of the award-winning Terranea Spa while listening to the sounds of waves crashing and feeling that beachy California breeze.
The upscale resort offers complimentary activities, like seaside cycling, yoga, golf, and coastal nature walks. You can also experience ocean kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, and hiking for an additional fee.
2. BodyHoliday Resort (St. Lucia)
In the resort’s own words: “BodyHoliday Saint Lucia is the ultimate getaway for body and mind.” This all-inclusive luxury resort set on the white sand beach of St. Lucia is the perfect wellness getaway for people who want plenty of variety while setting their own schedules.
If you’re looking for pure relaxation, their renowned Wellness Centre was voted one of the world’s best spas by Condé Nast Traveler. If you’re in the mood to work up a sweat, their endless list of fitness options include land and water activities like yoga, scuba diving, sailing, tennis, biking, hiking, Caribbean Dancefit, and Beach Cricket.
3. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort (Miami, FL)
You can stay at the stunning Carillon Miami as a hotel guest, or go all out and take advantage of their 3-day luxury wellness retreats from May to November. Each retreat has a unique spin on transformation and wellness, so you can choose whichever one speaks to your needs.
Carillon’s ocean-view, 70,000 square foot spa (the largest spa and wellness facility on the Eastern Seaboard!) will blow you away with its endless options of globally-inspired spa activities like cryotherapy, ayurvedic treatments, acupuncture, kung fu healing, and even couples therapy!
Here you can also have your choice of more than 20 fitness classes per day, a two-story climbing wall, and plethora of beach activities like kiteboarding and kayaking in this gorgeous beach retreat atmosphere.
4. Pura Vida Adventures (Costa Rica)
With both coed and female-only retreats, Pura Vida Adventures offers world-class surfing intensives that will get your blood pumping under the Costa Rican sun. The retreats include comprehensive surf instructions for all participants, video analysis of your surfing, day trips to surf spots, equipment, and a PVA rash guard.
Beyond the surf, you have the option to venture into the jungle for a zip line tour or head out on a trip to hidden waterfalls. When you’re ready for a break from all the adventures, relax at their spa, recharge with daily yoga classes, and refuel with local cuisine.
Tip: Be sure to book in advance for a $200 early bird discount. Prices start at $2,995 for a 7 night all-inclusive package.
5. Chicks on Waves Surfing & Yoga Retreat (Algarve, Portugal)
This amazing budget option is a beach girl’s dream retreat. Set on the beautiful waters of Algarve, Portugal, you can choose between three packages, depending on your price range and interests: the hotel stay (starting at 605 €), hotel stay and yoga (starting at 665 €), or the hotel stay-yoga-surf combo (starting at 865 €).
All packages include meals and a stay in the beautiful boutique-style villa, complete with breathtaking ocean views. The packages with yoga include 5 lessons and free use of mountain bikes. And when you add on the surfing, you’ll also get 5 surf lessons, with transportation, board and wetsuit included. No matter which option you go for, you’ll have plenty of time to chill out on the beach.
Get ready to feel empowered, strong, and fit with a group of new lifelong surfer girlfriends!
6. Talalla Wellness Retreats (Talalla, Sri Lanka)
Another affordable option, the versatile and holistic beach retreats at Talalla will give you some incredible movement therapy at a price point that won’t break the bank.
Set on the unspoiled, remote beaches of Sri Lanka, try one of their monthly retreats like Mind Body Balance, which includes nutrition consultations and Boxilates, or Mountain Beach Fitness to “challenge your body, change your perspective, and refresh your mind.” They also have yoga and surfing options to choose from, because after all…you are at the beach!