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Wellness Travel

Wellness travel in a meadow of poppies

Calm and relaxed

Wellness retreats, holidays and activities were prolific before this deadly pandemic when the interest in wellness travel and wellness tourism was surging. Mindful skiing, vinyasa yoga, monastery meditation, and elemental herbology (matching individuals to the natural elements). It was the height of fashion in travel.

Health and Wellness Travel

According to the Mental Health Foundation, the wellness market globally had expanded 12.8% over the last two years. Hotel groups centred on disciplines such as Feng Shui and sleep rituals, (Accor Group), tailored wellness (Six Senses) and lighting concepts (Swissotel).  Dedicated resorts such as The BodyHoliday in St Lucia, renowned for its all-inclusive focus on lifestyle, was enjoying popularity while Thailand’s top wellness retreat, ChivaSom, had completed its major refurbishment. Globally, retreats were raising the roof on wellness offerings, from active expeditions, experiential and goal-orientated holidays and authentic, local experiences.  Nature’s power of healing entered the limelight, highlighting therapies such as thermal springs in eastern Europe and altitude locations for pollution free air and of course forest bathing in parklands.

Wellness travel was categorised under destinations: Ayurveda, the ancient Indian health system and spiritual retreats of the east. The healing waters of ancient thermal spas throughout Eastern Europe, tribal rituals of Arizona, unpolluted fresh air of the alpine countries and the vast expanses of land for trekking in Scotland. Destination wellness.

Wellness has underlined nutrition and the increasing adoption of vegan and gluten-free diets as well as the trend in the usage of CBD oil treatments (the legal cannabis extract).

Will wellness continue its upward trail? What will be the trends when we are safely through this challenging time? Wellness will centre around our mental and social health while the traditional  “high-touch” character of wellness will change,  definitely, for the short term.

Needless to say our health and especially our focus on our immune system will continue to be a high priority.  Our inquisitive mind will continue to rely upon virtual learning and many will prefer the safe haven of our homes to continue personal exercise regimes rather than crowded studios for group pilates classes or packed gyms.

As we retreat from global attitudes, there will be a preference for regional and local travel. Micro, rather than macro adventure, meaning experiencing sustainable wellness nearby, will be a popular.

For most of us, discretionary spending has certainly taken a hit as has our confidence in travelling further afield..  From media coverage and fear of the unknown development and demise of this virus, our desire to travel, to cruise, to explore cities will take time. When it does, spacious, open destinations such as the Alps in Europe, the cool spaces of Iceland and national parks and trusts will accelerate as fashionable choices.

Our behavioural patterns have had to change. New habits have been formed during the lockdown. Some may become permanent, such as our obsession with cleanliness, home exercise and avoidance of sharing personal space with complete strangers. Our online screens have become our agency to the virtual world. Our dependency will continue as the norm for our online communication and learning.

Emotional closeness, sterile surroundings in a physical-distanced environment will change the wellness tourism we once knew.  Virtual therapies, meditation of all types, renewed relationships with nature and outdoor wide-open spaces to enjoy unpolluted fresh air will become the norm with less reliance on overseas, highly populated destinations. As a creative industry combined with our love of travel, we will see wellness solutions grow in new directions and develop from the green shoots already planted.

The Wellness Traveller offers tips to integrate into your daily lifestyle as well as ideas to improve your wellness travel.

Wellness travel from the garden

Virtual wellness travel

Health Tourism Holidays

Spa and Wellness Tourism

Health tourism holidays reveal themselves in different formats around the globe. From chocolate infused treatments, ancient spa waters  to sugar coated exfoliations in India and Sri Lanka, to the Caribbean and Czech Republic.

Health tourism holidays also offer the opportunity to sample indigenous products made locally to treat a range of ailments as well as introduce 21st century vitamins, made from 3D printers to suit individual needs.

Chocolate Coated Wellness

The True Blue Bay Boutique Resort in Grenada is offering packages which combine yoga, spa treatments and healthy, locally sourced food. For the ultimate combination, try the chocolate treatments on offer in the form of body wraps, facials and cocoa infused baths. The main ingredient is organic Grenadian chocolate full of antioxidants.

In the morning and evening, yoga choices include Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa and Reiki infused yoga as well as Tai Chi.

www.truebluebay.com

 A Great Wellness Retreat

Antigua’s newest historic hotel, The Great House, is a 350 year-old former plantation house featuring a preserved sugar mill, exercise and meditation deck and pool, all set in 26 acres of gardens. It’s ideal as a fitness retreat, to hike around the island. This boutique property with just eight bedrooms is a perfect wellness choice for yoga, guided meditation, natural pools and nature hikes to explore the surrounding area as well as indulging in the in-house spa.

www.thegreathouseantigua.com

India’s Wellness Made More Accessible

India, the Land of Gandhi, has increased the number of flights from the UK and improved its e-visa system for both leisure and medical travellers to make this experiential destination more accessible. With a kaleidoscope of culture and heritage as well as its ancient systems of healing such as Ayurveda, Unani, Siddhua and Naturopathy, India is attracting more health and wellness travellers.

Lonely Planet has rated the southern city of Kochi as one of the top 10 cities and Madhya Pradesh as one of the top 3 regions to visit in 2020.

www.incredibleindia.org

New Wellness Sanctuary in Sri Lanka

Sen Wellness Clinic, an established holistic clinic in the heart of London, has opened its doors to Sen Wellness Sanctuary in Sri Lanka.  Recognising the need for a place to self-heal and nourish, founder and osteopath, Dr Sam Kankanamge, with the help of his brother Sudheera and colleagues have lovingly created a special haven in their home country offering life-enhancing retreats. In keeping with their philosophy that nature is the best healer, the Sen Wellness Sanctuary has been designed to function in harmony with its surroundings. It is located in a pristine National Park, with a protected turtle nesting beach as part of the premises. Safe and nurtured.

https://senwellnesssanctuary.com/

Medical Spa Treatments

Check-in to Czech Medical Spas

The Czech Republic is promoting its strong tradition in natural healing as it raises awareness as a key destination in health & medical tourism. With more than 30 spas, the Czech Republic has one of the longest spa traditions in Europe, boasting the highest number of certificate holders among EU member states.

Rich in natural resources, it is welcoming an increasing number of medical and wellness travellers taking advantage of the wide range of treatments, renowned medical spas and the rehabilitation programmes tailored to individual care.

https://www.czechtourism.com/a/medical-spas/

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21st Century Vitamins

3D Revolutionary Health

Nourished is a new revolutionary nutrition company. It uses a 3D printed method and a vegan encapsulated formula to combine seven active ingredients to create a chewable vitamin stack tailored to an individual’s nutritional needs.

After completing an online questionnaire, Nourished creates a bespoke vitamin and supplement recommendation which is made through 3D printing a month’s supply delivered directly to the customer. Of note, 98%  of the active ingredients in Nourished are from UK based wholefood sources and are encapsulated in their patented vegan gel formula. The company claims that the nutrients are higher in efficacy and more readily absorbed by the body than most traditional options on the market.

Nourished is now available in the UK.

http://www.get-nourished.com/

 

 

Soma Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village

cottage style accommodation

Natural village setting

Soma Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village is a healing and wellness resort dedicated to the “Science of Life” to restore physical, mental, spiritual and emotional equilibrium.

It is conveniently situated 21 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport in Kerala and 9 kms from Kovalam. Majestically, it sits on the incline of a hill overlooking the sea.

This award-winning resort and sister property to Somatheeram Research Institute & Ayurveda Resort offers authentic ayurveda treatments, yoga and meditation tailored to guests needs. And with specially prescribed massages and therapies, Manaltheeram offers therapies  effective in treating various conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism and paralysis.

Accommodation is rustic-style houses and thatched garden cottages resting on the slopes giving the atmosphere of  village life embracing tradition, culture and nature. The coconut trees dotted around and splashes of yellow marigolds add colour and the concept of rejuvenation to this eco-resort.  In addition, the herb garden cultivates rare varieties preserved for use in medicines and other preparations. The open air restaurant at Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village maintains a garden ambience with its wicker chairs, lawns and paved paths.

The  resort offers Ayurveda residential holistic programmes for “Panchakarma” and “Wellness” , all supported by a team of Ayurvedic doctors and mail & female masseurs to provide the best result in shortest time.

For reservations or more information on Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village http://www.manaltheeram.com/

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yoga next to the sea

Perfect setting for yoga

 

 

Somatheeram Ayurveda Village, Kerala, India 

The pool

Somatheeram Ayurveda Village

Somatheeram, is the world’s first Ayurveda centre set in a resort ambiance offering Ayurveda treatments and programmes for its guests who travel from all corners of the world.

This award winning Ayurveda wellness eco resort is set in tropical gardens and enjoys a beachfront location in  Kerala, South India. It is located on Chowara Beach with over 15 acres of greenery, just 9 km south of Kovalam Beach in Trivandrum, Kerala.

In this peaceful and harmonious environment traditional ayurvedic therapy and yoga are practised. The range of Ayurveda treatments and packages include rejuvenation therapy, panchakarma, detoxification, body purification, slimming, stress management, anti-ageing, and various clinical curative treatments. The treatments are designed around therapies, a healing diet and herbal medicine, formulated under the supervision of experienced and qualified doctors and therapists.

Dosha-specific, organic, vegetarian dishes from an extensive, creative menu are served in the restaurant 200 feet above sea level complemented with superb panoramic views.

Accommodation takes the form of traditionally Kerala-style houses and cottages, all air-conditioned and equipped with modern amenities.

Somatheeram is internationally recognised for its achievements in health, social responsibility and  environmental preservation. It is the recipient of 35 major international and national awards for excellence in  Ayurveda treatments & Yoga. Of note, it holds NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Health Care providers) accreditation,  “India’s Best Ayurvedic Resort”, including “HALL OF FAME” an Honour granted by the Government of India.  It has also been awarded “Kerala State’s Best Ayurvedic Resort” (by Government of Kerala) six times.

The essence and soul of Somatheeram is the ancient medical science of Ayurveda treatments  and Art of Yoga & Meditation.

For reservation or more information: http://www.somatheeram.in/

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BSI accredited

Accredited status

Introduction

Apollo Hospitals, India

Located in various destinations in India, Apollo Hospitals has consistently led game-changing developments in healthcare by bringing to the people, the latest innovations in key medical specialities and superspecialities on par with the West.

Apollo Hospitals won the 2016 IMTJ award for international stem cell treatment centre of the year.

The Joint Commission

 

India Essential Facts

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Time Zone: India Time Zone
Weather/Climate: New Delhi experiences drastic seasons. In the winter temperatures average around 5°C, while in the summer temperatures can reach 45°C. The ideal time to visit is from October through March.
Language Spoken: Hindi (main) as well as English, Urdu and Punjabi
Currency: Indian Rupee
Dialing Code: +91

India’s colourful culture

 

DELHI

2016-01-15 10.09.31A forty-five minute drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport amid tuk tuks, old fashioned Morris cars, trailers and cows lead you to the centre of Delhi. The narrow streets, merchants and street vendors, museums and monuments of the old city contrast starkly with the five star hotels, impressive embassy buildings, golf course and malls of New Delhi.

Tourist Attractions outside Delhi

Delhi and this cultural regional heart of India offer history, colour and amazing sites to provide the full meaning of a medical tourism destination. From Delhi, it is a four hour journey to Agra and well worth the journey to stand in front of the majestic Taj Mahal, so tranquil and peaceful with that distinctive wow factor. This “architecture of romance” stands in pure white marble, attracting around 20-30,000 visitors daily, from sunrise to sunset, except Fridays.

The journey from Delhi to Agra can be done in a day or for those who wish to stay longer, an overnight stay is recommended. (If budgets are not restricted, opt for the Oberoi where a stay comes with a butler service and rooms views of the Taj Mahal in the distance. There are many hotels in Agra of all standards and transport is plentiful around the city.

It’s just a short flight to Udaipur from Delhi. Rajasthan’s Udaipur is much quieter and calmer and famous for its mountain backdrops and lakes. Most of the big hotels are located in the new part of the city while the old city houses the City Palace complex, the Jagdish Temple, meandering streets and busy markets.

Built in yellow sandstone and white marble the City Palace complex was built in 1539 high up to avoid attack. Its three gates symbolize liberty while the original horse stables have been converted to small shops. Leave time to explore as there is much to see with the museums and the palace gates. It was around this area and on crowded buses that saw Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggi Smith and Richard Gere filming scenes for the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

A boat trip around the Picholet Lake is a must, especially at sunset with a stop to explore the Island Garden, Jag Mandir, set in the middle of the lake with manicured gardens, restaurant and views from every corner.

Jaipur is a short 35-minute hop by plane from Udaipur, otherwise known as the Pink City, painted by instruction from its founder, Maharaja Jai Singh in honour of the visiting Prince of Wales, (King Edward V11). It was the first planned city in Asia, designed on a grid system, and portrays a modern, more advanced India, with wider streets, jewellery shops and beautiful architecture styled in palaces and museums. Said to be the second wealthiest city, its history is defined by past Mughals.

Be prepared to be immersed in history. A drive past the Wind Palace shows where the Royal ladies were hidden from public view. Around the city, snake charmers seek attention by performing this age-old tradition, while monkeys jump from palace rooftops. Talking of heights, rely on an elephant to carry you to the top of Amber Fort. It’s safe, fairly comfortable and, in the absence of fog, offers terrific views. This amazing site is outside the main city in Amer (Amber), the ancient capital until 1727. Three Kings contributed to the building of the fort which is structured on 3 levels, while inside are two palaces with glass mosaics, carved screens and mirror work motifs.

Tourist Attractions in Delhi

Back in Delhi, the same gifted Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan who brought us the Taj Mahal, also built the Jama Mosque of Delhi and Delhi’s capital, Shahjahanabad, with its magnificent Red Fort. Other places of note to visit include Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. A rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk defines everyday life of India with merchants draping richly coloured silks to captive buyers, street food offerings and the trailers laden with misbalanced goods manually pushed between the crowds. You will need to hold on tight and keep alert to tuk tuks creeping alongside.

Other attractions:

Lodi Gardens
Lotus Temple
Garden of Five Senses

 

India Overview