Alcohol Free Holidays: Excellent Sober Retreats + Vacations

When you are sober you might be feeling much better but you still need and deserve regular breaks. Did you know that alcohol free holidays are a thing? Check out here all the alcohol free holidays which I have managed to find so far. These include alcohol free hotels and also sober retreats, as well as some great bars and restaurants.

Please do let me know if you hear about more!

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Alcohol-Free Holidays UK

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The grounds of Somerton Lodge

Somerton Lodge Alcohol-Free Hotel Isle of Wight

Somerton Lodge is a hotel on the Isle of Wight offering a relaxing alcohol free holiday for guests. There are beautiful gardens and an alcohol free bar where guests are welcome to explore the drinks on offer and to enjoy a bar experience with no alcohol present at all.

Find more photos and details about the hotel and activities you can do in the area on the hotel’s website below. Details about travel to the Isle of Wight can also be found there.

Somerton Lodge website is here

Phone: +44(0)1983 862710


Address: 43 Victoria Ave, ShanklinShanklin, Isle of Wight, England, PO37 6LT

The alcohol free bar at Somerton Lodge

Somerton Lodge 12 Step and Recovery Retreats

John Elford, an author and recovery expert, runs recovery retreats at Somerton Lodge. Read about these on his 12 Step Retreat website here and on his Get Into Recovery website here.

We Love Lucid Sober Holidays

Lauren, the owner of we Love Lucid, was a world traveller when she used to drink and has not stopped loving to explore since she quit alcohol. She runs sober trips to Spain and to Newquay in England.

Check the We Love Lucid website to find out where and when upcoming trips are planned. It’s a great idea to sign up for Lauren’s newsletter to stay up to date too.

Over The Influence Sober Adventures

Over the Influence, better known as OTI is a podcast and community run by Sharon Hartley and Ben Anderson. I am a happy member of OTI, and I enjoy the member zooms, the forums and the premium podcast, as well as the free one.

Each year OTI runs several adventures, usually long walks done as day trips, in 2023 they did a Ben Nevis climb weekend away.

Check out the OTI website here, and keep an eye on OTI Instagram for news about the upcoming adventures.

Sober Cruises, Resorts & Holidays Worldwide

HOOKED Alcohol Free Travel

Darci Murray is a long-time travel agent who stopped drinking in 2017 and later realised that combining her love of travel and of a booze-free life could be combined. Based in Toronto, Darci organises group trips all over the world.

When I looked at her website today, I see trips to:

  • Alaska
  • Mexico
  • Nashville
  • Iceland
  • Greece
  • Morocco
  • Tanzania
  • Caribbean
  • Canada

Book me in for one of each!!

Two US-based companies offer sober vacations to guests on board cruise liners and at various resorts around the world. these are aimed primarily at people who follow 12-step programs however anyone sober people are welcome to attend. Meetings are not compulsory.

Check out cruises on the Sober Celebrations website here. There are cruises across the Atlantic, Christmas Markets cruises and much more.

Explore all the range of sober vacations available from the company Sober Vacations here. You’ll find holidays to countries like Mexico, Egypt, Costa Rica, Turks and Caicos Islands,

Alcohol-Free Holidays Spain

Companionship and fun on a Sobertopia retreat in Spain

Sobertopia Retreats and Beach Retreats

Izzy van Zuillen offers retreats for women in and around Malaga in Spain and California. Check out Izzy’s website to find out when the next retreats are coming up.

Sobertopia Retreats web page is here

sobertopia logo sober retreats for women

Euphoric AF Retreat – Costa Rica

Join Karolina Rzadkowolska of EuphoricAf for an adventurous alcohol-free retreat in Costa Rica in April 2024.

Read more and book a spot here.

Salty Bird Retreats, Thailand

Salty Bird Holidays are holidays for women which take place on the island of Ko Lanta off the coast of Thailand. Run by Reb and Laura, two British women who met on the island as drinkers but then both stopped rinking alcohol in 2022.

Check out the Salty Birds retreat website here.

Create Your Own Sober Retreat

Ubud temple – serenity in Bali.

Soul Bliss Journeys – Bali, India and Costa Rica

Soul Bliss Journeys is a company which partners with others to create tours and retreats. Check out the current offerings on the website. You will find some tours that you can join as a single sober person, or in a small group. You can also partner with Soul Bliss Journeys to create your own group retreat, tour or journey.

Soul Bliss Journey Sober Retreats and Travel website here.

Sober Holidays Australia

Sobah Brewery and Cafe, Brunswick Heads

If you find yourself on the Gold Coast in Australia, you need to visit the Sobah Brewery and Cafe.

Address: 1/314 Burleigh Connection Rd, Burleigh Heads Kombumerri Country

Sobah Brewery website and cafe website, click here.

Sobah is Australia’s first indigneous-owned and made alcohol-free beer and it’s yummy, with native Aussie plants as flavours.

Brunswick Aces Bar, Melbourne

Brunswick Aces was Australia’s first non-alcoholic spirit brand, founded in 2017. The bar began as 100% non-alcoholic bar but there are now alcoholic drinks on sale there. There’s also a bottle shop selling a wide range of the Brunswick Aces alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as a great range of drinks made by others.

Address: 124 Weston Street, Brunswick East

Brunswick Aces website is here.

Check out two articles about other Melbourne venues which are known for their top notch non-alcoholic offerings:

Timeout: Where to drink in Melbourne when you’re not drinking

Sober Retreats Around The World

Check out these sober influencers to check out their current sober retreats and travel offers.

Happiest Sober– Madeline Campbell

How I Quit Alcohol– Dani Carr

Alcohol Free Holidays – Netherlands

Alcohol-Free Amsterdam

Find an article about the best places to go for excellent alcohol-free drinks and eats in Amsterdam on Izzy’s article on My Bubbly Pop here.

Click on the link to find the best books on sobriety to read on your holiday!

You might enjoy reading this article too:

Alcohol-Free Drinks in Vietnam

East Timor: I Went To The Most Beautiful Place On Earth And Still Needed Alcohol ‘To Relax’

Hope you have enjoyed this article about alcohol free holidays, vacations and retreats.

Please do let me know of any others that you know of!

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4 thoughts on “Alcohol Free Holidays: Excellent Sober Retreats + Vacations”

  1. I am looking for a 4-day alcohol free retreat, which is focused, unfussy and value for money, in order to reset and get back into healthy habits. Nothing seems to be available. Have I missed something? KR, CD


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