Do you have clients looking for a solutions-based retreat, tour or program for 2019? Perhaps it’s THE year to get serious about losing a bit of weight, learning to deal with that stressful situation at home or at work, or simply taking the time for a general overall reboot. Maybe, one or more of your clients have resolved to use the New Year to become more mindful or spend more time in nature. Tell them the Wellness Tourism Association (WTA) says “taking time for self-care is the new luxury.”
Here are nine options to have on your short list. All are members of the Wellness Tourism Association.
1. 4 Weeks to Weightloss
If one of your clients is desperate to lose weight and has the time to devote to the goal then this 4-week retreat at Hilton Head Health, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina might be the perfect fit.
Their all-inclusive LoseWell Retreat is designed for people who have tried it all but still struggle to get lasting results. Backed by 40 years of experience, the program emphasizes that with the right support, good food and a safe fitness plan, lasting change is achievable. Guests have a personal fitness coach, wellness counselor and registered dietitian every step of the way to help address the emotional and psychological needs as guests achieve their weight loss goals. Kayaking, beach yoga and nature trail hiking are just a few of the available daily options. This retreat runs weekly in 2019 with a new program starting every Sunday. hhhealth.com/weight-loss-programs/lose-well
2. Inspiration for Change
The Signature Retreat, a 3-night, 4-day program at the Four Seasons /California Health & Longevity Institute may be the ideal choice for a client short on time but looking to make a positive change in his or her life. Located about an hour’s drive from Los Angeles International Airport, the California Health & Longevity Institute at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village offers the all-inclusive program on a year-round bases. Along with Four Season accommodations, the long-weekend wellness getaway includes organic meals, lifestyle workshops, health assessments (such as metabolism and body composition), targeted workouts, mindfulness and yoga, cooking classes, and guided hiking in the nearby Santa Monica hills. chli.com/plan-your-experience/the-signature-retreat/
3. Small Group, Goal-Oriented Programs
Whether the goal is weight management, athletic performance, a healthy living reboot or a personal concern this week-long Launch Your Best Life at Canyon Ranch Tucson might fit the bill. Taking place at the tranquil, on site and self-contained Life Enhancement Center® at Canyon Ranch Tucson, the retreat affords a supportive and inspiring 7,000-sq.-ft. setting for small, like-minded and engaged groups of people. Here, the wellness resorts’ ELEVATE program combines fitness and movement classes, hands-on-sessions and lively workshops, where guests learn, practice and experience healthy living with experts in life management, spirituality, fitness, medicine and nutrition. canyonranch.com/tucson/events/elevate-launch-your-best-life/
4. Yoga Retreat on the Beach
The 5-night Yoga & Handstand retreat at the Dominica Republic’s luxury beach-front resort Eden Roc Cap Cana will be led by Melini Jesudason, a popular New York City based yoga instructor, and Virgile Peyramaure an international handstand coach. Each morning, participants will rise for a 2-hour yoga and mobility Vinyasa class focusing on building flexibility through strength, while afternoons will feature handstand training for both beginners and those at the intermediate level. Renee Choi, photographer for some of the best Yogis in the industry, will also be on hand to snap photos. Between class and workshops guest will have time to relax on the beach, visit the spa or take part in a variety of both water and land activities including riding lessons at the nearby Los Establos Cap Cana Equestrian Center. The retreat also includes meals and access to the Eden Roc Beach Club. wellxplored.com/eden-roc
5. 11-Night Weight Loss Program
This all-inclusive retreat at New Life Hiking Spa incorporates 11 nights of private accommodations, three massages, three daily meals, all fitness and wellness classes and daily guided hikes in the scenic Green Mountains of Vermont. The 11-night Weight Loss Retreat is offered May 16 – Sept. 30 when hiking is at its peak in Vermont. In addition, to accommodate the fitness level of all guests, three levels of hiking are offered daily. Wellness classes include topics on healthy eating, Tai Chi and information on how to take the “New Life Home” by incorporating the wellness concepts learned into the daily routine. newlifehikingspa.com or newlifehikingspa.com/rates/
6. Health Camp for Families
Do you have a client looking to give the entire family a health boost while encouraging kids to find better things to do than watch TV and play video games? The once-a-year, week-long Family Health Camp at Pritikin in Miami, offers the opportunity for both parents and children (between the ages of 10 and 15) to learn and practice a healthy lifestyle in a fun environment. While parents are involved in the for-adults Pritikin Health and Weight-Loss Program, the children participate in fun outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, tennis and basketball, and indoors there’s a drum-thumping aerobic workout and high-energy dance classes. Kid-friendly nutrition and cooking classes—where kids learn to make and sample soups, sorbets, pastas, crepes, cookies, and Mexican-style beans and tortillas—are also part of the program. pritikin.com/specialty-programs-retreats#familycamp
7. Small Group Wellness-Inspired Adventure Tour to Italy
As part of their newly launched line of Wellness Tours, G Adventures is offering a 7-day Wellness Tour of Rome & Tuscany with plenty of time for independent exploring or solo pursuits such as a Roman bath/Hammam experience. Beyond the six night’s accommodation, some meals and local transportation, the program includes a cycling excursion thru Tuscan villages, free time to cycle through the Tuscan hills to the healing waters of the thermal bath city Chianciano Terme, a cooking class of traditional Tuscan farm-to-table cuisine, a walking tour of Lucca, and several yoga classes and meditation sessions. The tour will have your client joining an international group of up to 13 other travelers for this wellness-focused cycling adventure. gadventures.com/wellnessor gadventures.com/trips/wellness-italy-rome-tuscany
8. Fitness Meets Nature
Clients looking for an active vacation to boost or launch a fitness practice can go cycling, hiking and kayaking along Maine’s rural seacoast on this 5-night tour from Sojourn Bicycling & Active Adventures. Your clients will spin through lush forests, dramatic coasts, authentic fishing villages and past historic lighthouses. Guests will also have the opportunity to hike to a granite peak with an inspirational 360 degree view. Along with accommodations, the majority of meals (including a traditional Maine lobster bake), experienced tour leaders from start to finish, complimentary use of bikes and van support for a variety of route options, the tour incorporates a relaxing sunset sail on a Maine Windjammer. gosojourn.com/bicycle-tours/maine-bicycle-tour/
9. 3-Day Guided and Customized Brain Health Programs
One of the newest and most unique offerings on the wellness travel scene is LifeWorks’ Better Brain Health retreat now available in the Shields Valley of Montana, 50 miles northeast of Bozeman. This intimate and traditional lodge is located on 300 acres surrounded by mountain ranges and river valleys. Guided by their Chief Science Officer, a Ph.D neuroscientist, this year-round, 3-night, 4-day program is designed for those looking to maintain and/or build a healthier brain, and a healthier lifestyle. Among the more innovative inclusions are daily, scientifically-formulated brain fitness exercises including neurofeedback training. Along with accommodations and meals built around brain-healthy ingredients, the program includes a customized schedule based on an individual health assessment, good-for-the-brain guided outdoor adventures, yoga and mindfulness sessions, as well as stress reduction and sleep management instruction (both group and individual sessions are available). whylifeworks.com
Recommend magazine has partnered with the Wellness Tourism Association (WTA) to bring you monthly columns to help travel advisors sell wellness travel. Anne Dimon is president of WTA. For more information on WTA, visit wellnesstourismassociation.org.