It is undeniable that our priorities when it comes to finding a great hotel have changed since the pandemic. As we enter the second year of the Covid era, travelers are simply not quite ready to venture too far from home and rely heavily on resorts to provide them with a soothing and calming experience. relaxing. More than ever, a safe haven to reset and recharge is a priority. Anne Biging, CEO of Healing Hotels, a global member-based hospitality brand with a list of over 100 leading wellness destinations around the world, noticed the change. She notes,
“Customers are looking for programs to restore their health, especially if they have been affected by Covid. Usually they are looking for retreats / programs that help them get over the traumatic time of last year and improve their health, especially their immune system. The search for a deeper meaning in life is a huge trend among travelers. This search for transformational programs is increasing day by day. “
Biging also points out that regionalization due to travel restrictions has forced hotels to pivot and entice local customers, encouraging them to stay longer as remote working and schooling has become the new normal. According to Global Workplace Analytics, by the end of 2021, 30% of the workforce will be away for part of their week, compared to 3.6% before Covid. Hotels have become incredibly creative through innovative partnerships and offerings ranging from fully contactless spa menus to wellness suites and fitness modules to vegan pop-ups. Here are some of our favorites to consider the next time you’re planning your next getaway.
For the unconditional New Yorker
The Andaz 5th Avenue has just launched seven wellness suites designed to improve the way their guests eat, sleep and move. Each suite includes a selection of local brands, including high-profile offerings from Headspace with a Tibetan singing bowl and living wall designed by NJ-based Naturalist. The exclusively commissioned artwork claims to help clean the surrounding air, reduce stress, and spark creativity. Guests can enjoy a minibar with kombucha and Brooklyn Brewery beer. Are you looking to move your body? Suites are equipped with Lululemon fitness mirror and wellness concierge
For the naturalist
Shou Sugi Ban House in Water Mill, NY is a Zen-style retreat that offers exceptional healing gourmet cuisine and a comprehensive list of healing practices like sound healing, aromatherapy, yoga, breathing and meditation , fitness classes, tea traditions, nutritional consultations and Suite. Currently on offer is the East End Nature Emmersion, a retreat that connects participants to the natural wonders of Long Island’s East End with a visit to the Long House Preserve and a forest swimming excursion.
For the lonely fitness freak
Four Seasons Punta Minta and Orlando resorts have made headlines for providing respite for weary parents with their “schools” offering secluded dedicated spaces for distance learning, tech support, and private tutoring. Now the luxury chain is improving its fitness game. The Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley in East Palo Alto has partnered with local fitness studio Tonal to offer three TonalPods that provide super private, highly sanitized safe spaces for solitary workouts. The Tonal Intelligent Dynamic Weight System adapts to individual fitness levels and adapts digital weights as needed while training 170+ movements. Guests also have access to on-demand yoga, cardio, and hundreds of guided workouts, all from the comfort of each private fitness studio. Tonal capsules are located in the hotel spa area and are complementary to hotel guests.
For lovers of high-tech spas
My love is deep for the Carillon hotel. Surprisingly, this is one of the only comprehensive wellness destinations in Miami, and it’s tucked away on one of the quieter sections of Collins Avenue, remote from South Beach, but close enough that you can dip a toe. in its most turbulent social waters. Their spa and fitness experiences are some of the best in town. I spent a glorious spring week attending yoga and cardio dance classes in their open-air ocean studio with gently rolling ocean waves as the backdrop. In response to increased hygiene concerns, the hotel introduced SilvaClean, the only EPA-registered technology that makes all washed materials antimicrobial after washing. They also launched a completely non-contact service menu with hot deals like the Prism Light Pod which offers red light therapy to accelerate healing and the Blessed Pure Wave Vemi which uses sound resonance healing in tandem with the whole body vibrations, natural earth and infrared frequencies for a next level mind, body and spirit experience. This latest treatment is exactly what frayed nerves need as we try to recover from our roller coaster existences. If you are in town this is a must see as is a 50 minute reflexology treatment with one of their highly trained practitioners. It will be the best hour and a half you have spent all year.
For clean beach butt
Bonberi Mart is a bustling little vegan boutique located on a sleepy West Village street, offering healthy but hedonistic cereal bowls and salads that reflect founder Nicole Berrie’s Korean background and love of vibrant, seasonal produce. They also carry carefully selected items from local suppliers such as Knead Love Bagels and Little Gypsy Farms Olive Oil. I live around the corner and can attest to the meticulous preparation of each item. In an inspired wedding, Nicole teamed up with Executive Chef Diego Stefan of the beloved Rosewood resort Las Ventanas Al Paraíso to deliver a plant-based menu honoring the signature flavors and ingredients of Mexico. Unique smoothies like Avocolata and light bites like Coconut Ceviche and Nori Chickpea Rolls are not to be missed.