After rounds of chemotherapy or other harsh cancer treatments, it’s important to practice a little self-care. Put your best body forward to support the healing process by taking time to pamper yourself. Longing for the beach or some fresh, mountain air? These destination spas aim to revitalize and renew your body and soul after mentally and physically taxing treatments.


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Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand |

Situated along the southern coast of Thailand, Chiva-Som offers a variety of wellness escapes specific to your goals, including weight management, detoxification, emotional well-being, and more. This holistic retreat believes the mind, body, and spirit must be given equal care and attention, and provides services for all wellness objectives, including fitness classes, energetic therapies, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, and physical therapy, among others.

The 10- or 14-day Cell Vitality specialist retreat includes treatments and exercises promoting cellular health, featuring naturopathic consultations, acupuncture, and Pranayama sessions. The Emotional Well-Being retreat helps to establish healthy routines, including regular physical activity, stable sleeping patterns, and a healthy eating regimen.


Panwila, Sri Lanka |

The ultimate naturalist’s dream, Santani’s programs in Ayurveda, detox, and yoga promote harmony with nature, combining on-site pampering with enlightened learning to help patients live a naturally healthy life. Designed with a focus on “ambalama,” which is Sri Lankan for “place of rest,” Santani’s dwellings are minimal yet beautifully designed, allowing a sense of peace and focus free from distractions, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Santani’s Recovery program is designed for those recovering from cancer, surgery, heart attack, or stroke, as well as those dealing with emotional losses. Therapies include Ayurvedic treatments which cleanse the body of residual pharmaceutical drugs and their side effects, as well as yoga, meditation, and proper nutrition. In this regard, Santani focuses on the “shadrasa” (which Santani refers to as “rasa haya”) or the six-tastes concept of healthy eating, meaning that each meal is customized to balance the six main tastes (such as sweet, salty, and so on) which deters food cravings.

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Ananda in the Himalayas

Uttarakhand, India |

At the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India sits Ananda Spa. Ananda integrates Ayurveda, yoga, and Vedanta to restore balance and harmonize energy. According to Ananda, “The philosophy of Vedanta designs the pursuit of happiness through logical and systematic exposition of eternal truths, bringing about mental solace and prosperity.” At Ananda, senior disciples of Swami Parthasarathy lead daily, interactive talks in this ancient Indian philosophy.

Ananda’s Integrative Healing program is geared specifically to those suffering from chronic illness, such as cancer, autoimmune disorders, hormonal imbalances, thyroid disorders, and more. This five-day program features yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda-based diet plans. Treatment continues for the next 45 days, in which a specialist will follow up with updated diet and lifestyle management plans.


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KUROTEL Longevity Center and Spa

Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil |

Kurotel bills itself as a combination hospital, hotel, and fitness center to help guests live a healthier, more meaningful life. Dr. Luís Carlos Silveira and his family have been running the estate since 1982, offering a center for relaxation and wellness within Brazil’s Gaucho Mountains. Kurotel features spa treatments, outdoor recreation, fitness activities, cooking classes, and lectures for guests seeking a positive change or recovery from life’s stresses. They even have programs for smoking cessation, weight loss, and post-cancer care.

The Post-Cancer program is specially formulated for you by Kurotel’s team of doctors in conjunction with your oncologist to feature spa treatments, physical and talk therapies, nutrition guidelines, and more to treat the mind and body post-cancer.


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Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa

Algarve, Portugal |

This destination spa is a pioneer in preventative anti-aging therapies. Explore the lush beachfront of Algarve, Portugal, while enjoying spa services specific to your wellness objectives, including holistic rebalancing, weight loss, detox, and anti-aging. The Thalassa Center presents an integrated approach for early detection, diagnosis, prevention, and correction of age-related imbalances, most often utilizing “Thalassotherapy”—the use of seawater as a form of therapy. Vilalara Longevity believes seawater and shore climate rejuvenates the skin unlike any other form of therapy.

Vilalara Longevity’s Detox and Wellness programs focus on reducing chronic inflammation (which they consider the mother of all modern diseases), boosting the immune system, and optimizing overall health and well-being. Their Wellness Booster program features services such as nutrition and biophysical evaluations, including heavy metal detection, plus osteopathy sessions, craniosacral therapies, and more. The Relax & Wellness program also features services focusing on stress management, mindfulness therapies, and skin detox and repair.


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