Famed psychiatrist and celebrated self-help-author, Jean Shinoda Bolen, said “When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”

Los Porticos is the perfect retreat for a wellness vacation.

Self-care isn’t a new concept but in recent times it has taken on a new countenance and importance.  With the contemporary and shifting stresses of modern life, we’re having to adapt the ways we care for ourselves.  To protect and improve our health- physically, mentally, interpersonally- we must mindfully practice and pursue a lifestyle that balances work and relaxation, inclusion and escape.  Travel can be the ultimate medicine in your arsenal of self-care treatments.  Literally “getting away from it all” and removing yourself physically from your typical environment and daily routines can be a powerful remedy for fatigue.

Wellness vacations, digital detox retreats, and couples or family unity trips are gaining popularity among travelers.  Travel broadens your experiences, exercises your emotions, lifts your spirits, and if you so choose- can challenge you physically.  Removing yourself from the usual distractions can provide a superb setting to assess your psyche, reconnect with loved ones, and find peace within yourself.  Traveling for self-care might look different to different people as the activities you pick to enrich or replenish yourself will vary; hiking versus hammock time, for example.  However, there are certain principal practices, generally speaking, that everyone’s self-care regimen can benefit from.  Good sleep, adequate exercise, wholesome food, enriching experiences, and nourishing relationships are common denominators in one’s well-being.  A good vacation always includes these things as well.

Los Porticos is the perfect vacation destination in which to unplug and unwind.  Situated on the Caribbean Sea, just outside the parameters of the quaint and quirky Placencia Village, Los Porticos is easy to reach but feels worlds apart.  A mere half an hour flight from the International Airport, Placencia is a paradisical seaside hamlet with a multitude of open-air restaurants, beach bars, tour operators, and shops.

Let go of your worries, get away from the mundane demands of normal life—at least for a little while.  The insightful and witty novelist, Anne Lamott, wrote “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you” in a Facebook post that went viral.  Resetting one’s self has become an all but crucial practice of survival in the digital age.  A Belize vacation can take you, literally, off the grid for a bit.  Log off-line and dive into an enchanting aquatic wonderland.  The resplendent Belize Barrier Reef is yours to explore.  World-class fishing and diving are at your doorstep.  Wholesome meals of locally caught seafood and tropical fruit can be found at any number of village eateries, from humble roadside taco stands to elegant dining restaurants.  Exciting inland adventures are a short and scenic drive up the peninsula away.

Los Porticos is designed to afford space both for quiet solitude and engaging areas to come together in.  In addition to the gorgeous grounds and pool area, each spacious villa has its own private outdoor space. Your self-care may include reading a book cover-to-cover in a single sitting or stretching your muscles through a self-led, sunrise yoga practice on the beach.  Or perhaps you’re looking to connect with your loved ones or other travelers over cold cocktails beside the central pool and sundeck.  Simple pleasures are amplified in this serene setting where luxury meets nature under a warm equatorial sun.  Los Porticos is the perfect retreat for revitalization set to the soothing soundtrack of the gentle Caribbean Sea, wind tussled palm trees, and infectious Reggae rhythms.  So grab yourself an excellent local rum punch and toast to your health in 2024.