Best of the Best

Best Wellness Retreats Compared

A stay at a wellness retreat can be life changing, but it’s critical to choose the right wellness retreat for your needs. Below we’ll examine the best wellness retreats, their specialties and compare their unique value propositions and features.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

What is a Wellness Retreat?

Wellness retreats are vacations that allow you to “retreat” from your daily life and focus on your physical, mental and emotional health while participating in a lifestyle improvement program that you implement while at the retreat and take home as a new way of living.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT WELLNESS RETREAT

Key Considerations

01

Cost vs. Value

Cost isn’t the best determination of value. Understand what’s included in your stay. A low rate often means you’ll rack up à la carte charges that other retreats may have bundled in their price at a discount. The details are important

02

Guest Reviews

What previous guests have said about their stay is the best indication of what you can expect during yours. Explore TripAdvisor for recent reviews and YouTube for guest testimonial videos.

03

Proven Program

Wellness retreats are an investment of time and money, so choose one with a clinically proven approach that has been documented in medical journals and vetted in the press. This investment in yourself will pay dividends for the rest of your life.
Tropical Wellness Retreats are the Best Choice

Craft Your Personal Path to Wellness

Your Journey

Choose a wellness retreat that empowers you to take control of your well-being. The best wellness retreats offer dedicated advisors to help you  craft an experience customized for your goals, level of commitment and lifestyle. Your experience at a wellness retreat should be as unique as you.

The Essential Checklist

What to Look for in a Wellness Retreat

Embarking on a wellness retreat is a transformative journey that encompasses the well-being of the mind, body, and spirit. When assessing wellness retreat options, consider key aspects crucial to the retreat’s value, credibility, and its ability to help you adopt a healthy lifestyle for holistic well-being.

A Retreat that supports your goals

Explore retreats beyond narrow themes like couples or yoga, and discover one that aligns with your specific goals. Don't limit yourself.

physicians & wellness professionals

Choose a retreat that surpasses the ordinary with onsite physicians overseeing your stay and progress. Don't settle for less.

Wellness Education

Wellness education is the cornerstone of lifestyle change. Understanding your body is essential to lasting change.

Pampering

The best wellness retreats are not boot camps. They'll include resort accommodations, luxurious spas, beautiful grounds & more.

Savvy Travelers share what to avoid in a wellness retreat.

Tips from Savvy Travelers

What to Avoid in a Wellness Retreat

Resort Fees

Beware of retreats that resort to underhanded tactics by imposing resort fees, stealthily inflating your final price by up to 30%. A resort fee is a deceptive surcharge added to your bill, often without clear disclosure during booking. This dubious practice allows retreats to artificially lower their advertised rates, only to surprise guests with an unexpected and substantial increase upon checkout.

Resort Fees

Beware of retreats that resort to underhanded tactics by imposing resort fees, stealthily inflating your final price by up to 30%. A resort fee is a deceptive surcharge added to your bill, often without clear disclosure during booking. This dubious practice allows retreats to artificially lower their advertised rates, only to surprise guests with an unexpected and substantial increase upon checkout.

TAXES & GRATUITY​

Investing a week or more of your time in a wellness retreat is a significant commitment, and the impact of rates and gratuities on an extended stay should not be underestimated. Don’t find yourself taken aback by an unforeseen gratuity charge of 20% or more upon checkout, along with undisclosed taxes. The cumulative effect of these charges can substantially contribute to the overall cost of your stay.

Top wellness retreats Compared

How the Top Wellness Retreats Compare

Explore the top wellness retreats at a glance with our convenient comparison table. Easily compare offerings, value, prices, and more to find the perfect retreat that suits your needs and preferences. Your journey to well-being begins with informed decisions—explore and choose wisely.

Standard Program
Pritikin Resort
Canyon Ranch
Miraval
Premier Fitness Camp
Hilton Head Health
Cost
$$
$$$
$$
$$$
$
7-Night-Stay
$6,117
$6,650
$4,034
$7,345
$5,420
Taxes
$0
$579
$532
$185
$0
Resort Fees
$0
$1,273
$1,008
$185
$0
Total Price
$6,170
$8,502
$5,574
$7,715
$5,420
Resort Credit
$125/week
$175/Night
$350
Gratuity Included
5-Star Trip Advisor Rating
Physician Consultations
40+ Wellness Education Classes/Week
Wellness Education by Medical Experts
Semi-Private Personal Training
Advanced Medical & Performance Testing
Clinically Proven Program
Deluxe Resort Accomodations
Lifetime Virtual Membership
Services Available
Pritikin Resort
Canyon Ranch
Miraval
Premier Fitness Camp
Hilton Head Health
Golf
Tennis
Spa
Suite Upgrades
Consultations with Licensed Psychologists
Personal Consultations

Top Wellness Retreats Ranked

Delve into the nuances of wellness retreats as we highlight the strengths and considerations of each top destination.

Pritikin Longevity Center
Miami, Florida

Best Overall | Best Value | Best for Health | Best for Weight Loss

Rated #1 by wellness retreat travelers, Pritikin acheives a flawless 5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor, and has consistently demonstrated its ability to guide guests toward adopting healthier lifestyles. Amidst the luxurious surroundings of an expansive 800-acre tropical resort, guests experience tangible and lasting results.

Miraval
TUCSON, AZ

Best Spa

Miraval’s beauty puts it near the top of our list. The experience provides an immediate sense of well-being, yet its program doesn’t support guests in adopting a sustained healthy lifestyle or addressing and preventing health challenges.Be

Premier Fitness Camp
San Diego, CA

Best For Fitness Enthusiasts

A good option for fitness enthusiasts, however PFC recommends extended stays for true change. Guests with limited availability should seek a retreat with direct physician oversight, a strong wellness education component and proven program.

Canyon Ranch
Tucson, AZ

Best Weekend getaway

Canyon Ranch maintains an overall 4.5 TripAdvisor score, however in recent years, customer satisfaction has dropped considerably. In 2023-24 negative guest reviews have reduced the average for that period to only 3.5.

Hilton Head Health
Hilton Head, SC

Best Budget Retreat

Hilton Head Health is a budget friendly option for guests who want to make healthy lifestyle changes, but they don’t offer many of the core services available at premium wellness retreat. 

The best wellness retreat?

Pritikin is the Clear Choice​

Choose a wellness retreat that empowers you to take control of your well-being. The best wellness retreats offer dedicated advisors to help you  craft an experience customized for your goals, level of commitment and lifestyle. Your experience at a wellness retreat should be as unique as you.

Pritikin Health & Wellness Retreat

Rated #1 Wellness Reteat By Guests

Online reviews for the best wellness retreats.
5/5

Darlene P. - TripAdvisor Traveler

Simply The Best

The Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami exceeded my expectation on every level and was worth every penny! The facility was beautifuland welcoming and the environment was one of absolute security, helpfulness, kindness, patience, happiness, friendliness and professionalism

5/5

Renee A - TripAdvisor Traveler

Life Changing Experience

I cannot say enough positive things about my experience at Pritikin. For years, I have tried to get on a healthier pathway - diet, exercise, mindfullness. What seemed impossible to change, has become a reality.

In Their Own Words

Guest Testimonials

"I did my blood work and I couldn't believe my results. Low cholesterol, low triglycerides, low blood sugar, low BMI. I'm pain free!"

Dr. Alina Dellanzo

Andrew talks about his experience at the Pritikin Wellness Retreat
5/5

Andrew B., Pritikin Guest

I don't worry about living a good long healthy life anymore!

I worry about a lot of things, but I don't worry about living a good long healthy life anymore. I always know I've got Pritikin coming. It gives me a focus and something to look forward to.

Sheryl talks about his experience at the Pritikin Wellness Retreat
5/5

Sheryl B., Pritikin Guest

It's a place where you discover how to live the rest of your life!

It's a place where you discover how to live the rest of your life in a healthy and happy manner, mentally, physically and emotionally.

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Vetted by the press

Pritikin Experiences

Programs That Get Results

Discover customized packages designed for a variety of objectives. Crafted Experiences consist of carefully chosen services and activities curated by our experts to align with the individual wellness goals of each guest.

Weight Loss

You’ve lost that weight & gained it back too many times. It is time to end dieting & live your best life. We’re here to help.

Health Challenges

You can prevent or reverse many common health conditions. Live the life you want at any age, there’s no need to struggle with your health.

Level Up

Take your fitness to the next level. Defy what you thought were boundaries. Your potential is limitless – we’re here to help.

Reset & Recovery

Sometimes you need a reset – we’re here to help. Reclaim that lifestyle that makes you feel your best with a wellness experience at Pritikin.

Four star rated resort

4/5

2023 Forbes Travel Guide

Pritikin is the only wellness retreat located at a resort and spa to earn a prestigious 2023 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating.

Only at Pritikin

What Makes Pritikin Unique

Pritikin is the only health and wellness retreat to include these important services in every Longevity Program. Other wellness retreats may include them at a premium.

Physician Consultations

Experience unparalleled access to our renowned team of physicians. Beyond private consultations with your dedicated physician, engage in up to 10 hours of interactive sessions with cardiologists, endocrinologists, and other certified specialists.

40+ Weekly Wellness Classes

Wellness education forms the foundation of lifestyle change at the Pritikin Center. No other wellness retreat offers a comparable quantity and caliber of educational sessions. At Pritikin, you'll discover how to take control of your health, achieve wellness, and seamlessly apply what you learn into practice.

Semi-Private Personal Training

At Pritikin, we provide personalized fitness experiences through small group personal training. Guests collaborate with individuals of similar fitness levels, ensuring tailored workouts that cater to their specific needs and goals.

Advanced Medical & Performance Testing

Experience cutting-edge advanced medical & performance testing at Pritikin, tailored to optimize your health journey. Our comprehensive assessments provide valuable insights, guiding you towards for enhanced well-being and performance.

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Pritikin the only Retreat Proven to get results

Rigorously Studied by Physicians & Scientists

Leading medical journals like the New England Journal of Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine and more have document the success of Pritikin’s guests.

Source: Journal of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Source: Journal of Applied Physiology
Source: Journal of Applied Physiology
Source: Archives of Internal Medicine

Star Your Wellness Journey

No matter where each of us are in life, we all strive to live completely. That’s why we believe longevity belongs to everyone: the driven, the courageous, and the curious. Here, every step you take brings you closer to a healthier, more complete version of yourself. Come to Pritikin and initiate your path to sustainable mind and body wellness.
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