Budget Friendly Wellness Experiences

Costa Rica | Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort
Costa Rica | Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort. Amauri Mejia on Unsplash

Wellness on the Cheap:  Top 5 Destinations for Healthy Fun

By Samantha Butts

Life can get chaotic; we all have endless lists and notifications reminding us of our goals and responsibilities. Sometimes, this can leave you feeling stressed and burnt out. It might just be time for you to take a break for your wellbeing’s sake.

So, pack your bags, grab a pair of loose-fitting pants from the Lidl circular and prepare for a time of rest. We have done the hard part and put together 5 options for you to choose from.

Costa Rica | Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort  

If you want to exhale blocked energy and tension, then inhale tranquility and a deeper connection with yourself, this is the place to go. This Balinese-inspired center with beautiful jungle and ocean views is one of a kind.  

The Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort was designed around nature, leaving the jungle surrounding the resort. They strive to be environmentally friendly by preserving the natural jungle and by using water management efforts. The resort built their own water treatment plant to ensure no water is wasted.

So Much on Offer

There are lots on offer for your enjoyment; surfing, paddleboarding, hiking and jungle exploration among other activities. Retreats are not limited to a specific time of the year. You can visit Bodhi all year round and receive guidance from some of the best teachers in the industry. With 6 open-air yoga shalas, you can have a different type of yoga session for every day that you are there.

The resort offers daily yoga classes and weeklong resorts. You can also visit the Bodhi Tree Spa to relax your body and restore your soul.

The package:

Daily yoga class  

  • Meditation sessions
  • Water, tea, coffee (served throughout the day)
  • Saltwater swimming pools
  • Luxury breakfast and lunch
  • Wholesome dinner buffet  
  • Unlimited wifi
  • Balinese-inspired cabanas with Egyptian cotton bed sheets and open-air showers.

The price:  From $113 per person per night. website

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The beautiful coastline at the Koh Samui, Thailand | Natural Detox Resort.

Koh Samui, Thailand | Natural Detox Resort

This incredibly affordable 8-day wellness retreat is one not to be missed. If you want to improve your exercising habits and need a bit of inspiration and fun, this tropical paradise will help you change your life.

The holistic approach includes activities that will help you improve your health- body, mind, and spirit.

Their approach avoids ‘quick win’ diets and colonics, and focuses on letting your body cleanse itself naturally with food and exercise.

The resort has the Wild Tribe Superfood Café, which provides healthy and plant-based nutritional options that are locally sourced and organic when possible.

A personalized fitness evaluation from the resort’s highly skilled personal trainers is included in your program, and your workouts for the week will include everything from yoga to cardio and strength training.

The package:  

  • 3-star accommodation (rooms with tropical garden and pool views)
  • Accessible beach
  • Spa treatments
  • Restaurants within walking distance
  • 3 meals a day  

The price:  $318 for 8 days (about $39 a day) website

Florida | Carillon Miami Wellness Resort 
Poolside refreshment at the Florida | Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

Florida | Carillon Miami Wellness Resort  

If you don’t want to go too far but still want a tropical experience, try the Carillon. It is located on the sparkling beaches of Miami and has all you need for some time off. After a fitness class, visit the Strand Bar and Grill. You will enjoy the seasonal cuisine against the backdrop of floor-to-ceiling windows with an ocean view.

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is the largest spa and wellness facility in the Eastern Seaboard. It elevates the traditional spa experience with medically-focused treatments, unique therapies, and access to doctors and wellness experts all under the same roof.

The resort offers wellness treatments from cupping to cryotherapy, and infrared saunas. At the heart of the resort is their Thermal Experience, which mirrors European wellness traditions. It uses the restorative properties of water to promote well-being.

The package:  

  • Exquisite food
  • Luxurious spa
  • Fitness classes
  • Rock climbing, cycling and walking  
  • Glittery pools
  • A European-style hydrotherapy treatment
  • Wifi  

The price:  $240 per night. website

Colorado | The Peaks Resort and Spa Photo by Mikhail Nilov on Pexels
Winter zen at the Colorado | The Peaks Resort and Spa. Mikhail Nilov on Pexels photo

Colorado | The Peaks Resort and Spa

Found in the Colorado San Juan Mountains, this Spa escape is the perfect opportunity to unwind in nature. There are daily events that range from exercise and dance classes to live music and drum circles.

If you want to go in winter, there are several activities such as ice-skating, skiing, snowboarding and dog sledding, among others.

The package:

  • Luxury suites
  • Spa complex  
  • Indoor/Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam rooms  
  • Oxygen inhalation rooms

The price:  $199 per night with a $150 spa credit. If you buy four nights, you get the fifth one free. website

New Mexico | Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs 
Taking self-care seriously at the New Mexico | Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs

New Mexico | Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs  

This resort is a part of a landscape with deep historical significance. The ancient mineral hot springs available to guests are believed to be sacred by Native American tribes. The Ojo Caliente waters are known to bring healing and respite to soakers.

The resort offers respite from the modern world. It offers therapeutic spring-fed soaking, spa treatments, farm-to-table dining, and local experiences. At this resort, you are able to immerse yourself in the beauty of Northern New Mexico.

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The Santa Fe wellness resort is among 77 acres in Northern New Mexico’s high desert. Here you can discover the benefits of hydrotherapy.

The itinerary:  

Spend the day hiking and bicycling around the desert environment of the 1,100-acre ranch, practicing yoga, bird viewing, and then unwinding with a restorative soak in the mineral hot springs.

Visit the award-winning spa and experience massages with organic, locally crafted skincare products that include prickly pear, cactus flower and sage.

The price:  $169 a night for a private room with complimentary bathrobes and access to the mineral springs. Choose between Cliffside, Plaza, or Posi suites. website

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