FIT TO TRAVEL
19 new ways to have a healthy holiday in 2019
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.
REVITALISE AND REVIVE
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.
SIN WITH SOME SOUL
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.
BEAT THE ONBOARD BUFFET
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.
SAY ‘SAYONARA’ TO CALORIES
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,