Well, Well, Well: These Activities Will Have You Longing for a Wellness Trip
Updated: Apr 6
Travel may still be on the back burner for now, but who doesn’t love to dream about doing yoga in the Alps or hiking around a private island in the Seychelles? This variety of on-site upbeat activities from around the globe will have you craving a wellness trip.
The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa
The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa features a fitness center adjacent to the hotel’s Koi pond. For active travelers, be it in town for leisure or business, the fitness center is available 24 hours a day for guests to continue health and fitness routine. The fitness center offers state-of-the-art equipment, and the hotel resident exercise science practitioner is available for one-on-one sessions, which can be arranged at each guest’s convenience. The fitness center also offers our guests individualized fitness treatments and personal training sessions. Additionally, the private hotel has a number of pools and is situated on 10 acres of magnificent indigenous gardens, presenting excellent space to walk around the grounds and get daily steps in.
Hotel Arts Barcelona
Hotel Arts Barcelona boasts a number of onsite active wellness opportunities for guests who wish to work on their fitness while traveling. The hotel gym is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and a team of expert personal trainers are available to help guests in achieving mind and body balance. The personal trainers adapt to the needs and requirements of each guest and can create personalized, individual, or group training sessions. Fitness programs the team of trainers are qualified to assist include pilates, yoga, running, and stretching in addition to the and specialized physical preparation training programs for tennis, golf, skiing, soccer, marathon training, sailing, windsurfing and surfing. The hotel also offers yoga classes on the property garden and can create personalized running routes through the city for guests. Hotel Arts Barcelona also features two pools for swimmers and the property is located a few minutes walk from Passeig Maritim, an almost mile-long promenade adjacent to Barcelonta Beach, an excellent path for running or walking by the Mediterranean coast.
Tschuggen Grand Hotel
The Tschuggen Grand Hotel, located in the Alpine region of Arosa, is known for its uniquely designed Tschuggen Bergoase Spa and the various wellness experiences they offer, including yoga classes. Taking place both at the spa overlooking the spectacular Alps and outside in a secluded spot on the Tschuggen Mountain, guests are invited to begin their morning or unwind after spending the day on the hiking and biking trails by becoming one with nature and taking in their peaceful and stunning surroundings. Directly following their yoga class, travelers can indulge in a relaxing spa treatment or take a dip in one of the Tschuggen Bergoase's indoor or outdoor pools, bringing their experience to the next level.
The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui
Nestled within a private bay on the Gulf of Thailand, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui features a Muay Thai Gym and temperate Swim Reef, perfect for active travelers. Open seven days a week for training and introduction courses, their traditional Muay Thai ring is a great place for guests to discover the revered skill-based sport where, by using eight points of contact, the body mimics weapons of war. Travelers looking for something not quite as high-energy and with more of a focus on nature can head to the property's Swim Reef, the largest in South East Asia. Teeming with over 50 different species of fish, the reef offers guests plenty of opportunities for snorkeling discoveries and the chance to view supervised fish feeding.
Singita Volcanoes National Park
A stay at Singita Kwitonda Lodge is sure to awaken a sense of self-discovery and reflection as guests immerse themselves in one of the most remarkable natural places in the world. Opportunities to retreat, relax and reflect are plentiful at Kwitonda as the lodge breathes a sense of peace and tranquility into its visitors through holistic approach to wellness with the use of warm fires, restful spaces, yoga, meditation, massages, soft lighting and warm baths serve to nurture, comfort and rejuvenate guests.
The Singita wellness philosophy creates an environment for an urban-weary guests to reconnect to nature, revive their senses, restore their body and mind, and explore our African culture. Wellness experiences at Kwitonda are enhanced through the use of local products like essential oils, and available treatments include from sound therapy, African clay body masks, and specialized massages. All treatments are offered in the comfort of guests’ suites or in the tranquility of their private outdoor deck
Hotel Lou Pinet
Hôtel Lou Pinet is a luxury hideaway in Saint-Tropez embodying the bohemian charm of the iconic village and offers guests onsite active experiences. Each morning a yoga class to start the day is offered to guests in the hotel’s secret enchanting garden with the sound of cicadas, a natural Zen sound to help block out other noises that might disturb focus. The garden serves as a majestic backdrop to the hotel’s grand emerald green swimming pool, which is the largest hotel pool in the iconic coastal village. Just a short just a short walk from the garden and pool is an intimate spa and fitness center with a coach available upon request to create personalized fitness programs. The hotel also include a Pétanque corner for guests to have fun and play the traditional French sport at leisure.
Fregate Island has over six miles of crisscrossing hiking trails through the lush green jungle and beach. Guests can take nature walks with Fregate Island's resident conservationist and look for the island’s “Little Five”, including the rare Tenebaum beetle, unique to Fregate Island, or the precious Wrights Gardenia, the first to flower in the Seychelles. On a night time safari, hikers will see the rare fluorescent scorpion. The nature hike is an inspiring and encouraging journey into the island's ecosystem, giving explorers a deeper understanding of the role conservation plays on Fregate Island.
In Setswana, Tswalu means a “new beginning” and will leave guests feeling refreshed after days spent exploring all that the Kalahari has to offer. Tswalu’s safari drives are completely private, and guests can even partake is walking safaris, all done at their own pace. For those wanting to really connect with nature, game trails can be followed on horseback where guests can gently explore the savannah and seasonal riverbeds. After exciting days of being immersed in the Kalahari, guests can partake in dinner under the sky followed by stargazing.