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Emerging Luxury Resorts Emphasize Health and Wellness

State-of-The-Art Fitness for Travelers

Health and fitness have become major requirements when planning a lowkey rejuvenating retreat. And it’s no secret that more upscale travelers are looking for international luxury resorts that emphasize health and wellness amenities, facilities and services. It’s a potential idea for a destination wedding, an ideal getaway for newlyweds or just an amazing detox vacation for solo travelers.

Imagine a week-long, state-of-the-art health and fitness regimen featuring customized workouts with a personal trainer; intensive treatments at a contemporary, full-feature spa; and dining at exclusive organic eateries – all experienced in an amazing tropical location. Here are 5 international resorts discriminating travelers should consider that offer some of the most unique wellness experiences in the world.  

BodyHoliday (St. Lucia) 

Wellness-seeking vacationers rave about the majestic views, distinctive programs and deluxe treatments at BodyHoliday resort in St. Lucia, also known as a popular honeymoon destination. Located on a secluded cove, the beachfront property is framed by tropical gardens and rainforest, with healthy programs focused on relaxation, restorative beauty, exercise and diet.

Condé Nast Traveler voted BodyHoliday’s Wellness Centre as one of the world’s best spas that features an array of premium body treatments and state-of-the-art therapies. The resort’s 5-star restaurants that serve cuisine made from locally-sourced produce and fresh ingredients fresh from the resort’s organic garden.

Visitors can also ramp up their cardio via an intensive yoga session and or take fitness classes, scuba diving, sailing, tennis or golf. Looking for a change of scenery? Take a bike ride along St. Lucia’s coastline or hike the Piton Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Group of adults biking at BodyHoliday in Saint Lucia
BodyHoliday: In addition to premium body treatments and state-of-the-art therapies, this resort keeps guests fit with activites such as biking, scuba diving, sailing, yoga and a variety of fitness classes.

Tambo del Inka, Valle Sagrado (Urubamba, Peru) 

A refined contemporary property set amidst a lagoon with blooming gardens, the 128-room Tambo del Inka is located in one of the world’s most inspiring settings, Peru’s sacred Urubamba Valley, home to the revered Machu Picchu archeological site.

Guests headed here for a rejuvenating retreat will appreciate its amenities, including its fitness facilities and wellness services inspired by its resplendent natural environment. The Kallpa Spa, a key wellness highlight here, offers a variety of treatments that incorporate Incan ingredients.

Tambo del Inka also has hydro-massage pools, Vichy showers, water-massage beds, whirlpool swimming pools, Jacuzzi lounges for couples and a heated indoor and outdoor pool.

This resort has earned its status as a high-end luxury resort with suites that feature floor-to-ceiling windows that provide stunning views of the Andes and the Vilcanota River. All beds are covered with 400-thread linens and all rooms feature contemporary marble baths, 32-inch LCD televisions, work spaces, complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet.

Swimming pool at Tambo del Inka.
Tambo del Inka: Don't visit Machu Picchu without a stop at this luxury resort for a rejuvenating pitstop to enjoy its fitness facilities and amenitites, including its heated swimming pools, water-massage beds and Jacuzzi lounges.  

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba (Jordan) 

For many travelers the Red Sea region defines exotic luxury. The historic nexus of three major religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) and two bucket-list countries (Israel and Jordan), this an ideal setting for an unforgettable health and wellness vacation.

The resort’s Zara Spa Tala Bay is set on a private beach with panoramic views of the Red Sea, and it celebrates the region’s origins with a menu of treatments incorporating local ingredients that reflect Jordan’s culture and distinctive natural environment.

The resort’s 12,000 square foot spa and wellness facility features 11 treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room and hydro pool with a skylight. The space also features wet spa facilities that includes an ice fountain and hydro pool. Body and face treatments include anti-aging mud facials made with natural ingredients taken from the Dead Sea.

And if you enjoy spa treatments and adventure, guests can embark on a 4-wheel-drive excursion through Jordan’s protected Wadi Rum desert; take a boat tour on the Sea of Galilee’s calm waters; or simply wade in the mineral-rich Dead Sea.

A woman with a Dead Sea mud mask
Mövenpick Resort & Spa: Get a mineral-rich mud mask created from the Dead Sea at this unique luxury resort and spa in Jordan, and don't forget to visit the world-famous Petra, too!

Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa & Cultural Hideaway (Elmau, Germany) 

The crystal clear lakes, towering peaks, rushing streams and picturesque gorges of Germany’s Bavarian Alps are the setting for the Schloss Elmau Luxury, an oasis for casual luxury travelers in need of a unique spa and yoga retreat.

The resort features 6 separate spas for adults and families including Badehaus, an adults-only facility with an outdoor pool. Other facilities include Turtle Spa, a unique spa that offers a variety of special treatments, including traditional Chinese medicine and hammam. The resort is also host to an annual yoga summit. In addition to its high-end facilities and amenities, Schloss Elmau provides guests with the option to explore the region’s famous museums, churches, authentic villages and the nearby castles of King Ludwig II.

Yoga summit at Scholoss Elmau in Germany.
Schloss Elmau:  In Germany, travelers who check can restore balance in their lives with a serene yoga retreat at this luxurious resort that features 6 separate spas. 

Six Senses Krabey Island (Cambobia) 

This resort offers an unmatched health and wellness regimen highlighted by the Six Senses Spa, which offers holistic rejuvenation and beauty treatments along with an “Integrated Wellness” program.

Inspired by Cambodia’s sacred Khmer Kbal Spean River, the facility also features a comprehensive gymnasium, rooftop yoga pavilion, Crystal Water Room, Meditation Cave and the Alchemy Bar, where guests create their own natural skin care products using local ingredients.

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Singing bowl ritual performed at the Six Senses Krabey Island.
Six Senses Krabey Island: Enjoy the calming sounds of Singing Bowl Ritual at this Six Senses resort. It's just one of several holistic rejuvenation and beauty treatments offered here.