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As our world becomes more plugged in and
connected, people simultaneously want to
disconnect and escape the digital world. When you
are device-free, you can dedicate your attention to
your surroundings and find peace in the now.
Wellness is no longer just about physical health-
it's about mental health and spirituality, too. As we
learn more about the crucial link between mind
and body, many resorts integrate the two with
creative programming. For example, a sunrise hike
might be followed by a group meditation.
Although mindfulness has recently become a
buzzword in the United States, it has been part of
the culture in Japan for centuries. Japanese people
are taught to be more aware of their surroundings
from birth. If your travels take you there, give the
Japanese philosophy a try. For example, during a
visit to Odawara, walk around Odawara Castle Park
and focus on the nature around you, or head to
Soga Bessho Bairin for the plum blossom viewing.

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DISCOVER MINDFULNESS: Kick off your day at any
HGV property by meditating for 10 minutes. Simply put
your "Do Not Disturb" sign on your door, get comfortable,
focus on your breathing and let your mind wander.
Alternatively, head outside and experience the diverse
surroundings just outside the doors of your HGV resort. Soak
in mountain views while visiting Breckenridge, Colorado, and
Park City, Utah, or enjoy an oceanside walk at one of HGV's
many Florida, South Carolina or Oahu, Hawaii, properties.

LOCAL COMMUNITY

Experiential travel, with a focus on immersion in
local cultures, continues to grow in popularity.
While some experience-based travel might have
wellness aspects-think yoga at an ashram or a
foraging hike with people who live off the land-
its greatest impact on health is psychological,
not physical.
Immersion with locals can be transformative,
especially when the setting is unique to the
destination. For example, buying scarves at a local
market directly from artisans gives you a morsel
of connection, but visiting the weaving collective
where you can see them at work and learn about
their craft takes you deeper.
The spa is another place to learn about local
rituals, as beauty traditions can speak volumes
about history and culture. More spas offer
treatments that incorporate the farm-to-spa ethos,
spiritual and medical practices, and community
customs. Next time you visit Park City, Utah, to hit

the slopes, treat your sore muscles to salt stone
therapies from the Great Salt Lake. Instead of just
booking a massage to relax, people are choosing
these more meaningful, authentic experiences
while learning about their destinations.
When wellness is a part of your travel, you'll
come back feeling a lot more relaxed, with a fresh
perspective. Isn't that what travel is all about?
BOOK LOCAL: Club Members heading to one of
HGV's four resorts on Hawaii Island-a mecca for
healing customs and traditions-can be pampered by
professionals tapping into local traditions and methods.
Enjoy a massage treatment using oils made from native
plants believed to possess rejuvenation abilities, or
meditation spa experiences like ho'oponopono, which
means "to put right." This meditation practice focuses on
freeing oneself from errors in thought through soulsearching, self-awareness and forgiveness. Heading to Oahu
instead? Read about spa treatments available on-site at
HGV on the previous page.
Besides reducing stress, meditation also releases body tension and improves
sleep-both major perks for travelers seeking a moment of rest from their
bustling everyday lives.

Get Local,
Get Moving
Embrace the wellness
trend while celebrating
local cultures on your
next HGV vacation. In
Tuscany, Italy, Members
staying at Hilton Grand
Vacations Club at Borgo
alle Vigne can take
cooking classes onsite and stroll just 10
minutes to La Spinetta, a
family-owned winery on
land long dedicated to
viticulture.
In California at Hilton
Grand Vacations Club
at MarBrisa, Club
Members can get
moving both on and
off the property. Take
advantage of on-site
wellness opportunities
including aqua aerobics
and guided mediation
classes, or join the resort
on its weekly hike. Along
the way, you'll wind
through trails behind
the resort and end at the
Agua Hedionda Lagoon
and Discovery Center.
Here you can see native
plants, reptiles and more
before taking a MarBrisaprovided shuttle back to
the resort.

SHANNON WEST/SHUTTERSTOCK

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