As more women have become empowered by solo travel in recent years, it’s no surprise that women-only retreats have started to gain popularity around the world. Female-only retreats are more than just a place to holiday. Instead, they offer a secure, relaxing, and comfortable environment tailored to independent women who love travelling solo. With thoughtfully crafted itineraries and activities, these getaways provide a safe sanctuary where women from all walks of life can rest and recharge.

We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about the growing female-only wellness holiday trend, and curated a list of some of the best worldwide retreats for women. 

WHAT ARE WOMEN-ONLY WELLNESS RETREATS?

Women-only retreats are wellbeing holidays that offer accommodation, meals & wellness activities exclusively for women. Designed to foster a safe and empowering environment for women travelling alone, or with a friend, these escapes are the ultimate form of self-care. Some retreat centers offer wellbeing packages purely designed for those retreating solo, whereas other travel companies facilitate group retreats.

retreats offer a chance to connect with likeminded women

Expect to find movement classes such as yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, fitness, dance and Zumba, as well as meditation and mindfulness workshops. Menus and meals are carefully curated to give you the best nutrient boost possible, and there’s plenty of opportunity to spend time in nature.

Solo wellness retreats are often specifically tailored to the individual’s goals (sleep retreats, detox retreats, weight-loss programs to name a few) whereas group retreats are designed with one schedule for all.

WHY CHOOSE A FEMALE-ONLY ESCAPE?

In today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult to switch off and find moments of rejuvenation. Yet, resting the mind and prioritising self-care is crucial for our overall wellbeing. Especially women tend to juggle multiple tasks (work, household, kids) and often lose track of their own health and happiness.

Many women getaways offer an engaging social environment where guests can make new connections with like-minded souls. There is a strong sense of community and shared experiences, but women are also encouraged to spend time alone, away from any distractions.

Female-only wellness retreats provide a tailored escape for those in need of a full reset and recharge, without any household or family dynamics. And wow, do they come with plenty of perks.

There is time for:

  • self-discovery
  • spa treatments
  • Pilates and yoga classes
  • wellness workshops
  • sound baths
  • excursions
  • personal growth
  • meditation sessions
  • mindfulness workshops
  • building friendships with other women 
  • gaining insight in how to create balance in daily life

TOP 5 BENEFITS OF WOMEN-ONLY WELLNESS RETREATS

Let’s dive a little deeper into the most compelling reasons why embarking on a women-only retreat should be on every female solo traveller’s bucket list:

ENHANCED SAFETY THANKS TO GROUP TRAVEL

Women-only group retreats prioritise safety and create a secure environment for solo female travellers exploring foreign countries. It’s important women are able to enjoy a stress-free and safe stay regardless of the destination. Make sure to research the retreat or travel company well. Whereas some offer airport transfers or pre-retreat city escapes – in order to pre-connect with fellow retreat-goers – others provide less support when it comes to travel planning.

relaxing getaway or walking adventure?

COMMUNITY BUILDING

There is plenty of opportunity to connect with like-minded women in a relaxed environment, enjoy organised social gatherings (or poolside conversations!), as well as group activities. It goes without saying that these interactions can lead to new friendships, shared travel experiences, and valuable exchanges of travel tips and local insights to enrich everyone’s travel experience.

TAILORED SERVICES FOR THE SOUL

Many wellness retreats offer indulgent spa treatments and massages for extra relaxation, customised yoga and Pilates classes, and healthy and nutritious dining options. You will feel nurtured, pampered and cared for. Of course, every wellbeing holiday is different and it is important to choose the right fit for you. If you’re not into the spiritual side of retreats, try to find a more down-to-earth getaway. If you prefer to have more time for yourself, book a retreat with a well-balanced itinerary that gives you ample free hours in the day. Not a fan of huge crowds, book a solo retreat or small-scale group getaway.

group retreats provide shared experiences

FEEL EMPOWERED

Retreats give women a chance to immerse in an empowering environment that promotes personal growth, a sense of social kinship and self-care. Surrounded by supportive retreat facilitators, wellness-oriented itineraries, and a community of women who can share their experiences, group retreats provide a nurturing space for self-exploration and discovery.

CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES

For those interested in a deeper understanding of their destination, some women-only retreats offer cultural immersion through workshops, local tours, and activities that provide insights into local customs and history.

HOW WOMEN-ONLY WELLNESS RETREATS CAN IMPROVE THE FEMALE SOLO TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Embarking on a solo travel journey gives you the tools for personal growth and cultural immersion while exploring the world on your terms. Travelling on your own can sometimes feel a little isolating. Women’s group retreats give you the best of both worlds: a sense of community and connection that can enrich your travel experience, yet you also have the option to retreat yourself and enjoy some you-time.

This lets you experience a strong community atmosphere where you can meet fellow women travelling alone to explore a (new) country in a safe and supportive environment, and enjoy personal space when you need it.

THE BEST WOMEN-ONLY RETREATS IN 2024

Now, let’s get to it. Explore our curated list of some of the best worldwide women-only retreats tailored for female travellers in 2024.

BLISS SANCTUARY FOR WOMEN IN BALI

Bliss Sanctuary for Women in Bali, located about 90 minutes from Ubud, is a true haven for solo female travellers seeking a tranquil retreat. This literal sanctuary stands out for its serene setting amidst Bali’s lush landscapes. Bliss Sanctuary offers a range of wellness and yoga programs tailored for women. In addition, guests can indulge in personalised spa treatments, healthy cuisine, and relaxation in a beautifully nurturing environment.

For those seeking a guided, yet not-so-serious retreat experience with a limited group size and specific dates, Retreat Here is proud to host our very own women-only yoga retreat in Bali. Limited to just seven participants per retreat, it provides a blend of daily yoga sessions, nourishing meals, optional excursions, and delicious poolside cocktails.

Escape to Bali for a women-only wellness retreat

Whether you choose the tranquil ambience of Bliss Sanctuary or our laid-back, exclusive and intimate retreat, both options promise a rejuvenating escape tailored exclusively for women.

WOMEN WANT ADVENTURE, AUSTRALIA

Another fantastic female-only company that offers adventures and feel-good weekends for women is Women Want Adventure. From day trips and overnighters to overseas escapes, you will be spoilt for choice with their impressive selection of hiking, yoga, snowshoeing or kayaking events. With an emphasis on spending time in the outdoors, these guided tours are guaranteed to give your wellbeing a boost.

Founded by Australian Outdoor Education Teacher Monique Farmer, their mission is to make adventures as accessible as possible in a supportive, fun and empowering environment. We love that!

ABSOLUTE SANCTUARY, THAILAND

Located on the stunning island of Koh Samui, Absolute Sanctuary is a fitness wellness resort specialising in yoga, Pilates, healthy food and functional training. They run their own wellness programs and also offer yoga instructors and wellness leaders a chance to host their own retreat.

With a holistic approach to wellness, Absolute Sanctuary offers 22 different programs across 15 categories. Facilities range from swimming pool and steam room, to a detox & spa center and yoga studio. They even have a reformer Pilates studio on site!

the beautiful island of Koh Samui, Thailand

In terms of a female-only wellness program, we highly recommend the Women’s Holistic Health retreat. Designed for solo travellers, this bespoke health program includes sessions to improve hormonal balance, as well as physical and emotional health.

KAMALAYA, THAILAND

Kamalaya is a holistic wellness retreat on the island of Koh Samui on the southern coast of Thailand. Having won multiple awards, this Thai hideaway offers gender-inclusive wellness experiences ranging from yoga retreats and detox packages, to sleep programs and retreats that tackle stress & burnout. Kamalaya’s goal is to help people reach life’s full potential and optimal wellbeing.

Image by Kamalaya Koh Samui

Their Radiant Bliss program is specifically designed to improve women’s health and wellbeing in all stages of life. Depending on each individual’s goals and needs, Kamalaya’s health experts will suggest a combination of wellness treatments and holistic therapies to improve balance in body, mind, heart and spirit.

All programs start with an initial wellness consultation and include full board meals, return airport transfers, a personalised treatment plan and access to all group classes and workshops.

Image by Kamalaya

YOGA, FOOD & WINE RETREAT IN TUSCANY, ITALY

Full disclosure, we were going to add the well-ageing program from SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain as the fifth women-only wellness retreat. And as we were writing the content we realised that we were actually not on board with this.

You see, ageing is something we all do. We can’t run from it. Therefore, trying to slow down this process by ‘cellular degeneration’ seems pointless. We believe feeling good is more important than trying to prevent ageing. We also believe our metabolic systems of the body know what they’re doing, without needing any intervention. And finally, we definitely believe life is meant to be lived. Our bodies meant to be loved. Embarking on a ‘well-ageing’ program inherently makes us believe that growing old is wrong. We are setting ourselves up for failure, negative thoughts and self-doubt.

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yoga shala for our yoga & Pilates retreat in Tuscany. Image credit: Maraviglia

Instead, we are cheekily adding our newest Italy retreat to the list. Our yoga, food and wine retreat in Tuscany is designed to be a feel-good retreat that all women deserve. With daily movement such as yoga & Pilates, healthy home-cooked Italian feasts and plenty of down-time to do absolutely nothing (ah, bliss) this women-only getaway is guaranteed to take any stress away.

WOMEN-ONLY RETREAT ALTERNATIVES

While women-only retreats are very popular, sometimes a week long getaway just isn’t on the cards. Fortunately for us, there’s a world of women’s wellness experiences waiting for you, whether you go abroad or enjoy a staycation.

What you can do to nurture your wellbeing:

  • book a relaxation massage
  • yoga class
  • sound healing at your local yoga studio
  • go to a day spa
  • visit the hot springs
  • enjoy arts and craft
  • meditate
  • have a hot bath
  • light a candle and have a glass of wine
  • cook your favourite meal
  • walk in the woods
  • go offline
  • breathe deeply
  • read a book
  • have a night in with your best friend

Finally, for our local retreat goers in Victoria, we highly recommend treating yourself to a mini escape at our favourite day spa in Victoria.

SALTAIR SPA – TORQUAY AND PORT MELBOURNE, VICTORIA

Saltair Spa offers a blissful retreat for both solo travellers and groups of friends. It is ideal for a relaxing getaway or a special treat. With carefully curated spa treatments, whether going solo or with friends, you can indulge in massages, facials and body scrubs. 

Choose from pre-arranged packages or customise your experience from their top 5 most popular treatments. Saltair Spa ensures you’ll leave feeling pampered and rejuvenated while enjoying a time out alone or with your friends.


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