Ever hear the phrase “I need a vacation from my vacation”? For some, running around finding the hottest activities and getting a surge of adrenaline is not their idea of a stress-free trip. And although Florida has endless opportunities for recreation, there are also thousands of options for relaxation as well.

A 2010 Stanford Research Institute study estimated that wellness tourism is a growing $106 billion industry. While many countries are gaining reputations as destinations for medical tourism, the study said the global market for wellness tourism was twice as big.

The International Spa Professionals Association says the number of spas worldwide grew from 5,700 to 19,900 in the past decade, an indicator that fitness has become an important choice for vacationers.

Sometimes a seaweed scrub, a hot yoga session, and a healthy balanced meal is what you really need to feel whole again. We’ve combed through hundreds of health and wellness retreats in Florida to create our list of our favorites.

We highly recommend stopping in to any of these award-winners to enjoy a Florida vacation away from the ordinary, but one that will leave you feeling incredibly zen on your return trip to wherever you’re from!

Top Wellness Retreats in Florida

Bella Boot Camp (Delray Beach)

About the retreat: Recharge with Vita Vie Retreat, a fitness retreat to balance body and mind in Delray Beach, FL. Jumpstart your healthy habits, tone up and reset your mind with beachside workouts, an array of fitness classes and healthy fare. Get out of the gym and into the outdoors with us! We use outdoor areas such as the beach and local parks for workouts along with a poolside area and private indoor studio. Spend time focusing on you and leave feeling refreshed and renewed! Located at The Seagate Hotel in Delray Beach, you’ll reboot in relaxed luxury. Join us for a group boot camp vacation or a private one on one fitness retreat.

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Getaway Fitness (St. Pete Beach)

About the retreat: Are you in need of a fitness jump start? Are you looking to renew yourself, relieve stress and/or just take time for you? Getaway Fitness can be the beginning of your journey to better health and fitness. If you are in need of a fitness getaway, or just need a healthy, active vacation and have come here to explore our retreats then you can relax because YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE.

Getaway Fitness Retreats are a fitness getaway that offer guests a beautiful luxury environment and access to an amazing team of professionals to meet your health and fitness goals. Combining structured fitness with outdoor adventures and healthy meals, our guests increase strength, improve endurance, lose weight, improve agility and movement, and gain a sense of overall well-being from their retreat experience.

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Ayurveda Health Retreat (Alachua)

About the retreat: Ayurveda is one of the oldest systems of medicine, dating back over 5,000 years to ancient India. It is the science of living in harmony with nature. In Sanskrit, Ayur- means life and -Veda means knowledge. Ayurveda utilizes various therapies including yoga, diet, massage and herbal preparations to bring balance and harmony to the body, mind, and soul. It is a truly holistic approach to achieving and maintaining that balance.

We offer traditional Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatments including abhyanga massage, shirodhara and swedana (aromatherapy steam).

Start your day off with Ayurvedic tea and an energizing yoga session. During your Panchakarma treatments, massages, nourishing meals and personal time, you’ll be enveloped in a gentle sense of peace and serenity that is integral to healing.

Because Ayurveda is a holistic approach to healthcare, it embraces the whole person rather than treating symptoms. Cleanse your body and start on the path to feeling complete again. Rediscover yourself. Learn how to live in harmony with your life and how to treat yourself well.

Explore the variety of treatments available at the Retreat so that you can select the one best suited to you.

Our Ayurvedic retreats are completely customizable, flexible for your lifestyle and needs. Choose a standard Panchakarma package, our weight management jump-start program, or a few luxurious therapies as a pleasurable addition to your planned vacation in the area. We’ll be happy to personalize a retreat package for you.

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Pritikin Longevity Center (Miami)

About the retreat: More than 100,000 people worldwide have come to Pritikin for one-week programs, two-week programs, or longer. For some, the primary goal is losing weight. Others want to prevent and address health issues. Still others seek the ultimate spa-health vacation. Everyone leaves feeling better and, best of all – living better.

Pritikin was the first comprehensive lifestyle program in America, and after 40-plus years on the cutting edge of lifestyle science, we are still the longest-running, most successful program for reversing many of modern society’s health concerns, including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Our guests describe their experience as “transformative.” Each day they’re immersed in education classes, exercise, weight-loss counseling, and physician care that inspire them with an “I can do this!” approach toward healthy living. The benefits are absolutely priceless.

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Eau Palm Beach (Palm Beach)

About the retreat: This is your haven to stay and play. Forget about us (and everyone else). Eau Spa is a joyful 42,000 square foot wonderland of playful relaxation. Devoted to you and everything you love most. Welcome to our grown-up playground where gratification and indulgence are not only acceptable, they are encouraged. Leave your worries behind and come take care of the one who matters most—you. Eau Spa is one of only 48 spas in the world with the prestigious Five-Star rating from Forbes Travel Guide. Our glamorous retreat is designed for playful relaxation and ultimate indulgence, with a wonderland of water gardens, private villas and luxurious treatment rooms. Float a candle in the Wishing Well. Melt away with a signature massage. Sip on free-flowing bubbly and nibble on whipped cupcakes. Your wish is a spa fairy’s command.

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Hippocrates (West Palm Beach)

About the retreat: More than a half century ago, visionary and humanitarian Ann Wigmore developed a simple concept first voiced by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, nearly 2,500 years ago: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Together with the brilliant Viktoras Kulvinskas, Ms. Wigmore nurtured this seed, creating a comprehensive institute that encourages people to draw from their vast inner resources to transform the quality of their health and lives. The commitment to this inspired truth is embodied in Hippocrates Health Institute, a non-profit organization that has offered comprehensive wellness programs for over 60 years.

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Pelican Grand (Fort Lauderdale)

About the retreat: PURE Spa is an intimate luxury spa. A rooftop boutique spa with soothing spaces and relaxation cabanas. PURE Spa’s heart and soul is immersed in Swedish well-being. Stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean play a crucial role with the calming environment throughout the spa. From traditional Swedish Massage to an exotic Papaya Body Polish you will find the ever present natural products by Maria Akerberg, our exclusive partner. These products are lauded by spa professionals around the world. Maria personally educates our carefully selected team on site to insure your complete satisfaction. Visit us soon for an experience that is PURE heaven.

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