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HE ALT H & W ELLNESS TRAVEL

New Year, New Trends
TAKE A LOOK AT THE TOP HEALTH AND WELLNESS TRENDS AND DESTINATIONS FOR 2015

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earch any travel site for a higher-end or luxury hotel and you'd
be hard-pressed not to see some
mention of "wellness" or "health" in their
descriptions. In the age of CrossFit, hot
yoga, and the need to mix activity with
relaxation, this trend is likely going to
continue. Even the land of buffets and
excess is getting in on the trend. Yes, Las
Vegas hotels are offering fitness-centered
activities such as yoga (with live dolphins
of course), Pilates and boxing classes. In
2015, expect to see further growth of the
wellness trend and an increase in travel
to top wellness destinations.

POPULAR THEMES FOR 2015
HEALTH AND WELLNESS TRIPS:

1. No-trace travel: Environmental
causes such as sustainability and
low-impact hiking will continue to
attract interest. Many hotels are
touting their sustainability practices
and combining them with activities
that don't consume resources (besides exertion from the participants).
2. Yoga. Yoga everywhere: Hotels
offering yoga is now commonplace
as the number of practitioners continues to grow. Hotels are converting
fitness-area space to yoga rooms
and featuring one-on-one yoga
consultations to help guests perfect
their "downward dogs."
3. Fitbits tracking every move: As
wearable technologies that track
fitness movements are taking off,
some travelers will see their trips as
challenges. Perhaps they'll set a new
steps record on the trails of Kauai,
Hawaii, or see how far they can walk
in London in one day.

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4. Interactive fun: Hotels such as the
Aria in Las Vegas offer trainer-supervised workouts that use the interior
of the building as a "hiking trail." As
the "typical" health and wellness
features become more commonplace - see, room full of treadmills
- start thinking outside-the-box to
come up with new attractions.

POPULAR HEALTH AND WELLNESS
DESTINATIONS FOR 2015:
1. Sin in peace in Las Vegas. In addition to the Pilates and yoga classes,
some hotels such as the MGM Grand
are developing rooms with a focus

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on wellness. The resort's Stay Well
rooms include an array of technology
such as Vitamin C-infused showers,
air and water purification systems,
special lighting to ease waking up,
cedar-scented closets and a hypoallergenic mattress. Other hotels are
jumping in, with the Trump Hotel
offering a boot camp class that takes
visitors down The Strip, and the
Mandarin Oriental featuring "health
and wellness" tea selections.
2. Enjoy Tucson's tranquil desert.
This quieter desert town offers the
same great weather as Phoenix
without all of the suburban sprawl.


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