There’s nothing quite like that total feeling of peace and tranquillity that comes with reaching the top of a peak or standing in the bottom of a valley with nothing between you and the skies. Unfortunately, modern living doesn’t often grant you the option of hitting the trails on a whim, and with many of the best requiring some expert knowledge, it’s important to do it safely. As an excellent fitness activity, many wellness retreats incorporate or centre their programming around hiking, meaning you can combine a little self-care with a bit of adventure. Check out the best luxury hiking retreats around the globe to hit the trails and reconnect with Mother Nature.
The Ranch is known for its intensive, results-oriented retreats. The holistic holidays focus on nourishing bodies with clean, green cuisine, detox from impurities and toxins, and engage in a full-body fitness regime that includes daily group hiking excursions. It’s become a popular retreat centre for Hollywood celebrities thanks to its focus on intimacy and privacy, as well as its intense programmes. Past visitors have been known to lose between four and seven per cent of their body weight in just 10 days but more importantly, shedding negative traits and lifestyle habits, too. The Ranch 10.0 retreats are also inclusive of daily massages, diagnostic testing and a cooking class.
Prices start from US$11,700 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Mountain Trek Retreat & Health Spa
This award-winning wellness resort is located by the Ainsworth Hot Springs in British Columbia. The natural timber lodges boast beautiful ensuite rooms overlooking the lake, which make for the perfect place to unwind after a day well spent outdoors. Six-night Fitness Retreats are inclusive of morning yoga to start your day followed by a challenging three to four-hour hike. Picnic lunches, lifestyle seminars and an evening massage help you end your day in style and slip into an effortless slumber, ready to start again the next morning.
Prices start from US$5,400 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Set among the beautiful red rock of Sedona, Arizona, Mii Amo is a wellness resort unlike any other. The holistic wellness retreat offers a range of lifestyle seminars, workshops and treatments to leave guests feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Its seven-night Journey Experience retreats are inclusive of your choice of luxury accommodation, up to 14 spa treatments, thrice-daily nutritional meals, access to the wide range of fitness activities and equipment throughout the resort, daily tennis, biking and hiking, and more. You’ll also be given an exclusive Mii Amo gift bag to take home mementos of your time.
Prices start from US$5,554 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Just forty-minutes from Queenstown – New Zealand’s outdoor adventure haven – the award-winning New Zealand property is a travel haven for the eco-conscious, from its zen accommodation to its self-sufficient permaculture. Seven-night Wellness Adventure Plus programmes are inclusive of luxury eco-accommodation, yoga, subalpine hiking, mindfulness sessions, a daily massage, contrast spa therapy and ‘uncooking’ classes inspired by the resort’s whole vegetarian menu. There’s also dedicated time to reflect on your experiences or to further unwind in the property’s spa and wellness centre.
Prices start from US$5,303 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Red Mountain Resort
In St George, Utah, the Red Mountain Resort is surrounded by its namesake – stunning rock formations near that offers an intimate retreat experience for fitness-focused travellers looking to spend their time outdoors. Its Essential Retreat programme (which runs for a minimum of two nights) is inclusive of luxury accommodation in either a deluxe room or villa, nutritional meals throughout your stay, guided morning hikes and a wide range of fitness sessions and personal activities, including cooking classes.
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