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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

Anti Ageing Clinics

Relaxation in anti ageing clinicsAnti Ageing Clinics

As anti ageing clinics continue to rise in popularity in the world of health and wellness, the renowned Chenot Group is set to open the most advanced wellness destination in Switzerland.

Boasting the health benefits of its location – fresh air, sweeping mountain views and a number of healthy spring water sources, Chenot Palace Weggis will open later this year as an all seasons spa on Lake Lucerne.

Spanning 5,000 sq. metres, the spa at Chenot Palace Weggis will stand as a full-service integrated medical retreat, offering a blend of Chinese healing and Western medicine, together with state-of-the-art medical technologies.

With advanced diagnostics, a complete range of advanced medical screenings and bespoke treatments will be offered, complimented by a curated nutrition plan as part of the Chenot Diet. All programmes will be carefully integrated in a holistic and systematic manner all known under their distinguished brand name, Chenot Method®.

This unique method treats the individual from a holistic level, integrating and transmitting the emotional, energetic and physical and  signals to the body. The advance medical screening tests of the Chenot Method®, are focused primarily into understanding the individuality of the person and current status of optimal health and wellness. With the measurement of “Chenot Lifestyle Biomarkers®”, the process assesses the impact of a guest’s wellness from the way of living, ageing and lifestyle to allow the personalisation of the regime.

With the key vision to unlock individual potential by increasing mental and physical performance at any age, Chenot offers three signature programmes: Advanced Detox, Recover & Energise and Prevention & Ageing Well. Guests will benefit from exclusive access to leading scientific technology, world-class doctors and a luxury hotel setting, offering a wider and advanced range of treatments than many other anti ageing clinics.  Experienced practitioners in every area of wellness will also be on hand, including specialists from internal, preventative and anti ageing medicine, sports medicine, traditional Chinese healing, and medical aesthetics.

Anti Ageing Meaning

Henri Chenot was one of the first to talk about “successful ageing”, believing that the answer to a long and healthy life lies in the correct combination of genetics, lifestyle and environment. The Chenot experience goes beyond detoxing or fasting – it’s more about a healing force that drives cells into a new state of wellbeing.

Chenot Palace Weggis promises a harmonious balance between body, mind and soul through its integrated science-based approach to wellness. With state of the art technology, proven results and reputation, this new wellness destination promises to become one of the best spas in Europe.

More Beauty & Health spas

Chiva Som  in Thailand is an award-winning destination spa officially opened on 19th April 1995, a sanctuary away from the fast pace of life in Bangkok. The philosophy remains the same today, to adopt healthy, life-transforming habits. Chiva-Som  means ‘Haven of Life’ with a quest to help as many people as possible return to the path of wellness.

SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain

This Clinic is located  by the Mediterranean Sea between the bay of Altea and the natural park of Sierra Helada. Here, the objective is to teach new lifestyle habits to improve the health of the individual and to continue the wellness journey after    the visit to assist integration into lifestyle routines back at home. The other aim of SHA is to achieve relaxation.

La Pura in Austria

This is a healthy ageing resort in Austria, an hour from Vienna. Here there focus is on healthy ageing through individual programmes, based on advanced technology and individual consultation.

Specialist Anti Ageing Clinic in Austria

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Gold treatments

Investing in Gold Treatments

A range of new luxurious spa treatments using the precious metal gold as the key active ingredient is now offered by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas

Gold when included as an element of a skincare routine is anti-inflammatory. It can help reduce the production of melanin, treat sun damage, improve skin elasticity and stabilise collagen production. It is even suggested as an alternative to Botox.

Gold conducts ions which stimulate cellular growth of the basal layer, regenerating firm skin cells and providing a tightening effect. An infusion of gold helps to revive the brightness of skin, reduce the signs of skin fatigue and dullness and improve cutaneous elasticity and hydration.

Embodied in facials, massages and scrubs, the Anantara Spas have invested in gold plated treatments which are available in their destinations which include Maldives, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Qatar.

The new Cocoon Medical Spa at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort offers the queen of luxury facials. Entitled, Cleopatra, the 24-carat gold and collagen facial is designed to improve skin elasticity, reverse cell damage, improve blood circulation and increase the regeneration of your natural collagen.

As the ultimate pick-me-up, this facial promises excellent results and leaves skin clean and luminous. Starting with an advanced microdermabrasion treatment, dead cells are exfoliated to prepare the skin to benefit from the properties of gold. This increases blood flow to the skin and helps to produce collagen. The LED (light-emitting diode) gives deep stimulation to the skin, improving natural collagen levels.

The intense nourishment of the 24-carat gold, collagen mask, hyaluronic acid, peptide moisturiser help stimulate natural collagen production in the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

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Healing Through Horses

Equine therapy  is taking the reins in the world of wellness.

This transformational experience is becoming increasingly popular in the UK and worldwide. Even Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and singer Selina Gomez are among those who have sought equine therapy as part of a wider treatment programme.

Combining the power of healing through horses with the luxury, spacious setting of Casa de Campo Resort and Villas in the Dominican Republic, a unique and aptly named “Unbridled Retreat” will take place in April this year.

Equine gestalt coach and authentic horse listener, Devon Combs, has partnered with the Caribbean resort to offer a retreat for up to 12 women. Her aim is to help women find clarity and purpose through the healing power of horses in an environment designed to promote wellness, self-discovery and healing.  “I’ve experienced the healing power of horses first-hand. Now I bring women and horses together in a safe space where I teach people how to let go of self-sabotage and pick up the reins of their lives. I specialise in helping them get clear on where they’re headed, and find the courage to move forward in their lives.”

The Unbridled Retreat at Casa de Campo provides the ideal setting for the equestrian centre within its 7,000-acre resort. Dripping in Hollywood legacy and Hamptons luxury, Casa de Campo and its mansion villa homes have attracted A-list celebrities, politicians and royals for decades, recently including Jay-Z and Beyonce, the Kardashians, Drake, Alycia Keys and Bill Clinton.

The Unbridled Retreat takes place in April 2020.

For details on this equine therapy retreat: https://www.casadecampo.com.do/experiences/sports/equestrian/unbridled-equine-retreat/

Menopause In Today’s Society

Hushed and under the radar in the world of wellness is the subject of menopause. That is until now.  Recognising the need for further evaluation and research into the effects of menopause on women today, the Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel, has introduced a unique programme to tackle this issue.

The ‘Women’s Health Optimisation’ programme has been specifically designed for women experiencing menopause in a bid to help them understand this important stage of life. It offers women the opportunity to rebalance and regenerate their holistic health and wellbeing, minimising the negative effects of this stage of their life, boosting self-confidence and vitality. With key symptoms being fatigue, hot flushes, reduced libido, night sweats, palpitations, headaches, memory problems, low mood and joint pains, Longevity’s new programme aims to check up on and address these symptoms, whilst inviting guests to enjoy 5* hotel accommodation located over the bay of Alvor in Portugal’s Algarve.

Usually considered a ‘taboo’ topic of conversation, attitudes to the menopause are being transformed. Wellness companies, fem-tech and beauty brands have started stepping up to champion this fundamental life stage. It has been reported that almost half of women say they would feel unable to talk to their boss about menopause and experience inappropriate comments about the menopause at work. Even celebrities, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, have spoken out on the need to recognise this key stage of life and Longevity has joined the movement. The media is now following suit.

Longevity Women’s Health Optimisation Programme
Over a minimum stay of four nights, the programme offers a large variety of medical consultations, menopause check-up and a Longevity holistic health check. Additional therapies and consultations include:

  • Integrative Medicine and Anti-Ageing Consultation
  • Gynecology and Obstetrics Consultation
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Consultation
  • Vitamin B12 IM Boost
  • CoQ10 IV Boost
  • Glutathione IV Boost
  • Acupuncture Sessions
  • Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
  • Longevity Nutrition Consultation
  • Energetic Healing Therapies 

Additionally, guests will be able to enjoy access to the detox & relax wet area circuit, gym, half-board meal plan, access to the Longevity Vitality activity plan daily group activities and Longevity infusions, alkaline water ph 9.5, and aromatherapy essential oil.

Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel (longevityalvor.com/en/) offers a standard room from £170 per room per night on a B&B basis, based on 2 people sharing. The Women’s Health Optimisation is priced at €5,333/£4,725pp for 4 nights (excluding accommodation).

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

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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/

 

 

Blindfolded Yoga

Blindfolded yoga

Yoga teacher Dan Peppiatt will lead a journey through the senses with his blindfolded yoga class.  Proceeds will be donated to the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

The OM Yoga Show and Yoga Like Water are leading this 90-minute charity class in collaboration with and in support of the Royal National Institute for the Blind, and the fantastic work they do with the blind and partially blind.

Dan Peppiatt has been leading blindfolded yoga sessions for over 5 years in the belief that they offer great potential to access parts of physical practice that are otherwise often overlooked.

To remove the sense of sight brings a greater depth to practice; we become unconcerned with what a pose, other yogis, or the teacher looks like, and more attuned to what the practice feels like. We become more familiar with our bodily sensations and paying attention to what they are telling us.

In this session participants will move slowly through postures with simple instructions for the mind and body to interpret, rounding off with a gentle yoga nidra.

The RNIB is one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities, and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.

Yoga in the Dark: Moving Like Water with Dan Peppiatt takes place on
Saturday 19th October 2019, between12.15 – 13.45
£10 – Book tickets online: www.omyogashow.com

(Proceeds donated to the Royal National Institute for the Blind)

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The Cruise Industry is onboard with Wellness

The Cruise Industry is onboard with Wellness

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is promoting wellness throughout the month of September. This theme aims to showcase and champion what cruise lines are doing to create enriching wellness experiences on a cruise holiday.

Each week throughout the month, CLIA focuses on a different topic under the ‘wellness’ theme. The first week is dedicated to relaxation, highlighting the plethora of options on a cruise holiday that enable guests to feel relaxed and in turn increase positive wellbeing.

Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director, said: “There’s something truly calming about a cruise holiday. Whether you are sailing on the open sea or pootling along a river, a cruise is the ideal escape for anyone searching for the ultimate relaxing holiday.

“Whether it be through onboard classes such as yoga, meditation and tai chi or simply relaxing in the onboard spa, relaxation has many lasting benefits to personal wellbeing and cruise lines are leading the way in finding innovative ways to ensure guests can relax and unwind during their holiday.”

Cruise Line News – Wellness & Relaxation

AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways recently introduced a wellness programme across the entire European fleet – each ship now has a professionally trained ‘Wellness Host’ to conduct complimentary classes including yoga, cardio and circuits, as well as discussion groups on healthy eating and relaxation.

https://www.amawaterways.com/explore/wellness

APT

APT has increased the number of wellness classes onboard its ships from morning stretches to yoga and tai chi. The classes are conducted by the line’s new entertainment – a duo who alongside providing onboard entertainment, host wellness and fitness classes.

https://www.aptouring.co.uk/

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Uniworld has enhanced its Wellness on the Water programme across the fleet for 2020, including a complimentary wellness programme on its India cruises, centred around the destination’s ancient tradition and practice of yoga with a certified yogi. There are daily sunrise sessions of yoga, group lectures and classes as well as individual meetings, so that guests at every stage of their practice can participate comfortably in this culturally immersive programme.

https://www.uniworld.com/uk/why-uniworld/wellness/

Scenic

Scenic has expanded their spa renovations including its innovative Salt Therapy Lounges for an invigorating boost – the first and only river cruise line to offer a therapeutic Salt Lounge, which invites guests to relax, energise and feel healthier. Handcrafted from salt bricks and humidity and temperature-controlled, the lounge has the micro-climate of a natural salt mine.

https://www.scenic.co.uk/

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd has introduced IN2BALANCE themed cruises aboard 5 EUROPA 2. As part of the format, renowned experts and trainers present innovative training methods and the relaxation techniques of the Far East: yoga in all its variations, burnout prevention, t’ai chi, shiatsu and interval training. Depending on the cruise booked, guests discover new and proven techniques that help them to slow things down in our increasingly stressful day-to-day reality, bringing lasting benefits to their personal well-being.

https://www.hl-cruises.com/in2balance-ms-europa-2

Arctic Wellness

Doors will be opening to a new Arctic wellness experience which freezes into the Lule River in the winter and floats on top of the water in the summer.

Located in Lulea in Swedish Lapland, The Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa, designed by architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kaupp, offers wellness, mindfulness and cleansing treatments through spa partners Kerstin Florian.

This distinctive arctic wellness experience comprised six detached floating “cabins” and six additional cabins on land. The Arctic Bath has been inspired by the timber floating era which recalls how felled trees were transported downriver for processing. Both the spa and the rooms float on or are frozen into the water, depending on the season. The spa complex and cabins float on waters ranging from 6.5 to 14 feet deep and are connected by floating walkways. The Arctic Bath leaves a minimal environmental footprint.

The Arctic Bath’s approach to arctic wellness is based on four elements: nutrition, exercise, peace of mind, and the care of face and body. These are reflected through menus, focusing on clean, local ingredients; the encouragement of exercise through a variety of activities; working with affirmation cards, mindfulness and meditation and the Arctic Bath’s proprietary spa treatments. Guests at the floating hotel and spa will experience the wellness benefits of alternating cold-water and hot-water dips and sauna, yoga, meditation, and cleansing sessions such as crystal healing. There are no ambient distractions or light pollution. Colours are chosen for their therapeutic benefits and surrounding materials are organic and local.

The circular-shaped Arctic Bath houses one spa treatment room, four saunas, an outside cold bath, a hot bath, outdoor and indoor showers, and two dressing rooms. The open centre of the bath invites guests to sunbathe, ice bathe or sit back to view the Northern Lights or star-filled skies. A dip in the bath itself is consistent with the Arctic tradition of a cold-water plunge with the water maintained at 39 degrees Fahrenheit

The Arctic Bath project was developed by Kent Lindvall, Per Anders Eriksson, Robert Lundqvist, Patrik Jonsson and AnnKathrin Lundqvist. The project grew out of the opening days of the Treehotel in Harads, Sweden when developers envisioned taking the wood concept from the air to the water as well. Specialist design architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, translated the concept into design, utilizing their background of minimalist furniture and building design. The design of the spa and hotel is not only striking in its look but also in its creation, using local materials and leaving a minimal to zero-impact on the environment.

https://www.offthemap.travel/arctic-bath/

Indian Wellness at Dharana at Shillim

Yoga

Yoga in Shillim

Wellness at India’s Dharana at Shillim – a  fusion of Ancient Eastern Wisdom with Advanced Technology   

Dharana at Shillim adds to India’s specialist wellness destinations that combine ancient medicinal practices and beliefs with modern technology.

Opened last year, Dharana at Shillim combines the world’s most advanced diagnostics and assessment methods with traditional eastern medicine and practices. Gene testing, Oligo scanning, (used by NASA to find toxic and mineral content, including traces of metal in the body) and iridology are fused with eastern medicine and medicinal methods namely Ayurveda, acupuncture and yoga.

Explaining the Dharana philosophy, Dr. Arun Pillai, Director of Wellness adds,“The expectations on those living and working in the Western World are becoming increasingly unhealthy and taking toll on more and more people’s health and wellbeing. Dharana at Shillim combines the best and most effective practices from both Western technology and Eastern wisdom to help guests connect with both themselves and the world around them in a completely holistic way.. With a new life toolkit acquired at Shillim, we encourage guests to practice a healthier and happier lifestyle based on the principles of Conserve, Sustain and Heal.”

Nine different wellness programmes are offered that include the Dharana Yogic Life, The Destress and the 5000-year-old Ayurvedic Panchakarma. Guests  are given a tailored itinerary that will benefit them while at Shillim and after their stay to integrate into their lifestyle.

Daily activities at Shillim are based on Dinacharya which looks at the cycle of nature and creates daily activities around them. These range from clay & music therapy, meditation to treks with the resident naturalist and cardio fitness sessions.

Dharana at Shillim is three hours from Mumbai  and sits amid the majestic Sahyadri mountain range and within a UNESCO World Heritage Area.  Rice fields, bamboo plantations, forests and fresh clean air provide the ideal backdrop for wellness.

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For more information, please visit www.shillim.in

From the UK

Direct flights go from both London and Manchester to Mumbai approx. 9 hours, plus 3.5 hour road transfer, or indirect flight to Pune, approximately 12.5 hours with a stop-over in Delhi or Abu Dhabi followed by a 2.5 hour road transfer.