You Deserve a Reset: 8 Wellness Experiences to Revive Body and MindBy Karen Gardiner
While the act of traveling can help lead to feelings of rejuvenation, sometimes we need a little extra help to recharge our batteries. Luckily, wherever you’re headed in the world, you can find an activity to refresh yourself fully from head to toe.
From engaging the mind through practicing Hawaiian cultural traditions to immersing your body in healing Alpine waters, here are the wellness experiences that will have you feeling both mentally and physically revived.
As always, check for travel restrictions and closures before planning your trip.
Detox with Meditation, Yoga and More in Bali
At W Bali – Seminyak, the 24-hour AWAY Spa lets you squeeze in detox any time before or after “retoxing” with Seminyak’s famed nightlife. Body scrubs and wraps, foot baths, makeup services and massages will freshen you up for a night out, while private meditation and yoga classes, swimming laps in the heated outdoor pool or jogging along the beach will reenergize you the day after the night before.
Heal Body, Mind and Spirit in Switzerland’s Alpine Waters
Nestled among the soaring mountains of Flims Laax and surrounded by fairy-tale-like forest, Waldhaus Flims Wellness Resort, Autograph Collection offers a calming and rejuvenating breath of fresh air, as well as the healing waters for which it is famed.
Switch off and float away in its indoor pool housed in a glass cube perfectly framing the Alpine scenery, its heated outdoor pool with Jacuzzi, or outdoor bathing pond filled with local mountain spring water.
Reinvigorate All Your Senses in Hawaii
Guests staying in the Hōkūpa’a tower at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka’anapali have exclusive access to the Lānai — a wellness retreat for all the senses. Daily cultural experiences engage the mind through activities such as learning the Hawaiian cultural practice of kilo, which connects people to their surrounding environment by focusing on being present and observing the land, water and sky.
Other, more physical, activities include outrigger canoeing, junior lifeguard training and surf lessons, all of which work the body while heightening sensitivity to the Hawaiian respect and reverence for the ocean.
Discover the Healing Properties of Natural Herbs in Peru
An elegant retreat amid the hustle and bustle of Cusco, the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco‘s open-air patio provides an intimate space where guests can decompress. Take in the sight and smells of the local Andean herbs and spices in the JW Garden, and perhaps enjoy some animal therapy with a visit from the resident alpaca, Panchita.
For additional pampering, the private spa offers personalized treatments inspired by centuries-old Incan healing practices.
Book a Ladies’ Wellness Retreat in Doha
Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha boasts an opulent spa, which caters to every type of traveler. A star among the facility’s many treatments and services, the Al Messila Ladies Wellness Retreat is exclusively reserved for women, which offers a sanctuary in the heart of the resort.
Grab a group and dedicate a day to indulging in extensive facilities that include flotation tanks, oxygen rooms, Kneipp walks, hammams and salt rooms; then treat yourselves to one of the spa’s holistic treatments.
Find Your Zen Above Vancouver
The sixth-floor rooftop park at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver offers a green retreat in the heart of the city. Give yourself the chance to reset by carving a moment out of your schedule to take a quiet stroll around the open-air oasis, along paths and into secluded alcoves.
Take the time to contemplate the native pines, local flora and the gentle trickling of a water feature — all against the backdrop of Vancouver’s magnificent skyline.
Pick Up Pickleball in Arizona
Energetic visitors can leave it all on the court in the Sonoran desert at one of the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa‘s 16 pickleball courts. This paddle-ball sport, which combines elements of badminton, table tennis and tennis, is the ideal way to bat away stresses while working up a healthy sweat.
Bike Through New York City’s Neighborhoods
At the Element New York Times Square West, guests can make use of the Bikes to Borrow program. Pick up a bicycle from the front desk; grab a helmet and a fitness-focused, curated map; and then hit the streets.
Peddle your way west to Hudson River Park, where an 11-mile bike route runs along the waterfront, or north to Central Park, where cycling is a time-saving and healthy way to take in the sights.