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Are You a Wellness Traveller?

Vancouver, British Columbia.
Vancouver, British Columbia.
Wellness travel can feel like an all-or-nothing proposition: Either you’re in or you’re out. 

Either you are the sort of traveller who jumps out of bed before dawn, eager to greet the day with a kale smoothie and a warrior pose, or you are snoozing until 11 (sleeping off last night’s copious amounts of delicious wine and decadent desserts). 

But what if you are a wellness traveller and simply don’t realise it?

“Wellness travel is not always a fabulous massage or facial”, Kimberly Floyd, a Boca Raton-based Virtuoso travel advisor. “It is cycling through a vineyard in Tuscany, hiking in the desert, eating farm-to-table dishes, and being taught to look inward and learn more about yourself.”
Ultimately, we travel to be inspired. We want to connect, to relax, to give back, and to give in. Whatever the specific impulse, we’re all ultimately looking to feel better.
So is wellness travel for you? Of course it is – there is a wellness journey for everybody. See which resonates with you: 

You are stressed out at work and need to decompress.

Most of us have longingly stared at the calendar while working, counting down the days until we could hop on a plane for the next adventure. For all those times when you have been frazzled, fried and just plain finished, your precious holiday time is your long-awaited reward. It doesn’t have to mean a punishing schedule jam-packed with “relaxing” appointments – you are scheduled enough in real life – but rather, simply zoning out and looking in.

“Clients are looking for experiences that help them slowdown from the speed of their daily lives (think digital detox!), get them through a major life change, or focus on nutrition and being healthy”, Floyd says. You likely work long hours, face enormous stress, and simply want to unplug and unwind – a wellness holiday could be your salvation.

You want to jumpstart a wellness lifestyle. 

Whether it is too much (as in wine and pasta) or too little (as in exercise), a wellness trip is the defibrillation needed to get you on track and on a healthier path. After all, many resorts have entire wellness centres, with everything from massage to meditation to mindful eating on offer.

“Often, clients are looking for resorts that offer a multitude of yoga, pilates, and other classes – more than just a gym”, agrees Alabama-based Virtuoso travel advisor Margaret Williams. “Plus, clean food and healthy dining options are a must.” Ultimately, it is much easier to start on a proper path when you are away from your regular routine.
Standup paddleboarding with UnCruise Adventures. 
Standup paddleboarding with UnCruise Adventures. 

Your health is a priority at home, so you want to continue it while travelling, too. 

For some, trips can be an excuse for overindulgence. Not you – you are the first one in the gym in the morning, and the last one practising child’s pose at night. “Many of my clients aim to de-stress, refocus, recharge and reboot their fitness routines while travelling”, says Lauren LaCour, a Naples, Florida-based Virtuoso travel advisor. A wellness retreat is the perfect place for you, where you have a bevy of health and fitness options, and the support staff to help you achieve (or stick to) your goals.

You would like to come home from your holiday two kilos lighter (not two kilos heavier). 

Delicious food is an important part of any trip, but too often we overindulge on holiday, only to return home feeling bloated and out of sorts – with a larger number on the scale to match. However, a slew of resorts dedicated to mindful, healthy eating – usually with a menu of fun and relaxing activities on offer – ensures it is possible to feel satiated and leave guilt-free. Many even offer cooking classes and food treks where you can, say, catch and dine (fishing with the chef before learning how to fillet), or forage and feast (helping the chef pick your veggies before grilling them). Whatever the ingredients, you can choose a resort where the food is locally sourced, packed with nutrition and bursting with so much flavour that you will not even notice it is good for you, too.

Experience an all-encompassing wellness experience at Marbella Club, Golf Resort, & Spa.
Experience an all-encompassing wellness experience at Marbella Club, Golf Resort, & Spa.

You love adventure.

Would you rather wear a pair of hiking boots than a spa robe and slippers? You are tailor-made for wellness travel.

“I have those “adventure” clients who cannot just sit around but need activities!” Williams says. “For those people, it is not about putting together a mindful trip but an exciting one.”

Whatever your flavour of fun, there is something for you – from rock climbing to white water rafting to horseback riding to heli-skiing. A long walk or hike through beautiful scenery will appeal to those seeking light adventure. Bonus: After a long day on your feet, slipping into the Jacuzzi or an appointment for a sports massage might suddenly appeal, too.

For the full selection of 42 Virtuoso Wellness partners, please contact your travel advisor.

Find your wellness at these select Virtuoso Wellness hotels, resorts and cruises:
Lake Austin Spa Resort – Austin, TX
Mii amo, a destination spa – Sedona, AZ
Pritikin Longevity Center – Miami, FL
Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach Resort – Pebble Beach, CA
Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas – Dallas, TX
Canyon Ranch – Tucson, Arizona and Lenox, Massachusetts
Ananda in the Himalayas – India
The Farm at San Benito – Philippines
Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts – Banyan Tree Cabo Marques in Acapulco and Banyan Tree Mayakoba Riviera Maya, Mexico
Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda - Gargnano, Lake Garda, Italy
Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort – Tuscany, Italy
Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa - Málaga, Spain
L’Albereta – Erbusco, Lake District, Italy
Tourism Vancouver – Vancouver, British Columbia
UnCruise Adventures – Alaska, Mexico, Costa Rica
SeaDream Yacht Club – Itineraries offered worldwide.