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5 Ultimate Self-Care Vacation Destinations

5 Ultimate Self-Care Vacation Destinations

Not everyone wants the same thing from a vacation. Some are seeking adventure and new experiences, while others just want rest and relaxation.

If you fall into the second category, you need a self-care vacation, away from the stress of work and daily life. When it’s time to stop checking your inbox and focus on yourself, consider these 5 destinations!


The Blue Lagoon - Reykjavík, Iceland

A view of Iceland from a valley


The Blue Lagoon is a world-renowned self care destination. In fact, the volcanic geothermal hot spring is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland.

The milky water is rich in salts, algaes, and silica. This made it a popular destination in the 80s, when a local resident found that bathing in the water alleviated their psoriasis symptoms. Studies later proved the benefits, and visitors began flocking to the hot spring. Even if you aren’t visiting for skin care, you’ll enjoy soaking in the warm water in a friendly atmosphere.

Anyone over the age of two can visit the Blue Lagoon, and all visitors receive a silica face mask and a towel for their visit. You can also book in-water massages, undergo float therapy, and take advantage of the sauna!

The facility has a restaurant and bar (including a swim-up bar in the lagoon), so you can make a whole day of relaxation and self-care without leaving this steamy paradise!


Tri Lanka - Koggala Lake, Sri Lanka

A view of Sri Lanka from a hill with a blue, partly cloudy sky


This unique boutique hotel boasts 11 adult-only villas in a gorgeous lakeside location (some even have a private pool!). Their luxurious spa includes yoga classes and will even send you home with a personal wellness plan.

The resort prides itself on being sustainable by using solar panels throughout the resort and relying on local, natural, and recycled materials to construct the villas. Each villa is crowned with a living roof, planted with native plants flourishing above you.

While you’re on your self-care vacation, you can eat fresh, locally grown food at the restaurant, enjoy a day on the golf course, lounge on the beach, take classes on traditional Sri Lankan cooking, or go whale watching!


Iron Mountain Hot Springs - Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Smoky Mountains at Dusk


If you’re looking for a perfect hot springs getaway in the US, you can’t go wrong with Iron Mountain Hot Springs! Located in scenic Glenwood Springs, this idyllic locale is nestled in the mountain valleys of northwest Colorado.

The resort offers 16 different mineral-enriched soaking pools with unique sizes, shapes, and water temperatures. The walkways are heated, so you can even enjoy the springs in the winter.

The springs also have a spa, bathhouse, and cafe on site. Once you are fully relaxed and rejuvenated, you can rent a bicycle and check out the town, play a round of golf, or go camping in the gorgeous Colorado wilderness!


Selva Armonia - Uvita, Costa Rica

Costa Rica


Selva Armonia describes itself as an “immersive jungle resort.” The adult-only retreat combines wellness with adventure and guarantees relaxation.

Chill out on the ocean-view yoga deck, treat yourself to a relaxing massage, explore the vast jungle surrounding you, or enjoy a farm-to-table meal onsite.

This resort offers more of a night life than others on this list, with live music and entertainment provided. If you’re looking to mix a little excitement with your relaxation, this is the perfect place to book your self-care vacation.


Westglow Resort and Spa - Blowing Rock, North Carolina

North Carolina


If a relaxing mountain escape is what you are looking for, Westglow Resort and Spa is just what you’re looking for!

A stay at this tranquil resort includes access to a spa boasting an indoor swimming pool, whirlpools, saunas, cardiovascular center, gym, and relaxation lounge.

If you’re a history buff, you’ll love learning about the resort’s interesting past. Westglow was once the summer getaway of famous artist Elliot Daingerfield. One of the available rooms belonged to him, and the property remained in his family until 1978. The property was only converted into a spa and resort in 2006.


There are an endless number of spas and relaxing resorts in the world, but hopefully this will help you narrow down your next relaxation excursion! Which of these sounds best for your next self-care vacation?

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