Wellness was at the heart of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show that just concluded in Las Vegas this month. Complementing the fast-growing wellness economy that now accounts for some $3.7 trillion in spending worldwide were all manner of wearables that could track movements, heart rates, even predict a heart attack. And those were bolstered by sensors embedded in sleeves, beds, shoes, walls, headbands and appliances tracking just about any activity with connectivity to talk to other sensors, other like-minded peers and medical professionals.
At the heart of the message delivered by one medical authority after another was this fact: Americans are not getting enough rest. More than a third of the population sleeps less than the seven hours of sleep required as the minimum hours needed. not only for productivity but to reduce risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and mental disorders.
And while the exhibition showcased beds that rocked you to sleep and meditation bands that sent delta waves right into your pineal glands and rooms that instantly brought the optimum settings of cooling, heating, lighting and music into tuck-in moment, something was missing – let’s call it the escape.
Meditation bands and smart sneakers can go only so far to bring on that lasting sense of peace. Finish the run, complete the hypnotherapy recording and you are still in the same room, bridled with the same stress. But a trip to the jungle forests of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, yoga on the beach looking over the Gulf of Thailand, a forest walk in filtered light under tall trees, or a massage journey on a beach followed by nothing but the sound of waves can do wonders to get the body back to the place it needs to be.
World of Wellness Escapes
Kurtz-Ahlers offers wellness as a focus of its collection of luxury resorts around the world. While many resorts offer elaborate spas and ways to relax and de-stress in some of the most exquisite settings possible, here are four destination wellness resorts that take wellness quite a bit further for lasting memories and measurable results.
Find this retreat in the foothills of the Himalayas, an easy and scenic train journey from Delhi. The property was a former palace set amid a hundred acres of virgin forest. Focus can be as simple as resting, hiking, morning yoga, afternoon mediations and a menu of healing massages. Or it can delve into issues of weight management, stress management, smoking cessation, sleep disorders and other life disrupters for permanent behavior changes and lasting gains.
Much of the medical wisdom is taken from the Vedas and age-old Ayurvedic practices. Eighty rooms, suites, and villas top a mountain ridge, overlooking the valley below, or the garden and Palace. Ananda is a destination wellness retreat and offers programs and packages starting at three nights.
Chablé Resort in the Yucatán is an easy 25-minute drive from Merida, Mexico’s 15-century UNESCO World Heritage city that anchors tourism for much of the preserved temples and treasures of Mayan culture surrounding. The resort brings unexpected luxury to this area with 38 private pool villas and two presidential estates on the 750-acre expanse. Perhaps what is most alluring here is the resort’s natural cenote, a mystical spring deep within a limestone cave.
Chablé’s spa integrates this natural wonder into its design and brings a formidable list of healing experiences, many of them borne from ancient Mayan traditions.
Koh Samui, an island off the eastern coast of central Thailand is within easy reach, by flight or ferry, for most visitors to Thailand and once there, Kamalaya will no doubt keep you there with its Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, tropical vegetation, ancient boulders, cascading streams, and 1.5 miles of idyllic private beach. The central feature here is the ancient monk’s cave that once served as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat. Some five dozen certified wellness professionals at Kamalaya take care of guests with life transforming programs and therapies.
Naturopaths, doctors of Chinese medicine, western medical doctors, nutritionists, life coaches, Ayurvedic and Thai therapists, fitness specialists and yoga, meditation and pranayama teachers help guests put their bodies and their lives back into balance. And, of course, the Holistic Spa brings sensual pampering using healing traditions from east and west with a menu of over 70 services.
Wellness programs include: Ideal Weight, Optimal Fitness and Sleep Enhancement; Detoxification; Relaxation & Renewal; and Yoga, while special retreats programs throughout the year add expert guidance and wisdom to the work.
Lake Austin Resort & Spa is where you go to keep your New Year’s resolutions about weight management, stress reduction and a healthy lifestyle. Do it all with style, panache and fun at the resort in Austin, TX, where the days melt by in massage after massage (there are more than 100 massage, body and skincare treatments and therapies to choose from) and weight melts off in effortless hours spent hiking, practicing yoga, meditating, socializing, learning great life skills and finding your center. Guests stay in 40 guest room casitas looking over a wooded lake in the Texas hill country, 30 minutes from Downtown Austin.
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