WELLNESS TRAVEL: THE GROWING TREND

A compilation of what’s new and what’s trending around the globe

From week-long wellness retreats in the Costa Rican rainforest and volcanic mud baths in Napa Valley to the first spa train carriage in Europe, New York based Alice Marshal Public Relations released, on 15 October, a long list of trending spas around the world. Following is a selection of just a few…

BELMOND

A global collection of 47 hotels, trains, river cruises and restaurants, Belmond has de ned the world of luxury for more than 40 years. From launching the first spa carriage in Europe to introducing locally-inspired treatments, Belmond offers immersive wellness offers in some of the world’s most exciting locations.

What’s New: Belmond Royal Scotsman and Belmond Andean Explorer both introduced a spa car. Guests can relax with a massage or facial while gazing out at the passing scenery. Belmond Royal Scotsman has partnered with British spa brand Bamford Haybarn Spa, while Belmond Andean Explorer showcases an exclusive Andean collection made of local, natural ingredients.

&BEYOND | BHUTAN

&Beyond’s new Bhutan Yoga Retreat Small Group Journey allows travellers to immerse themselves in the spiritual heartland of Bhutan. Highlights of this 10-day journey include yoga and meditation over Bhutan’s magical scenery, hiking Tiger’s Nest monastery in Paro, and exploring the fortresses and temples of Thimphu and Punakha, all led by an expert guide and specialist healing facilitator to help guests find balance of the mind, body, and soul.

NAYARA SPRINGS | ARENAL, COSTA RICA

Cantilevered over the rainforest, the Spa at Nayara Springs allows guests to experience the sights, sounds, and scents of the rainforest in outdoor spa bungalows. Wellness Retreat: In Q3, Nayara is launching customisable three- or ve-day Wellness Experience Packages inviting travellers to disconnect from reality in the rainforest of Costa Rica and find wellness for both the mind and body. Days are filled with yoga and meditation, special healthful menus, and daily spa treatments. Highlights include nature walks through the ora and fauna of the rainforest to spot sloths and resident wildlife in the trees; a volcanic mud spa treatment using mud sourced from the nearby Arenal Volcano; and healthy mocktail mixology classes with local ingredients such as herbs from the on-site garden and tropical Costa Rican fruit.

ROYAL MANSOUR | MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

The three-story, hand-crafted Royal Mansour Spa, resembling an elaborate white birdcage, is reason enough to visit the palatial property. The spa’s design incorporates Moucharabieh, an element of traditional Arabic architecture that includes a window enclosed in carved wood latticework. The Spa also features an indoor pool with vaulted glass ceilings and a traditional hammam with its narrow, unadorned passageways and succession of spaces, lighting effects, and lanterns.

Royal Mansour has taken the spa experience to new heights with the introduction of Bespoke Hammam Treatments. Here, each step of the traditional technique will be personalised to the specific skincare needs of each guest using ingredients sourced from Morocco’s bountiful environment. Purifying clay, for example, has been collected from the Atlas Mountains while roses from the Kalaat Megouana valley are used in a new regenerating body wrap and local saffron is infused into the ‘gourmet glow’ wrap.

SUGAR BEACH, A VICEROY RESORT | ST. LUCIA

Situated on the lower slopes of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Petit Piton, the Rainforest Spa is a series of treehouses rising above a lively stream.

Wellness Retreat: The fitness program includes daily classes on the hour, ranging from gentle yoga and morning walks to military boot camp and body burn classes. For the more intrepid guest, the new Piton Recovery starts with a hike of the Gros Piton. After descending from the peak, hikers are met by one of Sugar Beach’s personal trainers for a stretching session, rehydration with coconut water, and revitalizing snack of potassium-rich bananas before have a muscle releasing massage back at the spa. Treatment Worth Traveling For: The Sulphur Seduction treatment involves a morning trip to the volcanic sulphur springs near the resort to bathe in the black waters, followed by a sulphur mud bath and exfoliation treatment. After rinsing off in the naturally warm Piton waterfalls, the finale is a massage back at the spa.

GOLDENEYE | JAMAICA

The FieldSpa at GoldenEye is built into the jungle-like landscape on the edge of the crystal-clear blue lagoon, allowing guests to swim or kayak to their spa appointment. The spa features destination-focused treatments and draws on traditional Jamaican recipes and the healing powers of owers, roots, leaves and herbs grown locally at the resort’s 800-acre Pantrepant farm.
What’s New: Jamaica’s GoldenEye will unveil the new FieldSpa in December 2018. As part of the six-month development, two new spa huts will open, along with a new hammam and yoga deck. A selection of elixirs, juices, and healthy bites incorporating fresh ingredients from the hotel’s farm, Pantrepant; and a new therapy menu will be introduced. This expansion will provide direct access to the new spa cove, a crescent of sand nestled along the property’s signature lagoon.

Treatment Worth Traveling For: Purifying Lemongrass and Wild Lime Abyhanga is a detoxifying massage that combines warm lemongrass and wild lime coconut. The treatment removes impurities and assists with lymphatic drainage.