Well-Being

Why Meditation Should Be Part of Every Vacation

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It’s easy to get a little overwhelmed when your surroundings are unfamiliar. Between new cultures, foreign cities and maybe even an unfamiliar language to decipher, no one understands sensory overload quite like the traveler. Luckily, there is a way to slow down when everything is moving so fast, meditation. Below are a few benefits your clients can experience when they include meditation while touring the world.

Reduced Stress when Flying

Airplane cabins are one of stress and anxiety’s natural habitats. Fortunately, some airlines offer in-flight guided meditations for passenger enjoyment right on the back-of-the-seat entertainment console. These meditation sessions are customizable and can be tweaked to help with a variety of travel issues your client might struggle with such as the fear of flying. If your client’s flight doesn’t come equipped with built-in Zen time, have no fear. There are a variety of mobile meditation apps that are only a quick download away in the app store.

Increased Energy

Stamina is important when the agenda is jam-packed with one activity after another. While some people choose to get their energy boost from Starbucks or Red Bull, travelers can also combat fatigue with meditation. Setting aside 5-10 minutes a day in the midst of a rigorous travel schedule can help travelers feel more energized and ready to tackle what the day has in store. Another energy-related bonus of meditation is better sleep. It’s no secret that a solid six to eight hours of sleep can work wonders and great sleep is a powerful benefit of a regular meditation practice.

Enhanced Experiences

Many people discard meditation because they don’t think they have the time, especially while on vacation. But, we’re going to let you in on a little secret; meditation doesn’t have to be its own independent activity. In fact, meditation can be combined with an activity like relaxing on the beach. This is the perfect opportunity to pop in some headphones and run through a quick guided meditation exercise. Or even better, travelers can try to mindfully connect with their surroundings by feeling the sand beneath their feet or by watching the waves crash into shore.

Mindful Eating

Many of us have been there before; you’re on vacation living lavishly and find yourself heading home feeling bloated and slightly guilty. Food is great, but too much of it while on vacation can start to take its toll. That’s where meditation comes in. Research has shown that with time, meditation can rewire parts of the brain associated with self-control. A few sessions of this mindful eating meditation can help your clients focus on making thoughtful food choices.

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Royalton Resorts

Royalton Helps Travelers Stay Fit on Vacation

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Royalton Luxury Resorts has expanded its All-In Luxury program to include fitness and wellness.

After finding that more and more guests placed an emphasis on health and wellness while on vacation, the resort company decided to enhance its all-inclusive experience to include a wide variety of classes taught by professional and certified instructors.

The new Royalton Fit program offers more than 500 fitness classes with nearly 120 each week at each of Royalton’s resorts in Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Saint Lucia.

Fitness classes are offered at every level and include popular fitness trends such as Aqua Fit, Cross Fit, TRX, cycling, yoga, Zumba and more. Guests can also take advantage of their resort setting, partaking in beach boot camps and sunrise yoga.

Royalton Fit was developed by George and Belinda Kiriakou, the resort company’s award-winning team of fitness and health experts.

George Kiriakou has more than 25 years of experience as a bodybuilder, a professional wrestler, a professional fighter, a fitness instructor and a fitness entrepreneur and now leads the sports and fitness program at Royalton Resorts.

Belinda Kiriakou is a fitness cover model and a weight loss and lifestyle coach as well as Canada’s Champion IFBB Pro Bikini Athlete. She focuses on strength training movements and yogic flows to complement higher intensity workouts that provide quicker recovery and effective muscle building.

Their most recent offering is the Boga Fit Mat classes at Royalton Riviera Cancun. The class was launched by the Kiriakous and uses a mat that floats on water, adding difficulty to yoga, Pilates and kickboxing.

Royalton’s fitness program will extend beyond the gym to its culinary offerings. The resorts are also introducing vegan options to all of its menus and dedicating a section of the buffet, Gourmet Marche, to include vegan items, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options.   Learn More about Royalton Resorts.

AmaWaterways Expands Wellness Program Fleetwide

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AmaWaterways is expanding its Wellness Program, bringing activities to benefit the mind, body, and spirit to its entire fleet.

Making its way across the fleet in Europe and Southeast Asia in 2019, the Wellness Program is led by a dedicated Wellness Host on each ship who will lead guests in activities such as group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, stretching, and resistance band training, plus lectures and discussions on topics related to holistic wellness. On shore, guests can take part in active excursions like guided hiking, biking, and running outings.

“The Wellness Program is very close to my heart, as I believe so strongly in the importance of integrating regular exercise and healthy eating into our day-to-day lives, and it shouldn’t have to stop while having fun on vacation,” said Kristin Karst, executive v.p. and co-owner of AmaWaterways, in press materials.

The Wellness Program made its debut onboard AmaLyra in 2017 after years of AmaWaterways already offering complimentary bike rentals, fitness facilities and a walking track, plus a massage room and hydration station available 24 hours a day for the health-conscious travelers. This year, the Wellness Program added six new Wellness Hosts, and it will continue to expand in 2019 and beyond, according to Karst.

For more information, call 1-888-963-8986

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Canyon Ranch Spa

Transformative Tucson: Renewal in the Sonoran Desert

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Tucson is an attractive destination for wellness-focused travelers because of our spectacular location in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, great climate including more than 330 sunny days per year and easy access to outdoor activities and healthy, local foods.

The Sonoran Desert is known for its restorative powers, so it’s no surprise two of the top destination spas in the world—Miraval and Canyon Ranch—are located there.

Sunny days, gorgeous scenery and clean air inspire visitors to explore our many hiking and biking trails, play a round of golf or marvel at the starry nights.   Further adding, “UNESCO recently recognized Tucson as a City of Gastronomy which has led to more heritage ingredients and locally-sourced foods to appear on restaurant menus.

Miraval

This Arizona refuge, a place where the sun always shines, welcomes guests to escape, renew, improve and connect. Located on 400 acres of desert, this property offers a wide array of wellness experiences from their renowned equine therapy to immersive experiences and retreats designed with a purpose.

Perfect For: individual’s seeking to live a life in balance.

Classes & Services: Miraval offers more than 150 complimentary wellness activities, lectures and fitness classes weekly.

A Typical Day: Start your day with an intention and take time to slowly walk the labyrinth. Fuel up with a healthy breakfast and then head outside while it’s still cool. Take a two-hour hike, a challenge course activity, Go Mountain biking, running, or take an easy walk. After recharging with a hearty lunch, take time for introspection. Later, learn ways to boost your emotional IQ with facilitates like Tim Frank, Brent Baum, Tony Redhouse, and Rebecca Saxon. Rehydrate with a drink from Palm Court smoothie bar and then head to the Life in Balance Spa for Naga Thai or Deep Tissue Massage. Unwind with a creative cocktail at the Brave Bill Lounge. Savor a four-course dinner in the Cactus Flower Restaurant. Slow down, relax, and sleep well.

Most Popular Weekly Package: Miraval 5th Night Free Package: Includes a $175 nightly resort credit and unlimited outback hiking, mountain biking, group fitness classes, group photography classes, challenge activities, climbing wall and more. Rates start at $698 nightly, per person.

Insider Tip: Try Vasudhara, a unique service embracing the weightlessness of water and the deeply relaxing stretches of Thai massage. Eyes are shielded to block all light. Suspended and adrift in darkness, this is an opportunity to let go of all that binds you. Floating in heated water, powerful underwater speakers bathe your senses in vibration and relaxing sound. Muscles lengthen, joints open, as the traditional movements of Thai massage and the weightlessness of water take you more deeply into stretches than you expect. (50 Minutes: $285). Want to become a more conscious eater? Sign up for Conscious Cooking where you will learn to use leftover pieces of vegetables, fruits, and animals, to cook creatively and reduce food waste. (60 Minutes: $35)

Canyon Ranch Tucson

Canyon Ranch Tucson is a luxury vacation destination dedicated to life enhancement. Located on 150 acres In a lush desert landscape of Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains, the property features an 80,000-square-foot spa complex with an exercise and weight training gyms, squash and racquetball courts, a yoga/meditation studio, indoor cycling studio and spacious Pilates studio. There are also seven lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, three outdoor pools and an 11,000-square-foot Aquatic Center with an aquatic therapy pool, whirlpool, a cross-training pool with conditioning equipment and three Watsu® pools.

Perfect For: restoration and transformation. Canyon Ranch is more than just a place to relax or focus on fitness; it’s a place to make transformative life changes that last beyond the vacation.

Classes & Services: There are 50+ classes for guests to choose from as well as close to 200 wellness and spa services. At the Health + Healing Center, guests may select a number of science-based services including bone density assessments, physical examinations, lifestyle counseling (including stress reduction, weight management, and smoking cessation), nutrition, movement therapy, sleep assessments and services related to hormonal health, optimal performance or longevity and lifestyle medicine.

A Typical Day: Start the day in the stunning Sonoran Desert with a group hike or walk. Refuel with breakfast at the historic Double U Café. Try something new such as aerial hammock yoga. Gain insight into individual genes and learn how to create an eating lifestyle that works with your DNA. After lunch, meet with a board-certified physician. Spend the afternoon exploring the grounds and walk the labyrinth or visit the Meditation Garden. Enjoy dinner in the Canyon Ranch Grill and end the day with a night walk. Learn how to use night vision technology to explore the desert and the night sky.

Most Popular Weekly Package: During the week-long Life Enhancement Program®, guests meet with physicians, nutritionists, life management experts and exercise physiologists to adopt a healthier lifestyle in order to achieve optimal health through long-term change. This program allows guests to focus on their unique interests, concerns or intentions. Rates start from $7500 per person, per week. *Prices and packages subject to change.

Insider Tip: Canyon Ranch recently added a selection of aesthetic treatments including injectibles, fillers, and eyelash enhancements as well as micro-needling, derma-planing, and chemical peels to enhance beauty.

Frontiers International Offers Yoga Retreats in Kenya

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In honor of National Yoga Day on June 21, Frontiers International Travel and Great Plains Conservation have announced two new Wild Studio Yoga retreats in Africa. These four-night retreats will take place on the edge of the Chyulu Hills in southern Kenya, where guests will enjoy sunrise and sunset meditation and yoga sessions with views across the wildlife-filled plains to Mt. Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak. Trips are scheduled for November 30 – December 4, 2018, and December 4 – 8, 2018. The yoga packages include internal flights, the yoga program, accommodations at ol Donyo Lodge, meals, drinks and activities. No single supplement charge applies.

Guests will enjoy luxury accommodations, guiding, service and cuisine at the ol Donyo Lodge. A member of both Relais & Chateaux and National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the sustainable lodge offers seven suites built into the rock of surrounding volcanic lava flows, each with private plunge pools and rooftop star beds.

The retreat program will include sunrise yoga, workshops that further guests’ yoga knowledge, sunset meditation and/or restorative yoga practice. Sessions will be led by Binita Shah, a conservationist and yoga teacher who has been practicing for over 10 years. Shah currently runs Hatha yoga classes for adults as well as therapy yoga covering back pain, stress and anxiety. Each class is planned so that the student understands the benefits of yoga postures and walk away with new information.

In between these yoga sessions there will be adapted activities that the lodge normally offers, including silent, guided walking safaris, horse riding, cycling and exploration of lava tunnels. Day and night game drives are also available. Guests can add on a safari, gorilla trek or beach holiday in East Africa that will allow further exploration of the cultures, wildlife and landscapes of this part of the world.

Non yoga-participating partners are also welcome and can enjoy any of the lodge activities and can dip into or out of any of the activities the yoga group will be doing.

(Courtesy of Frontiers International Travel)

Chileno Bay Resort Launches New Wellness Initiative

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For your health-conscious clients heading to Los Cabos, the new Baja Balance program at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auger Resorts Collection will make sure they don’t skip a beat in reaching or maintaining their fitness and wellness goals.

Baja Balance is a resort-wide wellness initiative optimizing health for the mind, body, and spirit through instructor-led weekend retreats and ongoing programming and activities focused on fitness, culinary, and spa experiences.

“Our new Baja Balance program was a natural progression of what the resort has been doing since day one, bringing together Cabo’s natural energy with the active lifestyle that is at the core of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences,” said Eliezer Quinones, general manager of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, in press materials.

Baja Balance introduces a new wave of fitness offerings at Chileno Bay Resort including group workout classes such as TRX, yoga, Zumba, spinning, and a beach boot camp. Healthy culinary options are another key component of Baja Balance, which offers an array of fresh and locally sourced food options that are available at TnT and COMAL, two of the onsite restaurants. The program also offers wellness-focused children’s activities, to allow all members of your client’s family to stay on track during their vacation.  Learn more about Chileno Bay Resort & Residences.

 

 

Article by: Jessica Poitevien

Top 10 Wellness Destinations in the US

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Top 10 Wellness Destinations in the US

1. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is best known for its photogenic red rock formations and plentiful hiking opportunities. However, the desert oasis is also ideal for relaxation and reflection. Learn about Sedona’s healing vortexes and spiritual properties on a one-on-one or small group soul tour.

2. Hawley, Pennsylvania

This charming borough sits on the Lackawaxen River in northeastern Pennsylvania and is a great place to decompress outdoors as its home to a handful of lakes, including Lake Wallenpaupack, the third-largest man-made lake in the state.

3. Ojai, California

Head northwest of Los Angeles to discover the charming city of Ojai. Nestled in a scenic valley in the Topatopa Mountains, visitors will uncover peaceful village vibes and likely feel brand new after exploring its picturesque hills and orchards.

4. Amelia Island, Florida

Amelia Island can be found just northeast of Jacksonville near the Florida-Georgia border. The underrated seaside destination is home to some of the country’s most relaxing beaches and top luxury resorts. Visitors can also recharge physically with healthy made-from-scratch meals from Burlingame Restaurant in Fernandina Beach.

5. Calistoga, California

Located in Napa Valley, Calistoga has everything you need to feel completely relaxed, including natural hot springs, mud baths and wineries. Begin your calming experience at MoonAcre Spa and Baths, one of the nation’s most luxurious.

6. Lenox, Massachusetts

This western Massachusetts small town is ideal for a harmonious New England getaway. Visitors can rejuvenate their mind, body and soul at the Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort without breaking the bank with nightly rates under $180.

7. Palm Springs, California

If sunshine makes you happy, Palm Springs is guaranteed to put you in a better mood. The desert destination receives more than 350 days of sunshine per year and is home to countless pools that will help inspire your digital detox. Palm Springs is also great for those looking to avoid summer crowds.

8. Park City, Utah

Park City is renowned for its world-class skiing and spas. It’s also home to dozens of healthy restaurants and the scenic Union Pacific Rail Trail, which is perfect for a relaxing stroll.

9. Stowe, Vermont

Vermont’s most charming mountain town oozes tranquility no matter the season and the four-star Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa in downtown Stowe will serve as a cozy base camp throughout your wellness retreat.

10. Wailea, Hawaii

Visitors to Wailea can do their yoga and meditation above the ocean on a paddle board, snorkel their stress away on one of Maui’s best beaches—Keawakapu—and unwind at the blissful Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

5 Reasons to Come to Miraval this Summer

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SUMMER AT MIRAVAL

1. Incredible Full Moon Experiences
Tucson is the star gazing capital of the country and nowhere do the stars or full moon shine more brilliantly than at Miraval. For a one-of-a-kind celestial experience, enjoy special featured activities like Twilight Zip Line or Zodiac Star Gazing, only offered throughout the summer.

2. It’s Not as Hot as You Think
Think about it… 85 degrees and 85% humidity? Or 100 degrees and 12% humidity? You’ll be surprised at which is more comfortable. Outdoor adventure programs are offered in the cool early mornings and afternoons are spent in the pool, spa or in an air conditioned activity room.

3. Take The Plunge with Water Experiences
Miraval offers a refreshing array of unique activities and spa services that take place in our three on-property pools. Experience our new Boga Board classes, Aqua Zen, Vasudhara (a new Miraval exclusive spa offering blending Thai massage and pulsating underwater surround sound, or the Water Lotus Ceremony featuring Tibetan Singing Bowls.

4. Witness a Miraval Monsoon
If you’re lucky, you’ll experience Tucson’s Fifth Season, the summer monsoons. They often roll in late afternoons where you can take in the renewal and beauty of nature’s unique spectacle.

5. The Lowest Rates of the Year
The Summer Experience package offers great rates and includes complete access to Miraval’s Life in Balance Spa, all healthful meals and unlimited participation in daily yoga, meditation, fitness classes, outback hiking, challenge courses, group photography classes and healthy living lectures by Miraval well-being specialists, and much more.

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Stay Active at Couples Resorts

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Just because you or your client is on vacation doesn’t mean the workout routine should suffer.

At Couples Resorts, guests can indulge while also finding numerous ways to remain an active lifestyle. These all-inclusive luxury properties in Jamaica feature stunning views as well activities to keep you moving.

Whether you’re staying at Couples Negril, Couples Swept Away, Couples Tower Isles or Couples San Souci, here are some fun ways to stay active.

Stay Fit

Couples Resorts feature fully equipped fitness centers, as well as land sports like tennis and golf.

For the major fitness lovers out there, Couples Swept Away in Negril, Jamaica has a 10-acre sports and fitness complex, complete with tennis courts, squash courts, racquetball courts, a basketball court, a fully stocked gym, a 25-meter lap pool, an outdoor jogging track and more!

Lessons and training sessions are included, so be sure to let Couples know how important fitness is to you or your client.

Water Activities

Another great way to stay active is through watersports.

Guests can swim laps in the pool, try their hand at kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing or pedalos, which is a two-person paddle boat.

You can always run along the beach for a great workout while your partner is out in the water if watersports just aren’t your thing.

Excursion Tours

Stay active while you explore Jamaica with one of the many excursions Couples Resorts offers. You don’t have to stay at the resort just to remain active.

Try zip-lining through the rainforest or go horseback riding along a mountain trail or along the beach.

Other fun excursions include swimming with dolphins, riding 4×4 vehicles and the ultimate kayak tour, which includes kayaking, hiking and zip lining.

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Barefoot Elegance: How Couples Stands Out in Jamaica

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Despite the emergence of an array of new brands and products among all-inclusive resort properties, Couples Resorts stands out among the pack as the only brand whose very name is synonymous with the clientele it accommodates: couples seeking romantic getaways where they can create memories that will linger far beyond the vacation’s end.

In all, the brand has four Jamaican properties: two in Negril (Couples Negril and Couples Swept Away) and two in Ocho Rios (Couples Tower Isles and Couples Sans Souci). Guests enjoy 24-hour gourmet dining and unlimited premium-brand spirits and complimentary Wi-Fi, plus special activities including a sunset catamaran cruise excursion, water skiing, Hobie Cat sailing, golf, tennis, non-motorized water sports and unlimited PADI-Certified Scuba diving.

Couples Q&A

What distinguishes Couples Resorts from the other all-inclusive properties and brands?

Couples Resorts defined the all-inclusive experience in 1978 and we are constantly refining it. From our founding, our intent has been to deliver a level of barefoot elegance, amazing cuisine and almost limitless inclusions designed to delight and surprise our guests day in and day out.

Our product is so unique and occupies a niche within Jamaica’s product offerings that is very appealing—to our first-time guests, our large percentage of repeat guests and to me. We are not the largest, nor do we want to be. We offer an experience, a way of life that is truly Jamaican. We are authentic to our core. All we have to do, as a sales and marketing team, is provide the exposure. As one of the prior Jamaica Advertising campaigns stated, ‘Once you go, you know.’ Find someone that has experienced Couples first-hand and you’ll see the delight in their eyes.

Whether you are the GM, the president of a large tour operator, a travel agent who works out of the home or the front desk agent who welcomes a guest to a property, our goal is to deliver an amazing experience that is above anything ever anticipated. Everything that we do must be focused on the guest experience, which in turn produces a product that is second-to-none.

How does Couples Resorts work with travel agents?

From our founding, the success of the Couples brand has been directly tied to the success of thousands of travel agents across the globe. Travel agent partnerships are a key part of our DNA. And with one of the most attractive agent incentive programs in the industry, we are working on future initiatives that will be even more rewarding.

In your view, what are Couples Resorts strong selling points—in terms of what guests will enjoy most?

Family—which may seem like an odd reply. We pride ourselves by saying, ‘We never have guests, we have family.’ Our property teams and countless guest volunteers work year-around to give back to the country of Jamaica through medical missions and adopting schools. Lee Issa, our chairman, with the soul of Jamaica pumping through his veins, is on property every day for hours, mixing and talking to countless guests. Our staff has developed countless bonds through the years with thousands of guests, each time welcoming them back by name.

Lee Issa, our chairman—with the soul of Jamaica pumping through his veins—is on property every day for hours, mixing and talking to countless guests. Our staff has developed countless bonds through the years with thousands of guests, each time welcoming them back by name. Our property teams and countless guest volunteers work year-around to give back to the country of Jamaica through medical missions and adopting schools.

How would you describe the typical Couples guest in terms of demographics and vacation styles?

First and foremost, our guests are anything but typical and range across all demographics. We have many guests from many walks of life, and they all come together for ‘One Love’ of Jamaica, and its people and a resort experience that is unique and unmatched … to celebrate a marriage or renew vows—the list goes on and on.