Romanians have long known of the benefits of thermal waters for their wellbeing, not to mention the advantages of spending time in the country’s great outdoors – and with yoga practices becoming more and more popular, Romania is truly becoming a wellness hotspot. Here’s our pick of the best retreats around.
A soothing holiday at Felix Resort
Felix Resort is renowned for its thermal waters, in use since the 18th century. Today, it is one of the main wellness and spa centres in the country. The water’s temperature ranges between 20-49°C (68-120°C) and fills the public swimming pools and the pools of luxury hotels. A holiday here will allow you to enjoy the thermal water’s benefits, get a relaxing massage or treat health problems. The peaceful resort is a great destination for a soothing holiday, allowing your body to rest and your mind to disconnect from the daily life issues.
A small town developed around Ciucas Lake, Tusnad Resort is a great spot for health retreats, where mineral waters rich in carbon dioxide are used for natural cures. The beautiful landscapes and the blooming fauna and flora around invite you to reconnect with nature – hiking here in the nearby woods is a pleasure, either around Ciucas Lake or to the only volcanic lake in Romania, Saint Ana Lake. If you are searching for an environmentally-friendly location, opt for Fortuna Hotel, an eco-hotel designed in a pastoral style, where you can eat traditional food prepared only with organic ingredients.
If you are a yoga practitioner or you just want to experience meditation, then take a yoga and wellness retreat at Akasha. Located in Peștera village, at 1,000 meters (3,280ft) altitude, Akasha is a space dedicated to rediscovery and reconnection. Their yoga retreats mix meditation sessions with plant-based meals, organic detoxifying teas and hikes in the surrounding mountains. The whole idea is to reconnect with nature, to explore its beauty and richness while reconnecting with yourself through yoga sessions.
A meditation retreat at Kamala Yoga and Meditation Center
Kamala Yoga and Meditation Center is the perfect place for a silent meditation retreat. Situated in the village of Sanpetru, in the Brasov area, the centre gives lectures on spirituality and natural therapies. A retreat at Kamala allows you to learn different yoga techniques, learn how to eat healthier and feed not only your body but also your soul. Suitable for all ages, their retreats mix yoga, meditation, inside as well as in nature, along with walks in the surrounding calm countryside.
A great place for a laid-back holiday, Valea Verde Resort is the perfect spot to enjoy the calm of the picturesque village of Cund, explore the Transylvanian wilderness and treat your body and soul. The charming apartments invite you to relax and enjoy their cosy atmosphere, while in the restaurant you can dine on refined French and Mediterranean dishes made only with fresh and seasonal ingredients. During the day, you can go hiking, horse riding, and cycling in the hills and forests around. If you want some down time, you can pamper yourself with a relaxing or therapeutic massage, or take yoga lessons in the Transylvanian countryside.
Countryside, Outdoors, Remote, Romantic, Fine Dining
A break away in the Danube Delta’s natural paradise
Before flowing into the Black Sea, the Danube forms a wondrous delta, brought to life in summer by some 300 species of birds. The Danube Delta is not only a natural paradise, but is also a great place for a wellbeing retreat for those who want to enjoy its calm and beauty. In the village of Sfântu Gheorghe, the Green Village Resort is excellent for a holiday mixing boat rides on Delta’s channels, revigorating swims, relaxing moments in the sauna, the outdoor jacuzzi or while being massaged. Moreover, yoga sessions are organized and all the meals are prepared with organic ingredients from their own garden.
The Apuseni Mountains are one of Romania’s gems and a peaceful destination. A relaxing vacation in the Apuseni Mountains comes with fresh air, the discovery of bucolic countryside and refreshing walks in the mountains, disconnecting yourself from modern technology and experiencing the traditional lifestyle. Villages such as Sic, home to the peaceful Transylvanian Delta; Rimetea, a village of fascinating folk artistry and a starting point for magnificent hikes; or Mărișel, where old customs and local stories prevail, make great places for a wellness retreat.
A region where technology hasn’t yet overcome the more traditional lifestyle, Maramureș is brimming with small villages, wooden churches, secular practices and spectacular sceneries. Here, you can rediscover a simple way of living: locals working the fields, horse-drawn carts traversing the routes, people going to the church every Sunday, gifted artisans carving wooden gates in Bârsana village, sculpting colourful crosses for the Merry Cemetery in Săpânța, painting icons on glass and weaving blankets in Vadu Izei.
The Black Sea is the perfect escape for a spa and wellness holidays in its seaside resorts. Walking every morning with the sea in front of you, feeling the sand under your feet, and swimming among the waves, is nothing but soothing and relaxing for your body. Techirgiol’s spa resort offers treatments and therapies with sapropelic muds from the Technirghiol Lake, while in Neptun you will find the finest beaches of the Black Sea coast, sulphur-rich hot springs and therapeutic mud to treat your body – not to mention an array of hotels dotted with spa and wellness centres.