In today’s fast-paced world, stress, anxiety, depression and other such lifestyle diseases have become commonplace. Consequently, we have seen a considerable rise in the number of people who have opted for a fitter and healthier set of habits. These include regular exercise, vegetarianism or a vegan diet, supplements, and so on. In this age, we have also seen the rise of a new phenomenon called ‘wellness tourism’.

What is Wellness Tourism?

Wellness tourism may sound a lot like backpacking or hippie-esque travel, but it is far from that. This type of travel refers to the trips you take with the central purpose of undertaking activities, treatments or therapies that promote physical, emotional, spiritual or psychological well-being. Rather than regular luxury travel where the primary aim is to enjoy yourself, wellness travel is focused on healing yourself. While this may seem like a new concept to you, it has been around for a while now, and it is set to grow in the coming years.

As per statistics, the wellness tourism industry is booming and has steadily become of the most rapidly-growing types of tourism. Moreover, this industry is set to be an $808 billion entity by 2020.

The Most Popular Destinations  for Wellness Tourism

In case you haven’t figured that out as yet, not every picturesque location is fit for a wellness holiday. Places that offer activities or opportunities to heal you and rejuvenate you are not the same as a lazy holiday along the beach with a massage thrown in.

Here is a list of some of the most popular wellness tourism destinations across the world.


In recent years Bali has become famous for its unusual and therapeutic massages and spa treatments. However, many people don’t know that Indonesia’s lush greenery, flora, fauna, and mindblowing landscapes too have their healing and therapeutic effect.

On the sandy beaches on Bali, you will find many resorts that offer the perfect spa treatments and relaxing massage therapies to get rid of all accumulated stress.


India is certainly one of the top wellness tourism destinations in the world. Right from the South to the North, the country offers a wide variety of options for those looking to rejuvenate and relax on their next holiday. You can enjoy the benefits of yoga at a yoga centre, or meditate in one of the many fabulous meditation camps. There are also some silent meditation retreats, massage centres, and spas that offer you an unforgettable experience. Popular therapies include Ayurveda, magnetic therapy, mud baths, hot stone massages and many more.


Singapore has become a hot-spot for tourists in recent years. However, when it comes to wellness tourism it has a lot more to offer visitors. The country is best known for its many day spas and resorts which provide treatments including hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, Javanese massage, and even the famous Chinese Tui Na therapy. The local cuisine of the country is light and known to help in a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, you can enjoy martial arts like QiGong and Tai Chi.


Thailand is also known as the ‘Land of Smiles’ and its one of the most sought after wellness tourism destinations. The home of Thai medicine and massages, the country’s wellness tourism industry includes treatment packages that consist of meditation, yoga, massages, aromatherapy and much more. There are also individual retreat centres one can visit for a detox diet experience customized with health advice and nutritional tips.

Costa Rica

The Central American country of Costa Rica is known for its hot springs the world over. 4.5% of the entire planet’s biodiversity can be found in this country. Recently, the Government also launched its Wellness and Eco-Tourism wing to encourage people to travel there especially for relaxation. You can enjoy lush forest retreats, adventure sports, meditation centres, hot springs, and even mud baths.