Will Surfboard Yoga lead the way for top wellness travel trends in 2014?

Healthy holiday advisors Health and Fitness Travel have revealed their wellness travel predictions for the year.  Some of the categories tipped to be big include:

Personalised Wellness

The emphasis on personalised wellness while taking a break is set to grow. Spas are not just about pampering but are positioning themselves as wellness providers where you can check in for plenty of sunshine, relaxation and a health “MOT”. Wellness holidays are now tailor-making programmes for clients to fulfil a more personalised approach for their requirements, and a growing percentage of top timeshare resorts now have a spa and/or fitness element to them.

Medical Spas and Global Ageing

Medical spas help clients to maintain a youthful appearance, and turning back the clock on ageing is now a big business. Meanwhile, medi-spas – which see specialised doctors treat a variety of conditions – are also on the rise. More spa hotels will continue developing into this arena, to stay on top of this fast-growing segment.

Mental Restoration

With the fast pace of life not looking to slowing down any time soon, consumers are resorting to healthy holidays that help to refresh both the body and the mind – the ultimate move more, stress less, switch off holiday! Breaks where clients learn how to manage stress enjoy meditation, yoga and life coaching can help steer them in the right direction.

Food and Diet

A healthy diet plays a key role in our daily well-being. With food proven to be a source of healing, spas have continued to work on bespoke menus with the emphasis on how nutritious and healthy food can in fact be tasty and enjoyable. Detox and weight-loss spas can help clients develop healthier eating patterns and educate how the right diet can help restore the body.

Hot New Fitness Crazes

From surfboard yoga to underwater cycling, clients are looking to fitness holidays to help them spice up their workout routine. With high intensity interval training still a big craze, spas are incorporating body exercises such as battle rope training to trampoline workouts and aerial fitness to give routines an overhaul and the same goes for extreme sports.

Return on Investment

Spa goers are discovering that inexpensive spa holidays will not essentially bring them measurable health benefits and lasting results. Instead, they are turning to wellness stays that focus on personal enrichment so they achieve their health and fitness goals and bring all the health and educational nutritional benefits home with them.

Learning Something New

Travellers want to learn something on holiday and come back enriched. Knowledge is power and, with wellness, clients take away useful learnings to incorporate in their lives. With more health lectures now on spa activity schedules, everyone can return home wiser and smarter (as above).

Spa Nature; the Great Outdoors

From rainforest spas to beach or mountain well-being retreats, spa goers are choosing to reconnect with nature. Outdoor activity lovers combine spa breaks with activities such as hiking, while many spas are moving treatments outdoors where the climate permits.

Wellness and Culture Combined

Spa travellers are now interested in exploring differing cultures, mixing discovery with well-being on holiday. They are keen to experience the country and traditions, as well as mix with the local people as they recuperate on a wellness retreat.

Family Spa-ing Together

Spas have traditionally been geared towards adults and couples, but there is increasing demand for parents to bring their children along for the spa adventure. Families spa-ing together are becoming more popular, with more wellness resorts offering inclusive kids clubs and babysitting to make the holiday fun for the kids but – importantly – as relaxing as possible for the parents! Many spas also offer teen and kid spa programmes, with children participating in more sport activities and eating a healthy well-balanced diet.

Mindfulness Meditation

Meditation is now having its moment in the limelight. Mindfulness is a mind-body approach to well-being that can help us change the way we think about experiences and reduce stress and anxiety. With regular meditation being claimed to improve the immune system, boost memory, regulate emotions and combat depression, more spas are now introducing group meditation classes on their schedules.


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