Rehab or Vacation? Resort-Style Rehabs Provide Top-Tier Treatment in Comfort and Style

by Kayla Gill on June 26, 2018

Luxury rehab centers are known for combining desirable destinations with the core elements of addiction treatment, including medically supervised detoxification (detox), medication-based treatment, counseling and supplemental holistic therapies. From an outside perspective, it may seem like the perks of an upscale rehab facility are just that: frills that add nothing to the odds of treatment success. However, luxury facilities actually offer a great deal of therapeutic value, and can significantly improve your outcome. Let’s explore some of the ways you can benefit from addiction treatment at a vacation-style rehab.

Naturally Beautiful Settings That Help You Heal

Though most people today live in cities and heavily populated areas, humans still have a deep longing for the serenity of natural environments. As animals ourselves, our biological rhythms are in tune with those of the natural world—when we immerse ourselves in natural settings, it has a profoundly calming effect on our bodies and minds. In fact, studies show that naturally beautiful surroundings can significantly reduce stress and anxiety.1 Nature enhances feelings of spiritual connectedness. And being surrounded by the power and immensity of the wild reminds us of how small we (and our problems) are in the larger picture—a valuable insight to apply to recovery.

Many of the world’s top luxury rehab centers are set in naturally gorgeous locations and offer plenty of access to their surroundings via daily activities or special excursions. Depending on your preferences, your choices may include everything from tropical beaches and rugged nature reserves to mountaintop retreats and lakeside villas. Any of these settings can put you in a more relaxed, grounded and receptive frame of mind that accelerates your treatment progress.

Seasons Bali calls the Island of the Gods—full of rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, volcanic hillsides and lush rice terraces—its home.

Resort Rehab Amenities: Spas, Gyms, Dining and More

As opposed to bare-bones rehabs that provide only the basics, luxury rehabs go above and beyond to create a therapeutic atmosphere that helps you relax into recovery mode. Top-tier rehabs often house facilities such as:

  • Swimming pools for a revitalizing and refreshing midday dip or lounging during downtime. Some even have lap pools as part of their fitness facilities.
  • Spas offering massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture, nail and hair styling to help keep tension at bay and personal hygiene up to par.
  • Gourmet restaurants with health-conscious cuisine, chef-curated menus, local and seasonal ingredients and the ability to accommodate any dietary needs.
  • First-class fitness centers with plenty of space, a wide variety of equipment, personal trainers, group classes and beautiful views.

Choosing a center that has all the amenities that are important to you can make treatment far more enjoyable. Instead of feeling like chores, things like exercise and nutrition that are essential to your recovery can become things you look forward to each day. And, you’ll have access to additional pampering to ensure you’re as comfortable and relaxed as possible during your otherwise rigorous treatment program.

Luxury Accommodations Put Your Mind and Body at Ease

Inpatient treatment is a challenging process that requires your best efforts and often involves an intensive schedule. Withdrawal insomnia2 can occur in the early stages of sobriety, and getting your sleep hygiene on track is an important part of your recovery process. At the end of a day full of intense therapy work, fitness training and activities, you’ll undoubtedly be grateful to come home to a quiet, relaxing space.

The private, resort-style accommodations provided by luxury rehabs aren’t just comfortable and stylish—they also contribute to your recovery by providing a restful sanctuary where you can rest and recharge. If the quality of your personal space is a priority for you, be sure to get a good look at the types of accommodations available at the centers you’re considering, and inquire with their admissions team about any special requests you may have.

Ibiza Calm is located in a 500-year-old Spanish farmhouse on a three-hectare estate surrounded by orange and lemon groves.

Destination Rehabs: The Ultimate in Exclusivity and Privacy

Part of what makes the experience of beautifully secluded vacation destinations so transformative is the escape they provide from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. Getaways like this are especially important for those who are constantly under high pressure or live their lives in the public eye. While seeking addiction treatment is a brave and admirable step to take, the unfortunate fact is that stigma persists, and is a real consideration for many people. For this reason, privacy can be invaluable during addiction treatment.

By mimicking the serene environment of a remote holiday retreat, luxury destination rehabs can help you avoid the spotlight and focus your energy completely on yourself and your healing process. If confidentiality is a priority for you, remote location could be an excellent criterion for your rehab selection.

Making a Lifestyle Change? Consider Doing it in a Resort-Style Setting.

Our environment affects the choices we make, the habits we form and our ability to make changes to ourselves and our lives. It’s no surprise, then, that positive lifestyle changes are easier in a new environment. 3 If you’re taking on the challenge of undergoing in inpatient treatment for addiction, doing so in a setting that eases your stress and soothes your spirit can put you in an optimal mental space for recovery. Visit our luxury rehab directory to see a selection of resort-style rehabs around the globe, and find the right center for your first step toward a sober life.

Reviewed by Olivia Marcellino 

  1. “How Does Nature Impact Our Wellbeing?” Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing []
  2. Treating Sleep Problems of People in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders. Volume 8, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014, p. 8 []
  3. “A Different Environment May Break Habits.” American Psychological Association, vol. 36, no. 6, June 2005, p. 10. []