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Itinerary for a Wellness Trip in Myrtle Beach

  By  Shelbi Ankiewicz
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Relax on Myrtle Beach Time

Everyone is more than likely busy in their day-to-day lives and probably doesn’t take enough time to sit back and enjoy quality time with themselves. So, rather than organizing a wellness activity every so often, why not plan a wellness trip the next time you go on vacation? The time that you spend on vacation is supposed to be relaxing and carefree, so you might as well turn it into a full experience with spas, good food joints, and nourishing activities.  

Many factors affect wellness, aside from physical exercise. Wellness could mean spending time away from a screen or eating a healthy and nutritious meal, or maybe it’s doing an activity that develops and further enhances your mental state. Regardless of what the intentions are, there is no better place to sit back and focus on you, than when you’re at the beach.  

Spas and Wellness Centers  

  • Awakening Spa: Found inside the Anderson Ocean Club, Awakening Spa is inside the resort that’s on the beach. It’s easy to find with its location off North Ocean Boulevard. Awakening Spa has continuously been rated high amongst tourists and locals alike. They offer various services such as massages, facials, bath soaks, and body exfoliations. If you’re traveling with someone, the spa also offers bundle packages and joint services so you can enjoy the experience together. Prices vary by service and appointments are recommended.  

  • Salt and Detox Oasis: In Carolina Forest, a short 20-minute drive from the beach, you will discover the Salt and Detox Oasis that will leave you feeling on cloud nine. At this wellness center, they put a big emphasis on halotherapy, or salt therapy, which is used to balance various components in the body system. Oasis also offers guests a foot detox and infrared with red light, which is proven to assist with weight loss, pain relief, and skin purification. This is a great way to experience detox through natural, holistic practices.  

  • MINDZERO: If part of your reason for going on vacation is to relieve stress, you may consider participating in the classes at MINDZERO. Near the Myrtle Beach State Park is a studio that allows you to experience a multi-sensory journey that takes you through a sauna, cold plunge, breathing, and sound exercises, within a 50-minute guided class. These practices are said to improve sleeping patterns, provide detoxification, and relieve stress to increase focus. It’s recommended to embark on the journey at least twice a week, so if you’re in Myrtle Beach for an extended stay, it’s a good activity to explore further.  

Yoga Classes  

  • Real Hot Yoga: At some point or another, most people have usually experienced a yoga class or at least know what it is. However, not everyone has experienced a yoga class while sweating in a room that’s at 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Real Hot Yoga offers a variety of yoga courses for people of all ages and any experience level. The heat while working out allows the body to detoxify faster while making you feel more energetic, and each class ranges in how long it is, so you can choose what suits you the best.    

  • Ocean Yoga with Kseniia: Since Myrtle is a beach city and everyone comes to visit with the idea of going to the beach at least once, one of the best ways to include wellness and the outdoors is participating in a beach yoga class. Yoga with Kseniia is a studio right next to the SkyWheel that offers indoor classes with a wide view of the ocean, or classes directly on our sandy beach. Every Friday there is a free beach yoga class offered that anyone can participate in, and all equipment is provided. *This studio does not provide outdoor services until March, so make sure to check before your trip! * 

  • Sea Yoga: Founded in 2006, Sea Yoga is another studio that prefers to take its activities to the beach or the outdoors along the Grand Strand. This studio offers various classes a week that take place in locations all around the area so participants can see everything that our county has to offer. From yin yoga outside at the Crooked Hammock at Barefoot Landing to a full moon beach yoga by the ocean, there is a unique yoga experience for everyone to enjoy. If you prefer to do yoga alone, Sea Yoga also offers virtual studio sessions that you join from anywhere.  

Nutritious Eateries 

Earth Café: Aside from activities, nutritious food is a major part of a wellness trip. Earth Café is a great place to stop by on the way to the beach. Located two blocks away from the ocean, the café offers sandwich favorites such as the turkey melt, chicken salad, and grilled chicken with pesto, along with a selection of salads and a breakfast menu. The café offers vegan and gluten-free options, and all ingredients are fresh and organic.  

earth cafe

Bay Naturals: Known as the “Healthy market and kitchen,” Bay Naturals serves some of the best, body-sustaining food in the area. This café is an eatery and shop that provides food and products that are hormone, nitrate, and antibiotic-free. They have vegan and gluten-free options and serve tremendous acai bowls that are perfect on a warm summer day. You won’t feel clean and more energized until you’ve stopped by one of these places! 

Kindbelly Café: Recognized by its logo with an avocado and smiley face, Kindbelly is another spot that’s just a short drive away from the beach. Great for clean and nourishing food, providing options between acai and pitaya bowls, wraps, salads, and protein-packed meals. This café is also family-friendly by offering a breakfast and lunch menu for children. Everything at Kindbelly is organically sourced and aimed to make you feel better by serving healthy options that are still tasty.  

Healthy Drink Spots 

The Wellness Bar: In the heart of Myrtle Beach, the Wellness Bar will offer all your drink pick-me-ups needed during your stay. Whether you are looking for something healthy to refresh yourself after the beach, or a morning coffee to start your day, you can find healthy, clean alternatives here. All the homemade juices are gluten-free and vegan, made with raw ingredients to boost immunity. You can also try the bar’s bone broth, juice, and soup cleanses for an extra health boost.  

Loleo Juice Bar: Found in Market Commons, Loleo is another juice bar alternative that offers wellness shots and juice cleanses. The bar was opened in 2019 by two sisters who wanted to further develop Myrtle Beach’s healthy options for dining. They offer fresh juices, health shots (served with a chaser), smoothies, and an array of organic lattes including the “Moodshroom hot chocolate” that’s made with raw cacao, mushrooms, peppermint extra, and other wholesome ingredients.  

Elevate Nutrition: Nothing beats going to the beach with a nice, iced cold tea. Elevate Nutrition offers teas, but instead of loading up on the sugar in traditional Southern tea, they offer flavored iced teas that are full of immunity boosts. Options to be filled with protein, biotin, collagen, vitamins, and various flavors, you’ll love everything that comes inside the cup. The benefits of the tea will help boost metabolism, provide energy cleanse, and control hunger while increasing focus.  

All the above places are perfect stops to include on your wellness trip to Myrtle Beach. You’ll be set between activities, food joints, and relaxation. If you’re looking for something to just sit back and enjoy, you may also consider organizing a picnic on the beach with those you travel with or participating in a paint and sip for a fun time.  

Shelbi Ankiewicz

Shelbi Ankiewicz is a senior at Coastal Carolina University studying communication, journalism, and intercultural studies. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, but has resided in Myrtle Beach for 14 years. She is the Editor-in-Chief of CCU's student newspaper, The Chanticleer, and is a member of a two-year leadership program called the Wall Fellows. Shelbi enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling to major cities in the SouthEast, and attending concerts. In her free time you can find her hanging out with her frenchton bulldog, Oma, or visiting the local trails Myrtle Beach has to offer.