The rapidly growing sector is motivated by the desire for a healthier lifestyle and improved well-being. Health tourism aims to reduce stress and prevent disease through a proactive approach to adopting improved habits.
These activities are voluntary, non-invasive, and non-medical in nature and combined with new, exciting destinations which naturally pair health and travel.
As travellers become more savvy and sophisticated, they seek real and authentic experiences in new as well as established destinations. Equally, experiences are becoming diverse ranging from historical and spiritual traditions to indigenous wellness practices, making natural and alternative therapies increasingly on the agenda for the discerning health traveller.
At a Glance: Therapies Native to their Region
- The Philippines rainforest retreats, such as ‘The Farm at Benito’, an eco-friendly retreat near Manila.
- High-end offerings in Bhutan such as the COMO Shambhala Retreats at UMA Paro and Punakha.
- Treatments outside Bangkok include Hua Hin, home to treats such as Aleenta Hua Hin, Six Senses Hua Hin, with its Earth Spa and wellness specialist Chiva Som.
- Malaysia’s Medicines include milk showers and facial massages with hard-boiled eggs, as well as Chinese Peranakan Treatments offered by the Spa Village at Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur. In Langkawi, Malay Ramuan practices influence the traditional treatments at Datai.
- Retreat from Seoul, Korea’s capital, to drink in the lush mountain views from the treatment rooms at Banyan Tree Club & Spa.
- Vietnam’s Vitality can be found at the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay offering hot bamboo massages that are unique to the region.
- Tokyo’s Tonic originates from Japan’s traditional ‘onsen’ hot springs.
- Indulgent India is omnipresent within Vana Retreats to include the urban wellness retreat, Therapiya, in New Delhi and the newcentre offering ‘Sowa Rigpa’ Tibetan Healing at Uttarakhand.