BY MARK KEAST

According to Health and Fitness Travel, a huge trend in the tourism industry is health and wellness. More and more you will read about the quality of the accommodations and the dining choices at luxury resorts, but also offerings like spiritual holistic detox, yoga, meditation, hydrotherapy, and stress management.

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When my wife and I traveled to Unico 20° 87° in Mexico’s Riviera Maya in October 2018, we quickly found that the resort had all the requisite five-star staples – spacious, relaxing room accommodation, pool area, great beach,  and a multitude of quality dining options. But we had just sold our island home, just off of Cancun, a somewhat stressful experience if you haven’t gone through it. As a property investor, I recommend buying property there, and running an Airbnb or VRBO vacation home rental business, as I detailed here, but it’s not for the feint of heart. So the point of going to Unico 20° 87° was not to get more sun and food and alcohol – which my wife and I already had plenty of – but to re-charge the batteries.

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We tried the hydrotherapy treatment in the resort’s Esencia Spa, followed by a couples Swedish massage, followed by a day by the pool, then a steak dinner and a nine-hour sleep in a King Bed, in your PURE Hypo-Allergenic room (seven-step process that reduces airborne particles, with a state-of-the-art air purification system), with the sounds of the Caribbean. Over 24 hours we had our physical and spiritual regeneration. That was the point of it – to zap the stress behind the closing of that house deal. The next few days at the resort after that initial 24 hours was bonus time.

“Well-heeled travellers look for bespoke and meaningful holiday experiences and that is exactly what health and wellness retreats are all about,” says Paul Joseph, founder of Health and Fitness Travel and a wellness travel expert. “In addition to 5* luxury, these destinations offer private experiences and added value services that can be accessed on a wellness programme. The objective of most luxury hotel brands is to provide their guests with an all-inclusive package – meaning luxury, convenience, and stress-reduction. What we give through wellness holidays are a step further. The life-changing aspect, personal fulfilment and self-improvement one gains from our luxury healthy holidays take precedence.”

Health and Fitness Travel is a great resource for those searching for what we found at Unico 20° 87°. Here is a Top 7 from them, ideal for those people who are little adventuresome, perhaps looking to rest up after another stress-inducing holiday season:

Cyprus: Healing at Ayii Anargyri

Surrounded by luscious citrus groves and almond trees, transcend the stresses of modern life and fall into the blissful peace of island life. Rebalance your mind and body at this serene spa getaway with yoga classes, reflexology sessions and an enlightening Le Sieste floating therapy. Immerse yourself in nature with a mud therapy cocoon and pool treatments fed by mineral rich, rejuvenating spring water to restore well-being and calm to your life. Leave your healthy holiday in a dream-like state of relaxation.

South Africa: Healthy Ageing at Sante Wellness

Take a break from all your hard work while discovering South Africa. Explore the beauty and diversity of this culturally rich and vibrant country whilst reinvigorating skin, body and mind with treatments tailored to decrease the effects of ageing and to promote longevity. Have you tried vinotherapy? This super-charged anti-ageing treatment utilizes blissful techniques and antioxidant properties of local grapes to combat free radical damage.

Portugal: Surf & Relax at Palacio Estoril Golf & Spa Hotel

Situated in one of Europe’s top surf spots, this adventure wellness holiday is perfect for those looking for a summer thrill. Venture out onto the waves and experience a surge of adrenaline and achievement as the ocean powers you towards the golden shores. Any active holiday must be combined with balance and calm. Nourish your soul and re-energize your body with blissful massages and yoga classes at the Banyan Tree Spa, inspired by an ancient Eastern symbol of healing and longevity.

Italian Riviera: Fusion FitnessTM at Almar Jesolo Resort & Spa

Head to the beautiful resort of Almar Jesolo and dive headfirst back into health with Fusion Fitness. Personalize your holiday to hit your health goals, whether its running Jesolo’s golden beaches (watch out, they’re the longest in Italy!), rebalancing mind and body with Tai Chi and Hatha Yoga or tone your muscles with strength training.

Portugal: Yoga & Wellness Retreat at Longevity Cegonha Country Club

Head to the idyllic Portuguese Algarve and reinvest some time into your well-being. This yoga and wellness retreat is enough to help anyone unwind, refocus and connect with both mind and body. Whether you’re a novice or experienced yogi, you will benefit from the 25+ years of holistic teachings. When you’re not engaging in ancient practices or de-stressing with relaxation therapies, enjoy some time away from the rush of real life. Kick back and read or simply enjoy the cool ocean water and warmth of the golden sands.

DubaiDetox at Retreat Palm Dubai

Situated by the Palm Islands of Dubai, this healthy holiday contrasts futuristic ideas and ancient traditions to aid your detox. Make use of high-tech oxygen therapy and cryotherapy, immerse yourself in aromatherapeutic salt bath rituals and Moroccan Hammam sessions and commit to the ancient practices of yoga and mindfulness. A week in the Dubai Sun will leave you with a golden tan and a newly discovered connection to mind, body and soul.

Bali: Sleep Well at REVIVO Wellness Resort

For a warm, relaxing holiday to re-energize over the winter period, get lost on the mystical island of Bali. This luxurious destination is the perfect setting to travel down an ayurvedic path, healing with spa treatments, holistic classes and yoga. Re-centre the mind with nature, surrounded by dense, leafy forestry and the sparkling Balinese shores. And if this isn’t enough to send you home in a state of Zen, connect to your inner self with music therapy, Tai Chi and Tibetan Meditation.

Health and Fitness Travel offers packages to these resorts and many others. Check out their website.

Top image: REVIVO