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BY BOB DIE N E R

There are many hotels in the Tucson,
Ariz., area that provide wellness
and activity amenities which take
advantage of the year-round good
weather. The Miraval hotel offers
culinary classes for healthier eating,
various yoga and Pilates classes
with tranquil desert views, and an
outdoor adventure course complete
with a zip line and climbing walls.
Tucson is known for its hiking trails,
which are particularly enjoyable
in the non-summer months when
different plants are in bloom and the
heat isn't intolerable.
3. Sweat out toxins in Miami. As if the
palm trees and warm breezes aren't
calming enough, several Miami-area
hotels are fully embracing the health
and wellness trend. The Standard
hotel created Spa Miami Beach,
its Miami-based hotel that is fully
focused on wellness. It goes beyond

the usual yoga and massage offerings to include life coaching, and a
"hydrotherapy playground" with an
Arctic plunge, cold rain showers, aroma-filled baths, and other offerings
that come together to help people
relax and reset. Other high-end
wellness-focused properties include
the Mandarin Oriental Miami, the St.
Regis Bal Harbour Resort and the
Fontainebleau.
4. Tropical peacefulness in Maui.
From the abundance of locally
grown fruits to the warm water,
Maui is a perfect spot to rejuvenate
the body and mind. For the luxury
traveler, the Four Seasons Resort,
Maui at Waliea offers both indoor
and outdoor massage treatment
rooms. An innovative offering is
the resort's stand-up paddleboard
yoga, which combines two very
popular activities for one invigorat-

ing yet relaxing workout. Acupuncture, nutrition guidance and even
non-surgical liposuction round out
the wellness features.
Wellness tourism is here to stay and is
already a $494 billion worldwide market,
according to SRI International. With
expectations for this number to rise year
over year, hotel operators are scrambling
to not only include healthier activities for
their guests, but to tailor the entire experience toward tranquility and comfort.
With more than 25 years' experience in the travel industry,
Bob Diener is a pioneer in the
hotel consolidation and online
travel industry. Diener is the president
and cofounder of the newest online travel
site, www.getaroom.com, specializing in
offering travelers the best rooms at the
best values.

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