A vacation isn’t just good for the soul—it relaxes your body, refreshes your spirit, and clears your mind. Plus, science shows that a wellness-centered getaway in the company of other women can have even greater benefits.
You may have heard of the “fight or flight” response—but recent research shows that for women, a flow of stress chemicals actually drives us to choose a third path: to deepen our female friendships. These critical relationships are quite literally a healing source, integral to our ability to live long, healthy lives.
In 2024, consider a women’s wellness retreat and reap the benefits for years to come. We have a few ideas…
March 2024, Girona, Spain
Curated specifically for women on their perimenopausal and menopausal journey, this 5-day retreat includes naturopathic treatments and holistic therapies to help women welcome the second spring. Connect with other women experiencing this new season of life as you enjoy mindfulness sessions, cryotherapy treatment, pelvic floor workshops, massage, photobiomodulation, and more. The backdrop of stunning Girona, sandwiched between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean only adds to the bliss.
May 2024, Granby, CO
Family-owned since 1919, C U Lazy Ranch, located two hours from Denver, offers a trip off the grid and into the American West. The ranch’s Find Your Inner Cowgirl is led by Cathy Woods, creator of Mind Body Equine. The retreat swirls together principles of yoga and horsemanship to improve your life on and off the mat/saddle. Think breathing and body awareness, balance of the mind and spirit, and learning to stay present no matter what obstacles arise.
Grounded by the mission to help women find inner balance, SwellWomen hosts yoga and surf retreats all around the world. Travel with them to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula for a week of catching waves and good vibes in one of the most biodiverse spots on earth. You’ll stay in an ecolodge tucked on a verdant hillside, surrounded by howler monkeys, macaws, pumas, tree frogs—and amazing women, of course.
Chase waterfalls in one of the most epic places on earth: the Faroe Islands. Located in the icy waters of the Northeast Atlantic, this far-flung archipelago is known for its wild, rocky landscape. A bucket-list experience offered by Women Who Explore, this retreat offers an off-the-beaten path adventure. Think hikes through emerald green islands, stays in remote fishing villages, and treks to search for brightly colored puffins—all while experiencing the wonder of female camaraderie.
AdventurUs Women is on a mission to build life-changing outdoor experiences for women with an emphasis on skill building and community engagement. This 10-day trip features long hikes through the Italian mountains (think 6 to 8 hours each day). You’ll summit Piz Boe, overnight at Refugio Lavarella, and enjoy the sweet villages of Selva and Cortina d’Ampezzo. Plus, the bonds formed while sweating in stunning scenery are sure to last a lifetime. (Image credit: AdventurUs Women)
Explore Scotland’s natural beauty with like-minded women. Hosted by Wilderness Scotland, this women-only trip welcomes groups of friends, couples, and solo travelers alike. This hiking-heavy experience challenges travelers with up to 19 miles of trekking per day, traversing the incredibly verdant pre-industrial West Highland Way. You’ll make your way through the Garadhban Forest, with stops at Ben Nevis, StrathFillan, and Loch Lomond.
South Africa, October 2024, Cape Town
A global wellness platform for Black Women and Women of Color, OMNoire connects you with transformational wellness experiences around the world. Join them in Cape Town for a week of exploration into African culture through evocative writers, celebrated artists, and award-winning wine. Highlights include Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Black winemakers tour, and an African jewelry-making session.
Anytime in 2024, Boone, NC
Take time to reforge connections with your besties—and with yourself—through a three-day retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Restorative treatments like Ayurvedic cleansing, progressive meditation, yoga, and wellness workshops are all part of the experience.
We hope this list inspires you to go somewhere amazing with incredible women. When it comes to packing, you might wish to choose naturally sustainable Merino Performance Innerwear—the very best choice for traveling (here’s why). If you don’t have time for a full retreat, consider a camp where you can connect with new friends and the outdoors. Check out Trail Sisters, Women’s Wilderness Institute, SheJumps, and Casting For Recovery for amazing options.
No matter where you go, what you bring, or whether you travel anywhere at all, we hope the year brings joy, health, and connection. Mad love.