Why choose a retreat over a regular vacation?
Vacations, each year millions of people across the globe plan their vacation to escape from their hectic lifestyles for a week or two in an attempt to rest, rejuvenate, and recharge. These getaways range from family holidays to adventure trips to secluded exotic retreats.
However, after a year’s hard work when the time comes to pick the perfect holiday option, we often see people choosing their favorite travel destinations without realizing that they will probably still be on 24/7 holiday management duty during this time off. They often select places that have so much to see and do, that by the end of their vacation , they are exhausted and need another break to recuperate from their holiday they just had!
Such vacations undermine the fundamental purpose of a holiday—to relax and recharge. However, as opposed to a vacation, which is quite simply a time off from everyday routine, retreats are purposeful getaways that are aimed at rescuing you from your everyday hectic lifestyle and whisking you off to an exotic location to heal, rest, rejuvenate and recharge.
Retreats offer everything including spiritual healing, fitness, meditation, yoga, spa treatments, delicious food and much more. Below are seven reasons for you to choose a retreat over a regular vacation.
1. Retreats Have Long-Term Benefits
A retreat offers you an escape from a tiresome routine, and they also set themselves apart from mere vacations due to the specific intent behind them. This intent can be an issue that you wish to focus on but don’t get time for during your day to day routine, a recent experience that you want to reflect on or talk about with people who understand what you’re going through, the quest for some distance from your current situation to think clearly and bring things into perspective, or simply quality time with yourself and nature so you can rejuvenate.
To quote the words of Jiddu Krishnamurti, a famous well-known spiritual leader, “I think it is essential sometimes to go into retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your beliefs and experiences completely and look at them anew, not keep on repeating like machines whether you believe or don’t believe. You would let fresh air into your minds.”
Moreover, all aspects of retreats—including location, accommodation, food, facilities, professional consultation, and activities/exercises—are all in line with what you are seeking to achieve; hence, the benefits of retreat are much more impactful and long-lasting as opposed to vacations where you are more apt to binge eating, over excessive drinking, gossip, and probably still spend time finishing work.
According to a research study published in Translational Psychiatry (Nature), simple vacations only bring about short-term improvements in well-being; however, a week’s meditation and basically being taken care off on every healthy aspect can improve metabolism for the long-run.
2. Retreats Provide An Opportunity For ME Time And To Feel Present
Retreats are designed to offer a comprehensive escape mixing fun with relaxation. Because the activities, classes, therapies and delicious healthy meals are made for you, you can enjoy being present without needing to plan anything! At most, when you have free time from classes, you can decide if you wish to visit the surroundings, towns nearby or nature, all at your own pace, without any schedule or watch to adhere to.
Our Luxurious Health & Wellness Retreat is situated in a beautifully serene location that present the perfect platform for you to forget about the hustle and bustle of life and let your nerves relax. The idea of our retreat is to create a safe space for you where you can nurture your body and soul. You’ll be taken care of by our awesome team, the only thing you’ll have to do is RELAX, enjoy the activities, company and delicious food.
This give you the awesome opportunity to get the ‘‘ME TIME’’ you so deserve.
3. Nature Let’s You Unwind
One of the biggest advantages of going on a retreat is that it offers you proximity to nature and its healing touch, which can’t be matched by a simple vacation. Being close to nature has shown to reduce the production of cortisol—our primary stress hormone. Being surrounded by clean air, the microclimate we have in this part of Spain, sunshine, calm surroundings, mountains, the beach and Mediterranean plants allow you to unwind here at The Ultimate Retreat and be thoroughly rejuvenated so that you can have a fresh start to your life upon return.
4. You’re Surrounded by Like-Minded Guests
On holiday, we often meet a lot of people but most of the times the context does not allow us to get a deep connection. On the other hand retreats attract people with similar concerns or interests and therefore offers you the opportunity to spend enough time with like-minded people, so you can really enjoy discovering who they are and get the chance to connect deeply. Research shows that it takes a person an average of seven hours to start trusting another. On retreats, you will spend a lot of time with people who, like you, are there to find a way to relax, work on their health and discover their inner voice. Therefore retreats give you the opportunity to make friends that you can remain in touch with even after you return home, because it’s something deeper than only having a drink with them.
To quote what one of our lovely guest wrote in her recommendations ‘‘There is a sense of camaraderie amongst the guests and you are very likely to leave with a few life long friendships’’
5. You Have Access to Professional Guidance
This is often everyone’s favorite when it comes to visiting our retreat. Our guests love being taken care of 24/7, being pampered, nurtured and being assisted with all their needs. Retreats offer you so many opportunities like delicious healthy food made with love by their chef, having personal trainers, Pilates & yoga teachers, guided mountain walks, spa treatments or counseling sessions by experts who help you improve your spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. These sessions are tailor made, so that enables you to not only improve your well-being while at the retreat, but also equip you with information and techniques that you can use to remain in shape even after the retreat is over.
6. You Don’t Have to Worry About Daily Schedules
On retreats you don’t have to think about anything, we have designed daily routines that are especially for your health benefits! Being on vacation you still have to manage and plan everything yourself like scheduling, reservations, commutes, waiting in lines, finding locations, etc. Even though you may handle such tasks in your daily life, these tasks become particularly stressful when you are in a new and unfamiliar location. While a retreat offers you to focus solely on your own well-being, therefore having a stress free time-off.
7. Retreats Can Be More Economical
Retreats can be both expensive as well as economical. However, they are much more economical and cost-effective as opposed to regular vacations. The reason for this is that during regular vacations you make your own spending decisions, which may not be the most cost-effective. Also during a regular vacation you don’t take as good care of your own health in every aspect, compared to going on a retreat, where your health is number one. However, retreats are pre-planned and include exclusive features like beautiful accommodation, private chef, professional consultation and trainings compared to all the facilities of a simple vacation, therefore making them more financially & health wise feasible and reliable.
The beauty of retreats is that they turn out to be the vacation you needed to begin with. So for your next holiday, come and visit us www.theultimateretreatcomapny.com so that we can help you start achieving your health goals, rest, rejuvenate and recharge.!!!