Wellness tourism is thriving and in 2014 more travelers will experience the rewarding health benefits associated with wellness travel than ever before. According to the Global Wellness Tourism Economy Report by SRI International, wellness tourism travel is expected to grow over nine percent annually through 2017. From fit-cations to the tasty fresh-pressed juice craze, my friends at Hawkins International give Fitglobetrotter the skinny on the top wellness trends for 2014.
Hooked on Juicing
Delicious and nutritious, juicing is the staple of a healthy lifestyle for many. Made from combinations of fresh fruits and vegetables blended into an easy to sip, refreshing beverage, juicing is the trendy way to get your daily dose of vitamins and nutrients in the new year. Hotels and spas are taking note of this health craze and offering fresh-pressed juice at their properties. At Mii amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona, guests can partake in complimentary juicing classes to learn the health benefits of juicing. Guests at the Gramercy Park Hotel in NYC don’t even have to leave their rooms to enjoy a glass of fresh-pressed juice from the hotel’s new in-room dining menu, which features selections including the Green Machine (kale, apple, pineapple), Citrus and Spice (carrot, ginger, orange) and more.
Local is a buzzword in luxury travel, with globetrotters eager to immerse themselves in the destinations they visit. Hotels across the country are giving their guests opportunities to discover their surrounding cities by incorporating local flavor into their wellness offerings. At the eco-friendly Hotel Vermont, guests can explore the town of Burlington with complimentary bike rentals from the local alternative bike shop, Old Spokes Home. At the Nines in Portland, business travelers are invited to explore the city with the Meetings in Motion package which allows groups to conduct their business meetings outside while they discover Washington Park and learn about the local sites.
Feel Like One With Nature
Hotels are taking the local craze one step further by incorporating nutrients and resources found in their local surroundings into innovative nature-focused spa treatments. In Hot Springs, Virginia guests at the Omni Homestead Resort can experience the benefits of the natural springs on property with the mineral-rich Homestead Soothing Scrub, which rejuvenates the skin and brings balance back to the body. Caneel Bay Resort in the U.S Virgin Islands offers the Hot Bamboo Massage and Hot Seashell Massage that incorporate resources found along the resort’s serene beach into two relaxing massages. At the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air in California, the Advanced Marine Biology Facial by La Prairie uses the protective minerals of the ocean in a restorative 90 minute facial.
Escape to Get in Shape
Luxury destinations are getting in on the workout fever that is swarming the world and curating special getaways dedicated to fitness. This February, the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa in Nevada is holding a Triathlon Training Weekend hosted by professional triathlete Kelly Williamson which includes seminars on course management, local conditions, and race diet. Travel to Kiawah Island, South Carolina for the Women’s Tennis Weekend and enjoy more than seven hours of instruction, drills and court time from the dedicated tennis staff at Kiawah Island Golf & Tennis Resort. In Los Angeles, Hotel Bel-Air and Lululemon have teamed up to offer hotel guests and local residents hour long yoga on Saturday mornings in the gardens. Classes start at 9am with fresh juices provided complimentary. If you want to escape even further to a place you can have total control of, why not look at Turtle Island in Fiji where you can rent an entire island as you relax and focus on yourself.
If fit-cations aren’t your thing, indulge in an all-encompassing wellness getaway aimed at setting you on a healthy path for 2014. Visit the Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa in Pennsylvania from March 28-30th for the Women’s Wellness Weekend, a 3-day all-inclusive package that includes expert-led classes focused on fitness, beauty and healthy eating. New to the weekend this year are acutonics classes, which teach participating women to connect with their environments through energy, sound and aromatherapy. At Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa in California, the personalized New Year, New You package includes a personal training session along with a customized facial and a 30-minute massage.
Healthy Mind, Healthy You
De-stress your mind and body from last year worries and begin 2014 with new spa treatments with unique techniques at luxury spas. In Switzerland, the Dolder Grand Spa’s new Violin Touch Treatment incorporates the sounds of live violin tones which work in tandem with the massage for a soothing effect on the body. In Telluride, Colorado at The Spa at Hotel Madeline Telluride the new ISUN Emerald Sun Signature Facial and ISUM Gemstone Massage use gemstones to open and balance the energy points in the body. In Milan, Hotel Principe di Savoia’s Club 10 is offering the Precious Gift Treatment which includes the Polynesia, a ritual spa treatment that leads guests on a sensory journey to relaxation through warm fragrances and soothing body treatments. The treatment also includes the Sensai Wrinkle Facial Treatment.