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Gamechangers: Wellness & Spa

Gamechangers: Wellness & Spa

After a pandemic slow-down, the Global Wellness Institute predicts the wellness tourism industry will be worth an impressive $817 billion in 2022. If you’re one of the many travelers hoping for a mind-body-soul reset this year, our Wellness & Spa winners will set you on the path to healthfulness. 

NIHI Sumba, Indonesia 

Buffalos at Nio Beach Club & Pool | NIHI Sumba

Situated on an unspoiled island 50-minutes from Bali, NIHI Sumba’s thatched-roof jungle villas and private golden-sand beach provide a tranquil getaway for travelers seeking barefoot luxury. The resort’s wellness amenities include an open-air yoga pavilion and an extensive treatment menu, but it’s the Spa Safari™ Nihioka that sets NIHI Sumba apart from the plethora of wellness-centric hotels on nearby Bali. Guests start the day with a hike through rice paddies before enjoying breakfast and fresh coconut juice overlooking a private cove. Once they’ve finished eating it’s time for a dip in the ocean followed by a selection of spa treatments in a secluded, cliffside bale. It’s a full-day pampering experience that blends treatments with nature to leave guests utterly unwound.

Sensei Lāna’i, A Four Seasons Resort

Courtesy of Sensei Lāna’i, A Four Seasons Resort

For travelers hoping to overhaul their health, the customized wellbeing programs offered by Sensei Lāna’i (A Four Seasons Resort) are a great place to kickstart lifestyle changes. Pre-arrival specialists and Sensei Guides collaborate with guests to create a custom itinerary of wellness experiences and targeted programs designed to support lasting health improvements. One day you could try a guided hike through the wilderness of Lāna’i island followed by a one-on-one session with a mindset expert who will teach you behavioral change strategies. The next, you could relax with a traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage then take a snorkeling tour of the coastline. With access to specialists, coaches, and unparalleled wellness amenities, you’ll depart Sensei Lāna’i feeling brand new.


Six Senses Bhutan

Six Senses Bhutan Thimphu

Known as the happiest and most eco-friendly country on Earth, Bhutan is the perfect setting for a wellness adventure. Embark on a personalized trip through the country’s lush central and western valleys, experiencing the rich Bhutanese culture and jaw-dropping scenery while deep-diving into distinctive spa and wellness offerings at Six Sense Bhutan’s five unique lodges. Staying true to the brand’s emphasis on holistic health, each lodge offers wellness treatments and experiences informed by the local culture, from a traditional dotsho hot-stone bath and a cleansing herbal body scrub to yoga nidra sessions (aka “yogic sleep’) and Buddhist rituals

SHA Wellness Clinic

Courtesy of SHA Wellness Clinic

When the SHA Wellness Clinic opened between Spain’s Sierra Helada Natural Park and the Bay of Altea in Valencia in 2008, the wellness tourism industry was only just beginning to take off. This trail blazing resort boasts a team of 30 doctors and leading specialists who combine their expertise to offer guests five health programs blending eastern and western approaches. From deep detox and healthy aging to stress management and healthy weight loss, SHA Wellness Clinic’s goal is to help guests meet their wellbeing goals in a safe and sustainable way, so they can put new tools and knowledge to use once they’re back home.

Mayflower Inn & Spa

A two-hour journey from both New York City and Boston, you’ll find the Mayflower Inn & Spa – an elegant New England hotel nestled in the tranquil Connecticut countryside. With 58 acres of thoughtfully landscaped gardens and woodland, the Mayflower Inn & Spa has been a place for rest and quiet contemplation since its inception, but thanks to a collaboration with THE WELL – a wellbeing hub with a location near Union Square, NYC – the hotel has taken its wellness offerings to the next level. The partnership will bring guests a fully holistic experience incorporating custom spa treatments, health coaching, daily movement class, curated programming, seasonal retreats and sessions with “visiting masters” from both eastern and western healing practices.

*Featured image courtesy of Six Senses Bhutan

"This sculpture is called "Transmission" by artist Daniel Popper. Its a reminder that we are all rooted in love, unity and the divine. She stands a towering 28 feet tall and is located on Mojave Moon Ranch in Joshua Tree. The land is private property, so you can see it from the viewing platform off of Sunfair Road. And take it from me, it's best viewed at sunset."

Reel: @johnofah

There's more to Greece than the white and blue buildings and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. If you're planning a visit, check out these places below!

📍Kokkinopilos. Preveza
📍Verliga Dragon lake, Thessaly
📍Ithaca island, lonian Sea
📍Aoos springs lake, Epirus
📍Lake Prespes, Macedonia
📍Balda di Stringa waterfalls, Epirus
📍Meteora, Thessaly
📍Pelion, Thessaly
📍Lake Zorika, Epirus
📍Mt Lakmos
📍Crete island, Aegean Sea
📍Gistova Dragon lake, Macedonia

Reel: @farawayfarers

Swim or kayak through the limestone cliffs of the Twin Lagoon, a must-visit destination for those traveling to Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It is called "twin" lagoon because it consists of two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff, with one lagoon on top of the other. The water in the inner lagoon is warm and clear, with a stunning turquoise color that makes it popular for swimming and snorkeling.

Reel: @travelifejournal

Take a dip in a series of seven saltwater lagoons located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The Lagoons of Baltinache are known for their beautiful turquoise waters and unique geological formations. The high concentration of minerals in the water gives it a unique buoyancy that makes swimming in the lagoons a unique experience.

Reel: @everchanginghorizon

Watching the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakalā National Park is one of the most memorable experiences you could have. Haleakalā is a Hawaiian name that means “House of the Sun” and is an awesome place to watch the clear night sky and stars fade away as the sun lights up the sky and the earth.

Reel: @girlchill_sunset

Just 1 hour from Shanghai by train, Cherry Blossom Valley is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is named after the thousands of cherry blossom trees that cover the area and create a stunning display of pink and white flowers. The trees were originally planted in the 1980s by a group of Japanese experts who were invited to China to help with reforestation efforts. The best time to visit is typically in late March or early April. Get there early to beat the crowds!

Reel: @cyncynti

New Zealand is unbelievable. See it for yourself:

1. Fiordland National Park
2. A classic backcountry hut trip
3. Blue Pools walk
4. Hooker Lake
5. Milford Sound
6. Lake Pukaki

Reel: @kylekotajarvi

Surrounded by lush greenery, towering karst mountains, and the river flowing through, the Detian Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the close relationship between China and Vietnam. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world.

Reel: @sophoebelous

Escape to a serene and peaceful oasis away from the bustling city of Marrakech at Le Jardin Secret—a beautiful and historic garden where visitors can escape the noise and chaos and enjoy the beauty of nature. The garden was originally built in the 16th century and is home to many different species of plants, including exotic flowers, citrus trees, and palm trees.

Reel: @hypermiggzz

For a magical moment and bucket list travel experience, visit the end point of the annual monarch butterfly migration. Starting in August, the monarchs travel 2,800 miles south from Canada, making a temporary home amid the towering trees of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, where the two most popular sanctuaries to view them are el Rosario in the state of Michoacan and Piedra Herrada in Estado de México. Standing in silence while thousands of delicate wings beat in unison is something you'll never forget.

Reel: @juliiathompson

There's just something beautiful about snow covered landscapes like this popular attraction in southwestern Utah. Known for its unique geology, @brycecanyonnps_gov consists of a series of natural amphitheaters, called "hoodoos," formed by erosion of the rock layers.

Photo: @nathanleeallen

As we experience a couple more weeks of winter, we can't help but dream of tropical destinations like Hawaii. The warm water, sunny skies, and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Hawaii has a vibrant surf culture and community and is also a beautiful place to explore outside of the water, with lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and unique cultural experiences.

Reel: @christopherballadarez

1. @sequoiakingsnps, California
2. @canyonlandsnps, Utah
3. @olympic_nps, Washington
4. @whitesandsnps, New Mexico
5. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
6. Knik Glacier, Alaska

Reel: @nathanleeallen