The New Wellness Movement: 6 Places That Will Make You Feel Amazing
Local ingredients for treatments at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica. (Photo: Laura Begley Bloom)
Suddenly, it feels like pampering just isn’t enough: wellness is what everyone is buzzing about these days. And this isn’t just about going to a spa and doing yoga: there’s a new kind of vacation out there that will give you tools to improve your overall health and wellbeing. According to the InterContinental Hotels Group, which conducted a study of 21st-century travelers, wellness is now key to the travel experience, especially as it relates to the need for more personalization when we’re on the road. And the Global Wellness Tourism Congress said that this kind of travel is growing at almost twice the rate of global tourism itself. Here are six of our favorite new places where you’re sure to come away feeling transformed.
Onda Spa, set in the rain forest at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica. (Photo: Laura Begley Bloom)
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica– Costa Rica
Built into a lush cliffside, the newly opened Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica embodies the country's ethos of “pura vida” or pure life — especially at its Onda Wellness Spa. The scent of eucalyptus and orange wafts through the reception area and the treatment rooms, which are connected via wooden walkways through the rainforest. Most of the all-natural products are handmade by local women at a laboratory set in the shadow of a neighboring volcano, using ingredients sourced in the surrounding area: purple corn, brown sugar, soursop, and even the popular local breakfast of gallo pinto, or rice and beans.
The beautiful and relaxing Wellhouse at Blackberry Farm. (Photo: Blackberry Farm)