Wellness Retreats in Latin America, Mexico & the Caribbean

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The BodyHoliday Tree House in Saint Lucia.

Wellness retreats take on a variety of forms—from spa treatments to surf camps—so we’ve narrowed down a few different types in Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America that you can suggest to your client looking for a different kind of getaway.

Relaxing Getaway
Clients looking for a relaxing and intimate getaway have Boutique Hotels’ Gran Casa Sayula in Sayula, Mexico, a small town tucked away about an hour from Guadalajara. The boutique hotel is a restored mansion from the 1900s, with 20 rooms. Each bathroom is outfitted with L’Occitane products and the honeymoon suite has a claw-foot tub.

Inside the hotel, The Terracotta Spa is known for its massages, which are included in one of the current promotions. Starting at $231 per couple per night, the package includes a 1-night stay, American breakfast, and two Artisanal Wellness massages.

For more information, visit grancasasayula.com. Also, see our October 2012 issue for more on Mexico Boutique Hotels.

Active Getaway
Spinning is all the rage these days, with everyone from celebrities to models proclaiming their love for the sport. Your clients can enjoy spinning 25 ft. in the air at Saint Lucia’s all-inclusive wellness resort, The BodyHoliday.

The 155-room resort completed a $20 million refresh in October 2011, and is now opening the Tree House in early December. The Tree House is a 1,000-sq.-ft., glass-enclosed high-rise studio next to the wellness center that will feature spin and other fitness classes, as well as host events. Guests can take in views of the Caribbean Sea from one of 25 LiveStrong spin bikes.

“As Saint Lucia’s premier all-inclusive wellness resort, we felt that this studio in the sky would elevate the property’s signature BodySpin and BodySpin Max courses along with introducing a variety of new spin programming to guests,” says Andrew Barnard, marketing director of Sunswept Resorts. “Specially designed to inspire and energize riders of all levels, the new program offers everything from high-intensity classes to non-traditional rides led by world-class instructors. And in keeping with The BodyHoliday’s all-inclusive philosophy of promoting a stress-free vacation, these new programs are all included in the nightly rate.”

Rates start at $450 for a Luxury room and $675 for a Penthouse Suite. For more information, visit thebodyholiday.com.

Adventure Getaway
Surf trips have always been popular, but now The Harmony Hotel in Costa Rica is looking to give travelers the skills to survive in the water with its Surf Survival Camp.

“With surfing’s ever increasing popularity, the world is beating a path to our door,” says Irene Morales, general manager of The Harmony Hotel. “Therefore we want to provide the skills people need to truly get the most out of a surfing vacation. And true to Harmony’s nature, we have included plenty of yoga and relaxation time as part of the program.”

Dr. Andrew Nathanson, one of the authors of the handbook Surf Survival, leads a week of first-aid workshops, complete with fitness tips and advice on how to avoid surf injuries.

The camp includes a 7-night stay in a Cocos room or bungalow; daily Asana yoga classes; daily a la carte breakfasts; two dinners and two lunches; two out of the following three activities: a stand-up paddling tour, a kayak tour, or ziplining; one 60-minute massage; and airport transfers.

The next camp will take place Aug. 3-10, 2013 and packages start at $3,125.70 for a Cocos room dbl. For more information, visit harmonynosara.com.