5 Affordable Wellness Retreats Around the World


If you think such luxurious retreats are reserved for the elite few, you’d be wrong. These wellness retreats are incredibly affordable considering what they offer. You’re sure to find one fit to your fitness, health and relaxation goals.

The summer season brings with it an air of calm, as if the real world is lightly on pause. But before fall comes rolling around, dragging you into the trenches of  winter, gift your body, mind and soul with a retreat – a more marked break from the real world with these wellness retreats that are affordable and luxurious.

1. Paradis Plage, Monaco

Ringing in for about $1,000 for a 7-night stay, the Paradis Plage resort’s retreat in Monaco makes for an ideal getaway. Monaco is known to have the healthiest climate in the world. Pair that with surfing, yoga, mountain hiking and spa treatments, you have yourself a holistic health retreat that might as well be sent from heaven.

2. GI Jane Bootcamp, London

This isn’t exactly a relaxing retreat, but it will sure deliver results. The GI Jane Bootcamp will run for about £595.00 if you partake in a Monday-Friday course. The bootcamp requires participants wake up at 5:30 a.m. and start the day off with circuit training. After breakfast, the working out continues on in full force with Iron Man sprinting with ammunition boxes up and down a hill, exercising the butt and abs, running, boxing, power walking, netball and, alas, a lovely massage.

3. Ann Wigmore Institute, Puerto Rico

The Living Foods Lifestyle retreat pairs education with healthy living. The institute has 1-week and 2-week long programs, which offer you certification in raw food legend Ann Wigmore’s lifestyle philosophy. The program includes education on food preparation, proper eating techniques, growing your own sprouts and wheatgrass and the ins and outs of internal cleansing, food combining and composting. The program starts at $1000 and accommodation at $450/week.

4. Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Bahamas

Starting at only $73 per night for up to 6 nights, the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat on Paradise Island is an incredibly affordable option for those looking for natural beauty and relaxation. The getaway includes morning and afternoon yoga classes, morning and evening meditation workshops and two rounds of lacto-vegetarian buffet-style meals. The retreat is also kid friendly!

5. Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Massachusetts

Located in Stockbridge, MA, you don’t have to trek halfway across the world to go zen. The Kripalu R&R Retreat involves all-natural meals, daily yoga and yoga dance classes as well as use of a sauna, fitness room, private lakefront beach and walking and hiking trails. Midweek rates begin at $166 per person, per night.

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