Wellness travel is by no means a new concept; wellness activities are almost as old as time but 2016 and beyond is seeing a rise in healthy travel trends from guests and hotels alike. More people are looking for getaways that will revitalize them mentally, connect them spiritually, and revive them physically. And hotels are doing their best to meet the demand, creating a strong global movement for this type of holiday.
Traditionally, wellness travel would include spas, yoga, massages, and general relaxation but now there is a wide range of wellness travel categories for travelers looking to escape for many different reasons. It may be they’re simply rundown by work and a hectic personal life, they might be actually suffering from some kind of illness, wanting to kick a bad habit, looking to bond with others, or on a personal mission to get the best out of their life and themselves. These guests are a potential goldmine for hotels.
8 wellness travel trends in 2017
1. Stop smoking retreats
Going cold turkey is hard enough but doing within the confines of work and other life related stress is near impossible. So taking valuable quiet time away at a health-conscious retreat will help assist a therapeutic dispelling of bad habits and cravings.
2. Men’s health
Even though men are still considerably less likely to visit a doctor than women, they’re beginning to open up and wellness retreats present a less confronting option for addressing health needs.
3. Healthy mind and emotion healing holidays
A growing realization that a healthy life is made up of a balance between mind and body, retreats offering wellness coaching in mindfulness, meditation and yoga are helping people combat burnout.
4. Eat-well detox holidays
‘I’m going on a detox’ is a commonly heard phrase between friends and workmates but how many people stick to their plan? Combining a detox with a holiday at a healthy-eating retreat will assure the traveler gets the physical cleansing they were hoping for.
5. Zen and adrenaline
Two things that may not seem like they go together are relaxation and adventure sports but combining both encourages a traveler to live in the moment and let go of any worries they are suffering.
6. Family-wellness holidays
Once off-limits to children, retreats and spas now encourage quality family time, with some treatments specifically designed for children. These are often treated as a tech switch-off trip where the family can bond over new adventures and activities.
7. Workplace wellness
It’s become commonplace for work ‘teams’ to take weekends away together to bond and enjoy each other’s company without the stress of work. Often, these are physically active trips.
8. Eco-friendly wellness retreats
The affinity with mother nature that is encouraged by wellness travel is resulting in the emergence of more environment-conscious travelers who want to relax without feeling guilty about it.
Hotels across the globe are jumping on this trend to offer guests the same experience even when they’re in the city or on business. Attracting people who wanted to stay focused on their well-being while traveling, but were having a tough time doing so. They viewed it as a complete shift in the mentality of a lot of travelers.
Hotels have now also introduced a healthy option for guests. Offering air purifiers, organic mattresses, antimicrobial countertops, circadian mood lighting, aromatherapy, and vitamin C infused showers. Guests who book these holidays and retreats will receive a podcast for meditation, a tool to help with jet-lag, and sleep, nutrition, and stress management programs.