Health and Fitness Travel are not only the go-to destination for healthy holidays, wellness breaks and fitness retreats; they are leaders in spotting emerging trends and are continually forecasting the next big trends in wellness travel. 2015 calls for more effective ways to keep the body and mind in optimal well-being, here Health and Fitness Travel predict the next big trends.
Cleansing in hot springs may be the oldest spa experience in the world but there’s never been a hotter moment for thermal springs with more spa goers discovering this affordable spa experience with a host of benefits from improving certain skin conditions to pain relief. Bathing in the healing waters not only does our bodies good but also feels fantastic.
- Top 3 Places: Adler Thermae (Italy), The Banjaran HotSprings (Malaysia), Como Shambhala Estate (Bali)
With a new culture where people rush from work to join their running club or boot camp, competitions like triathlons and popular high intensity interval programmes add fierce to fitness with a trend to rise led by people who take fitness seriously. Fierce fitness is also fun and becomes sociable whether joining group training from cycling to swimming, getting energised or joining a dance programme. Our collection of Fusion Fitness holidays are customised for people who want to create a fun and rewarding programme.
- Top 3 Fitness Holidays: Thanyapura Triathlon (Thailand), The BodyHoliday Fusion Fitness (St Lucia), 38 Degrees North Optimal Fitness (Ibiza)
With today’s supercharged world people need a reboot for their mind with mindfulness giving us the tools to cope with today’s highly stressed-out world. The benefits of spa and wellness activities have long known to reduce stress and relax us but going forward there is a big focus on bringing mindfulness techniques into our lives to help us reach a new place of serenity and calmness. Health and well-being holidays offer an opportunity for people to unwind and focus on mindfulness with the tools and expert knowledge to assist.
- Top 3 Mindful Living Retreats: Shreyas Silent Retreat (India), Kamalaya Embracing Change (Thailand), Maya Ubud (Bali)
As traveller’s interest in environmentally friendly healthy holidays continues to grow, so does the number of innovative and luxurious travel experiences on offer. More hotels are finding that adopting eco-friendly initiatives also saves them money and travellers want hotels to be as responsible, ethical and sustainable as possible. We offer a number of eco-friendly holidays without having a damaging impact on the environment so you can unwind with peace of mind.
- Top 3 Eco-Friendly Health Resorts: SwaSwara (India), Lefay Resort (Italy), Aro Ha Wellness Retreat (New Zealand)
More people opt for nutritious, diet-customised healthy food, with more hotels making healthy food offerings with gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian menus. Some are introducing more juice options along with raw food and specialised diets in order to satisfy guests who want to focus on goals such as weight loss or for those wanting a detox.
- Top 3 Places: Sianji Well-being (Turkey), SHA Wellness Clinic (Spain), Kamalaya (Thailand)
With people desiring more exotic, off-the-beaten-path destinations and wanting engagement in more unique, local and indigenous cultural experiences, so they can unite the perfect travel experience of wellness with culture. Now we can travel to far-flung destinations and sample the local culture with tailor-made trips. With this trend set to grow, our Discover Recover holidays offer the perfect opportunity for people to combine this type of experience.
- Top 3 Destinations: Costa Rica, Vietnam, Bali
More health enthusiasts are opting for wellness breaks. Instead of a 2-week wellness holiday, travellers are choosing more frequent and shorter breaks for a mind and body reboot. A more accessible option instead of a far flung holiday travellers can reap the benefits of a short healthy break for a change of scenery, relaxation, wellness activities and healthy food. Our new collection of BodyBreaks have been created for those who want to maintain their well-being without needing to travel far.
- Top 3 Wellness Breaks: Galo BodyBreak (Madeira), Punta Vitality BodyBreak (Croatia), Paradis Plage BodyBreak (Morocco)
Whilst wellness hotels and spas are here to help people relax, more are now offering specific stress management and stress recovery programmes with specialist therapies, consultations and healthy nutrition. Guests are encouraged to participate in group activities like yoga, cooking classes and meditation with the goal to send guests home with the tools to manage stress.
- Top 3 Stress Management Holidays: SHA Anti-Stress (Spain), Ananda Stress Management (India), The Farm (The Philippines)
With an emerging trend towards more experiential honeymoons, attitudes have changed amongst newlyweds with more no longer content to laze pool or beachside, but wanting to return from their honeymoon feeling healthier, fitter and spiritually richer. Whether learning to cook healthy Vietnamese cuisine on a cultural honeymoon in Southeast Asia, or white water rafting and zip lining on an adventure honeymoon in Costa Rica, couples are looking to discover new experiences on a healthy honeymoon they will remember.
- Top 3 Healthy Honeymoons: Karkloof Safari Spa (South Africa), Maalifushi by COMO (Maldives), The BodyHoliday (St Lucia)
With an ageing population, baby boomers, who are retired or retiring and have the income to travel are not slowing down as they enter their golden years. They are focused on continuing an active lifestyle and embrace wellness in an effort to maintain their high quality of life as they age. With wellness travel growing rapidly, baby boomers are experiencing more wanderlust as they search for new destinations for a healthy holiday.
- Top 3 Places: Parrot Cay (Turks & Caicos), Rancho La Puerta (Mexico), Zighy Bay (Oman)
The rise in wellness retreats and speciality weeks is increasing often headlined by wellness gurus. From SUP & Yoga retreats in Ibiza to fitness training weeks in St Lucia, there is a demand for more tailored retreats where guests can focus on a specific goal and interest from a mindfulness and detox retreat to a triathlon or boot camp.
- Top 3 Wellness Retreats: 38 Degrees North (Ibiza), Phuket Cleanse (Thailand), F12 Fitness Retreat (Spain).