Hotel groups and upscale properties around the globe are adding new or upgrading their existing wellness programs for the summer, and we’ve “traveled” from Miami to Switzerland to bring you the best of what’s to come.
The Alpina Gstaad
Four programs are available: Sleep & Resilience, designed to rejuvenate the body and mind; Trim & Fit, designed to improve stamina and reduce weight; Full Potential, for those in good health who want to move to the next level; and Mountain Detox, for cleansing the body, boosting the immune system and achieving clarity of mind. A 3-night package includes a daily 80-minute spa treatment, a 60-minute fitness activity with a personal trainer, a follow-up consultation, daily breakfast, 100 CHF culinary credit, and accommodations in a Deluxe room. The Integrated Wellness package starts at $3,990 for one guest for a 5-night stay, and $6,695 dbl. Regular room rates start at $553 per night, and include breakfast at the Restaurant Sommet or in-room, parking and use of the Six Senses Spa. For more information, visit thealpinagstaad.ch.
Aman Resorts’ new Aman Wellness concept will be introduced across its collection beginning Aug. 1, 2016. The new concept will feature Individual Wellness Immersions launching at its flagship Amanpuri property in Phuket, Thailand and the Amanbagh property in Rajasthan, India, along with a calendar of Group Retreat Experiences held at a range of Aman’s spa destinations.
The Individual Wellness Immersion experience at Amanpuri offers guests four different options: Fitness Immersion is designed by sports therapists and nutrition experts to improve guests’ overall fitness, and can include activities such as Muay Thai boxing and yoga; Weight Loss Immersion aims to remove the emotional barriers to managing weight loss and includes water-based movement sessions; Cleanse Immersion aims to reduce stress levels and promote self healing; and Awareness Immersion is designed to promote mindfulness with meditation, craniosacral therapy and yoga. Programs range from three to 14 nights, are personalized to each individual, and include an initial health assessment, specialist therapy sessions, a 60- or 90-minute spa treatment and group movement sessions.
The Individual Wellness Immersion experience at Amanbagh is an opportunity for guests to explore the spiritual cleansing discipline of Ayurveda in its homeland. Named after the Sanskrit word for “life,” the program is overseen by the resort’s in-house Ayurvedic physician. The 4-day Ayur Immersion is an introduction to the concept with a complete treatment schedule and nutritional plan. The more in-depth Purify Immersion helps prevent illness and eliminates toxins, while the 21-day Rejuvenate Immersion harnesses every aspect of the system to improve overall health and vitality.
Aman is complementing its Individual Wellness Immersions with a series of Group Retreat Experiences, which range from 3-10 days and take place at destinations such as Bhutan, Bali and Hangzhou. The retreats will showcase the skills of hand-picked experts from disciplines as diverse as tai chi, sports science, yoga and nutrition. Each retreat will include workshops, treatments, movement and body work, health-promoting culinary options and cultural excursions that draw on the authentic elements of each location such as monastery visits or cooking classes. For more information, visit aman.com/wellness.
The Viceroy Zihuatanejo, located on the pristine Playa La Ropa beach on Mexico’s Pacific coast, has announced its Way to Wellness program, available through Oct. 31, 2016. This program is directed by wellness pioneer Dr. Edward A. Taub, whose Wellness Medical Institute developed “The Wellness Solution” based on Nobel Prize science. The program combines meditation, spa treatments, hatha and aqua yoga, plus exercise and cuisine to promote overall wellness and vitality. The package starts at $395 per night for a newly renovated Deluxe Room, or from $485 for a Lagoon Suite, including daily breakfast and a choice of two daily activities including yoga and meditation, standup paddle board, surfing classes, canoe excursions, tennis, spa treatments, cooking classes and more.
The resort is complementing its Way to Wellness program with a Vegan Market Excursion personally escorted by executive chef Eduardo Avila. Guests are taken to Zihuatanejo’s vibrant central market where they will meet local farmers and learn about their organic produce, taste a variety of items, and shop for ingredients to prepare a special vegan lunch, which they will later enjoy beachside at the resort. Rates start at $203 per night. For more information, call (866) 905-9560 or visit viceroyzihuatanejo.com.
Morgans Hotel Group
Morgans Hotel Group has partnered with illustrator Peter Arkle to create a limited-edition mindful coloring book for adults to add to its collections of wellness programs, which are designed to reduce guests’ daily stress and renew their spirit through physical experiences and mindful exercises. The new mindful coloring book for adults features iconic elements from the group’s properties, such as the stained glass wall at the Sanderson hotel in London and the pool at the Delano South Beach. Additionally, Morgans Hotel Group has partnered with Mindfulness Everywhere and their buddhify app to provide guests with access to all of buddhify’s travel meditations, and allows guests to monitor their progress. For more information, visit morganshotelgroup.com.