Winter Wellness Getaways Around the World

Winter Wellness Getaways Around the World

This is the decade of “you deserve it!" So, what better way for travelers to treat themselves than a wellness getaway?

Located on 340 picturesque acres, Salamander Resort & Spa is the perfect winter getaway for travelers looking to unwind after the hectic holiday season. From now until March 31, 2020 the luxurious property is offering a Winter Wellness package including virtually all that Salamander Spa has to offer including complimentary activities and fitness facilities to scheduled classes.

The full Winter Wellness package includes the following:

  • Luxury accommodations
  • $200 wellness credit per stay
  • Daily breakfast for two guests
  • Access to all complimentary activities, fitness facilities and scheduled classes
  • Access to all pools, spa facilities, steam room, sauna, whirlpool and lounges on day of treatment
  • Salamander Spa welcome gift

Health and Wellness in Plain Sight at Sanctuary Resort

As New Year’s “resolutioners” lace up their tennis shoes and head back to the gym, others are taking a more wholistic approach to wellness at Scottsdale’s Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. Renowned as one of the world’s top resort spas, Sanctuary Spa offers out-of-the-box spa services and fitness programs designed to keep guests active and engaged in 2020 and beyond. From innovative new yoga programs to hiking famed Camelback Mountain and even training with an Olympian, Sanctuary is a launchpad for inspired wellness and self-care. More details below

Triathlon Training – Sanctuary guests can test their limits and get excited about the 2020 Olympics by training with an Olympian. Sanctuary’s three-night Triathlon Training package includes three days of training with the resort’s team of experts. On the first day, Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman shares the best swimming strategies for endurance and speed in Sanctuary’s 25-yard outdoor lap pool. Day two is a guided desert bike ride, and day three a tandem run with a fitness instructor. A power breakfast each morning fuels the day’s workout, while each evening brings a 60-minute spa treatment to restore muscles and joints impacted during training.

Paddle Board Yoga – Sanctuary makes use of its sparkling infinity pool (the largest in Scottsdale) to bring a traditionally coastal activity to the Arizona desert. Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga takes participants through a sequence of yoga postures while balanced on a secured, specially designed standup paddle board, developing core strength along with the mind body benefits of traditional yoga. Adding to the experience are the inspirational views from Sanctuary’s mountain perch.

Yoga, Elevated (Literally) – Sanctuary guests can now experience yoga by connecting with the element of air. Aerial Yoga is a combination of traditional yoga poses done on the floor and postures practiced using a soft fabric trapeze suspended at hip height. The new class helps the body to move freely with less effort by counteracting gravity. Suspension in the air releases tension in the bones and muscles and strengthens core muscles while increasing spinal and shoulder flexibility.

Sleep-Guided Meditation – To break down the barriers to sleep—stress and an overactive mind—Sanctuary offers a yoga program that incorporates sleep-guided meditation. Yoga Nidra is a powerful practice, done lying down, that can slow down the mind’s thinking process, and in doing so release stress and toxins from the body naturally. The class begins with light yoga postures and easy breathing techniques. (In fact, the biggest challenge for participants might be not drifting off to sleep.) Because Nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness, it creates a supercharged feeling of connection and well-being physically, mentally and emotionally.

Hike-Tech – Guests who book Sanctuary’s Hike-Tech package, can document their 2020 adventure on their own GoPro Hero Session. The package features a two-night stay for two, daily breakfast, a guided hike, GoPro Hero Session to keep, and a 60-minute spa service per person at the Sanctuary Spa – the perfect reward for a day on the trails.

Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona Presents New Eat Well, Feel Well Experience

Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona, the five-star luxury hotel that is as iconic as it is emblematic of the Spanish city’s lifestyle, architecture and society, has unveiled a new Majestic Experience: Eat Well, Feel Well. Majestic Experiences are activities and excursions offered exclusively to guests to explore the hotel’s and city’s finest qualities. This new Majestic Experience is tailored to guests who are seeking to kick off the new year on a healthier note.

In collaboration with Alôft Health Boutique, an integrated boutique that offers preventive medicine and wellness programs, the Eat Well, Feel Well experience provides guests with a complete diagnostic test that analyzes their physical health. The tests carried out by the firm evaluates the availability of minerals and elements found in the client’s skin as well as their toxicity levels. Based on these results, the doctor provides visitors with a series of dietary recommendations and personalized treatments that are used by the hotel’s head chef, Luis Llamas, to develop custom menus at the hotel’s farm-to-table concept restaurant, SOLC.

As part of the second phase of the experience, chef Luis Llamas will create a special recipe for the client to take home after their stay. The hotel’s Majestic Spa will also develop a menu with custom treatments based on the results provided by Alôft Health Boutique for guests to enjoy.

Complimenting the Eat Well, Feel Well experience and through the hotel’s Majestic Fit program, guests can also fulfill their New Year’s resolution of staying in shape by hiring a personal trainer and participating in “Dry January,” a trend where one commits to not drinking alcohol for the full month of January, as a way to detox after the holidays. El Bar del Majestic will offer a selection of non-alcoholic cocktails as a result of this initiative.

The Eat Well, Feel Well experience is the latest offering in the hotel’s catalog of curated activities and excursions. Additional Majestic Experiences include racing a luxury car at a professional racetrack, a sailboat journey to Alta Alella winery, exploring the city’s hidden architectural landmarks through a walking tour, visiting the city’s most famous chocolatiers, touring Barcelona’s fish market and enjoying a wellness experience that fuses art, beauty and gastronomy.

Reset & Reconnect: Wellness in Victoria, B.C.

Ideally positioned for wellness in beautiful Victoria, B.C., the Magnolia Hotel & Spa launches a Reset & Reconnect package, featuring layers of well-being within the elegant surrounds of Victoria’s leading boutique hotel.

“We wanted to create an experience for guests that embraces the best elements of Victoria,” says Bill Lewis, general manager of the Magnolia Hotel & Spa. “Being a small city surrounded by ocean, forests and mountains, we embrace nature in everything we do and wanted to share that with our guests.”

Bask in the destination's wealth of wellness options including: a rewarding hike to the peak of Gowlland Tod for sweeping views of the Saanich Inlet with Hike Victoria; kayaking with seals and otters in the Victoria Harbour with Ocean River Sports; forest bathing in old-growth, pristine surrounds with The Natural Connection; breathing deeply in the lavender fields of Bilston Creek Farm in rural Metchosin, under 30 minutes from Victoria.

Retreat back to the boutique Magnolia Hotel & Spa, perfectly situated to enjoy Victoria's abundance of dining options (with ample vegetarian and vegan options too) or simply relish in cloud-like beds and deep, perfect bubble baths. The hotel is home to The Courtney Room, listed on Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants 2019, with a menu honouring land and sea, focusing on Vancouver Island ingredients. Sourcing locally is paramount, and the chef team enjoys strong relationships with local purveyors including Lockwood Farm eggs, Lance Staples – Wild Food Forager, Umi Nami Farm and Parry Bay Sheep Farm.

Also located in the hotel lobby is Spa Magnolia, a retreat popular with hotel guests and locals alike, and flagship Canadian location for Intelligent Nutrients, a 100% organic skincare line – certified by both the USDA and The Soil Association. Try the Himalayan Salt Detoxifying Body Treatment or the popular Hydrafacial.

The Reset & Reconnect package includes: a restful night at the Magnolia Hotel & Spa; access to a selection of themed Curated Trail maps of the city, including new Wellness Map and Running Trails; compact on-site gym and complimentary passes to the YMCA; option to borrow a yoga mat; Sleep Well welcome gift featuring soothing eye mask and 100% organic Angel Water from Silk Road Tea. The concierge team will be happy to assist with added wellness experiences and adventures.

To book, visit or call 1-877-624-6654 to find out more. The package is available from January 14th, 2020 with rates starting from $235 per room / person per night, based on double occupancy. Rates are exclusive of tax and vary by room type and travel dates.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Offers an Unmatched Wellness Journey at Asaya Hong Kong

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is inviting guests to begin a new journey at Asaya Hong Kong, the first urban outpost of its new integrative wellness concept, just in time for New Year. Located within the magnificent Rosewood Hong Kong and offering locally inspired and culturally authentic experiences across five key components of holistic wellness, Asaya Hong Kong delivers an unparalleled opportunity for guests to pursue their personal wellness goals and achieve unlimited potential in the year ahead and beyond.

Occupying 40,000-square-feet of indoor-outdoor space over two dedicated floors of the hotel, Asaya Hong Kong is the largest dedicated wellness facility in the city and features:

  • Innovative and inspired treatments, therapies and signature programs across five pillars of health and wellness: emotional balance; fitness and nutrition; physical therapies; skin health; and community
  • Resident practitioners identifying intuitive and personalized strategies for maximizing each guest’s holistic wellness spanning the mind, body and spirit
  • Luxurious accommodations for wellness-focused stays at the Asaya Lodges
  • Asaya Kitchen serving wholesome, health-conscious food and beverage
  • A robust retail space with suppliers carefully chosen for their work contributing to the local community and Hong Kong’s environmental efforts
  • Bespoke Asaya Ateliers offering personalized aroma, tonic and beauty products

Kick off 2020 in Head-to-Toe Luxury with Spa Specials at Resort at Squaw Creek

The holidays are behind us, but that doesn’t mean saying goodbye to relaxation and self-pampering, especially when guests can enjoy a $150 spa credit per day during their stay at Resort at Squaw Creek; just minutes from North Lake Tahoe, the mountain resort and luxury spa is extending January Spa Specials for keeping the joy of holiday comforts alive and offsetting the stress and reality check of post-holiday life.

The award-winning Spa at Squaw Creek is located on-site at the Resort and offers steam rooms, saunas, and outdoor heated whirlpools as relaxing spa experiences in a wintery wonderland. As we return to a work and workout routine, we need such experiences to jumpstart new goals for 2020. The spa at Resort at Squaw Creek eases the transition into a new year with familiar scents of the holiday season; a Hot Butter Rum Scrub features warm butterscotch brown sugar to exfoliate skin before it’s hydrated in warm vanilla bourbon body oil ($155 | 50 minutes).

For those having a hard time adjusting to winter’s chilly climes, the spa offers a Warm Winter Wrap of volcanic clay and espresso mud, followed up with a hot stone massage in which skin is soothed with warm ginger oil ($215 | 80 minutes). For maximum moisturization, the spa offers Warm Honey Foot or Hand Quench Enhancement: once bathed in a honey-based serum, hands or feet get wrapped in a warm towel for muscle relaxation before the treatment concludes with massage ($25). Another option – Warm Hemp Oil Enhancement - helps melt the muscles with self-warming hemp oil, reducing pain and inflammation and promoting relaxation in body and mind.

For those who want to face 2020 challenges with a more supple, glowing complexion, the Ultimate Age Defying Facial is designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, leveraging powerful antioxidants and peptides to promote new cell growth.

Resort at Squaw Creek is a top winter destination inviting guests to unplug and reset with a day on the slopes and their choice of spa treatment.

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto Unveils 2020 Wellness Vacation Package

A hidden jewel on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, Loreto’s peaceful charm and dazzling natural beauty make an ideal wellness vacation and retreat destination.  While still relatively new on the tourism radar Loreto is a place where visitors find tranquility.  Nature’s energy and beauty draw visitors to this Pueblo Magico (Magic Town).  Sheltered by the Sea of Cortez on one of Baja’s last virgin coastlines, Danzante Bay is a pure and peaceful oasis, an uncrowded retreat where your options are as vast as your views.  

Here Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto, situated on the shores of Danzante Bay within the world’s second largest protected national marine park, offers a spacious accommodations with customized food options to satisfy many dietary needs, abundant activities, and the right environment to immerse in wellness. 

Now through May 31, 2020,  Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto is offering a Wellness Vacation that promises to cater to every guest’s personal well-being with an array of healthy activities and spa services.  

The three-day package starts at $707 USD per person (based on double occupancy) and includes:

  • Luxurious lodging accommodations in a deluxe suite
  • Three yoga classes per adult
  • One private fitness class with a certified resident trainer per adult
  • One full-body 50-minute massage at Sabila Spa per adult
  • One cucumber mini facial per adult
  • Daily access to wet areas at Sabila Spa per adult
  • Unlimited hiking trails (subject to availability)
  • One round of mini golf at TPC Danzante Bay per adult
  • Tax and services 

For those interested in including all meals at one of the Resort’s restaurants, the all-inclusive plan starts at $952 per person, based on double occupancy. 

This Villa Group destination is synonymous with beauty and tranquility, overlooking the Sea of Cortez on the eastern coast of the Baja Peninsula. Just a two-hour flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via Alaska Airlines, the resort is also accessible seasonally with direct WestJet flights from Calgary, and from Tijuana via Calafia and Volaris Airlines. 

Sabila Spa, a 39,000-square-foot facility is set against a tranquil view of the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range with a services menu inspired from the soothing plant and herb extracts native to Baja California.  A complete fitness center is available adjacent to the spa. 

In addition to the activities included in the package, the resort offers kayaking, paddle boarding, boat rides, ATV’s and 18 holes of award-winning golf at the Rees Jones-designed TPC Danzante Bay. 

The package can be booked directly through the resort by calling toll-free at 800.790.4187 from the United States or Canada, or 800.838-2662 from Mexico, or by visiting Wellness Package. Those who book the stay through the Resort’s website receive an additional 5% discount. 

For more information about the resort, visit

Health and Wellness Experiences in South Africa with Red Carnation

With the New Year upon us, the wonderful teams at each of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection’s South African properties are busy preparing the very best experiences that focus on health, wellness and nature.

At The Twelve Apostles in Cape Town, surrender your senses to the award-winning spa that's nestled between the majestic mountains and the azure Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by a tranquil National Park. We offer the ideal escape where harmony and tranquility gently restore body, mind and soul. We are dedicated to restoring beauty and balance through individual treatments and spa journeys, such as outdoor mountain gazebo treatments with views of the Atlantic Ocean, hydrotherapy pools and a Rasul chamber-- which offers a traditional Arabic cleansing ritual through the use of gentle steam and mud.

Already renowned for our amazing traditional high tea, The Twelve Apostles now offers a Vegan High Tea by the sea served in The Leopard Bar or The Conservatory, with views of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Savor delicious sandwiches and wraps, dairy free scones and treats. Chef Gina’s inventive use of dairy substitutes is a revelation even for non-vegans

Enjoy a soothing dining experience for breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Oyster Box on the Ocean Terrace – with perfect backdrop for a relaxed sundowner overlooking the rim flow pool and sea. The Oyster Bar, Lighthouse Bar and Chukka Bar also offer tranquil panoramic views, spectacular interiors, cocktails to die for, live music and wonderful menus with fresh ingredients.

The luxurious Spa at The Oyster Box offers a range of exceptional wellness and beauty treatments. With six treatment rooms and a team of highly skilled therapists, The Spa is KZN’s award-winning Spa of choice.

Escape entirely and reconnect with the rhythms of nature at Bushmans Kloof. Be at one with Africa and begin the new year with the ultimate wilderness retreat at our ecological oasis in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains. Dine under the billion stars of the Milky Way and light of the moon at Embers, a restaurant oasis perched on a dramatic cliff that overlooks the spectacular valley below.

Focus on wellness at the Riverside Gazebo, a magnificent outdoor dual spa gazebo perched alongside the tranquil waters of the Boontjes River that offers pampering amidst the beauty of nature. It’s the perfect spot for couples to enjoy a side-by-side massage or one of our signature treatments, while taking in a magnificent sunset.

Riviera Nayarit Invites Travelers to Kickstart their 2020 Wellness Goals

This new year, travelers seeking “fresh beginnings” should look no further than Riviera Nayarit in Mexico’s Pacific coast. The destination has earned global recognition from yogis and relaxation enthusiasts alike for its unique activities, stays and retreats centered around wellness and balancing the mind, body and soul.

Below are the top places for feeling as good as new in Riviera Nayarit this 2020:

  • Haramara Retreat – meaning mother of the sea, Haramara was named one of the 10 best yoga retreats in the world by Yoga Journal. Located in the hippie-chic beach town of Sayulita, this sanctuary offers travelers year-round yoga and meditation workshops on a natural stone platform overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Guests can participate in private or group sessions in two 360-degree view yoga pavilions with high thatched roofs and hardwood floors, positioned to take advantage of the panoramic views of the lush mountains and soothing ocean breezes.
  • Tailwind Jungle Lodge – located in the destination’s cultural capital of San Pancho, Tailwind is the first certified sustainable ecological hostel in Mexico. The property is the vision of the Jacobi family, lifelong dreamers and adventurers from Aspen, and perks for yogis include meeting two of its members: Judi, the yoga teacher and Tamara, the holistic nutrition coach. Both work together to offer Natural Nutrition, a weeklong retreat that includes yoga sessions, comprehensive and natural nutrition workshops and outdoor activities. Food offered here is made from produce sourced at the lodge’s organic farm.
  • Mar de Jade – nestled between the tropical jungle and the pristine sandy beach of fishing town Chacala, Mar de Jade is one of the most popular wellness retreats among health-conscious travelers. This haven offers everything from retreats inspired on ancient Mexican traditions, to meditation sessions and workshops. The most unique retreat and one of the most popular is the BodyMantra, an interactive, community-based practice that helps participants develop and strengthen self-trust and self-awareness.

Additionally, thanks to its natural charm and eclectic appeal, Riviera Nayarit hosts yearly events centered around health and wellness, like Yoganómada, an annual gathering offering travelers an open and supportive space to deepen the practice of yoga, meditation and breathing techniques.

Riviera Nayarit makes the ideal destination to kick-off this year’s resolution given its multiple wellness offerings that can cater to every traveler’s mental, physical and spiritual needs. For more information visit: