Health retreat travel
Oct 27, 2013 / 5:00 am
There is a growing evidence base about the factors influencing good health and well-being. Researchers are using this evidence to develop effective health promotion and prevention initiatives for a variety of populations. One of these initiatives is Health Retreat Travel. Here are some of the world's top retreats to promote health, wellness and purification for both the mind and body. For more info on these top ranked retreats or to make a reservation contact your local travel agent.
Brenner’s Park Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden Germany
One of Europe’s first spas, this is a grand hotel doesn't disappoint. Its enormous spa is divided into theme areas using specific products, such as Sisley botanical treatments, aromatic steam rooms, Finnish and Bio saunas (featuring colored lighting panels for chakra balancing) and a cool plunge pool. After you've finished your treatments for the day, head to the relaxation room overlooking a courtyard or stroll through Lichtentaler Allee park path which leads to the Museum Frieder Burda.
Baden-Baden is a beautiful little town where 800,000 liters of healing thermal waters flow from 12 springs each day. The ruins of the Roman bathhouses are preserved as a museum under the Römerplatz. A pass to the Friedrichsbad Roman-Irish bath above the ruins and other thermal-water day spas are a inexpensive and interesting option for visitors whose pocket books don't afford the Brenner's Spa features.
Canyon Ranch, Tucson, Arizona USA
The gold standard of detox retreats, Canyon Ranch has become synonymous with relaxation, rejuvenation and total luxury. The all-inclusive health resort and luxury spa caters to the rich and famous, offering the best in healthy cuisine, spa services, body work, fitness activities, and spirituality and meditation facilities. The resort also offers educational opportunities to help you make a long-lasting commitment to healthy living. One-week all-inclusive stays start at $11,740 per person
The Pritikin Program was founded more than 50 years ago by Mr. Nathan Pritikin, an engineer who became interested in health and nutrition after he was diagnosed with heart disease at age 41. It advocates regular exercise and a diet high in fibre-rich fruit and vegetables, and low in fat. Your stay at the center, starts with an evaluation by a physician that includes cardio-metabolic stress testing. There are exercises each morning with a group and workshops in nutrition, stress management and health. The food is plentiful and contains no butter, added salt or sugar. The minimum duration of stay is a week, but they highly recommend longer stays to experience the full benefits of all the facility features.
Harem Escape, Marrakech, Morocco
This luxury Moroccan getaway for women comes with everything you could want in a wellness getaway: Yoga, meditation, spa treatments, organic fine dining, a gorgeous setting and poolside lounging. Harem Escape describes itself as an "oriental paradise where [guests] are encouraged to leave behind the stresses of the world" and it's undoubtedly the perfect place for stress relief. The intimate property containing just nine rooms is nestled on 24 acres of desert grounds just outside the vibrant city of Marrakech.
Ananda In The Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India
A luxury hotel and spa in the foothills of the Himalayas just might be the perfect place to recharge your health and lower your stress levels. At Ananda in the Himalayas, guests can spend their days practicing yoga and meditation, eating organic health food, and exploring the tranquil forests surrounding restored Viceregal Palace. Try the yogic detox or stress management package for a wellness immersion.
Bad Wörishofen, Germany
Bad Wörishofen, a whole spa town about 85 kilometres west of Munich. Sebastian Kneipp, a priest who discovered the curative effects of its water in the late 1800s is the proprietor of this town, which is solely dedicated to health, wellness and purification. People came from all over the world to benefit from Kneipp water therapies, which use alternating warm and cold water to stimulate circulation. Father Kneipp had a holistic approach to well-being, prescribing daily exercise, medicinal herbs, meditation and a nutritious diet to his patients.
The town features an attractive pedestrian zone,expertly manicured gardens, outdoor concert area and a museum portraying Kneipp’s life and achievements. An outdoor orchestra also performs three times a day. You could spend days at the enormous South Seas Therme Bad Wörishofen. Under a huge glass dome, you can swam in turquoise thermal waters surrounded by natural palm trees. Or soak in pools enriched with brine, sulfur, calcium, iodine and selenium. There are multiple themed saunas, including one called Backhäusle where you can actually bake your own bread.
Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Costa Rica
Tabacón, in central Costa Rica, is surrounded by tropical rainforests and is near Arenal Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Rainwater, which enters the earth through fissures on the surface, is heated by magma, creating wonderful natural thermal springs both on the spa’s property and all around the area. In between spa treatments and fine meals, you can enjoy hot-spring pools surrounded by exotic gardens, thick tropical vegetation and waterfalls, within view of the volcano. Upon arrival you are met with a nutritionist to go over meals for the week based on preferences and body type. A chef from India prepared the meals, which are largely vegetarian and delicious. Most packages include several spa treatments in an open-air bungalow set in the lush gardens of the thermal spring area where you can listen to the sounds of the waterfalls, the birds and the rain.
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