A wise woman once sang “Who explores the world? – Girls!’” Or words to that effect. So it comes as no surprise then that women are leading the way when it comes to solo travel, with female solo travelers making up the largest percentage of solo travelers, at a rate of 84%.
The rise in solo female travelers has given birth to many women-only retreats, allowing women the opportunity to explore itineraries in the company of like-minded individuals. Women seek out women-only wellness retreats for many reasons: to reconnect with themselves, to create new memories, to connect with other like-minded women. In conjunction with International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, we’ve put together a list of women exclusive wellness retreats. From Ayurvedic healing to learning to surf, these women-only wellness retreats will empower and inspire women to reconnect with themselves.
BLISS SANCTUARY FOR WOMEN, BALI
Bliss Sanctuary is a must for any woman searching for herself. Imagine a big king-sized bed with flowers everywhere, and an amazing outdoor bathroom. Bliss sanctuary will take your breath away! Founded in 2011 and based in Seminyak, Canggu and Ubud, Bliss Sanctuary welcomes women travelling on their own or with a friend. It’s a Bali sanctuary for women who want the ultimate relaxing, hassle-free travel experience! Their aim is to help you feel reinvigorated about life and yourself by offering a completely flexible wellness holiday that embraces rest and reconnection. Retreat into your own bliss, meet amazing people, learn yoga for beginners, or expand your practice. Be pampered to your heart’s content and find happiness within. Guests return home full of life and positive energy. There’s time to meet amazing women for friendship, and experience rejuvenation. Bliss is a unique sanctuary for women seeking a 100 percent tailored escape. Packages are 5–7 days with no kids, no couples, and only a handful of women at any one time. Guests can choose their own dates, as retreats are not specific to arrival and departure days.
OCEAN SOUL RETREAT, BALI
Surrounded by privacy walls for ultimate seclusion and nestled in lush tropical gardens, Ocean Soul Retreat is ideal for solo female travellers craving peace and tranquillity. Connect your mind, body and soul with holistic therapies, nutritious food, and relaxing massages at this luxurious women’s only retreat. This wellness programme is based on your desire to engage in as many or as little activities as you like, adapting to your wellness requirements.
BLISS BODY RETREAT, BALI
This transformative retreat is perfect for women of all ages, set in a lush and spiritual environment with yoga practice, health wellness, and spa treatments. Offering stunning accommodation, and specialised programs that include detoxification and raw food nutrition. The unique Bliss Body Retreat is an experience that you will hardly find anywhere else in Bali. Their programs are carefully crafted according to each participant and their personal needs. Designed to create a safe space for people who need to move through challenges, who need healing, who are looking for ways to grow. Experience daily yoga practice with facilitator Vlada’s calming and open presence, eat lovely raw food made by Ohla, and feel more connected your inner body, femininity, and spirituality. Bliss Body is a great chance to explore your inner wisdom as well as your real power as a woman.
Como: The Surf and Wellness Retreat with Sally Fitzgibbons, BALI
Whether you are a beginner or intermediate surfer, you’ll benefit from this seven-night programme, which brings together the best of Como Uma Canggu and Como Shambhala Estate. The two luxury accommodations have collaborated with professional surfer Sally Fitzgibbons—currently ranked third in the Women’s World Surf League—in what is their first ever all-women surf and wellness retreat.
Participants will spend four nights at Como Uma Canggu by the shores of Bali’s best surf breaks, followed by three nights in the jungle sanctuary that is Como Shambhala Estate, where they wind down and practice mindfulness in nature. Of course, indulging in the estate’s award-winning cuisine and wellness treatments are on the agenda.
Founded by women for women, this empowering retreat at Escapada in Mallorca, Spain is designed for women in transitional phases of their life. Both founders Emilia Herting and Maeve O’Sullivan are qualified practitioners in Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, combining their expertise to create a natural healing space for women.
The retreat package includes a health consultation with the experts, full board Ayurvedic cuisine, daily mindful practice and yoga as well as acupuncture treatment and personalised massage. At the end of the retreat, participants return with an individualised health plan to improve their lifestyles.