After two years of staying home, it is time to travel and get fit mentally and physically. From nature walks to water therapy, these wellness resorts will let you reset your wellness clock
The Aman group was founded in 1988 with the vision of building a collection of intimate retreats with the feel of a private home. If you are heading to Italy for your next holiday book your stay at Rosa Alpina located beneath the majestic peaks of the Dolomites in the village of San Cassiano. This is a perfect location for those seeking a stay that balances time in the mountains with rest and recuperation. Available throughout the summer season, guests will receive daily breakfast and personalised service from the welcoming hotel team, alongside one complimentary night per seven-night stay and EUR600 ($886) resort credit per room — perfect for soothing treatments in the resort’s expansive spa.
Alternatively, and for those who want to explore the Dolomites, there is the 4 Peaks Challenge where guests get to participate in the region’s most physically demanding climbing experience under the watchful eye of an ex- pert guide. Created by the tourism board, the challenge is intended for ex- pert climbers and allows mountain lovers to completely immerse themselves in the unspoiled nature of the Dolomites.
For sports enthusiasts, Rosa Alpina will offer their six-night Extreme Moun- tain Sports Retreat once again this season, enabling guests to unearth the dramatic valleys and majestic peaks surrounding the hotel on foot, bike or by climbing their vertical walls. The challenging retreat includes a daily morning yoga or stretching class, and a daily extreme fitness activity led by an expert instructor, from high-altitude uphill Sky Running to mountain biking experiences.
Banyan Tree Veya
For a total well-being experience, check yourself into the Banyan Tree Veya Phuket. Veya means “to weave” and the tailored experiences are led by certified multidisciplinary wellbeing hosts. Created in direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Banyan Tree Veya aims to address a world with an urgent need for reconnecting mind and body daily. Your journey to wellness begins with a private consultation with the wellbeing hosts, who are certified and trained in eastern medicine, naturopathy and coaching. After an assessment, a personalised itinerary is created.
Classes such as Ocean Breath and Conscious Grounding raise sensory awareness through breathwork, sound therapy and guided imagery meditation techniques in natural environments.
• Somatic movement: Intuitive forms of dance, yoga and classes such as Balance and Stability that focus on the internal experience of movement to release chronic tension patterns and calm the nervous system.
• Weightless: A new range of signature therapies unique to Veya — combining rehabilitative floatation with body stretch massage techniques and meditational sound therapy into a restorative sensory experience.
• Lifestyle learning: Workshops aimed at introducing wellbeing rituals into daily life such as creative therapies, integrative nutrition and classes such as Positive Resilience help guests bring the retreat experience home.
The Datai Langkawi
Located deep in an ancient forest, the Datai Langkawi is the place for nature lovers and passionate environmentalists. Guests can participate in reef protection activities at the centre’s new Coral Nursery, learn about the resort’s reforestation efforts at the Native Tree Nursery, or discover how to harvest the unique Trigona itama honey from the resort’s sting-less beehives. Explore The Lab which is the resort’s sustainable craft-making centre that is built from over 9,000 used wine, champagne, and liquor bottles with an open-air annexe to conduct upcycling workshops. Poetry lovers book for the Poet’s Trail that features the readings of inspirational poems by Max Wallis, Khalil Gibran and The Datai’s Resident Naturalist, Irshad Mobarak.
Many of these new nature activities are part of the resort’s conservation programme that aims to protect nature’s beauty with a focus on the resort’s operations, as well as the wildlife, marine environment, and communities of Langkawi island. Partner NGOs are regularly invited to conduct further guest activities such as hornbill observation excursions up local mountain Gunung Raya, dolphin spotting boat trips, and educational talks at The Nature Center. All proceeds from such activities go towards funding the manifold initiatives under The Datai Pledge.