What's Wellness Got to Do With It?

At ILTM this year, the focus was on Wellness Travel, one of the fastest growing sectors of the travel industry. People are feeling the stress of 21st century lifestyles, with the constant demands of emails, texts, social media, work and personal life balances. There is a need for a time away, that truly allows one to feel refreshed, rested, rejuvenated and reconnected with loved ones. Wellness travel is becoming more desirable, as options to experience spiritual, emotional and/or physical well-being are being offered in amazing and beautiful places around the world.

You can identify your own unique personal issues and begin your inward journey that will leave you feeling enriched and ready to return to your daily routine, with skills to keep you balanced and grounded.


Wellness travel no longer means going to an ashram with basic accommodations, boring food and a single focused experience. Here are just a few of the ways Wellness Travel can contribute to your health and wellbeing.

Visiting Masters: The offerings range from renown spiritual leaders, famous chefs, athletes, healers, teachers, doctors, who are invited to work with guests, to teach and train, healthier habits, spiritual healing and improved skills. Experiences can run the gamut from sleep training with world-famous practitioners to food prep with Michelin-star chefs.

Sugar Detox: We all know the “addiction” to sugar, especially now, during the Holiday Season. If you need to “kick the habit”, There are spas and resorts offering sugar-free detox diets, that result in clearer skin, better digestion and increased energy (and possible weight loss, too). To enhance the nutrition program, are a number of activities like yoga, meditation, acupuncture, energy healing and massage. You’ll feel so good, you won’t miss that sugary dessert.

Grief Retreats: As we age, along with the benefits of maturity, wisdom, financial security, comes the passing of loved ones. We can also experience many other forms of loss that result in grief; divorce or an empty nest when the last child goes off to college. I know, from personal experience, that travel is one of the most beneficial ways to find solace and personal healing.

A retreat, where you focus on stress reduction and spiritual healing can go a long way to giving one the strength to move on, after a difficult time in one’s personal life.

Medical Testing: The term “spa” has been expanded to include more than just massage and facials. One can find centers, called spas, with hard-science medical offerings. People with serious health concerns or others with a need to lose weight or make a lifestyle change, can find a medically enhanced program, offering genetics testing and biometrics, along with medical counseling.

A guest can experience equal parts relaxing and regenerative. A staff of trained specialists will run a battery of tests to determine what the issues are and how a very personalized regime can be established specifically for you. It can be as customized as a diet based on DNA and blood type.

Sleep Therapy and Sleep Recovery: Sleep deprivation can be a serious issue. It has been linked to medical problems; heightened stress, weight gain, depression and a weakened immune system, to name a few. Some centers offer programs specifically designed to improve the quality of your sleep. If you sleep better, the quality of your life improves dramatically.

Programs might focus on internal coping mechanisms through stress management or external improvements through fitness programs, like yoga. Most will include massage and meditation. A thorough intake examine and questionnaire, can uncover a very personal and intimate reason that may lead to a very successful treatment.

Silence: With all the beeping and ringing, we are bombarded with, from all our devices, the idea of turning it all off for a time, can be blissful.

If you don’t have the self-control, you can check into places where guest rooms have Wi-Fi blockers. Enjoy blindfolded floating massages. Try a quiet mindfulness session or a meditative forest walk. The Japanese call it Forest Bathing. The purpose is to slow down everything and experience all of your senses.

So where do you find these amazing life changes experiences?

Check out what happens when wellness meets luxury. Six Senses Hotels, Resorts, and Spas have locations in Europe Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

There are many other options, at different levels, to fill whatever wellness need you have.

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