Our health is our wealth, right? At ICONIC LIFE we want to encourage better living habits so you can enjoy your beautiful life to its fullest. We have gathered lifestyle hacks to help you build your health on the run as well as tested out the most futuristic tech to tone your body—and your mind.
Another effective way to get your mind and body to its optimum are through wellness retreats. These meccas for health are undoubtedly a hot topic, yet still many people don’t find the time to work them into their hectic schedules. Sure, they sound great in theory, but sometimes the hardest thing of all is being anything but busy. We’ve got a few reasons why you should make it a high priority to trade out those work emails, ditch the technology for a weekend and get your physical and mental health back on track.
We’ve got a few reasons why you should make it a high priority to trade out those work emails, ditch the technology for a weekend and get your physical and mental health back on track.
When the word “wellness retreat” pops into your head what do you envision? For some it may be a yoga retreat filled with sun salutations and some serious time in shavasana. For some it may be a mental retreat void of technology to disconnect with the outside world. While for others it may mean blood-pumping adventures where dull moments are a thing of the past. Whatever your definition of a wellness retreat is, there is one out there awaiting your arrival. Here, we highlight the four hottest wellness retreats that will have you feeling your very best.
Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa
JUMPSTART A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE | Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia
With a name like that, you can expect this retreat will be working some fitness into that R&R, providing you with the perfect mix to get on track for a healthy lifestyle. Imagine yourself tucked into the lush beauty of British Columbia where the air is crisp, clean, and oh-so refreshing—the ideal place to mold yourself into the poster child of health. Though you may envision typical vacations to be full of indulgences, you’ll be happy you swapped out that extra dessert for an extra hike while at Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa.
However, speaking of dessert, you’ll still get to enjoy that while here. The on-site nutritionist whips up locally-sourced meals that will have you wondering how healthy can possibly taste so good while you take note of how you can recreate these dishes at home. Daily activities include long hikes in the breathtaking nature, sunrise yoga, evening fitness classes, as well as clocking some serious time at the spa.
By the end of this retreat, there is a good chance you will have lower stress levels, improved sleep, a detoxified system, increased energy, and changes in your body composition, just to name a few.
By the end of this retreat, there is a good chance you will have lower stress levels, improved sleep, a detoxified system, increased energy, and changes in your body composition, just to name a few. Every aspect of this retreat has been carefully crafted to target the parts of your life that have led you down a path of poor health and reroute them to become healthy habits that will last far longer than the duration of your dreamy getaway.
Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa
SERIOUS PAMPERING | Cal-a-Vie, Vista, California
Retreat into the countryside of California for a French-inspired retreat. Tell us when and where, and we are there. Simply head to Cal-a-Vie in Vista, California where vineyards and lavender fields are aplenty and you get to enjoy all the benefits of the French countryside sans the travel time. One of those benefits includes being treated like European royalty because Cal-a-Vie boasts a five-to-one staff ratio, so, you have the opportunity to be waited on hand and foot. This place is bursting at the seams with activities that will get your body moving and shaking as well. Think Zumba, spinning, kickboxing, volleyball and our new favorite workout mix, piloxing (a blend of dance, Pilates, and boxing).
Cal-a-Vie also brings to the table mental wellness offerings to connect your mind, body, and spirit to leave you feeling like a more refreshed, happy version of yourself. Take part in meditation classes, yoga classes, and mindful art to tap into your deeper self. Then head to the spa to work out any remaining bad vibes with a bamboo massage or one of the other award-winning spas’ fabulous treatments. There is really no wrong answer when it comes to wellness at this retreat.
California Health & Longevity Institute
DIET RESET | California Health & Longevity Institute Westlake Village, California
Regardless of how healthy you think you are, a trip to this wellness retreat will set you on the path to be at your optimal health. The California Health & Longevity Institute housed inside the Four Seasons Resort Westlake Village offers guests the opportunity to experience their Signature Retreat, a four-day, three-night immersion into a world of all-things health with the guidance of medical professionals.
Yes, you read that right: people who have medically and scientifically-backed and trusted knowledge that ensure you’re going about your new life in a healthy and safe way. No crash diets, no living off of a handful of almonds and no over-the-top exercise routines that leave you feeling like a shell of your former self.
Every part of this luxury retreat will get you excited about health. Beginning with a body fat testing, you’re then directed into a series of activities that will help you to lower those numbers. We aren’t going to lie, this retreat is not an easy one as you’ll have to work hard to reach your wellness goals. From intense fitness classes to guided hikes, the results don’t come without some dedicated effort. But you will be generously rewarded—particularly in the kitchen.
Not only do you get to partake in cooking classes in the institute’s Wellness Kitchen, you’ll also receive individual consultations to discuss your eating habits and define schedules that work for your specific needs, rather than a general approach to wellness.
California Health & Longevity Institute
The food at the Signature Retreat steals the spotlight. Not only do you get to partake in cooking classes in the institute’s Wellness Kitchen, you’ll also receive individual consultations to discuss your eating habits and define schedules that work for your specific needs, rather than a general approach to wellness. Because let’s be honest—all of our bodies have different needs.
Here, you are invited to expand your relationship to self through daily meditation, as well as a sound bath experience that will reawaken parts of your spirit you didn’t even know existed. The best part of the retreat? You’ll leave not only with a new mindset and approach to your healthy future, but you’ll leave with a cookbook and workbook in hand to help integrate these experiences at home while you continue to see visible results.
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UNPLUG | Collective Yellowstone, Montana
Welcome to Big Sky Country, where the skies truly do feel bigger. Montana is an ideal place if you’re looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Dare to turn your phone off and instead tune into the stunning scenery and what many have called, “the last best place,” at the Collective Yellowstone retreat.
The wild west oasis is the perfect blend of backcountry and luxury so you get a taste of that cowboy life, without sacrificing high-end amenities such as in-tent massages. For avid glampers, don’t let the idea of sleeping in a tent turn you away just yet; these aren’t your average childhood camping accommodations. On the contrary, they include a king-sized bed complete with 1,500 thread-count linens, a private en suite bathroom equipped with a shower and hot water, and so much more.
The wild west oasis is the perfect blend of backcountry and luxury so you get a taste of that cowboy life, without sacrificing high-end amenities such as in-tent massages.
With some of the country’s most iconic landscapes surrounding the property, you can bet your bottom dollar that the food at Collective Yellowstone is top-notch. Breakfast at Three Peaks Lodge starts your day off on the perfect note, and farm-to-table dinners underneath the stars will quickly become your reality. There’re also outdoor activities ranging from horseback riding to fly fishing, whitewater rafting to ziplining. When at the retreat, you’ll have no need for your phone except the occasional impulse to capture the moments first-hand.