The best wellness holiday resorts to rejuvenate your health

Need a little break from the daily grind? These wellness holidays won’t just soothe your soul – they can also enhance your overall health.

Wellness holidays are becoming exceedingly popular, with the global wellness tourism industry valued at $US814.6b ($A1.19t) and is projected to expand at an annual growth rate of 12.42% by 2030.

Taking time out for a holiday can give you a chance to step back from reality and recuperate.

It’s a fact backed by science, with a US study concluding a vacation is key to reducing stress levels, while Australian research recommends travel therapy be incorporated into treatment for mental health conditions and other diseases such as dementia.

“Holidays provide a break from the stressors of everyday life, which can help reduce stress levels,” psychotherapist Eugenie Pepper says.

“It’s essential to prioritise taking breaks and vacations as part of your overall self-care routine.”

How wellness holidays can improve health

According to Eugenie, a wellness vacation can help:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve physical health
  • Enhance creativity
  • Build relationships
  • Boost productivity

“When you’re in a new environment, it can stimulate your brain and inspire creativity,” she says.

“Being in a different setting can help you see things from a new perspective and increase your problem-solving abilities.

“When on holiday, people often engage in activities like hiking, swimming, sleeping, or other physical activities that they might not get to do during their daily routine,” Eugenie says.

So, if you’re keen to rejuvenate with a therapeutic getaway, and what are the hottest wellness holidays to try this year?

Best wellness holidays for 2023

If you want to get the most out of your vacation, a wellness retreat may help boost your mental health and reconnect with your body.

Club Mud

Teigan McDonald from Eden Health Retreat explains to The House of Wellness TV that a trip to Club Mud could be the perfect way to unwind.

It begins with bathing yourself in mud and letting it set as you relax in the sun.

According to Teigan, this experience is ideal for “deep relaxation and some alone time.”

If you’re with a group of friends, you may end up “having a giggle and getting a lot of joy out of it,” she says.

Menopause mini breaks

Stress and menopause can often go hand-in-hand.

While the most commonly discussed symptoms include hot flushes and weight fluctuations, your mental health can also go through the wringer.

These retreats are dedicated to women over the age of 50 and often rely on holistic approaches such as yoga, spa treatments and acupuncture.

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is lauded as one of the world’s best medical retreats, specialising in targeted and holistic treatments specifically designed for women.

Sustainable travel

According to a survey from, 81 per cent of respondents said sustainable travel is important.

Greece’s Sani Resort has been the World’s Leading Luxury Green Resort for three consecutive years, thanks to its commitment to reducing its energy consumption and conserving its local wildlife.

Gut health retreats

One of the most effective ways to improve your overall health is by starting with the gut.

Sukhavati Bali relies on the ancient healing technique of Ayurveda, with specialised healing services and detox programs to realign your gut.

Great Ocean Road Resort offers four-day retreats complete with yoga, nourishing food, gut and health workshops and massages to reconnect with your body.

Written by Alexandra Feiam.