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If you're thinking of booking a wellness retreat in the Caribbean, now is an excellent time. Wellness travel is more popular than ever, as more and more people are discovering the transformative benefits. The Caribbean is a prime spot for this type of tourism, as it offers seclusion, breathtaking beauty, idyllic weather, and some of the world's best beaches. The hard part is choosing a retreat among the many wellness resorts available. If you're not sure where to go for your Caribbean wellness retreat, the following resorts are among the best.
1. Aerial BVI (British Virgin Islands)
Located on a private island in the British Virgin Islands, Aerial BVI is the gold standard for luxury wellness travel. This breathtaking 43-acre eco-resort is an especially popular choice for corporate luxury wellness retreats because you can book the entire island and enjoy guided amenities for the entire duration of your stay.
Aerial BVI is especially well-known for its Elevate Summits. These are transformational guided retreats that are tied to a specific purpose, whether it's presence, abundance, or strength. Guided activities include beach workouts, private yoga classes, meditations, art and cooking classes, scuba diving, and snorkeling. And of course there's plenty of leisure time as well-all set against some of the most gorgeous beach landscapes on the planet.
2. Castara Retreats (Trinidad and Tobago)
Nestled against the lush rainforests of Tobago and overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Castara Retreats features 17 cozy tree houses that serve as comfortable lodgings as you reconnect with nature and find yourself.
Centered among the accommodations is a large open-air pavilion where you can enjoy yoga, massages, and other wellness activities. Described as "rustic chic" by The Guardian, Castara Retreats is a unique experience that stresses comfort above all else.
3. Wymara (Turks and Caicos)
The Wymara Turks and Caicos is known for its world-class daily spa treatments. If your goal is to enjoy a restorative spa regimen, this beautiful modern resort offers customized massages, organic facials, body treatments (including scrubs, wraps, and waxes), and more.
The resort is also known for its wide array of fitness offerings, including Pilates, high-intensity training, flow yoga, and power yoga classes. Enjoy next-level luxury with scenic lodgings, three fully equipped treatment rooms, and even private shower gardens.
4. Meliá Punta Cana Beach (Dominican Republic)
Meliá Punta Cana Beach offers a rejuvenating, adults-only wellness experience complete with private beaches, expansive pools, a luxury spa, a complete wellness center, on-site restaurants, and more. There's even a cozy lounge with rooftop access where you can kick back and enjoy all the beauty of Punta Cana.
The staff tailors custom wellness programs to each individual. Enjoy cleanses, botanical gardens, yoga, meditation, bike rides, wellness workshops, holistic therapies, and optional vegetarian and vegan dining programs. If you stay five nights or more, you'll even receive a free luxury spa treatment.
5. Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa (Aruba)
Recognized as the No. 1 wellness resort in Aruba, Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa is a gorgeous modern boutique hotel on the beach. It's equipped with an outdoor spa, nail and massage services, a fully equipped steam room, and some of the best yoga and Pilates classes in the Caribbean-available 7 days a week. Classes are complimentary for all registered guests.
In addition to taking part in guided wellness activities, you can let your hair down with live entertainment and delectable cuisine from three on-site restaurants. All-inclusive packages are available for single travelers and couples, and you are encouraged to enjoy the amenities at your own leisure.
6. Tamarind Reef Resort (St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands)
Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina offers amenities that are similar to other Caribbean wellness resorts: ocean-view rooms, a fitness center, spa services, swimming, and athletic activities like tennis. One important detail that sets Tamarind apart, however, is the peaceful seclusion amid one of the Caribbean's busiest ports.
Not only does Tamarind offer 40 acres of private beach and a 154-slip marina, but they offer complimentary snorkeling gear and kayaks. So if you want to immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of St. Croix and enjoy the full ocean experience without the crowd, Tamarind Reef Resort is the place to be.
7. Jade Mountain (St. Lucia)
Imagine a scenic wellness resort built right into the mountains and overlooking the towering pitons of St Lucia. That's Jade Mountain. This eco-resort places you in your own "sanctuary," an open-air suite with the full beauty of St. Lucia on display. The resort also includes private infinity pools, guided wellness activities, and delicious cuisine.
Jade Mountain is also great for stargazing, as the Celestial Terrace provides the perfect surroundings for relaxing with a cold cocktail beneath the night sky. There's also a fitness studio, spa, and other amenities.
8. Tensing Pen (Jamaica)
Tensing Pen provides an ideal escape for anyone who wants to unplug, reconvene with nature, and get off the grid for a few days. Located along Negril's West End cliffs, this cozy boutique resort has no in-room TVs or phones, but you'll never be bored during your stay. There's a spa, a yoga pavilion, and everything you need for snorkeling and cliff-diving excursions.
This resort doesn't provide the kinds of cutting-edge modern surroundings that you'll find at many similar results, but that's the whole idea. It's all about beauty and simplicity. It's a chance to relax, breathe, and quiet the noise.
Transform Yourself in the Caribbean
The Caribbean is home to 13 countries and over 700 islands, and it has become a prime destination for wellness tourism. So if you've been thinking about escaping to a popular or secluded island destination for some much-needed self-care, you should have little trouble finding the kinds of accommodations you're looking for.
Though this list highlights a few of our favorite wellness resorts in the Caribbean, there are countless more to choose from. Make a commitment to wellness this year, and find your home away from home in the Caribbean.
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