Wellness travel: the hot new vacation trend
By Aimee Heckel
Maybe our lives are more stressful than ever. Or maybe it’s a symptom of the Baby Boomers growing older. Maybe it’s a shift in priorities or in consciousness.
Regardless of why, the facts remain clear: There is an ever-increasing growth in wellness travel, according to SpaFinder’s Fifth Annual State of Spa Travel study. In fact, a boom in health and wellness travel is the top emerging spa travel trend right now, the study says.
Travelers are less interested in being pampered and more interested in activities that promote their health, according to the study. Travelers want a hotel with a spa — and a fitness facility. They are looking for yoga retreats, meditation classes, detoxes, group fitness classes, outdoor activities, healthy food, restorative body treatments — the demands on a modern hotel or resort are much greater than just a warm place to sleep and a mini fridge.
Here are two of our favorite destination “stay spas” to consider for your next wellness vacation:
A personal-training destination spa: Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Ariz.
This all-inclusive health resort and luxury spa will hook you up with a team of exercise physiologists to conduct a fitness assessment and tailor an individual program for you. Whether you need to lose weight, reduce stress with yoga, go on a bike tour through the desert or be gentle on your body with no-impact swimming (in one of the three outdoor pools), this wellness resort has it all.
Take cooking classes, talk to a psychic, get a handwriting analysis, improve your golf game or try out an underwater treadmill.
Canyon Ranch offers a variety of health packages, including “gearing up before or after surgery,” “brain fitness,” “stress and mood management,” “sports training,” “spiritual health” and “new approaches to weight management.”
A luxury wellness getaway: Harem Escape, Marrakech, Morocco.
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