19 new ways to have a healthy hol­i­day in 2019

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - COVER STORY - PAUL EWART

an­uary rings with a sense of pos­si­bil­ity. Af­ter the ex­cesses and in­dul­gences of the fes­tive sea­son, we’re ready to start afresh with plans to eat bet­ter, stress less, lose some weight. But given New Year res­o­lu­tions can be no­to­ri­ously short-lived, Jan­uary is also the month in which to in­grain these well­ness whims into travel plans for the year ahead.

Whether you’re af­ter a sweat­ca­tion, de­tox, or want to achieve some in­ter­nal equi­lib­rium, ho­tels, air­lines and tour com­pa­nies are putting health and well­ness top of mind. From moun­tain­top yoga re­treats and mind­ful­ness cruises, to mile-high med­i­ta­tion and themed “fit-cations”, read on for 19 new ways in 2019 to nour­ish your mind, body and soul.

R&R AT 35,000 FEET

For most of us, fly­ing isn’t usu­ally con­ducive to re­lax­ation, es­pe­cially on an ul­tra-long haul. With this in mind, Sin­ga­pore Air­lines has part­nered with US well­ness brand Canyon Ranch to de­velop a pro­gram of strate­gies for im­proved sleep, stretch­ing, and nu­tri­tion-fo­cused menus for their Sin­ga­pore to US flights, in­clud­ing the re­cently launched 18-hour, 45-minute non­stop ser­vice be­tween Sin­ga­pore and New York – aka the world’s long­est com­mer­cial flight.

Ranch staff have chan­nelled their ex­per­tise into in-air rest and re­lax­ation strate­gies to help guests in all cabin classes via spe­cific light set­tings, food op­tions, and an on­board e-li­brary of videos show­ing sleep tech­niques and guided stretch­ing ex­er­cises that can be done from your own seat.


Pic­ture this: open-air spa treat­ment rooms, an al fresco yoga stu­dio and glass-walled steam room and sauna over­look­ing lawns where wild deer and rab­bits frolic freely. And all set within 19ha of pris­tine for­est. Sound ap­peal­ing?

New for 2019 from be­spoke lux­ury tour op­er­a­tor Wix Squared, the San­tani Spa Get­away pack­age of­fers vis­i­tors a per­son­alised health re­boot ex­pe­ri­ence at Sri Lanka’s first (and only) pur­pose-built well­ness re­sort, San­tani. Pair­ing lux­ury with well­be­ing, the fo­cus within the ecore­sort is Ayurveda – the an­cient In­dian “sci­ence of life” that con­sid­ers the body, mind and spirit in a holis­tic man­ner. As such, guests re­ceive con­sul­ta­tions with an Ayurvedic doc­tor, daily Ayurvedic treat­ments, and a per­son­alised menu based on the 5000-year-old sci­ence, which is re­puted to re­duce stress, im­prove sleep and de­lay the age­ing process.

The des­ti­na­tion spa also of­fers in­clu­sive morn­ing and evening yoga ses­sions, and group hik­ing and med­i­ta­tion.


A va­cay to Las Ve­gas doesn’t have to be all about night­clubs and casino flut­ter­ing. For vis­i­tors who want soul with their sin, SoulCy­cle (the cy­cling­based fit­ness craze) has made its Sin City de­but.

Housed at the Wynn ho­tel on the strip, the 62-bike stu­dio is specif­i­cally geared to­wards trav­ellers who are keen to de­tox be­fore they re­tox, or want to con­quer jet lag. With add-ons that be­fit the world’s en­ter­tain­ment cap­i­tal – live DJs, il­lu­mi­nated light­ing synched to mu­sic, mind­blow­ing art and neon in­stal­la­tions – ex­pect a fit­ness class like no other.


Pos­si­bly the most highly an­tic­i­pated ship to launch in the last year, the bil­lion-dol­lar has hy­per­bole in spades. But for fit­ness en­thu­si­asts, one of the big­gest draw­cards on this 2918-pas­sen­ger ves­sel is its sprawl­ing fit­ness and spa of­fer­ing. In fact, for any­one want­ing to pre-emp­tively beat the buf­fet bulge, this is the boat for you.

Hous­ing Celebrity Cruises’ first hot yoga stu­dio, the is also the first ever ship to fea­ture Pelo­ton in­door cy­cling classes, which also boast livestream classes broad­cast from Pelo­ton HQ in NYC. Plus there’s a new Fit­ness On De­mand pro­gram, which puts more than 1200 classes at guests’ fin­ger­tips through a video plat­form, and lastly a newly launched 2000sq m spa.

One of the largest spas on a cruise ship, the space fea­tures a large adults-only so­lar­ium, salt room, steam room, ham­mam and in­fra-red sauna mak­ing for the ul­ti­mate in at sea pam­per­ing.


There’s am­ple to see in Tokyo, but what if you could ex­plore the city and fit in a work­out at the same time? The five-star Palace Ho­tel Tokyo has un­veiled an in­ge­nious col­lec­tion of En­er­gis­ing Tokyo ex­pe­ri­ences that of­fer vis­i­tors a fresh take on the Ja­panese cap­i­tal, while re­fresh­ing body, mind and soul.

The col­lec­tion in­cludes a pri­vate two-hour swim­ming ses­sion with a for­mer Ja­panese Olympic swim­mer,

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