Latin American wellness hotels and retreats immersed in nature

December 4, 2023


Wellness hotels and retreats have become incredibly popular in recent years as people seek holistic experiences to rejuvenate both mind and body and improve their health through immersion in nature. These establishments are increasingly dedicated to going beyond traditional accommodations with spas, instead designing comprehensive approaches to health and well-being. According to the Global Wellness Institute, the global market for wellness tourism was valued at USD 814.6 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.42% from 2023 to 2030.

With a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness and diverse landscapes, Latin America is becoming an increasingly popular destination for travelers pursuing holistic well-being. Nestled between lush rainforests, serene beaches or mountainous sceneries, Latin America’s hotels and retreats harness the region’s natural elements and ancestral indigenous traditions to create immersive wellness experiences.

Habitas Bacalar

The warmth and hospitality for which Latin American cultures are known extend to these wellness retreats, creating an atmosphere that promotes relaxation, self-discovery and harmonious connections with nature. As travelers pursue more physical, spiritual, and mental activities, wellness lodges celebrate well-being in the most creative ways, offering nutritious, locally-sourced cuisine, yoga sessions, holistic healing methods, indigenous practices, immersive spa therapies, meditation, retreat programs and deep connections with nature.

Wellness hotels in Latin America offer a distinct, enriching experience that combines luxurious accommodations with a deep commitment to holistic well-being and sustainability. Check out some of these incredible places where the well-being of guests is a priority.

Willka T’ika Essential Wellness, Peru

In this hotel immersed in the Sacred Valley, well-being begins with the architecture, designed to respect Mother Nature (the Pachamama) and attract the region’s strong energies. The lodge was designed by yoga practitioner Carol Cumes with the aim of synergizing Andean culture with the yoga philosophy and healthy living. Since 1994, the hotel has hosted several health retreats and some of the most important yoga and spiritual teachers as well as local Quechua healers. The healing gardens, which correspond to the seven chakras, provide an opportunity to relax, restore, rejuvenate and receive the powerful energy of the Andes while the kitchen serves 100% hormone-free, chemical-free gourmet vegetarian food.

Willka T’ika


El Silencio Lodge & Spa, Costa Rica

Tucked away in a 500-acre nature reserve in the cloud forests of Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica and surrounded by verdant canopies and roaring waterfalls, El Silencio Lodge & Spa offers the perfect combination for healing through nature. A unique luxury spa and wellness sanctuary, Esencia is inspired by the powers and energy of the forest to offer relaxing massages and revitalizing body wraps, as well as signature treatments featuring a selection of herbs, fruits and seeds from the organic greenhouse. Guests can also enjoy yoga classes, meditation, aerial yoga and kids yoga sessions before or after partaking in the ecotourism and gastronomic experiences.

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Habitas Bacalar, Mexico

A haven for peace and reconnecting with nature in the state of Quintana Roo, Habitas Bacalar is surrounded by mystical landscapes, perfect for reenergizing body and soul. Well-being is part of the essence of Habitas Group hotels and it also embodies a sense of belonging. Different programs can be chosen according to each guest’s preferences. They are guided by Regeneration, Rest or Adventure. The wellness experience at Habitas Bacalar ranges from walking through the botanical garden and learning about medicinal aromatic herbs to immersion in local traditions and practices of Mayan culture and achieving balance with the multiple spa treatments and therapies.

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Entre Cielos, Argentina

Contrary to popular belief, this vineyard hotel embedded in Mendoza’s lush landscapes is not just about wine. Its award-winning spa & hammam combines ancient Turkish rituals with healing wine therapies. The result is a differentiated menu of baths and massages that perfectly harmonize with adventures along Argentina’s main wine route and the hotel’s delicious cuisine, with delicacies that can even be enjoyed in the spa!

Entre Cielos


Tierra Patagonia, Chile

Unveiling a unique view of the Torres del Paine Massif, Uma Spa at the Tierra Patagonia is an invitation for travelers to take a break and recharge their batteries. In a hotel surrounded by one of South America’s most popular national parks, it may seem impossible to stay put. In fact, there are countless opportunities for exploring Torres del Paine National Park from Tierra Patagonia. But, at the end of the day, the prospect of indulging in the luxuries of the outdoor hot tub or alternating between the steam room and indoor pool at the spa circuit is too much to resist. Uma Spa also offers an extensive list of facials, massages, body wraps, scrubs and alternative therapies using natural ingredients.

Tierra Patagonia


Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River, Costa Rica

Passive wellness is the philosophy behind this fantastic eco-lodge that sits beside a mile-long thermal river, immersed in an imposing private peserve and considered a sanctuary of well-being. Guests can enjoy dozens of completely natural hot river pools, yoga classes, meditation, nature walks, whitewater tubing, canyon adventures, wildlife watching, volcanic mud body-painting, healthy food, spa treatments and more. According to Rio Perdido, well-being is not just for your daily walks. The invitation is for guests to discover well-being all throughout the day.

Rio Perdido

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