If you ask us, every day is women’s day, but we’re not going to turn down a dedicated day to celebrate all things wonderful about women. That’s exactly what March 8th has become: championing social awareness and equality while combating stigmas, stereotypes and discrimination. In the lead up to International Women’s Day, we’ve put together a list of exclusive women’s wellness retreats around the world, from luxury spas to outdoor adventures and much, much more.
The Byron at Byron
With one of Australia’s most famous beaches on its doorstep, the aptly named Byron at Byron wellness resort offers an unparalleled healthy holiday experience, with nearby beaches, trails and rainforest serving as your outdoor playground for the week. The property’s five-day Women’s Surf Getaway is a women-only surfing retreat, inclusive of accommodation, meals, four deluxe surfing coaching sessions, four private yoga classes, a 60-minute, relaxing and rejuvenating massage, and more.
Prices start from $2,797 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Since its founding eight years ago, Escape Haven has offered escapist holidays in Bali and Byron Bay to over 2,000 women. It was recently awarded the Best Luxury Wellness Retreat by the World Luxury Hotel Awards. From March 2nd to 8th, the award-winning retreat is hosting surf, yoga, fitness and Ayurveda retreat at the Palm Tree House in Canggu, Bali. Retreats are inclusive of accommodation, equipment rental, and daily hour-long massages throughout a six-night stay.
Prices start from $1,299 | escapehaven.com
From March 9th to 15th, a six-night, seven-day Goddess Retreat programmes is based in a private women’s sanctuary in the cultural hub of Seminyak, on the island of Bali. Groups are kept deliberately small, allowing you to form closer connections and to work closely with retreat leaders towards achieving your health and wellness goals. Retreats are inclusive of accommodation, a la carte cuisine, twice daily yoga classes, unlimited spa treatments and guided daily meditation sessions.
Prices start from US$1,995 | baligoddessretreats.com
Bliss Sanctuary for Women
Looking to travel solo and embark on a journey of self-discovery? Take a page out of Julia Roberts’ book and Eat, Pray, Love yourself all the way to Bali, Indonesia. This retreat by Bliss Sanctuary for Women includes a trip to Ketut Liyer’s (the spiritual healer from the film) and a reading from his son, a visit to Wayan, the healer from the film, unlimited spa treatments and massages, unlimited yoga and chauffeur service throughout your retreat.
Prices start from US$2,860 per person | blisssanctuaryforwomen.com
On the weekend of March 10th, luxury resort Cal-a-Vie is hosting a Women’s Special Stay for Two. Packages are inclusive of seven nights’ accommodation, thrice daily meals, unlimited access to the resort’s scheduled fitness activities, a wellness and fitness consultation and nutritional seminar and live cooking demonstration, among other activities. Each package guest also receives 12 complimentary spa services during their stay, so you can indulge in some extra relaxation time.
Prices start from $14,925 | Book now on Compare Retreats
This member’s only female retreat is as exclusive as they come: to attend access or gain membership, you need to be referred or invited. Perhaps inspired by the Amazons, it is the world’s first island exclusively inhabited by women. The remote location in Finland was founded by American entrepreneur Kristina Roth. Retreats are capped at just 10 people, and feature yoga, meditation, a wide range of wellness activities, nourishing farm-to-table cuisine and a series of excursions out in nature.
Prices available on request | supershe.com
Ocean Soul Retreat
At Ocean Soul Retreat, a Balinese women’s wellness resort, it’s all about taking charge of your ‘me’ time. The Holistic Heaven programme focusses on integrating spiritual, emotional, and physical practices to give ladies a week to reset, with beach walks, yoga classes, spa treatments, holistic healing sessions, and your choice of specialised activities. This five-star retreat in the heart of the trendy Seminyak neighbourhood will give you the opportunity to unwind in luxury, and with some like-minded ladies to keep you company.