From a therapeutic Abhyyanga spa treatment to healing forest bathing sessions, hotels are honoring ancient traditions and embracing new practices to provide guests with creative ways to reduce stress and restore their well-being.
Here's a taste of a hotels around the country that are offering creative ways for guests to relax:
Acqualina Resort and Spa (Sunny Isles, Florida): The“Ama Releasing Abhyanga” treatment, designed to create a balance of elements and soothe guests through echoes of the ancient wisdoms of Ayurveda. The treatment begins with a foot ritual to release restricting toxins, followed by a salt and oil scrub body exfoliation, a gentle facial cleanse, and an Ayurvedic Marma point massage; a warm infusion of oils and herbs that is applied to the vital energy centers of the face and body, designed to release tensions and restore vitality.
Miraval Resort & Spa (Tuscon, Arizona): Aside from its 200 health and wellness programs, Miraval Resort & Spa offers alternative ways for guests to relax in the form of therapeutic art classes. Miraval's art therapist shares the benefits of Adult Coloring by offering intricate coloring worksheets in their Brave Bill Lounge and throughout the resort. Coloring has become a popular form of art therapy and a tool in relieving stress as it helps guests relax and embrace their creative side.
Mohonk Mountain House (Hudson Valley, New York): There's no better place to begin a practice of being truly "present" than the magnificent natural setting of Mohonk Mountain House. Set in the Shawangunk Mountains in the Hudson Valley, the hotel offers “Forest Bathing” in which guests are fully immersed in nature to reap the mental and physical benefits of simply being outdoors. This mindfulness practice lets guests focus on their senses and allows nature to “bathe” them, taking away stress and restoring their well-being.
Rosewood CordeValle (San Martin, California): Set in the stunning hills of the Santa Cruz mountains, Rosewood CordeValle is offering “The 19th Hole” treatment menu. Considered one of the top golf courses in the world, the resort's signature Sense, A Rosewood Spa is appealing to golf enthusiasts with a customizable menu offering golf-themed treatments such as “Walk the Course”, a reflexology treatment aimed to destress a long day of golfing.
Photo: Rosewood CordeValle