In our over-stimulated, interconnected and overworked world, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly switch off and focus wholly on our wellbeing. According to a survey conducted by FlexJobs, 75% of workers in the United States have experienced burnout and 40% have felt the effects of burnout during the pandemic in particular.
What’s more is that burnout isn’t something that can quickly be resolved or cured, and its effects can be felt due to multiple factors. What’s clear is that the world needs to start prioritizing wellness not only to boost productivity and positivity but to ensure the fundamental happiness and safety of everyone.
Wellness can seem like a sweeping umbrella term but it’s important that individuals have the opportunity to disconnect from the outer world and its constant drum of distractions. We all need to reconnect with the inner workings of our minds and bodies to re-energize and realign priorities and perspectives.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best, all-encompassing wellness experiences at our Regenerative Hotels™ to inspire you to treat yourself and your loved ones to a truly restorative experience that can reinstate your wellbeing and transform your outlook for the better.
1. Future Found Sanctuary – Signature Whole-Being Experiences
Set in the foothills of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, Future Found Sanctuary is a powerful retreat granting guests the opportunity to overhaul the entire self and regenerate their way of being.
The extended team includes a chef, nutritionist, sleep scientist and biokineticist to help analyze and improve every aspect of the self. From hikes to sound healing, conscious breathwork to acupuncture, Future Found Sanctuary tailors stays to each individual’s personal needs and desires for an improved sense of wellbeing. With the magical and historic setting of one of Africa’s most iconic mountains as the backdrop, it’s impossible to return from a Future Found Sanctuary retreat without feeling a profound sense of whole-hearted reinvigoration.
2. Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – Kallos Spa
Andronis Concept’s serene Greek setting immediately invites you to block out external stimulations and relax into tranquility. The hotel sits in the picturesque clifftop village of Imerovigli on Santorini island and overlooks the Aegean Sea’s changing façade, from beaming midday sunlight to the calming apricot hues of sunset.
The central pillar of Andronis Concept’s wellness experiences is the hotel’s immersive Kallos Spa. Fusing the traditions of Eastern and Western philosophies, Kallos Spa unites mind, body and spirit to rejuvenate the entire being. Expert Dr Zulia Frost has trained the spa staff to conduct a unique screening program to provide a full wellness profile based on a non-invasive bio-energetic approach. This forms the basis of an entire well-being program meticulously aligned with your needs and includes lifestyle and nutrition advice based on personal stress levels and specific desires for change.
Through the power of science and scents, the Spa Director tastefully created the ‘thoughtful three’ Wellness Pillars; Be Destressed, Be Rested and Be Balanced. Mind, mood, and wellbeing are at the heart of the treatments, which bring you an original combination of experiences unique to each of the spa’s environments while still capturing the essence of the Andronis spirit. Elements of the wellness approach can include experiences like Kundalini dance, aerial yoga, sound healing, water therapy and honing in on mindful eating practices and how best to prepare for restful sleep.
3. Bliss & Stars – Star Bathing
Hidden between the rocks and peaks of the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa, Bliss & Stars is a wilderness retreat designed to help you slow down and bask in presence and stillness.
Offering several retreats throughout the year, Bliss & Stars is expertly-led by a mindfulness expert and astronomer couple. Having left their high-paced, overstimulated urban life behind, the duo now welcomes guests to join them at their tranquil mountain retreat.
One of the retreats they frequently run focuses on the mindful art of star bathing. This is a 3-night experience that reconnects you with nature and the vastness of the universe. During the retreat, you’re invited to observe the night sky as indigenous bushmen saw it—far from disturbing light pollution and urban noise. You’ll be guided on night hikes and stargazing sessions, tapping into all five of your senses. Star bathing is a humbling way to reconfigure how we view ourselves in relation to the elements.
4. The Datai Langkawi – Malay Wellness Journey
A 10 million-year-old rainforest on the Malaysian island of Langkawi is home to the tropical Datai Langkawi. With lush foliage engulfing the property and sweeping views out to the ocean, switching off and winding down come with the territory.
In keeping with the surrounding serenity, the hotel invites guests to embark on its revitalizing Malay Wellness Journey as a way to return to the natural self. Inspired by the centuries-old Malay wellness ritual of ‘Mandi Embun’ (‘bathing in the morning dew’ or ‘forest bathing’), this day-long journey begins with a sensory walk through the rainforest followed by gentle breathing and stretching exercises on the edge of a forest stream.
The ritual then involves immersing yourself in the refreshing waters of the Datai’s jungle stream, believed to regulate your Circadian rhythm and promote more nourishing sleep. The journey then indulges you in a soothing massage using signature blended oils created using local herbs. Fusing ancient traditions with modern needs, the Malay Wellness Journey provides a sense of stillness and profound appreciation that is often lacking in our daily lives.
5. Eaton DC – Urban Wellness
Just off the pulsing streets of Washington DC lies the welcoming sanctuary of Eaton DC, Regenerative Travel’s first urban member hotel. A vibrant cultural center home to a cinema, library, radio station, speakeasy, rooftop bar, coworking space and art gallery, Eaton DC impressively offers a range of rejuvenating wellness experiences too.
With its onsite yoga studio, infrared sauna and soothing treatment rooms, Eaton DC provides experiences to reconnect with the self. Experiences include personal Reiki healing, Marma therapy and Pranic healing sessions as well as collective initiatives like yoga classes and meditative sound baths.
The infrared sauna is the cherry on top, providing the opportunity to sink into its penetrative heat and relieve inflammation and soreness in the body from days immersed in the hustle and bustle of DC.