A Guide to Wellness Escapes - July 2018 - 14
Cycling with a French Riviera
view at La Réserve Ramatuelle
Hotel, Spa, and Villas.
From a hike or a meditation session to a full-blown immersive
experience, there's a wellness option for everyone.
What to expect: Whether located
in sprawling countryside retreats,
dazzling beachfront resorts, or urban
capitals, hotel spas are frequently
helmed by household-name wellness
gurus. At these hotels, the spa is just
as important as the Michelin-starred
restaurant, and the space usually
offers a slew of treatments that are
well worth traveling cross-country (or
even farther) for. After lounging by
the pool, restless types can sign up
for golf or tennis lessons or book a
personal training session in the fitness
center. Bons vivants need not fret:
Delicious food and ample wine are
the rule, not the exception.
Best for: Hotel aficionados who want
five-star stays with the occasional
What to expect: Goodbye, windowless rooms and basic massage menus.
Intimate, all-suite yachts and luxe
ocean liners are now dedicating large
W E LLN E SS E SC A P E S
parts of their vessels to relaxation and
fitness. Cruise spas are complete with
all the must-have amenities you'd find
on land - steam rooms, saunas, relaxation areas - as well as an extensive list
of treatments. However, the real beauty of a cruise-ship spa is the location:
everywhere. Where else can you have
shiatsu in view of Antarctic icebergs
or reflexology in the sunbaked shadow of the Amalfi Coast?
Best for: Travelers looking to see multiple destinations on one trip - and get a
What to expect: The treatment menu
is the star at a spa resort, where
you'll have a seemingly endless list
of facials, scrubs, mani-pedis, addons, and massages to choose from.
"Journeys" are especially popular:
multi-hour, multi-treatment extravaganzas that combine massage with
other feel-good offerings, such as
scalp treatments or reflexology. Don't
worry about detoxing here. The name
of the game at many spa resorts is
often indulgence: multiple treatments
during the day, followed by a couple
of glasses of red and a decadent plate
of tiramisu at night.
Best for: Bachelorette parties, honeymooners, and mother-daughter duos.
What to expect: Focusing on rejuvenation and mind-body balance,
wellness retreats promote a holistic
lifestyle that highlights mindfulness,
yoga, and fitness. Beyond treatments,
spa menus here also include an array
of classes and expert-led sessions on
meditation, healthy eating, astrology,
and even beekeeping. You may find
a healthy dose of Native American
treatments and energy work as well,
but, unlike at a spa resort, alcohol
might be limited for health reasons.
Though some retreats offer weekend
packages, longer stays help you get
the most out of the experience.
Best for: Spirituality seekers and solo
travelers ready to commit to wellness.