After a holiday focused on making you feel at your best?
Well you’re not alone! Wellbeing escapes are the hottest thing right now with the wellness tourism industry booming. Recent figures show it’s currently a $480 billion market, which is going to skyrocket to $750 billion by 2017.
Speaking to News Life Media, Susie Ellis, chairman and CEO of Global Spa & Wellness Summit said due to the rise of chronic diseases and stress levels, they’re seeing “millions more each year are demanding destinations that deliver physical, emotional, spiritual and environmental health – along with enjoyment”.
With more and more wellbeing escapes popping up for travellers to choose from – where do you begin? As you’re investing in your health, you want to ensure you’re getting the best treatment and your monies worth.
So we spoke with wellness travel experts, Healing Holidays to get their best wellness holiday recommendations.
Below are their top choices in yoga, medical spa, holistic healing, fitness and pampering wellbeing escapes:
Best for Yoga: Absolute Sanctuary, Thailand
One of the best ways to enjoy a relaxing wellness break is to combine it with a yoga retreat. Not only will yoga keep you fit, it’s also a great way to de-stress.
One of our favourite yoga holidays is the Yoga Programme offered by Absolute Sanctuary where you’ll find some of the best yoga in all of Asia – this is the place where yoga teachers themselves come to train.
During your stay you’ll benefit from sessions in all different types of yoga, as well as meditation, Pilates, and massages to ensure you enjoy a well-rounded and calming holiday.
Best for Medical Spa: SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
For those looking to improve their health and wellbeing, a stay at a medical spa such as SHA Wellness Clinic is sure to do the trick.
Offering various treatments from weight loss, healthy eating to quitting smoking, whatever you wish to improve, at SHA you’re more than likely to find a programme to help.
With stunning sea views and a sleek, contemporary feel throughout the clinic, a stay at SHA is sure to provide you with a restful break as well as a solution to any health problems.
Best for Holistic Healing: Vana Malsi Estate, India
If you prefer a more holistic approach to healing than that taken at a medical spa, then a stay at Vana Malsi Estate should be on the cards.
Voted as the ‘most life-changing retreat’ by Condé Nast Traveller this year, those seeking a wellness holiday that will make a real difference in their life, look no further than this retreat.
Offering a personalised programme tailored to your needs and goals, expect to benefit from Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, Tibetan healing, and many other kinds of treatments to ensure you leave feeling happier and healthier.
Best for Fitness: EPIC SANA Algarve, Portugal
The sheer number of fitness retreats on offer at EPIC SANA Algarve make this resort the perfect place for those seeking an active wellness break.
For those looking for something intense, opt for the Sayanna EPIC Bootcamp where you’ll be put through your paces in personal and group workouts, or if you seek something a little different go for the SUP Water Fitness programme which uses stand-up paddle boarding as a method of getting fit.
Located right along the stunning Algarve coast, after your workout go and relax on the soft sandy beach, where better to enjoy a wellness holiday?
Best for Pampering: Amilla Fushi, Maldives
For those after the ultimate pampering holiday, you can’t do much better than the laid back luxury of Amilla Fushi. Perched on a secluded island in the sunny Maldives, the sparkling turquoise waters and powdery white sands provide the perfect backdrop for a holiday of complete and utter relaxation.
Head to the Javvu Spa and find a fantastic selection of treatments and massages to indulge in. Also there are numerous dining options and facilities on offer, and not to mention the plush accommodation to enjoy during your blissful break.
Have you been on a wellness holiday? Tell us your favourite wellbeing escapes to experience!