Health & Wellness
Previous vacation trends centered around cramming as much as possible into an itinerary covered with bucket-list “to-do’s,” but more recent trends evolve toward the original purpose of a vacation: relaxation. As wellness resorts continue to pop up around the world, some are embarking on a new era of science-based wellness, standing out among the paddleboard yoga and mud baths that have become resort staples in recent years.
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
Whether traveling with friends, solo, a partner or looking for something else to do on your already-planned Australian trip, a spa retreat is the siren call for wellness seekers. It’s like all the goodness of a spa day, rolled into a vacation and stretched over a period of time in a bucket-list destination like Australia.
Pre-COVID-19 pandemic, Southern California’s Laguna Beach announced its Pathway to Zen, a marriage of the area’s natural beauty and local self-care and wellness experiences designed to help visitors refresh and rejuvenate. The pathway consists of 12 separate locations that, combined, make up a first-of-its-kind wellness trail.
With more than 6,000 islands total, with 227 inhabited, in Greece, the selection is overwhelming. Which one is perfect for your next vacation?
AT THE SPRINGS RESORT & SPA in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, I’m soaking in a tub called “Lobster Pot.” From the color of my skin — crimson — that nomenclature seems about right. Today’s posted temperature reads 109 degrees Fahrenheit. Ouch. Or glorious. I can’t decide. I take a whiff of the fresh, high-altitude, chilly air and ease further into a watery mélange of 13 curative minerals, a medley composite that ranges from sulfur to potassium to lithium, among others. Submerged in water from the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring, I feel like an ingredient in a salubrious stew.