Each Wednesday, Anywhere Anytime Journeys will bring you information on Wellness Travel. This week, our topic is “Retreat Into Wellness”.
While travel often offers a first-class pass to indulgence, it also provides much-needed space to unclutter the mind, body and spirit. From destination spas to outdoor adventures cradled in luxury, we introduce you to three resorts where wellness and renewal are at the forefront of your experience.
Nature’s four elements are at the core of Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort. Tucked on the northwestern side of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano, the 102-room resort is laced with bubbling mineral pools and thermal waterfalls, with open-air spa bungalows overlooking the fertile rainforest. A perfumed breeze wafts through the wall of flowers encircling your private oasis at the Grand Spa, where you can choose from an extensive menu of treatments ranging from traditional massages to balneotherapies centered in the hot springs. Nourishment comes in the form of indigenous ingredients like a volcanic mud wrap and skin-softening therapies infused with your choice of coffee, chocolate or pineapple and mango. Retreat to the adults-only Shangri-La area at the base of the volcano where six thermal pools intertwine with the surrounding rainforest or plunge into a 100-degree mineral pool with a swim-up bar to sip a Costa Rica Delight — a tempting blend of coconut milk, rum, coffee liqueur and banana — while soaking up views of the rugged volcano.
Luxury in the Wilderness
Outdoor beauty awaits at Sonora Resort, an exclusive Relais & Châteaux retreat in British Columbia. This wilderness paradise on Sonora Island, part of the Discovery Islands clustered off the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, offers countless opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking or simply relishing in unmatched views of snowcapped mountains and old-growth trees. Greet the morning from your ocean-view suite, the centerpiece of the lodge-like sanctuary with expansive windows framed by rich timber. After a breakfast prepared with local ingredients, we’ll arrange an eco-adventure tour to explore other Discovery Islands by high-speed boat, where you’ll spot frolicking sea lions, dolphins and even orca whales. End your sea excursion with a hike through a rainforest of 800-year-old western red cedars. Once you’ve enjoyed your day of mind-clearing adventures, the onsite Island Currents Spa beckons with a treatment in the 252-jet Bouvier hydrotherapy tub, complete with chromo (light) therapy working in harmony with relaxing melodies. Dinner within the wine cellar is just as memorable of an occasion. Pick the perfect vintage with the help of the sommelier and savor it with buttery scallops swimming alongside chanterelle mushrooms and pillowy gnocchi.
Immerse yourself in the energy of, Arizona, at Enchantment Resort and Mii amo Spa. Integrated into the dramatic backdrop of striated red rocks, the resort spa offers treatments that reflect the spiritual nature of Sedona and its healing “vortexes,” pockets of energy believed to restore balance, harmony and health. Five all-inclusive packages address your individual goals, from transformational wisdom to a healthy body, allowing for the ultimate personal respite. A private yoga session will work up your appetite for an organic bite at Mii amo Café, like chilled cantaloupe soup accented by lime and basil, followed by a workshop about the soothing properties of gemstones. For an especially meditative activity, visit the cairn garden, a peaceful area where the centuries-old practice of stacking stones takes place, before retreating to your suite. Cap off the night by basking in the warmth radiating from your outdoor fireplace, gazing at the infinite stars blanketing Sedona’s clear night skies.
Let us help plan a rejuvenating vacation focused entirely on you, made all the more incredible by exquisite accommodations. You’ll benefit from valuable privileges like room upgrades, complimentary breakfast and spa treatments when you choose from our impressive collection of hotels and resorts, so that your time away from home is dedicated to your own wellness and relaxation.
[Source: Travel Redefined, Third Edition 2015]