Wellness holidays are among the strongest growing branches of the travel industry. Since 2010, Australia’s health and wellness industry has grown on average 4.7 percent, as estimated by a market research done by company IBIS world. They state that Australia has generated more than $387 million from this branch of the travel industry. Surprisingly, more and more men are looking for relaxing getaways to relieve of work-related stress and exhaustion. Another emerging trend are programs that help with sleep disorders, as well as hotels which take wellness beyond the spa, offering natural amenities, health dining and allergen-free linens. Still, wellness travellers are often confused among so many offerings, and more importantly, not all resorts suit everybody. Here’s an overview of selected retreats for a perfect wellness getaway.
COMO Parrot Cay – Turks & Caicos
With more than 1,000 acres of unspoilt tropical paradise, this private island offers miles of soft white beach outlined with turquoise lagoons and lush interior wetlands. The resort is just 35 minutes by boat from the private marina on the main island. With a healthy mix of daily explorations and serene spa sessions, it shouldn’t surprise that this resort is in the top of the travellers’ lists. The holistic approach with especially created wellness paths combines key treatments that achieve effective results during your stay. Overlooking the North Caicos Channel are nine treatment rooms including double massage rooms, an outdoor Jacuzzi garden, Japanese baths and a Pilates studio.
Amanpuri – Thailand
Located on Phuket’s West Coast and hidden within a former coconut plantation, the resort offers stunning views on the glittering Andaman Sea. Its first-class facilities, exceptional service and dedicated team make it an ultimate destination for rejuvenating wellness holidays. Amanpuri wellness approach is based on reveal processes that purify body and soul and nourish it from within. The treatments aim to uncover and address the root cause of the ailment or stress, and despite its busy seasons, all the guests receive outstanding tailored attention. In a peaceful haven surrounded by palm trees, six bright and spacious Thai-inspired pavilions include a private steam room, bath and outdoor meditation area.
Six Senses Zighy Bay – Oman
In a car-free environment nestled between the spectacular mountains and a secluded bay of the Musandam peninsula, the property is navigated by narrow passages and palm-strewn roads, offering a quiet and calm atmosphere. A nearby picturesque fishing village is only a stroll away, while the resort can be reached from the bustling capital of Oman in a 90 minute drive. Zighy Bay’s wellness team have perfected specialist treatments, relaxation techniques and locally inspired therapies to recharge your batteries and release your tension. A combination of wellness activities and natural product treatments stimulate your energy flow and balance your senses, which all leads to a happier life.
Byron at Byron Bay – Australia
Sprawling among 45 acres of subtropical rainforest only minutes away from the iconic melting pot of Byron town, Byron at Byron is an intimate resort of beautiful styled and self-contained suites that strike the fine balance between authenticity and luxury. Their exclusive range of treatments include indulgent heated stone and traditional Hawaiian massage, as well as vigorous muscle-focused sessions catered especially to men. A perfect place to unwind, relax, rejuvenate and escape from stresses of everyday life, this Byron Bay accommodation prides itself with pristine coastline that provides a multitude of water activities such as stand up paddling, surfing and whale watching.
Pokhara, Kathmandu – Nepal
For those looking for a more adventurous and active wellness holiday, a spiritual trip to Himalayas that includes practicing yoga, meditation and trekking the breathtaking scenery of the roof of the world, just might be the experience of a lifetime. Feel all your negativity and stress being cast away through calming and holistic benefits of yoga and meditation in a country of exceptional natural beauty and incredible biodiversity. The package includes accommodations at hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, from which the group embarks on a 9-day trek with experienced guides, during which the overnight accommodation is provided in trail lodges. The four- to five-hour daily treks take you along river banks, through forests of rhododendron, and local villages, with all meals included for the duration of the trek.
Wellness is a multi-billion-dollar industry driven by the aging baby boomer generation who have fully embraced the benefits of healthy living. Since Australians are among the most wellness-savvy nations with access to excellent spa treatments, yoga and fitness instructors, the resorts listed here are bound to deliver exceptional experience beyond what you’d normally find at home.