The everyday practice of good habits is what defines wellness. And at the beginning of a new year, getting back into healthy routine is at top of mind. Combine that with our Canadian winters, a getaway to a warm destination is ideal.

When you think of a wellness getaway, what do you envision? Beautiful beaches, peaceful landscapes, relaxation?

Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island paradise! It’s nicknamed the “Land of 365 Beaches” because well, there are 365 beaches to explore. This idyllic Caribbean country makes sure that visitors aren’t just escaping and surviving, but also thriving and achieving better physical and mental health outcomes during their vacations. While they proclaim January to be Wellness Month, the island’s hoteliers offer unique wellness-themed getaways all year long.

Here are 5 Wellness Retreats for Pure Relaxation in Antigua and Barbuda.

5 Wellness Retreats for Pure Relaxation in Antigua and Barbuda

Carlisle Bay Antigua

Visitors to the Carlisle Bay Antigua resort can engage in high-intensity dance-based workouts in between morning Pilates and sunset yoga. Their wellness retreats take place in May. The resort has a well-equipped fitness centre, and the yoga pavilion is situated in a serene area of the tropical gardens. Their organic spa has a holistic concept that looks out for the welfare of the entire body.

Learn more at Carlisle Bay Antigua.

Photo: Courtesy of Carlisle Bay

Curtain Bluff

In April, Curtain Bluff will host two health and wellness weeks. Daily intimate group classes such as Vinyasa Flow yoga practice, pilates, tennis lessons with in-house pros catered to all levels, and daily spa treatments from an exclusive Health & Wellness Week menu will be available to guests. Aqua aerobics, a sunset meditation, a fitness walk through Old Road Village, and hikes to Boggy Peak (Mount Obama), Wallings Dam Nature Reserve, and Tobacco Bay led by in-house practitioners will also be available on a weekly basis.

Aqua aerobics with low impact, yoga at sunrise, and morning Pilates are available to guests beside the water. Herbal aromatherapy wraps are only one of the treatments available in the resort’s expansive beachside spa, which is discretely separated from the other areas of the property. The body and mind can unwind in a sumptuous cliffside soaking tub.

Learn more at Curtain Bluff.

Photo Credit: Curtain Bluff, Antigua

Wild Lotus Glamping  

Just the name itself has me intrigued because it’s so similar to the hit series, The White Lotus!

What better way to be at one with nature than by glamping on the beach where visitors are awakened by bird singing and the soft sound of waves on sand… ahhhh! Antigua’s only glamping resort, Wild Lotus, is in a stunning location, nestled on a nearly deserted beach with sunset views and surrounded by lush green hills. Wild Lotus’ fantastic beachfront location makes it ideal for wellness retreats as sunset yoga, rainforest massages, rhythmic drumming and Forest bathing will complement an outdoor wellness experience.

Learn more at Wild Lotus Glamping.

Photo: Wild Lotus Glamping, photo courtesy of Caribbean Journal

The Admiral’s Inn

The Powder Room is the English Harbour’s only spa where you can relax, eat, swim, and enjoy a full menu of spa treatments, including an open air massage table. Within The Admiral’s Inn in Nelson’s Dockyard, The Powder Room offers soothing and reviving treatments…. a vacation isn’t a vacation without some pampering. The spa’s facials boost the antioxidants that preserve the skin by combining the advantages of fresh fruits like papaya, pineapple, and banana in a customized mask. Learn more about The Powder Room at The Admiral’s Inn.

Photo: The Admiral’s Inn, Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, courtesy of Facebook

The Great House

The Great House’s Unwind Retreat is coming up this March! Guests will have complete access to the 26-acre property, which includes free local hikes around the surrounding area led by a local naturalist who is on hand to showcase the island’s local produce. The Great House Antigua also encourages hiking trails and exploring the island off the beaten path. Visitors are encourage to climb Boggy Peak or the Sleeping Indian for unparalleled views of the island, or explore Mermaid Gardens’ natural pools.

The hotel offers daily classes to all guests, which range from high intensity workouts, boxercise classes or Pilates and yoga classes. These classes all take place overlooking the crystal Caribbean waters on the meditation platform. The garden to table menu is part of the retreat, with all meals included in guests stay, as are daily smoothies and juices, made from the produce on the estate. The menu is curated to guests needs with local catch of the day and local ingredients used for all meals.

Spa services can be held in the Banana spa, in guests’ suites, or on their private terraces. All products use natural and local ingredients, and a spa treatment is included for all guests joining the retreat.

Learn more about The Great House Antigua.

Photo: Courtesy of The Great House


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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