Have you ever thought about or taken a wellness vacation?
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Traveling is a great way to improve your overall wellbeing, because nothing raises your level of happiness like exploring a whole new place. A change of scenario and a change to your everyday routines makes for a great vacation. We all know traveling is exciting and liberating, but it’s so much more than relaxing by a pool or beach side, while you sip on your favorite beverages. Why not take it one step further and plan a trip that will help make your mind more happy and healthy?
If you are looking for a physical and mental health vacation, the Caribbean islands are a great choice. With more than 7,000 individual islands in an approximately 1-million-square-mile region that surrounds the Caribbean Sea, we have compiled a list of the healthiest islands and the activities that await you there, according to The Telegraph.
Hike the Caribbean
The Caribbean isn’t known for its hiking trails, but should be. If you love hiking or are just looking to explore an exhilarating new side to the Caribbean islands, this would be one way to accomplish that. There are guided hiking tours across six islands, that includes flights, transfers, expert guides and luxury, ecofriendly accommodations. You will be able to take in the different culture, history and natural environment that each trail provides. You will surely come back from your vacation feeling more fit. If you are up for the adventure, choose between one or all the islands for a fun hiking destination – Antigua, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Kitts, and St. Lucia.
Sharpen your tennis skills while on vacation, or if you have never played, what better time to start than while on the island of Antigua. You can also work on your skills with a former British No 1 tennis pro at the Curtain Bluff resort. On one side of the resort you have the Caribbean, and on the other side, you have the Atlantic– giving you the best of both worlds. The resort has four championship courts within a “lob-shot” of the beach. Lessons are offered year-round to guests, but November’s Perfect Match week includes training and drills that are led by Annabel Croft.
Want to just dive right into the Caribbean island, literally? Head to the British Virgin Islands, where you can experience some of the best swimming the island offers. SwimTrek is reintroducing its seven-day trip to the dazzling archipelago. Guided swims allow you to splash between isles and swim alongside turtles, while being safe with expert guides. The trip also includes the two-mile crossing to Flanagan, one of the United States Virgin Islands. If you are up for a swimming adventure, then this is one you won’t want to miss.
Runcation In Jamaica
If you’re looking for a runcation, head to Jamaica. You won’t want to miss Jamaica’s Reggae Marathon, a music-blasted festival of running. The lively event offers you a few distances to choose from along Negril beach – a 26.2 mile, 13-mile and 10k (six-mile). Sandals Negril resort offers a Runcation package for the event that ensures all athletes are all set up, making it easier. The package includes a welcome gathering, a carb-loading pasta party, a post-race awards ceremony and a much-needed rest and repair session at the spa.
Pedal Through Cuba
If you want to explore in a more laid-back way, while you still get in some leisurely exercise, then this may be what you’re looking for. Saddle Skeddadle’s offers a 15-day Cuban Revolutions bike guided trip. You can explore the culture, changing views, the Caribbean Coast, the haystack-shaped hills of the Viñales Valley, the salsa-swaying streets of old Havana.
All-Inclusive Mind and Wellness Retreat
If you are looking for a vacation that is more health-focused, head to Barbados. The Waves Hotel & Spa bills itself as Barbados’ first all-inclusive mind and wellness boutique retreat. The hotel includes yoga mats in every room, restaurants serving healthy but tasty dishes, free spa treatments and a daily menu of complimentary activities for its guests. You can choose from Pilates, kickboxing, and mediation. Want something more “Caribbean,” the hotel also offers water activities like standing up paddle boarding along with turtles, which will help you work on your core while standing up. It is a heavenly place to unwind and work on your mind, body and soul.
Swim Retreat with Olympians
If you love swimming, a swim retreat is the adventure you need. Head to St Kitts & Nevis to complete a classic swim under the guidance of Olympians. GB stars Keri-Anne Payne and David Carry are running a seven-night Swim Retreat at Nevis’ palm-rustled Nisbet Plantation. The retreat is open to swimmers of all abilities are welcome to join pool and open-water sessions although numbers are limited. Everyone receives one-to-one coaching, plus a personal training plan. You will have the chance to test out those techniques you learned at the annual 21/2-mile (4km) Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim.
Scuba Yoga Retreat
Grenada is a great place to escape for Yoga and Scuba fanatics. The boutique True Bay Resort is a top choose amongst yogi’s. Its treetop, ocean view yoga space, filled with experienced teachers, makes it the ideal place to practice. Their teachers specialize in Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yang Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga. You also have the option of continuing your personal practice during your stay.
The resort is also ideal for scuba fans, thanks to his highly rated dive school. You will have easy access to wrecks, reeds and underwater sculpture park. Why not take in both scuba and yoga with a seven-night Scuba Yoga Retreat. The retreat includes land yoga as well as performing poses underwater to aid anxiety, buoyancy control and breathing.
Full Body Holiday
St. Lucia is the gold standard of fitness retreats in paradise. Be prepared to stretch, tone, pummel, pamper, hone or mend your body at The Body Holiday. The all-inclusive luxury retreat on northern St Lucia’s Cariblue Beach offers a wide number of activities, such as Olympian-led boot camps to Zumba, spinning classes, windsurfing, archery and meditation. A free daily treatment at the world-class spa is included for all guests. If you are up for trying something new, then this resort is a great option for you.
Hideout on a Private Island
The ultimate holiday getaway will be hiding out at COMO Parrot Cay in Turks & Caicos. The luxurious retreat is on its own private island, where you won’t find a single car. The car-free, nature endowed isle is packed with activities to help you work on your mind, body and soul. It is a great place to stretch with its daily Pilates and yoga classes – some held on the mile-long beach. The resort is also home to a top-class spa and wellness center that offers everything from Ayurveda to acupuncture.
If you are looking to book a healthy holiday, then these are some great options. The Caribbean is a great location to get it all in, and still work on making your body and mind happy and healthy. Read the full story from The Telegraph here.
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