For many wellness wanderlusters, a retreat is all about getting outdoors. But often, that means whiling away your days by big, beautiful bodies of water. Luckily, a wealth of luxury wellness resorts offer everything from surfing to jet skiing too. So, we’ve put together a list of the best luxury wellness retreats for watersports around the world. From the crystal-clear waters of the Maldives to places to hang ten in Hawaii, here are seven luxury wellness retreats for watersports.
This article was originally published on December 5, 2019, by Amanda Sheppard and was last updated on July 26, 2022.
On the stunning Caribbean island of St Lucia, BodyHoliday offers ocean and garden-front rooms and suites for guests looking for a quiet haven. Complete with a pillow menu and smart-device directories to fulfil your every need, the rooms mark the perfect place to unwind after a day well spent outdoors. Wellness retreats are inclusive of accommodation, sunrise and sunset yoga, meditation and a daily nutrition or wellness workshop. You can also choose to participate in a wide range of sporting activities. These include everything from water aerobics to sailing, kayaking and scuba diving.
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Just 20-minutes from the capital of the Maldives, Male, Jumeirah Vittavelli lies on Bolifushi island. It offers the best of both worlds. After outdoor excursions scuba diving through shipwrecks and reefs the property guarantees rest and relaxation at the Talise Spa. But if you’re looking to push past your comfort limits, try an adrenaline-seeking sport. For example, there’s flyboarding, banana tubing, jet skiing and kite surfing, among others. Meanwhile, family-friendly options include a semi-submarine adventure getting you up close and personal with the Indian Ocean’s stunning ecosystem.
Designed more than a century ago, the main house at Lumeria Maui is the island’s oldest wooden structure. It boasts a diverse history from a military home to a women’s college and now, a tranquil wellness resort. The boutique property has just 24 rooms and yoga retreats are inclusive of accommodation, guided yoga and meditation sessions along with access to the wide range of scheduled fitness and wellness activities. Optional activities at the resort include surfing, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, scuba diving and sea kayaking.
Asaya, Rosewood’s Thai-inspired health retreat, offers guests a holistic treatment that combines new and old-world healing philosophies. It’s a tranquil getaway for any wellness holiday seeker. At sea, activities range from snorkelling and scuba diving to sailing and kayaking. Meanwhile, guests have access to the hotel’s fitness facilities (including a beachfront infinity pool, HIIT and Pilates classes) at their leisure.
COMO Uma Canggu
In Bali’s trendy surfer neighbourhood, COMO Uma Canggu is on one of the island’s best beach fronts for watersport lovers. Echo Beach is renowned for its excellent surfing waves, particularly for beginners. In line with COMO group’s commitment to sustainability, this retreat offers a secluded and eco-friendly water getaway for every type of traveller.
Six Senses Zighy Bay
Six Senses Zighy Bay offers the best of both worlds: the resort lies at the front of azure waters and a pristine beach, while behind it lies a rugged mountainous terrain. Guests can choose to arrive by speedboat, private car or even by paragliding. Watersport enthusiasts can take part in a wide range of activities, including scuba diving and snorkelling, kayaking or a private yacht charter, for those looking for a more laid back approach to their adventures on sea. There are also opportunities to take part in beach and underwater clean-ups, helping you do your part to preserve the surrounding scenery.
Two and a half hours by car from Athens’ main airport (or a 25-minute helicopter ride), Amanzoe is a stunning seaside resort perched on a hilltop overlooking the bay. The resort boasts a 2,850-metre spa offering Asian and Greek-inspired healing rituals, a private beach club and access to the nearby Hydra and Spetses islands. Engage in a wide range of water sports, from windsurfing to kayaking and paddleboarding, or head offshore and delve into the underwater world with a day spent scuba diving or snorkelling in the Mediterranean waters.
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