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7 Wellness Retreats In Croatia To Book
What if your Croatian holiday could guarantee you return home refreshed, relaxed, rejuvenated with a nurtured body, mind, and spirit? Much more fulfilling than a great tan and some souvenirs, right? That’s exactly what this list of wellness retreats to book in Croatia this year is for!
Known for its archipelago of 1000+ islands, shimmering salty Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean inspired specialties, relaxed pace of life, and warm climate, it’s not surprising many wellness retreats take place during the late spring, summer and early fall months on the Croatian coast.
It’s also no secret that this small country of Croatia boasts a variety of landscapes; from the rocky breath-taking coastline of Dalmatia & Istra through the rocky mountains and forests of Lika to the cultural capital of Zagreb, the picturesque vineyards of Zagorje to the north of Zagreb and the fertile, rich flatlands of Slavonia to the far east.
Croatia is home to many internationally recognized and award-winning foods and wines, and regardless of where you may find yourself in the country, there is a relaxed approach to life.
While merely taking a vacation to Croatia is a welcome getaway from the daily grind for almost all tourists, wellness retreats are specially designed to remove the researching, thinking and planning while ensuring you’re comfortable and can focus on what a wellness retreat is for, connecting with that inner voice and letting the stress melt away.
Wellness goes far beyond a daily yoga practice and dips in the Adriatic for a week straight. Don’t get me wrong yoga retreats are definitely included, but other types of wellness retreats may be more your jam for your holiday to Croatia!
Yoga, Meditation & Adventure Retreat In Rovinj, Croatia
The Five Elements Retreat Center is exactly what you may expect, inspired, and connected with the five elements of Mother Nature. This wellness retreat is led by Marin Vayu and Natali Podner, who together have over 30 years of experience in yoga, massage therapy, meditation, and physiotherapy. The retreat takes place in a house near Rovinj with options for double and single accommodation, and each day is specially designed to integrate one of the five elements; Fire, Water, Air, Earth, and Spirit.
Each day begins with a healthy vegetarian (or vegan) breakfast, a morning yoga practice, and a planned adventure. Over the duration of the retreat, you can experience a variety of water sports on the Adriatic Sea, including SUP (stand-up paddleboarding), windsurfing, kayaking, and snorkeling. Marin and Natali also go beyond the physical yoga practice to include teachings of meditation while connecting with the earth through mapped out hiking and biking excursions and even cave exploration.
You don’t even have to worry about lunch as it’s all included in your retreat, and again seasonal, healthy, and vegetarian/vegan is the menu to keep your body fuelled and restored. To top it all off, there is a boat excursion to ensure you get a dose of the Croatian tourist charm, and of course, downtime to explore on your own.
This wellness retreat starts each Sunday from May 30th with the last group of the season on August 22nd.
Wellness Retreat On Vitality Island LošInj, Kvarner Bay, Croatia
The island of Mali Losinj, or Vitality Island as its also known, got its fame from retreats for those with respiratory problems back in the ’90s. This retreat, put on by Tennis Holidays Croatia, is for much more than clearing out your lungs. You guessed it; this is an active outdoor tennis holiday to learn, practice, and/or strengthen your game from leading experts in the field.
It’s no oversight that its located on an island intentionally planted with a forest of pine trees and over 1,000 species of therapeutic plants.
Wellness is the theme of the island, and heated outdoor sea pools, Finish, Roman, and Bio saunas, as well as Turkish baths, can be found at Hotel Aurora or Hotel Punta, the hotels recommended for your stay during the retreat. You can even explore the gardens, collecting aromatic plants to make your own aromatherapy essential oils.
Work up a sweat on the courts each morning during this retreat then unwind with the healing properties and wellness activities plentiful on Losinj island.
The retreat runs in the spring before temperatures get too hot.
Summersalt Yoga Retreats On Vis Island, Croatia
Voted by the Guardian in the best 20 yoga holidays worldwide, the SUP Yoga Retreats offered by Summersalt are unforgettable experiences, to say the least. Set on the island of Vis in Croatia, just getting to the retreat on the ferry will douse you with a wave of calm and tranquility. Or perhaps excitement and anticipation to arrive and get on the stand-up paddleboards, soaking in the sun rays while practicing yoga on the SUPs.
One of the most wonderful things about this retreat, and there are too many to count truly, is that it’s open to all levels. Whether you’re a long time practitioner looking to take your practice outdoors or challenge advanced poses with an extra need for balance or a mere beginner longing to try SUP and/or yoga, this is THE retreat for you.
Set in a gorgeous villa with an onsite pool, this retreat includes catered vegetarian breakfast buffets and dinners cooked on site incorporating local and seasonal ingredients. And there are many ingredients found right on this rugged, remarkably untouched island. In fact, the archipelago is a UNESCO Global Geopark, meaning the raw beauty of nature still thrives here being largely untouched by mass tourism. Most famous for the Blue and Green Caves, with numerous beaches that are walking and boat access, only there is lots to explore outside of the retreat on Vis island during your stay.
The team at Summersalt is a mix of Croatian locals and UK based yoga teachers that work together to ensure your Croatian yoga retreat is unforgettable for the mind, body, and soul.
The SUP yoga retreats typically have various start dates throughout May and June. Summersalt also offers two other retreats for exploration around Vis Island that run May, June, and September. The 2021 schedule is still TBD.
De Lima Escapes Retreat Split, Croatia
Situated just a few minutes away from the airport on Ciovo, a suburb of Split, this is a luxury curated wellness retreat. From your room in one of the two exquisite villas complete with a heated outdoor infinity pool to the chef-prepared meals and daily smoothies, you will begin to feel pampered, and your inner wellness restored just by showing up. But it’s not all lounging and soaking in the five-star treatment; this retreat includes a variety of fitness activities, including HIIT workouts, dance, aqua fitness, and strength training sessions. There are also yoga and meditation classes because let’s face it, a wellness retreat that nurtures the mind undoubtedly incorporates these two.
Don’t be fooled though this is not a yoga retreat; it’s a luxurious experience that will leave you rejuvenated and to quote the De Lima team, “whole so you can return home with a nourished mind, body, and spirit.”
Our favorite part though? It typically runs at the best time of the season, September (the 2021 schedule is currently TBA). The sea has been warming all season, the swarms of tourists with kids and college students have gone home and venturing out of the villa or even tacking on a few additional days to your trip to explore some islands, many who have ferry connections straight from Split is an optimal choice.
Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch Velika Plana, Croatia
When you think of all-inclusive, it often includes over-indulging in food & drink and over-stimulating your senses with evening entertainment. Not so at Linden Tree Ranch, where wellness is at its very core, and relaxation and restoration a promise.
Just one hour west of Zagreb or one hour east of Zadar, the ranch is nestled in pure nature where you can get away from the noise of urban life. Activities like horseback riding, canoeing, off-roading in a Jeep and hiking Croatia’s grand Velebit Mountain, bear watching, and even some good old cowboy fun like wood chopping and sack races are all available.
This is a wonderful wellness retreat for the entire family too! The owners at Linden have created a Little Bear’s Kids Club where children between the ages of 4 and 12 can engage in a number of fun activities under-trained, adult supervision so you can still get some personal time without leaving the kids for a week. From pony rides to panning for gold to a survival academy with fun outdoor living know-hows, they’re bound to have a wonderful time.
An option with so many choices where you don’t have to lift a finger – did we mention that three gourmet meals and snacks are provided during your stay? With sustainability and an eco-approach to everything at the ranch, the meals are made onsite with ingredients foraged on the property and locally as much as possible. In fact, Linden has even been recognized twice in the Michelin guidebook of where to eat.
With bookings available year-round, this is a wellness retreat the entire family can enjoy with as many or as few activities as suit you. No matter how many naps you take or how many adventures you head out on, everything about this experience in Croatia will recharge you. From the design of the ranch itself, the stunning surrounding nature, the home-cooked meals to a ‘respect nature and in turn respect yourself’ approach to sustainable living.
Terme Tuhelj Tuheljske Toplice, (60km from Zagreb) Croatia
Are you the type that loves the idea of a wellness retreat but prefers to cater to your own itinerary rather than following a schedule? Croatia’s most well known thermal bath resort is perfect for your wellness getaway. Located a short hour’s drive from the capital city of Zagreb, Terme Tuhelj offers a number of accommodation options and activities.
The main attraction is undoubtedly the hot springs, or pure thermal spring pools as the resort calls them, which are medicinal and recharge any ailments and joint pain you may be experiencing as well as provide a sense of full-body relaxation. These two outdoor pools combined with the healing mud are therapeutic for the body inside and out.
Sauna World is a combination of saunas and pools at differing temperatures in the Finnish way, set to recharge and reboot your circulation and mind. This is undoubtedly a necessity when planning your time at Terme Tuhelj.
The SPAeVITA Center at Terme Tuhelj provides a variety of massage and full-body treatments, a great addition to your custom-tailored wellness retreat to add some luxury and relaxation.
To get your adrenaline pumping, there is also a ‘Water Planet’ onsite at the resort, which is wonderful for those of you bringing children along. Water Planet includes wave pools, water slides, and waterfalls to get your blood pumping and your heart laughing.
With so much to choose from, Terme Tuhelj is the perfect spot to break out of your regular routine and decompress for a customized wellness retreat in Croatia.
They are open year-round, and treatments are both indoor and outdoor, so you can’t go wrong with a self-catered wellness retreat any month of the year.
Yin & Hormone Balance Yoga Razanj, Croatia
Perhaps your want of a wellness retreat in Croatia is driven by a need for a more specific focus on your health?
The team behind this 7-day Yin & Hormone Balance Yoga Retreat for Women offer a number of yoga retreats that go beyond the yoga practice. Each retreat is tailored around an educational piece that allows you to mindfully draw attention to your body’s needs, and learn proper poses and sequences you can take home with you to continue the self-work journey.
Located on Razanj, a small coastal Dalmatian town just 30 minutes drive north of Split’s airport, the retreat still offers a stunning Adriatic venue, time to soak up the sun’s rays and swim in the sea, but adds a very valuable core topic of focus to your yoga.
The Yin & Hormone Balance Yoga Retreat for Women is led by Radka Exnar, a certified practitioner who utilized the very same Hormone Yoga Therapy she teaches to defy western medicine’s diagnosis of a near-impossible pregnancy at age 40 to welcome a baby within the same year of beginning the practice.
An authentic yoga teacher is one who teaches that which she practices herself, and Radka is precisely this sort of instructor. This retreat is ideal for women who are looking to balance hormones through a centuries-old practice the natural way, or at least build on their knowledge and gift some self-love to their body because a wellness retreat in Croatia can be beautiful, relaxing and educational.
And if you’re not a woman or have any interest in your hormones during your retreat Sub-Art Yoga offers a range of Retreats that include meditation practice, yoga and dance, hiking, energy work, and more that may be more aligned with your interests.
Whatever your flavor of choice, you can’t go wrong with a week spent with this team of teachers and in the town of Razanj.
The Yin & Hormone yoga retreat has various start dates in the months of May, June, and October. However, other retreats offered by Sub-Art yoga are available with start dates running throughout the months of April, May, June, July, August, September, and October. If a yoga retreat is what you’re after, there will be a date or focus with this team that fits your schedule!
The seven wellness retreats we recommend you book this year were selected to offer variety for an unforgettable Croatian vacation. From luxury with Del Lima Retreats, to island escapes on SUPs with Summersalt Yoga on Vis, to rustic all-inclusive ranch getaways with Linden Tree and nature’s own thermal spring resorts in continental Croatia there is something for everyone. To quote the team at Linden Tree, “By its very definition, wellness is the achievement a balance of the mind, spirit, and body that results in overall well-being…active and passive meditation in forests…nourishing your body with natural-sourced and organic foods, massaging your body, challenging your body, thrilling your psyche, immersing yourself in a demonstrably remote and authentically wild environment, childlike play, and doing nothing at all are all prescriptions for improved wellness.”
With any of our recommendations on this list, Croatia will deliver an experience of rejuvenation for mind, body, and spirit in a remarkable setting to last a lifetime. Let the retreat teams do the planning for your trip; avoid the tourist swarms and lugging your stuff around old town cobble streets in multiple towns in 40C weather. Hop on a plane, train, or bus to Croatia and let the wellness retreat melt away life demands and stresses so you can begin to connect with yourself and others out for the same experience. Your body and mind will thank you.
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