February 22, 2024

Great wellness getaways for Valentine’s Day and beyond

Love is in the air this month, and there are endless ways to show it. But if your love deserves a greater gesture than a bottle of Veuve and a box of chocolate truffles – both great gifts of course! – consider the gift of a wellness trip. A wellness adventure makes a great gift for Valentine’s Day and beyond: give it now and enjoy the anticipation of sharing it later.

Wellness trips for couples are trending, and for good reason. After all, sharing is caring, and if you can combine increased well-being with a fun or romantic shared experience, so much the better. The idea of ​​slowing down and embarking on a rich and resonant wellness journey together is striking a chord right now, because it’s an opportunity to show love – to your partner, a close friend, and also to yourself.

“Wellness travel has to be one of – if not the – fastest growing categories right now,” said Beth McGroarty, VP Research, Global Wellness Institute (GWI), a leading global research and education body for the wellness industry. “Everything from slower experiences, less bucket list mania, more experiential and meaningful travel. Travel with the intention of gaining new, deeper and more serious experiences,” she continues. “People see the journey, not just arriving at the destination.”

Here are some wellness travel ideas that might just blow your mind and your fellow traveler.

La Cantera Resort & Spa is located at the highest point in San Antonio, with beautiful views of the rolling Texas Hill Country. Nature is everywhere on the 550-acre property, including access to Lost Maples State Park, with 11 miles of hiking trails. And it’s not far from the famous San Antonio RiverWalk, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the wineries of the Texas Hill Country.

The property itself is vibrant and full of really fun things to do: with 12 dining options, including Signature, a special occasion favorite with divinely delicious food; a championship golf course; five swimming pools; and the award-winning Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness. But guests can also find many secluded spots where they can enjoy their time alone or together. Thirty-four secluded villas feature private pools, and La Cantera offers SEVEN, a premium adult guest floor with personal concierge, private check-in and a bar.

But when it comes to wellness, the 25,000-square-foot Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness is not only one of the best spas in Texas, it’s also one of the best in the country. Special offers for February include “Float Away with Me,” a meditation-a-deux under the starry Texas sky, on floating beds with singing bowls and tea lights. “Escape Together” (offered year-round) begins with a sugar foot scrub, followed by an energy-balancing and relaxing massage, with a special LOVE gift set from Tara Spa Therapies to take home. The calming ‘Galentine’s/Guyentine’ package includes a signature mani/pedi, a rose quartz face mask and a glass of rose. And if you’re flying solo, try ‘All About Me’, a blissful four-handed massage with two massage therapists, followed by a glass of sparkling rosé. Relax in the Loma de Vida baths and order lunch at the Spa Café. Or linger at Topaz, the adults-only infinity pool. With a wide range of yoga and fitness offerings, a monthly lecture series and multiple relaxation areas to enjoy, you can easily spend a full day (or longer) at the spa, so plan accordingly! Tip: La Cantera is a perfect place to view the solar eclipse in April.

When it comes to wellness, Body Holiday, an iconic, all-inclusive wellness resort in Saint Lucia, seems to have it all. Body Holiday, the Caribbean’s first wellness destination resort, is located on a beautiful private sandy beach in Saint Lucia overlooking the famous Pitons and opened in 1988. It has been an innovation and inspiration for wellness seekers ever since. With 155 rooms and four luxury villas high above the beach, Body Holiday offers a wide range of programs and activities. The schedule at the fitness center changes daily, with up to 40 classes per day, from salsa to beach yoga, boot camp, archery and diving.

Guests can sign up for the BodyHoliday Body Science program, a customized medical assessment in the wellness center, where you can discuss issues related to sleep, nutrition and more with medical professionals. The Spa and Ayurvedic Center (Pavitra) offers treatments with an East Meets West approach to wellness, along with Reiki and Pilates. There is a range of holistic spa treatments with origins around the world, including acupuncture and a range of Bhutanese massages with a master therapist from Bhutan. Five dining options range from the casual Wellness Café to the award-winning TAO, where guests enjoy refined international menus and gentle sea breezes. Be sure to book in advance for the I-TAL Culinary Experience, a Rasta-inspired plant-based dinner at the property’s hilltop organic farm, where much of the hotel’s produce comes from. (If you’d like, you can help harvest the produce for dinner yourself.) The food is unique and delicious and the setting is dreamy.

At BodyHoliday, guests can enjoy floating in an inner tube in the ocean, with a cocktail or mocktail, and soaking up the Saint Lucian sun, or book a spot for a focused wellness retreat with a sleep expert, nutritionist and more. Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed to come back enjoying wellness.

Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome

Rome is known as the Eternal City for many reasons. But I think it’s because you can return again and again and never be overwhelmed by its astonishing beauty and everlasting charms. And when you return, book a stay at the Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome, a curved 19th-century neoclassical marble palace overlooking Piazza della Repubblica and Via Nazionale. The hotel offers the perfect location, within walking distance of many attractions such as the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum. In a nod to history, the Anantara was built above the ancient Baths of Diocletian, and there is a downstairs area in the hotel where you can look at it under glass. You can also visit the ruins of the baths directly across the square.

The 232 rooms and suites of this serene, beautiful property are members of Leading Hotels of the World and have a distinctly Roman atmosphere. Each room is elegant and spacious, with an understated glamor and plenty of luxurious touches: a marble bathroom, a sunny living room, impossibly high ceilings. There are five dining options, and you’ll want to try them all. But SEEN, the buzzing new rooftop bar and restaurant, has to be seen to be believed. The rooftop pool is one of the few in Rome, and the views are simply breathtaking. You’ll literally be at eye level with some of the most stunning roofs and domes in the city. The extensive menu is a mix of Italian and Japanese, with an extensive and spectacular sushi bar. (If you sign up for Spice Spoons, Anantara’s signature cooking class, you’ll learn to prepare traditional Roman pasta.)

Renowned worldwide, the Anantara Spa is a serene wellness haven with a couples steam shower, hammam, infrared sauna and four treatment suites. Thanks to its proximity to the Baths of Diocletian, the spa offers a unique range of treatments inspired by ancient Roman bath rituals, such as the Diocletian Spa & Bath Ritual, with olive oil, honey, sea salt, medicinal herbs and Etruscan mud; the Couples Spa, a sea salt peel and mud wrap; and Ayurvedic treatments such as the Abhyanga massage. There is also Friends Moments, a body treatment and massage intended to be shared with a friend.

O2 Beach Club & Spa is located on a picturesque sandy beach in Barbados, where sea turtles come to nest in season. The O2 Beach Club & Spa, part of the Oceans Hotel Group, is a relatively new luxury all-inclusive (spa treatments are extra) and is an easy place to kick back with your toes in the sand and relax in the warm surroundings. embracing Bajan hospitality.

The rooms and suites are spacious and have a modern ‘beachy’ design. Tip: book an accommodation with an ocean view. Six dining options, including a chef’s table and private dining, offer a range of delicious dishes (don’t miss Oro, perfect for a special dinner). And be sure to spend time at the 5,600-square-foot Acqua Spa, a light and airy temple of wellness inspired by the idea of ​​’wellness through water’, with soothing views of the Caribbean. Offers range from the OSEA “Sea of ​​Life” facial to the “Bajan Body Blast”, an invigorating body treatment with Bajan lime. There is a Hammam Room, where you can experience a refreshing Hammam Ritual, a wonderfully refreshing, detoxifying experience. O2 also offers a range of mind-body modalities such as The Art of Meditation, Yoga on the Pool Deck and more.

The extensive wellness offering includes the new Women’s Wellness Program, with menopause and perimenopause-focused treatments at Acqua Spa, for those traveling with a friend. The program includes the Meditative massage of the vagus nerve, is designed to support women, along with lymphatic drainage and reflexology, which can help alleviate the symptoms of hormonal imbalances and provide relief from hot flashes. The resort also partners with the nearby Bioconnect Medical Center, which focuses on treating midlife women. Pre-arrival telemedicine consultations are offered prior to arrival so that menopause specialist, Dr. Roberta Corona, can help you prepare treatments prior to your stay.

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