Are Wellness Retreats a Supportive Environment for Individuals Who Have Struggled with Mental Health

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Alexander Brown
April 28, 2023

Recover Hospitality collaborates with a world-leading wellness resort to promote motivation, connection, and relaxation when traveling.

Written by Alexander Brown (Founder & Principal of Recover Hospitality)

Sprawling wellness resort properties often conjure the image of a tranquil getaway focused on rest and rejuvenation. If you have struggled with mental health (think: social anxiety, general anxiety, addiction, depression, etc.) and are considering staying at an upscale wellness resort and spa, be aware that you may encounter some challenges. However, with the right mindset, motivation, and support, you can have a wonderful and beneficial experience.

Luxury spa resorts may seem like the perfect destination for someone who has struggled with mental health, because they often offer a range of health and wellness activities and amenities, such as fitness classes, yoga, meditation, and healthy food options. These types of activities can help to promote physical and mental well-being. However, there are aspects to be wary of when traveling to such retreats, such as the potential for isolation and alcohol still being consumed.

Aside from the presence of alcohol, another consideration is the potential for feelings of isolation or loneliness, especially if you are traveling alone and staying in a room far away from where activities are happening. Many of the wellness resorts are large and the walk from a guest room to the activity amenities can be quite a distance. Therefore, while the resort has a full schedule of planned activities and classes that are included in the room rate, guests who struggle with isolation may not be motivated to participate and tempted to remain in the guest room. It’s important to have a support system in place, whether that’s a travel agent who can act as a coach and accountability partner, or friends and family who you can check in with regularly.

Another issue may be the resort’s focus on wellness and self-improvement could be overwhelming. Guests may feel bombarded with messages about how to improve yourself. On the other hand, it’s also important to be mindful of one’s own needs and limitations, and to not push too hard during your stay at the wellness resort. It can be tempting to try to do everything and take advantage of all the wellness activities and amenities, but it’s important to prioritize rest and self-care, to not push yourself beyond your limits, and that it’s ok to take an afternoon to relax by the pool (and no, you don’t have to bring that self-help book you’ve been putting off reading).

To supply clients seeking a luxury spa retreat, with a more supportive travel experience, Recover Hospitality has collaborated with Canyon Ranch®: a world leader in wellness programming. Recover Hospitality works with individuals in recovery to create personalized travel itineraries that meet their unique needs and preferences. They take into account factors such as the client’s motivations, specific triggers and challenges, and personal goals for the trip.

Recover Hospitality also provides ongoing support throughout the trip, including check-ins, coaching sessions, and recommendations for activities and amenities that will be beneficial for the client’s recovery journey. Recognizing the stressful nature of travel, support is also provided when traveling to and from the hotel. For more information about package details, please visit our website.

Recover Hospitality is committed to providing resources and support to clients to maintain their mental health and wellness goals and experience the joys of travel. This collaboration demonstrates a growing recognition of the unique needs and challenges faced by individuals who have struggled with mental health, especially when traveling away from home. Through their collaboration with Canyon Ranch®, Recover Hospitality is able to provide clients with access to the resort’s extensive wellness offerings, as well as additional support and guidance from Canyon Ranch® staff. This includes customized fitness and nutrition plans, one-on-one coaching sessions, and access to the Integrative Health Center at Canyon Ranch®, which offers a range of holistic health services.

For more information on booking a stay at Canyon Ranch® through Recover Hospitality’s program, please email

For individuals or groups desiring wellness-focused travel experiences in destinations not currently in Recover Hospitality’s network, CXN Travel is an innovative solution combining the services of traditional travel agency with the option of additional support through wellness coaching. For more information on CXN Travel, please visit our website.

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