Worldwide Wellness Getaways

The Best Wellness Getaways Around the Globe

Self-Discovery and Reflection Through Wellness

By Stephanie Durst and Loretta Carson

“The transformational potential of travel became clear to me soon after the trauma of 9/11 in a meeting with the director of a Miraval Spa. We were talking about the life-changing potential of travel and particularly wellness vacations. Coming on the heels of the chaos, devastation and stress everyone was feeling after the September 11 attacks, it really hit home. And because I have health issues, it’s been very important to take care of myself,” notes Protravel wellness expert travel agent Stephane Durst. “I began visiting destination spas, which are interesting in terms of transformational travel because they cater to luxury travelers who want to push the envelope or work on issues, weight, addictions or just bettering themselves.”

UNITED STATES

Many people go to destination spas in the U.S. to achieve a set goal in order to improve their everyday quality of life. “For people looking for a life-transforming experience in the U.S., I recommend destination spas such as Miraval, with locales in Tucson, Austin and the Berkshires, the Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas, and Canyon Ranch in Tucson and Lenox. People often go to these with a specific goal. It could be to stop drinking alcohol or smoking, to learn to eat better and lose weight or simply to detox, clear the brain and de-stress,” said Protravel agent Loretta Carson.

The wide variety of American destination spas also provides numerous accommodation and amenity options for every type of traveler. “For example, at Miraval in Arizona, there are treatments that are indigenous to the desert climate and they bring in a Native American spirituality. Canyon Ranch, on the other hand, is for Type A people who want to work out hard; unlike Miraval, there’s no alcohol, although both offer great, healthy cuisine,” said Protravel agent Stephanie Durst.

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EUROPE

European spas tend to differ from what Americans think of as spas. While Americans usually only stay one or two weeks and are focused on facials, massages, and treatments, Europeans spend up to a month and often seek a holistic health orientation. “Many European spas are situated near hot springs where the tradition of using the healing powers of water can pre-date ancient Rome. Here, the focus is on “taking the waters” and getting active outdoors. Days might start with a 6 a.m. hike and include meetings with doctors and nutritionists so guests can bring more healthful recipes and habits home. Massages, facials, and other treatments are often part of the regimen,” said Carson.

There are also very strong cultural aspects reflected in many European spa practices. “In Europe, there is a spa in Spain with a severe diet while in Italy, the focus is on great food and wine as well as the natural mineral baths, water therapy, and getting outside and hiking in the fresh air,” said Durst.

Three of our favorite spa destinations in Europe:

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  • Mezzatorre Hotel & Thermal Spa, Ischia, Italy: For nourishing both your body and soul
  • Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda, Italy: A blend of wellness techniques that stems from classical Chinese medicine and Western scientific research
  • Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, Islas Baleares, Spain: A spa experience catered to you surrounded by tranquil waterways and tropical landscapes

ASIA

For the most spiritual spa destination, find yourself at the center of health and wellness in Asia. “India is about vegetarian food, meditation, and yoga, as well as the gentle spirit of the people. In Thailand, it is more about massage. The therapists are so well trained and gentle. The cuisine will be local and healthy, and you learn to use spices to make it delicious. Thailand is also very spiritual, although in a more subtle way than India, where meditation can be an intense part of the experience,” said Durst.

Three of our favorite spa destinations in Asia:

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  • Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali: Uninterrupted ocean views gives a sense of calm and serenity
  • Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India: Set against the backdrop of the stunning Aravalli mountains, offers a blend of classic therapies that help you achieve inner peace and a soothing state of mind
  • Rayavadee Krabi Hotel, Thailand: A green oasis nestled in between an abundance of trees using ancient Thai healing traditions

Whether you’re looking to cope with a sudden loss, or hoping to begin a weight loss journey, these destination spas are the perfect choice for doing the necessary self-discovery and reflection needed to achieve your next personal goal.

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