9 Hotels With New Ways to Kick-Start Your Wellness Goals

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9 Hotels With New Ways to Kick-Start Your Wellness Goals
February is a notoriously difficult month for New Year’s resolutions—according to Business Insider80 percent fail by the second week of the month. But while it’s tempting to give up on the idea of putting your best foot forward in favor of keeping that foot under the blankets where it belongs, it’s more important now than ever to focus on taking care of yourself. The good news is, with hotels increasing their focus on wellness travel this year, it’s easy to combine self-care with travel. Here, we’ve rounded up nine hotel offerings that provide creative ways to nourish body, mind, and spirit—whether you’re looking for a day of activity or a complete life overhaul.
By Maggie Fuller, AFAR Staff
Courtesy of Four Seasons Punta Mita
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    1. AntiGravity Yoga

    Four Seasons Punta Mita, Mexico 
    Commitment: 45 minutes

    As part of its new Apuane Spa, the Four Seasons Punta Mita now offers AntiGravity yoga classes under the guidance of Christopher Harrison, the creator of the AntiGravity fitness brand. During the 45-minute classes, participants use a silk hammock to suspend themselves and swing through the air as a way to assist with and fine-tune various yoga poses. Not only is the experience Cirque-de-Soleil-level fun, but the hammock also allows participants to target different muscle groups and enables even the most inflexible yogi to fly.

    Courtesy of Four Seasons Punta Mita
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    2. Moonlight Paddle
    Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaii 
    Commitment: A few hours

    Stand-up paddle boarding and paddle board yoga have been popular fitness offerings at beachside resorts for a few years now, but Turtle Bay Resort is taking things a step further with its moonlight paddle. Guided by paddle boarding experts from the Hans Hedemann Surf School, the event takes place once a month on the full moon. As you glide meditatively through the lovely Kawela Bay toward tasty treats and a post-paddle bonfire, you might just forget that you’re in the middle of an epic core workout.
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    3. Cowboy for a Day
    Hacienda AltaGracia, Costa Rica
    Commitment: Three to six hours

    The reason Clint Eastwood always looked so good in those westerns (well, one of the reasons, at least) was that riding horses and wrangling cattle is hard work. At Hacienda AltaGracia, the “Caballista for a Day” program offers guests the opportunity to experience Costa Rican cowboy culture firsthand. Honorary caballistas will learn how to interact with and care for a horse, from bathing the horses to helping herd the ranch’s cattle herds. The day is capped off with a ride and a riverside meal. If you’re feeling a little saddle sore at the end of it all, you can recuperate with the Rider’s Sports massage at the hacienda’s spa.
    Courtesy of Hacienda AltaGracia
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    4. Spa Safari
    Nihiwatu, Sumba, Indonesia
    Commitment: Six hours

    Sure, it’s a 90-minute trek to get to the private spa villa at Nihiwatu, but after that hiking, you’ll deserve all the relaxation on offer. In addition to the hike along the island’s coast—complete with sweeping views of the ocean—the Spa Safari package includes a full day of unlimited spa treatments, from massages to rejuvenating body wraps, and delicious, healthy meals. In between treatments, guests can enjoy a private white-sand beach shaded with coconut trees or take a dip in the villa’s freshwater infinity pool. And if you’re extra committed to mind and body wellness, the retreat will also provide yoga and meditation classes on request as part of the package.
    Courtesy of Nihiwatu
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    5. Tree House Biking
    BodyHoliday, Saint Lucia
    Commitment: One week

    Your entire stay at BodyHoliday focuses on heath and wellness, but it goes way beyond your standard exercise-and-healthy-food retreat. The resort offers weeklong customizable vacations—but it’s the host of interesting activities that make it a wild ride. Guests will get swept up in the adventure of it all with archery, rappelling, cave diving, and spoga (spinning and yoga) classes in the glass-walled spin studio and open zen deck, both of which are nestled high in the trees.
    Courtesy of BodyHoliday
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    6. Integrated Wellness at Six Senses
    Select Six Senses Spas in Thailand, Vietnam, Oman, Seychelles, Maldives, China, Portugal
    Commitment: Flexible—from a few hours to weeks

    Six Senses spas are coming to the rescue of the stressed-out globetrotter looking for a change. Following various screenings, experts create an ultra-personalized plan of action tailored to each individual client that combines the preventative approach of Eastern medicine with result-oriented Western medical influences. Best of all, the Integrated Wellness program tracks each client’s progress and can be picked up at any one of seven destinations, from a week on the beach at the new Six Senses Zil Pasyon in the Seychelles to three days at Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal.
    Courtesy of Six Senses
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    7. Jameson Retreat
    One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
    Commitment: One week; from May 14–May 20, or October 8–October 14

    Armed with the expertise of award-winning personal trainer Harry Jameson, One&Only Reethi Rah is offering two intensive weeks that will help guests establish positive and lasting health and wellness habits. The weeklong journey to better health uses a series of biometric and physiological assessments to draw up a lifestyle program for each guest to follow during the retreat, including beachside daily personal training, yoga, meditation, a delicious client-specific nutrition plan, and of course, plenty of free time to relax and enjoy the resort and its Maldivian surroundings. For lasting success, guests leave with a five-week aftercare plan that enables them to continue to hone their well-being habits long after they leave the beaches of the One&Only. 
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    8. Tibetan Yoga Week
    Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland
    Commitment: Three days and four nights, either from March 13–March 19, or August 20–August 27

    Reconnect with your balance at the beautiful Alpina Gstaad during yoga week. Tibetan monk, scholar, and teacher Lharampa Tenzin Kalden will lead daily sessions in Lu Jong yoga, a style of flowing yoga that focuses on clearing energy channels to increase blood-flow and improve immunity and hormonal balance. In addition to the yoga sessions, the guests will target stress and fatigue during a Tibetan Healing Retreat. The package, which is offered to hotel guests year-round, features a Tibetan singing bowls consultation, a Ku nye massage, and pressure-point poultice treatment. Guests can round out the week with a Yogic Sleep Retreat that combines gentle yoga and breath regulation to induce restorative sleep and leave you feeling better than ever.
    Courtesy of Alpina Gstaad
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    9. Life Enhancement Center
    Canyon Ranch, Arizona
    Commitment: One week

    If this is the year for a total life overhaul, then Canyon Ranch’s Life Enhancement Center is the place to be. Nestled in the majestic desert landscape of southern Arizona, the Life Enhancement Center offers guests the tools, classes, and experts they need to level-up on wellness goals or simply learn how to live healthier lives. Through consultations, hands-on training sessions, spa services, and laboratory testing, guests can achieve fitness goals and develop healthy living patterns for life. The center is open year-round but offers specialty weeks and events throughout the year, including a week focusing on women and one focusing on brain health. Best of all, guests get to enjoy all the perks of the stunning Canyon Ranch resort.
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