The recent wellness boom has undoubtedly reinvigorated the industry. This comes as no surprise, given wellness tourism was growing at a rate of 8.1% according to the Global Wellness Institute — 50% faster than the overall tourism industry — prior to the pandemic. Still, there are pioneers long touting the benefits of wellness tourism; effortlessly combining soul-searching experiences into activities, accommodations, and even its accolades. Working from home highlighted just how exhausting the city commute and 9-to-5 office culture can be. This is why as more workers return to the grind, we’re seeing the birth of the micro-trip movement: short breaks for travelers wanting to combine adventure and wellness, perfect in keeping burnout at bay. Set among the wild 300 square miles of Mountain Pine Ridge, here’s everything you need to know about the 4-day soulcation waiting for you in Belize with Gaia Riverlodge.
Exhilarating outings into lush pine forests
Established as a natural treasure in 1944, there’s plenty to explore inside the Mountain Pine Ridge before retreating to your open-air accommodations. After all, a remote jungle lodge in Belize is both ahead of the eco-curve and sometimes, behind it in others. But when you travel to forget—to forget city life, its stressors, and whatever deadlines—it’s welcomed. With a soulcation, this riverlodge retreat provides a high-end blend of culture and adventure before you recharge inside one of its 24 private and spacious cabanas to the Five Sisters waterfall’s sounds.
This is your connection for disconnecting; from a renewing Maya Shaman cleansing session and artisan tour — chocolate, corn tortilla, and pottery making — to an immersive waterfront massage session on the banks of the Privassion Creek.
Though simply chilling in your cabana is enough to feel totally immersed in nature, Gaia also includes guided excursions to hike or bike through the forest. Break an always empowering sweat, then cool down by swimming at Big Rock Falls. At night, decompress with a light-hearted private magic show under the stars before dreaming of a breakfast chock-full of fresh corn tortillas and chaya eggs, complimentary within your package. Hydro-powered and found just an hour outside San Ignacio Town, Gaia Riverlodge truly has everything you need to leave feeling better than you did when you arrived. The only hard part? Actually leaving.
Stress-reducing and spirit-nourishing, learn more about Gaia Riverlodge’s soulcation package in Belize here. Price Starts at $1,249 per person, based on Double Occupancy. All images courtesy Gaia Riverlodge.