Indagare member Carrie Bellotti recently returned from a wellness-focused getaway at Aro Hā Wellness Retreat in New Zealand. Here are her impressions from the trip.
Finally, a world-class wellness retreat has arrived in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in Queenstown, New Zealand, Aro Hā Wellness Retreat (aro-ha.com) is perched overlooking the serene Lake Wakatipu; the setting couldn’t be more perfect as it lends itself to an ultimate stay of fitness, health, and reconnecting with the self and nature.
Our experience was amazing, and while challenging on many levels, it was indulgent in all the right ways. Each day began with yoga, which was followed by different hikes (each unique and stunningly beautiful), massage, strength training session and another round of yoga! The food was sublime; clean, organic and void of all animal products, each dish was satisfying and exquisitely presented.
I recommend the 4 night/5 day option for those that want to jump-start a health kick, get away from it all and indulge in the outdoors. Of course, the longer program (6 nights, 7 days) is ideal if you have the time. Whether traveling with friends, your spouse or on your own, Aro Hā is a heavenly break; I plan to make it a biannual tradition!