6 Types Of Health And Wellness Retreats To Help Recharge

Forbes May 27, 2024


6 Types Of Health And Wellness Retreats To Help Recharge

The global wellness tourism industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds and is predicted to be worth around $1.4 trillion in 2027. This shows an increase of more than 100% on the market size from 2022, which stood at just over $650 billion, according to Statista.

In order to accommodate travelers who are seeking a physical, spiritual or mental recharge, hotels, resorts and destination spas offer a wide array of wellness retreats.

Out-Of-The-Ordinary Wellness Retreats

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Escape the ordinary and embark on an unconventional wellness adventure with Abercrombie & Kent's Antarctica, South Georgia, Falkland Islands Holiday Voyage. Imagine Antarctica itself as a personal cryotherapy chamber, enhancing guests' well-being in the most pristine environment. This luxurious expedition cruise offers a unique blend of traditional self-care and unparalleled wellness experiences. Onboard "Le Lyrial" guests will have access to a state-of-the-art Wellness Area with a full fitness center and spa. Beyond pampering, guests can discover deep relaxation and a renewed perspective through enriching lectures by onboard experts. Guests can hike across otherworldly landscapes and connect with fellow travelers, fostering social connections proven to boost overall well-being. This is wellness redefined serving as an unforgettable journey that nourishes a traveler's mind, body and soul.

Over-The-Top Wellness Retreats

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Travelers looking to relax, rejuvenate and restore their mind, body and spirit can find peace and seclusion at Amanyara, a Caribbean oasis in the Turks & Caicos. Perfect for all travelers, recently renovated villas offer spacious accommodations, some with upgraded facilities, such as the five-bedroom Artists Villa with a new private fitness and wellness center. Wellness Manager Aga Niestoj oversees all wellness programming at Amanyara. Annually Amanyara welcomes a roster of wellness specialists such as Scott Beven, Lindsay and Laura Mensen and Ainara Valera-Pino who bring their expertise in various disciplines to enhance the resort's commitment to wellness.

A Curated City Retreat

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Not everyone has time to take a full retreat, but The Guerlain Spa at Raffles Boston is a perfect haven for locals and guests alike to take a break from the city. Guests are invited to unwind by the expansive indoor pool or energize in the state-of-the-art gym, all boasting stunning city views. The spa menu features treatments inspired by Boston's vibrant energy, while private treatment rooms with hydrotherapy baths, saunas, steam rooms and ice showers promise ultimate relaxation. Guests have a dedicated Raffles Butler who can assist in curating a personalized wellness journey to suit their every need. Whether seeking deep relaxation or an invigorating experience, they can arrange beauty treatments, massages and private training sessions. They can even transform your room into a wellness haven with personalized workout equipment, nutritious snacks, sleep kits and luxurious bath soaks.

Men’s Mental Health Retreats

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With Men’s Mental Health Month (June) just around the corner, it’s now more important than ever to shed light and encourage men to speak up and seek help for mental health issues. Supporting this ever growing travel sector, Miraval Resorts continues to extend immersive experiences to break the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and promote a culture of openness and support.

Miraval Austin Resort & Spa, TX, embraces its location and pristine natural environment. Private sessions such as Voice of the Soul are led by Spiritual Guide James Gossett, aimed to embody the frequency of divine consciousness through personal and transformative experiences. Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa, MA, promotes a profound feeling of well-being with intentional experiences ranging from culinary to wellbeing and fitness. The golf course at Wyndhurst combines spectacular views with challenging golf for its Mindful Golf program, which focuses on encouraging players to shift their mindset, slow down and dial into the details. Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, AZ, has pioneered the wellness space for 30 years. Miraval Arizona’s approach to men’s well-being is immersive and experiential, with signature offerings such as Master Your Mind to Heal Your Body and private sessions from trauma-specialist Brent Baum.

Nature-Based Retreats

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Guests can experience the coastal charm of the 550-acre Puerta Cortés complex, Mexico, with the inauguration of the Hotel Indigo La Paz Puerta Cortés, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts’ luxury collection. The hotel’s Espíritu Spa offers a wellness journey with healing treatments, relaxing massages and revitalizing facials. Visitors can balance body and soul with two of their signature rituals: Espíritu Ritual: An ancestral experience that provides inner peace and harmony. It includes energy cleansing, lemon and flower balm massage and chakra balancing. Reiki Ritual: Traditional energy therapy that restores physical, mental and spiritual balance.

Sustainable Retreats

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Cayo Levantado Resort is the Dominican Republic’s first all-inclusive luxury wellness resort. Located on a serene private island off the coast of Samaná, the resort opened in June 2023 and features 218 spacious guest rooms and villas perfectly appointed to harmonize with the island’s vibrant hues. The resort’s philosophy is based on three pillars: wellness immersion, local culture and sustainability. Offering four distinct Wellness Paths – Refresh, Restore, Relax, and Renew – Cayo Levantado provides access to a team of world-class experts, including clinical and sports nutritionists, spiritual and holistic practitioners and highly-qualified trainers. Daily wellness programming includes everything from chakra meditation sessions to sound healing to aerial yoga.

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