Welcome to 2016 with some New Year Healthy Travel finds! If you’re not aware, I publish Healthy Travel Magazine which I’ll hope you will start to follow here for the latest and greatest news in wellness travel. The new year presents an opportunity to treset intentions for a healthier, happier year ahead. Kick off 2016 on the right foot with wellness getaways, ranging from meditation-inspired spa treatments to luxury fitness retreats. Here are some of my top recommendations:
Special Packages & Retreats
The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas in Bali, Indonesia has recently launched a new lifestyle wellness program that is the perfect experience for those looking to head into 2016 with a clear mind and body. The program includes personal attention, luxury amenities, and a myriad of activities that embrace fitness, sensible dining and holistic achievement. Travelers and yogi enthusiasts alike can recharge, rebalance and explore their yoga practice within the beauty of the gentle Balinese culture at The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas. Located on the majestic coastline of Nusa Dua, the full-day (five to six hours) or half-day (four hours) wellness program features a specially designed wellness menu and training regimen that is designed to nurture and restore well-being.
Full-Day or Half-Day Lifestyle Wellness Program includes:
- Full-day (five to six hours) and half-day (four hours) options
- Option to experience wellness program from one to seven days
- Customized Healthy Dining Options
- Yoga Stretching Class
- Aqua Aerobics Class
- Signature treatment options including facial treatments and a blend of unique massage techniques
- Access to the signature Wellness Suite including Asia Pacific’s only Ice Room
- Visits to the local temples, walks on the white sand beach, and experiencing the picturesque sunsets
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne Miami, Florida
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Miami helps its guests stay healthy in 2016 with the “Wonderful Wellness” package. All tension will melt away with a deep tissue massage, followed by some pampering with a classic pedicure. To really round off a complete wellness experience, guests will receive a personal training session with an expert trainer to refine their workout routine, and can partake in their choice of a group fitness class.
L’Auberge de Sedona Sedona, Arizona
L’Auberge de Sedona is a wellness seeker’s dream come true, set among enchanting Red Rock formations that offer a peaceful and stunning backdrop for yoga and mediation, as well as experiencing the region’s famous energy vortex centers. In 2016, travelers are invited to take advantage of L’Auberge de Sedona’s Red Rock Renewal package, which has been designed to provide guests with a chance to disconnect and take time to recenter for the new year. As part of this two-night stay, guests will be treated to a 60-minute Forest Bathing session, or opt for a private yoga or meditation session instead. The package also includes a dining credit and $300 spa credit, which can be used towards the resort’s signature Quiet Mind spa treatment, which teaches guests meditation-inspired breathing techniques to help them shut off their thoughts and enjoy the present moment.
The Red Rock Renewal package includes:
2 night stay
Private 60 minute yoga, meditation or Forest Bathing session for up to 4 guests
Forest Bathing, also know as “Shinrin-Yoku,” draws on the traditions of mindfulness and is rooted in a range of transcultural practices that recognize the benefits that time in nature can have a positive and healing effect on human health and happiness. Guests will find a true sense of connection with the earth that will not only deepen their relationship with nature, but with themselves as well.
$300 credit at the Spa at L’Auberge, to experience the Quiet Mind massage or another treatment of their choice
Inspired by the Quiet Mind flower essence blend from Lotus Wei, the Quiet Mind treatment is designed to assist guests in learning to turn off their mind and fully experience their massage. The flower essences include Geranium, Bird of Paradise and Passion Flower, to support the guest in letting go of distraction and dissolving muscle tension. Guests will learn simple guided breathing techniques while the therapist attunes facial acupressure points. As the mind calms the guest will experience a deeply relaxing massage, without their mind interrupting.
$80 credit at L’Auberge de Sedona’s new restaurants, Cress on Oak Creek or Etch Kitchen & Bar
Daily wellness activities including hiking, GM-led jogs, morning stretching, meditation, and more
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa San Diego, California
Spanning 45 lush acres of gardens, trails, olive groves, casitas and more, this Mediterranean inspired, all-suite property offers the finest accommodations, service and programming that San Diego has to offer. Every detail at Rancho Valencia is meticulously tailored to create the ultimate destination for wellness and tranquility, starting with the basics like freshly-made organic fruit and vegetable juices to a Yoga Pavilion, Pilates studio, advanced exercise programs, and fitness sessions hosted by top-tier wellness professionals. Rancho Valencia is the perfect place to resent in the new year with The Stay & Play Spa package. With a variety of unique therapies and treatments, guests will find a soothing balance for the mind, body, and soul. The Stay & Play Spa package offers a $175 spa credit per guest, perfect for a massage or a rejuvenating facial.
The Stay & Play Spa package includes:
$175 spa credit per person, to use as you please
Fresh orange juice, milk and morning paper delivered to your suite daily
Complimentary use of the tennis courts, fitness center, yoga pavilion and all fitness classes
Year-Round Wellness Offerings
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa Montauk, New York
Situated on Montauk’s most pristine stretch of oceanfront real estate, Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is a Hampton’s institution and the only four-season resort in Montauk. Gurney’s has partnered with Wellthily, NYC’s premier healthy hospitality company, to help redefine the the health scene in Montauk. The collaboration will deliver fitness classes to Gurney’s from New York’s top fitness trainers to guests, locals and visitors to the Hamptons. Fitness programming will include classes and retreats throughout 2016 such as Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Cyc Fitness Indoor Cycling, Elements Fitness Barre Fitness and Exhale Spa Core Fusion Barre. All of this will be in addition to Gurney’s own fitness schedule, which will still be offered daily. Following your workout, relax at The Seawater Spa, featuring Roman baths, Finnish rock sauna, fitness center, and a world-famous indoor sand-filtered, ocean-fed, heated seawater pool – the only one of its kind in North America. All with stunning, panoramic views of the ocean.
Rancho La Puerta Tecate, Mexico
Meditation & Expert Therapeutic Sessions
Rancho La Puerta is the original “fitness resort” and spa that welcomes some 140 guests each week to its 3,000 private acres of gardens, mountains and meadows in Baja California, Mexico. All facilities and land are for the exclusive use of guests who come for an entire week, Saturday to Saturday, or partial-week stays of three or four nights. It’s a unique reawakening and spiritual mental escape for women and men offering space to breathe freely amidst nature and to relax, renew, reflect and redirect one’s longer-living life for a complete mind, body, and spirit balance. In addition, the Ranch offers over 80 fitness classes including TRX, yoga, pilates and advanced hiking trails as well as spa treatments, therapeutic sessions and daily lectures to inspire guests to leave with a recharged sense of being. Specialty weeks at the Ranch are offered year-round, featuring visiting guest speakers, talented performers and workshop leaders—authors, politicians, musicians, artists, MDs and other leaders in their fields — to present afternoon learning experiences and evening lectures.
Mountain Trek Nelson, British Columbia
Escape into pristine nature among the scenic mountains of British Columbia while experiencing Mountain Trek’s all-inclusive luxury fitness and health spa retreat to reset habits and begin the journey toward a healthier lifestyle in 2016. Set in spectacular natural landscapes, guests are treated to an ultra personalized program where time is spent focusing on activities including hiking, yoga, massage and detox treatments, and a variety of fitness and nutrition classes including: lectures on stress management, nutrition, sleep health, metabolism, detoxification, goal setting and personal will power. A true backcountry experience where guests get back to basics, Mountain Trek’s wellness retreat immerses guests in scenery you cannot find near most urban cities, while taking a holistic approach toward resetting individual’s metabolism, and providing a every guest with the opportunity for hormonal rebalance, and mind, body and spirit renewal.
Below, are expert tips from Lead Guide and Program Director, Kirkland Shave, on how to keep resolutions:
- Weave subtle changes into daily life to create long lasting change, and reward yourself with each step
- Make healthy food visible by keeping a fruit bowl on the counter and chopped veggies, such as carrots, in a bowl of water in the fridge. This way when you go to open it to grab something, the first thing you’ll see are beta-carotene rich, crispy carrots.
- Focus on providing yourself with adequate sleep. Do so by exercising after sleep rather than before (when you wake up in the morning is best), and powering down computers, phones, TVs, and bright light exposure prior to sleeping, and relaxing with an epsom salt bath before bed.