Kickstart Your Alcohol-Free 2019. Visit One Of These 6 Zen Retreats Around The World

Whether you want to stop drinking alcohol as part of a major lifestyle change or simply want to re-energize after drinking too much over the holidays, there are travel destinations and zen retreats you can visit to help you achieve these goals.


Though it can be a little difficult, cutting out alcohol offers many health benefits like increased energy levels, improved sleep, reduced stress and much more.

So here are 6 alcohol-free travel destinations that offer calming natural environments, nutritious alternatives and experts to guide you towards your goal of ditching the vino!


Alcohol-Free Zen Retreats: Where Can You Go?

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Go dry this year and improve your health & well-being… These 6 alcohol-free retreats and events around the world are the perfect way to relax, get healthier and smash your alcohol-free new years resolution!

1. Absolute Sanctuary, Thailand

Alcohol-free travel destination Absolute Sanctuary, Thailand
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Alsolute Santuary is a wellness resort located on the paradisiacal island of Koh Samui in Thailand. It claims to be the leading resort when it comes to fitness, health, lifestyle, weight management and other areas related to wellness.


They have various programs to choose from, including yoga, pilates, detox programs, core programs and healthy food programs made possible by its “Love Kitchen” and their dream team of experts.

This alcohol-free travel destination will not only help you achieve results but will also transform you into a better version of yourself.

A 3-day detox program at Absolute Sanctuary starts at approximately $1,400 per person.

2. GI Jane Bootcamp, England

alcohol-free zen retreats GI Jane Bootcamp, England
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GI Jane Bootcamp is a women-only boot camp located in Bexleyheath, England. Aside from refraining from alcohol intake, the GI Jane is set to inspire women to achieve their personal best through rigorous exercise and healthy eating habits.

After a 7 day stay with the GI Jane Bootcamp, you’ll not only be 1-week dry, but you’re almost sure to lose weight with a carefully designed diet and nutritional advice from experts. Plus, you get to have fun and meet new friends through their team building program.

A week-long stay with Gi Jane Bootcamp costs $1,257 per person, including accommodation and meals.

3. Shreyas Yoga Retreat, Bangalore

Shreyas Yoga Retreat, Bangalore: zen retreats
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Sheryas Yoga Retreat is located in a 25-acre greenery and garden in Bangalore, India. It’s an alcohol-free travel destination that features eco-friendly cottage suits and tents, perfect for practicing some of the traditional yoga and meditative practices that they offer.

Sheryas Yoga Retreat also offers a wholesome menu of vegetarian and organic cuisine which is excellent for cleansing and detoxification.

Aside from promoting a healthy well-being, Sheryas Yoga Retreat also gives guests the opportunity to help out in the community with activities like farming, cooking and serving food to village school children.

A 7-night detox package at Sheryas Yoga Retreat costs $3,690 per person.

4. The Detox Barn, England

The Detox Barn, England
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The Detox Barn is located in the beautiful Suffolk countryside in England. It offers a gentle detox weekend with a combination of yoga, smoothies, juices and light evening healthy vegan meals. Meals served at the Detox Barn are strictly sugar-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and 100% alcohol-free.

Along with a health detox, a weekend stay at the Detox Barn will also give you a digital detox. That’s right, no phones allowed. But you won’t get bored as the retreat offers daily yoga, meditation, countryside walks, massages, facials, and reflexology.

There are also demonstrations on how to make the perfect smoothie & other tips on creating great tasting vegan food that you can do at home yourself.

A 3-day reboot at The Detox barn costs around $440 per person.

5. Santani Wellness Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka

Santani Wellness Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka
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Santani Wellness Resort & Spa is a health sanctuary and one of many zen retreats located in Aratenna Estate, Sri Lanka. Its wellness programs include Ayurveda, detox and cleansing, yoga and relaxation with on-site pampering and rejuvenation. Santani also encourages guests to rest, relax and meditate surrounded by its truly inspiring scenery.

Guests also have the choice and freedom to choose whether they prefer juicing, vegetarian, vegan or raw foods which are all locally sourced, organic and of course, prepared by experienced and internationally trained chefs.

Since programs are personalized, program prices depend on each guest’s body composition, current lifestyle, and future goals.

6. Club Soda Mindful Drinking Festival, London

Club Soda Mindful Drinking Festival, London
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If you opt to have fun with a drink in hand, the Club Soda Mindful Drinking Festival in London is the best place to go!

Wait, what? Drinking festival?

No worries! Drinks at the festival are absolutely alcohol-free. You can enjoy beer, wine, cider, cocktails, ‘spirits’ and adult soft drinks packed with refreshing fruits, vitamins, and superfoods.

Aside from the hydrating drinks, the festival also offers awesome street food, inspiring talks, demonstrations, live music and “happy hour yoga,” a special program that will encourage you to get active.

The Mindful Drinking Festival happens every January 12 and 13 and entrance is free.

Where will your wellness journey take you?

So there you have it, these are our top picks for alcohol-free travel destinations and zen retreats that will help you kick-start 2019 with a healthy mind and body.

Achieve your alcohol-free goals by paying a little visit to one of these zen destinations that not only promote good health but also offer a peaceful and relaxing environment to help you de-stress and get back in tune with yourself.

The only question now is, where will this journey take you?