Women do it all — we are lovers, moms, multi-taskers, homemakers, go-getters. We juggle family, career, relationships and everyday chaos every minute of every day. Which is why women MUST take time out for wellness and self-care.
And what better way to take time out to recharge, relax and love ourselves than to travel?
From budget to luxury, here is a selection of out-of-this-world wellness experiences that will nourish every part of you on a physical, emotional and spiritual level — transforming you into the divine goddess you were put on this planet to be.
The Wanderlust Festival, now the largest global yoga and lifestyle festival of its kind, was first held in Squaw Valley in July 2009. It has grown into spanning multi-day festivals around the world from New Zealand to Hawaii to California to Miami and beyond. No matter what destination you choose, the experience is described as “finding your true north.” This is a soul celebration that caters to both the festival lover and free spirit.
Wanderlust Festivals draw yoga devotees with a thirst for mountain air and outdoor adventure and offers anything between mastering the downward dog to zip-lining. If you love the outdoors, if you practice yoga with passion and you live to let loose and dance to live music – design your own dream experience and bring your free spirit to Wanderlust.
Approaching its 40th anniversary, Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona has become known as one of the top wellness destinations in the US. The ranch spans 125 acres of secluded desert and is surrounded by majestic views like the Santa Catalina, Santa Rita and Rincon mountain ranges.
The Canyon Ranch offers more than 40 classes a day and nearly 200 wellness and spa services. You can work with celebrity trainers to dieticians and nutritionists to speakers and energy healers — there is a loving professional to help you reach your goals.
The facilities are state of the art and offer everything from swimming pools and spirit walks to tennis and racquet courts, trails, spa facilities, ziplines and everything in between. And the food? Whoa.
The Ontario Highlands region is one of Canada’s best-kept wellness secrets. Try shinrin-yoku or forest bathing, a form of therapy developed in Japan in the 80s — simply meaning just being in the forest for its many medicinal properties. Experience the healing powers of the forest by rock hounding in Bancroft, Ontario (the mineral capital of Canada) or hiking through the Schlickler Occurrence.
You can also visit the Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve, also known as home to Canada’s first sustainable forest with 100,000 acres of land and 100 lakes. Take the Walk in the Clouds Canopy Tour and soak in the energy fields of the treetops native to our homeland.
Water is the source of life. Shaman Karen Moonbeam offers wellness seekers an eco-spiritual journey that will centre and empower. Moonbeam offers women a place to honour the divine goddess within. Take her guided journey Spirit of the Waterfalls and learn how to surrender. Experience a spiritual shift on your path to total wellness.
Grail Springs was voted the best wellness spa in Canada and offers a private retreat/sanctuary setting. The natural lakeside setting is complete with a labyrinth walk, crystal meditation area, a volcanic healing bed and more. Take part in their one-of-a-kind programming with spa therapies, energy healings and ceremonies, including a transformative equine meditation with Grail Springs’ own family of Rocky Mountain Horses.
Switzerland is the land of peace and serenity, jaw dropping alpine landscapes, lakes, cows, chocolate and Heidi. It may also be the only country in the world where wellness is a way of life.
Le Crans Hotel and Spa is classified as one of the leading hotels in the world. This intimate chalet-style mountainside oasis has only 13 rooms. Complete with butler service, Michelin-dining at the Mont-Blanc restaurants and après-ski pampering in their five-star spa facilities, you will find it hard to leave.
For those who prefer an urban wellness experience, Switzerland’s capital city of Bern is a hidden pearl. Spend the night at the recently renovated Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & THE SPA. Dine on the sky terrace after their signature honey-bee massage. Estheticians incorporate fresh honey from the hotel’s own rooftop bee hives.
No Swiss wellness journey would be complete without a trip to the top of the world at Lake Lucerne. Take the gondola up to the Brienzer Rothorn for 360-degree views, a magical sunrise experience over the Alps followed by a Swiss style breakfast before the rest of the country wakes up then hike the surrounding moorlands and end your day with a stop at the Kneipp Wellness Facility Flühli.
The legendary Bürgenstock Resort boasts one of the world’s most extravagant luxury wellness destinations of its kind. This resort has always been a popular destination for the rich and famous. The resort offers guests the choice of 4 hotels, 67 residences, 12 restaurants and bars and a 10,000-square-foot spa and wellness center that will have you pinching yourself in amazement.
Rishikesh is the birthplace of yoga and meditation and a spiritual mecca, located in the foothills of the Himalayas beside the holy Ganges River in India. This destination offers an endless array of temples and ashrams (centers for spiritual study), dripping in history and spirituality. The flexible daily schedule of morning meditiations, Fire Pujas and Kirtan ceremonies will leave you clear, alive, calm and empowered.All photos courtesy of Lumin Pictures Inc. travelwellness