4 BEAUTIFUL WELLNESS HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD
Cover photo: Cheval Blanc Courchevel - Indoor Pool
With the new year bringing new beginnings and new resolutions, wellness escapes are often a great way to kick start the year, to help transform the body, soothe the mind, or indulge in some relaxation. From detox better-ageing weekends to island escapes and winter fitness breaks, these experiences offer some of the best retreats in glorious surroundings.
1.) The Better-Ageing Programme at Nescens Spa, La Réserve Geneva, Switzerland
For those looking to address long term wellness this January, look no further than Nescen’s Better-Ageing, offering a holistic solution to help slow down the effects of time. Nescens, the innovative Swiss scientific brand, was created by Professor Proust (Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva). Completely tailored to the individual, the Better-Ageing programme can address weight loss, stress level management, and increased vitality. Every programme begins with an in-depth diagnostic phase conducted by the spa’s multi-disciplinary team, who specialise in preventive medicine, biological testing, osteopathy and nutrition.
The four-day Nescens Better-Ageing programme starts from 3,200 CHF (approx. £2,422) including all treatments and three personalised meals per day, excludes accommodation. Stay at La Réserve Genève from 650 CHF (approx. £492) per night, based on two people sharing. To book visit www.lareserve.ch or call +41 22 959 59 99
2.) Skiing at Cheval Blanc Courchevel, France
Cheval Blanc Courchevel, the beautiful ski-ski out Maison from LVMH Hotel Management offers guests the chance for intensive snowy work outs.
Operation Cheval Blanc is a fun-filled, intensive training session where guests are pushed to their limits in the incredible mountain setting. The Cheval Blanc trainer will begin the session with a series of indoor warm-ups before taking it outside to the snow, where cardiovascular and muscular exercises put bodies to the test. Then they the workout to the slopes with back-to-back ski races through the alpine powder, rope-assisted pine tree climbs and ultra-powerful log cutting to finish the intense workout. To enhance the benefits of the session, an indoor stretching session is followed by a relaxing pause in the sauna at the Cheval Blanc Spa to release the body's toxins.
Stay at Cheval Blanc Courchevel from €1,770 per night, based on two people sharing on a half board basis.
3.) Island Bathing at Carlisle Bay – Antigua
Island Bathing is the latest wellness experience designed to help restore inner peace while travelling. Luxury Antiguan resort Carlisle Bay is pioneering this breakthrough new offering, which harnesses the power of the ocean, negative ions, and the beauty of the Caribbean to help guests reset, recharge and uplift.
Available exclusively at Carlisle Bay, “Island Bathing” is a new meditative wellness experience that connects guests with nature and improves mood. Guests are transported via private boat to a secluded and deserted island, where a wellness master will lead them through guided meditation and breath work surrounded by the calming sound of gently breaking waves the rustling palms trees and the relaxing sounds of the Caribbean breezes.
An alternative to Forest Bathing, Island Bathing can be a powerful mood booster. Research from Columbia University in New York has shown the pounding surf creates negative ions in the air, which can help enhance mood, stimulate senses, increase oxygen absorption and even boost resistance to disease.
Starts from $725 (approx. £560) for a solo session. Room rates start from $575 (approx. £448) per night in a Garden Suite based on two people sharing including breakfast and afternoon tea. www.carlisle-bay.com
4.) Maakurandhoo bootcamp at Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives
Cheval Blanc Randheli is the perfect place for a new year fitness boost combined with winter sun. LVMH’s Maldivian property features a fitness island – Maakurandhoo, complete with two tennis courts built to Australian Open standards and a jungle bootcamp setting.
Guests wanting to really kick start their fitness can take part in the Maakurandhoo Fitness Bootcamp, the 45-minute sessions are designed with a ‘raw’ approach to fitness, with strength and cardio fitness utilising its jungle environment. The exercises include heavy-weight rope and tractor tire lifts for the upper body, resistance bands for lean muscle training, and hoops for reactive cardio. Afterwards a speedboat will whisk guests back to their villa where they can recover tired muscles with the new Watsu massage, offered in the comfort of the villas private infinity pool.
Stay in a Water Villa at Cheval Blanc Randheli from $1,750 USD per night (approx. £1,294), based on two sharing including breakfast. http://www.chevalblanc.com/randheli