A relatively new segment of the industry, wellness tourism is now growing at a 50 percent faster rate than conventional tourism, with no signs of slowing down. A report by Global Wellness Institute reveals the global wellness economy generated $4.4 trillion in revenue during 2020 while the wellness tourism sector accounted for $436 billion. Because a substantial number of people are willing to travel once again, hotels, resorts and destinations are making it a priority to provide wellness programs and packages to offer a much-needed mind, body and soul reboot.
Sarah Fox, Fitwel Ambassador, Associate Principal, CallisonRTKL, says, “The key to wellness is finding balance with self and place. The inherent advantages that allow for wellness travel comes with a price – your social obligation to respect your impact to a place and community and honor it by giving back. As travelers of this world, we all must understand our individual connection to the ecosystem, and the power we have to keep it in balance for the greater good.”
Cheryl Smith, Regional Practice Leader, NELSON Worldwide, adds, “Indoor spaces that encompass the use of natural materials, like wood, biophilic design such as living green walls and other indoor plant materials and daylight will improve the metal wellbeing of the guests by connecting them to nature. Hospitality design that creates a variety of outdoor spaces will connect guests to the nature and provide a broad offering of outdoor programs improving overall mental and physical health of the guests.”
The very first of its kind in the United States, The Snow Room at The Lodge at Woodloch in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania is a great alternative to the age-old Tyrolean tradition of the cold bucket shower, as it is a more gentle form of cooling. In the Snow Room, the compact dry snow and the crisp cold air allow for rapid and efficient cooling that is extraordinarily gentle, mild and pleasurable. The Snow Room features snow covered branches and bench ideal for holistic cooling of the body after a hot sauna experience. The co-ed Himalayan Salt Sauna includes a Himalayan Salt Wall. When heated, Himalayan salt releases negatively charged ions which serve to purify the circulating air as well as allow our bodies to reap health benefits including stress reduction, energy increases and mood boosts at a biochemical level.
IHG hotels and resorts across the globe aim to help guests relax and recharge. “Wellness and well-being are no longer being looked at as an indulgence and are instead considered responsible investments and priority components of people’s daily routines,” says Andy Barge, wellness director, Six Senses Ibiza. With connection and wellness top of mind at Kimpton Kitalay Samui, Koh Samui, Thailand, its Pimãanda by HARNN spa graciously pampers for those seeking to restore balance with a 14-step spa ritual or its signature treatment, “Paradise of Wondrous Sea.” Inspired by the Manora dance dramas of the southern provinces of Thailand, it begins with the Kasi Thara Bath Ritual before moving onto a natural pearl body scrub that readies the skin for the Trio of Bliss, a warm oil massage that combines three massage techniques.
The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort in the serene beach community of Riviera Pacifica lies just two hours outside of the hustle and bustle of Panama City. The resort is ideal for guests who want to indulge themselves in rest and reflection with its new wellness package. Included is a 50-minute recovery therapy massage at the resort’s award-winning Corotú Spa, health-focused meals, complimentary use of bicycles, kayaks, volleyball and tennis courts. Guests staying five days or longer can experience two spa treatments. The 118-room resort offers a range of on-site activities with seven swimming pools, two Jacuzzis and four plunge pools. With nature at the forefront, guests seeking adventure have access to horseback riding sessions throughout the property’s pristine trails.
A Private Kuyam Experience at Ojai Valley Inn is an ideal way to reboot. A Chumash Native American Indian word that means “a place to rest together,” Kuyam combines the therapeutic effects of self-applied desert clay infused with essential oils, intense dry heat and inhalation therapy. In a sauna-like environment, the journey is guided by a traditional Chumash narrative. This unique detoxifying experience is concluded with a refreshing rinse and presentation of herbal tea while your body core temperature cools.
Guests of the brand new Lake Nona Wave Hotel, Orlando, Florida, can take advantage of the hotel’s Technogym-powered fitness studio while enjoying the Lake Nona Performance Club, one of the most complete wellness centers in the nation. Within the center experience mindfulness at Dr. Deepak Chopra’s recently debuted, first-ever Chopra Mind Body Zone and Spa, offering aerial yoga and ayurvedic massage. From rock climbing and virtual golf tuition to group cycling and barre classes, guests can choose between several extensive fitness offerings. Lake Nona Wave Hotel conceptualized Well+ech by Wave – a collection of five guest rooms equipped with a rotating roster of inventions from ten of the year’s most pioneering brands leading the future of health and sleep innovations.
On the Island of Hawaii, The Mauna Kea Resort offers visitors the chance to experience a number of unique guided “Journeys” taking key elements of ancient wisdom to restore personal balance. Each journey is curated to transport the mind and spirit to destinations across the globe. An Asian Journey includes a Balinese Massage, Mandara Signature Facial, Mandara Coffee and Coconut Milk Body Polish. The Indian Journey features a Fire & Ice Massage, Biotec Skin Surfacer Facial, Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Grow.
Placing holistic vitality and self-connection at the forefront of every guest experience, Spa Brezza at San Diego Mission Bay Resort, San Diego, California, has crafted a wellness menu dedicated to nourishing the mind, body and soul. From reiki sessions for reviving energy flow and sound bowl meditations for reducing negative notions, to rhythmic massages for restoring circulation and awareness and breathwork meditation for gaining personal insight, this niche menu takes self care to new heights with treatments that promote healing and a stronger connection with the inner self. Private meditation classes are available.