As the days grow shorter and the temperature drops, self-care is more important than ever. Winter wellness can take many different forms, whether it’s a yoga retreat in the tropics or an afternoon of forest bathing in your own backyard. Either way, Airbnb Experiences has you covered. From Hawaii to Maine, these seven wellness offerings are just what travelers need to ward off the winter blues — and maybe find themselves in the process.
1. Massage experience at an animal sanctuary in Kaneohe, Oʻahu, Hawaii
Equal parts spa, farm, and tropical paradise, the Aloha Animal Sanctuary on O’ahu invites guests to pick the massage treatment of their choice before mingling with the sanctuary’s goats, sheep, pigs, ducks, and chickens on a property tour. The spa menu includes lomi lomi, deep tissue, Swedish, and pregnancy massages. According to past reviews, the deep tissue treatment is not to be missed, especially for couples if you’re traveling with your partner.
Price: From $110 per person
2. Vibration meditation and margaritas in Nashville, Tennessee
Nothing says modern mindfulness like sound bathing in a speakeasy. That’s exactly what the HAUM Nashville experience offers, complete with chakra singing bowls, elemental wind chimes, and gongs to create healing vibrations, plus crystal therapies on request. HAUM also makes a signature rose quartz margarita that comes free with every session, though non-alcoholic beverages are also available. Private sessions start at $110 for singles and $165 for duos.
Price: From $35 per person
3. Rejuvenating Wim Hof spa experience in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The Wim Hof Method is a wellness practice based on deep breathing and cold therapy. Guests of this retreat get to experience both in a tranquil forest a half-mile from the beach, starting with a Wim Hof breathwork tutorial. From there, they’ll hop in a sauna for a cleansing meditation in preparation for an icy cold-water plunge. The cold therapy can be intense, but it makes the jacuzzi, hookah, and herbal tea session afterward feel that warmer.
Price: From $70 per person
4. Forest reiki and intuitive healing in Blue Hill, Maine
This energy healing experience combines the tranquility of forest bathing with the gentle yet powerful effect of hands-on reiki therapy. According to the host, Heather, sessions target “shadow self, grief work, and ancestral healing” while helping guests strengthen their immune systems, combat acute injuries and chronic issues such as asthma and headaches, and overcome addiction, as well as encouraging breakthroughs in the realm of consciousness.
Price: From $125 per person
5. Sacred sound and tea ceremony in Yucca Valley, California
In a word, this meditative experience hosted near Joshua Tree National Park is transformative. Guests get two healing experiences: a sacred sound bath designed to “stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system” and a chakra tea ceremony intended to help participants “immerse into the power of the present.” As an added bonus, travelers to the Yucca Valley can fully lean into their wellness trips with a separate “third eye sensory journey” via Airbnb.
Price: From $50 per person
6. Astral projection and lucid dreaming in Asheville, North Carolina
Some wellness practices connect people with their bodies. This Airbnb Experience focuses on the out-of-body experience. Sessions begin with a lesson in astral projection and lucid dreaming, followed by a tea ceremony and guided water meditation. The host, David, an ordained minister with the non-denominational Universal Life Church, then lulls participants into a trance-like state through a yoga nidra meditation to help them explore the metaphysical corners of their mind.
Price: From $96 per person
7. Sunrise yoga at the Makai Golf Club in Kauai, Hawaii
The Princeville Makai Golf Club on Kauai’s north shore allows golfers to practice their swings in view of the renowned Hanalei Bay and Ha’ena Mountains. It’s also open to yogis, both beginner and advanced, thanks to this Airbnb Experience. After a gentle flow session, guests can soak up the scenery and even stage a yogic photoshoot, compliments of the beloved host Tulasi.
Price: From $25 per person