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Grand Palace Suite at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia's Joya Spa.

Wellness Trends
in
the
U.S.
"
Michelle Marie Arean

32 february 2018

Ask thoughful questions on
what their clients feel is most
needed in their lives. Is it stress
reduction? Time spent out in
nature? Healthy eating? There
is no one-size-fits-all when it
comes to a wellness vacation.
-- Mimi Ko, Spa Supervisor,

"

Wellness travel and spa escapes are more
than the buzz words du jour. According
to Virtuoso, there are six wellness travel
segments that are here to stay for 2018-
visiting masters, which allows guests to learn
from gurus; sugar detox; grief retreats, aimed
at guests seeking solace and healing after
the passing of a loved one; medical testing,
which allows guests to go through a variety
of tests to determine issues and how to best
treat them; sleep therapy and sleep recovery,
focusing on stress management, internal
coping mechanisms, and fitness programs such
as yoga; and silence, a sort of digital detox
where guests can disconnect by staying in
guestrooms with WiFi blockers, taking quiet
mindfulness sessions and meditative walks
and meditation sessions to allow themselves
to slow down.
"Wellness is on the top of people's minds
these days," says Mimi Ko, spa supervisor for
Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula,
California. "Yoga, meditation, and healthy
eating are all popular topics of conversation.
This conversation has trickled down to how
people envision spending their time on
vacations. People want to feel their best and
yes, people want to be their best, healthiest
selves-even on vacation."
When asked what the most popular

Pechanga Resort & Casino

wellness travel trends are for 2018, Kathryn
Schutz, luxury travel advisor with Largay
Travel, a Virtuoso agency, says, "Sleep
therapy! Crucial for well-being. I'm also
seeing a lot of short wellness getaway
requests from girlfriend groups, bachelorette
parties, moms groups, etc."

Revitalizing Experience in Arizona
At the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa
at Montelucia's Joya Spa, guests can opt
for the spa's modern take on the hammam
experience. The experience takes place in an
aromatherapy hammam room that features
iridescent heated seats contoured to address
the body's pressure points, as well as a selfguided journey through a traditional circuit

of steam, whirlpool, and cold plunge, and a
scrub with traditional Moroccan black soap
and essential oils.
For a locally immersive spa experience,
recommend the Detox Clay Wrap, which
uses a clay wrap with essential oils. Deanne
Boynton Grupp, v.p. of tourism, Experience
Scottsdale, points out, in fact, that "many
Scottsdale spas are incorporating ingredients
that are native to the area such as clay (from
Sedona), pure Arizona honey, aloe vera, and
jojoba oil.
"When you combine the luxurious
treatments and ambiance found at local
spas with the serenity of the Sonoran Desert
outside, it makes for an unrivaled, revitalizing
experience for travelers."

Native Healing in Southern California
Pechanga Resort & Casino recently
completed a $285 million expansion, which
included a 568-guestroom and -suite tower,
the 25,000-sq.-ft., 2-story day spa, and a new
restaurant. In March, the property's official
grand opening will include the completion of
the second new restaurant, and The Cove, the
property's pool complex. With the addition of
a new spa, comes a new focus for the property.
"We are changing the dialogue on the
casino experience. We are providing different
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