From mystical yoga extravaganzas to an eco-friendly wellness retreat in Thailand, these festivals offer a holistic alternative to your average mud-trodden, alcohol-fuelled fiesta. There’s music and entertainment, but also fitness activities, meditation, panel talks and more worth travelling for – so you can leave feeling zen, recharged and inspired. And if you need an incentive to get fit, one of these tropical adventures might fit the bill…
International Wellness Festivals To Book For 2024
Every year, hundreds of artists, yogis and wellness enthusiasts descend on the Costa Rican rainforest for Envision Festival, nestled where the Pacific Ocean meets the wild jungle. With a focus on ‘awakening our human potential’, the four-day celebration is designed to inspire through art, music, yoga, performance and nature.
Details: 4–11 March 2024 in Costa Rica. envisionfestival.com
Annual Yoga Summit
Yogi’s know it well: the Annual Yoga Summit brings passionate and advanced practitioners from across the globe together to deepen their knowledge, alongside beginners looking to try out new styles and find their perfect fit. The rich programme is filled with daily classes, workshops, meditations, lectures, music, Schloss’ spectacular spas and delicious vegan, vegetarian and asian food. Just don’t forget your mat!
Details: 12–17 May 2024 at Schloss Elmau, Germany. schloss-elmau.de
PACE by Peligoni
Kicking off the summer season in style, Greece’s Peligoni Club will return with its annual week-long wellness festival in 2024. The programme focusses on wellness at your own pace, offering guests an opportunity to dip into fitness, cold water exposure, breathwork, yoga, gong baths and meditation alongside plenty of delicious food and Rosé. Last year featured an incredible mix of food (cooked up by talented guest chefs), mindfulness and wellbeing, fitness and yoga, plus workshops in astrology, abstract line drawing, calligraphy, cocktail making, CBD, nutrition and more.
HOW? 20–24 May 2024 at the Peligoni Club in Zakynthos, Greece. Tickets from £400, including a week’s membership to the club, a full water sports upgrade which includes paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing, and all the fitness and yoga classes, meditation and wellness workshops. peligoni.com
Time for wellness in paradise: pioneering, sustainability-first Soneva partnered with wellness enterprise ORGANIC INDIA on its inaugural immersive wellness festival, SOUL, at their Soneva Fushi resort in autumn 2023 – and our fingers are crossed for a 2024 repeat. Over 10 days, guests from across the globe explored wellness in all of its forms, led by a line-up of visionaries, thought leaders, and wellness pioneers, and celebrating both ancient healing traditions and modern innovations through workshops, programmes and one-to-one consultations. All proceeds from tickets went to the Soneva Foundation and ORGANIC INDIA Foundation to support the development of positive impact environmental, social and economic projects.
HOW? Dates for 2024 are TBC, but the 2023 festival took place from 29 September–8 October at Soneva Fushi, Maldives. In 2023, tickets were priced from USD 6,900 for two guests, for a minimum three-night stay. This included two festival tickets and full access to the entire programme, with luxurious private villa accommodation, daily full board at selected dining destinations, and complimentary round-trip wheeled plane domestic transfers. soneva.com
Asia’s answer to Coachella, Wonderfruit takes place in Thailand’s Pattaya, around two hours’ drive south of Bangkok. Wellness offerings here are diverse and some out-of-the ordinary – expect everything from TED-style talks to crystal bowl meditation to capoeira to ‘orgasmic yoga.’ Sustainability is a big part of their ethos, with pretty much every structure on-site made from recycled or reusable materials – in 2017, this included a stage made out of parcels of rice that were given away and eaten after the festival.
Details: 2024 dates TBC (the festival usually takes place in December). Tickets typically from THB 4,000 (approx. £94). wonderfruit.co
Featured image: PACE by Peligoni Crystal Gong Meditation (c) Holly Farrier Photography.