With today’s “always on” mentality, it’s easy to believe that a new trend in tourism has taken shape. Coined as wellness tourism, luxury home owners are taking the relaxation route when planning their next getaway, whether it’s a retreat in the midst of the jungle where electricity is limited or a spa vacation with little to do besides unwind.
Wellness tourism is a phenomenon that isn’t necessarily new, but it is becoming increasingly popular. As more people are aware of the dangers of constant stress and the daily grind, some are taking the word vacation to a whole new level. Here are a few ideas for the luxury home owner looking to get away from it all.
Whether it’s a trip just a few hours away or halfway across the world, spas are everywhere and can help to melt the stress away. Massages, mud baths, salt caves, thermal springs and more can awaken the senses and provide a real retreat for the body and mind. Those interested in an ultra-modern retreat may want to travel to Clinique la Prairie in Switzerland, which features its renowned CLP Extract therapy that is said to slow down the growth of tumors, boost the immune system and delay degenerative diseases.
Yoga retreats are becoming increasingly popular, and travelers don’t need to be experienced to enjoy the blissfulness that comes from practicing as the sun rises over the ocean. The great thing about yoga retreats is that they are popping up virtually everywhere, and they can include cultural immersion to even further shed the stress of American life.
Even in the middle of the jungle, travelers can find luxury and relaxation. Popular locales like Costa Rica and Nicaragua have brought wellness travel to an entire new level. Travelers can not only experience physical activities like surfing, hiking and rappelling, they can also take a vacation from modern amenities and the stress of everyday life. No cell phones in the rainforest. Travelers can wake up to the sounds of monkeys in the forest and take some time to live off the grid.
Places like Colorado, the Florida Panhandle and the upper East Coast are sites to some outstanding outdoor recreation within the United States, but adventurous travelers eager to get out of the country have plenty of options, as well.
Cinque Terre, meaning “Five Lands,” was once one of Italy’s best kept secrets, but it is now one of the most sought-after destinations for wellness travelers in Europe. Luckily, traveling to this charming area of Italy still offers the small town atmosphere that many travelers seek. This region boasts crystal clear waters, brightly hued buildings and the birthplace of pesto sauce and limon cello. Travelers make the trip here to trek between all five towns along the rugged and hilly path that stretches alongside the Italian Riviera coast.
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