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At the beginning of each year, we decide on the ways to be better than the previous 365 days. Whether it's to lose weight, eat healthier, or be less stressed, creating New Year's resolutions helps set personal goals. But sometimes it can be hard to get going, especially after a holiday vacation. That's why several luxury hotels created programming to help you jump start those resolutions. Here are 11 to try in 2020.
Learn to Meditate at Casa Delphine
Five-suite boutique Casa Delphine is hosting its first-ever wellness retreats in 2020 in the heart of magical San Miguel de Allende. The first is a five-night meditation retreat from January 23 to 28, that focuses on meditation and looking inward to recalibrate your mind. The goal is to help individuals slow down and take in joy more fully and learn to live in the present. Brazil native Públio will lead the retreat with yoga, meals, excursions to the local hot springs and botanical garden, a yoga class and five hours of teachings with Publio included.
Create a Long-Term Wellness Plan at The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
In January 2020, The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami, will be launching a new Wellness Journey package in partnership with famed life coach, Sara Quiriconi of Live Free Warrior. The journey will be completely customizable and dependent on the guest's needs to reach his or her wellness goals, ranging from three-month, six-month, and year-long options. Sara will be work with you one on one to create a plan of lasting wellness habits. During the hotel stay, you’ll participate in specially-curated fitness classes, spa treatments, and more, to reach your specific goals. Once home, Sara will hold Skype sessions periodically to ensure they are staying on track.
Manage Stress at Ananda in the Himalayas
The Himalayas are already pretty stress relieving, but Ananda created special Stress Management Programs. Over the course of five, seven, or 14 nights, you will incorporate various activities like balancing yoga asanas, pranayama, Ayurvedic therapies, grounding aromatherapy, Reiki, and other healing experiences that are meant to balance mind, body, and soul. You'll meet with experts in each field and also get three Rejuvenation SPA cuisine meals daily.
Balance Your Diet at Royal Mansour
Renowned for its indulgent treatments, the spa at the Royal Mansour—an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property—launched tailored multi-day wellness programs in collaboration with Paris-based micro-nutritionist Valerie Espinasse, who specializes in food intolerance and gut health. In addition to daily spa treatments using ingredients from the property's gardens, you will take part in an initial health consultation and fitness test to build an itinerary complete with dietary suggestions and unlimited access to the water therapy facilities, including traditional hammams, a water massage bath, and sauna. You will also leave with a program to incorporate the new regimen into your daily life.
Rejuvenate Your Skin at La Réserve Genève
Located on the shores of Switzerland's Lac Léman (Lake Geneva), La Réserve Genève—another American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property—is home to the city's largest spa, where they offer multi-day Nescens retreats. The Nescens brand was developed by Professor Jacques Proust, a pioneer in the realm of the biology of cellular aging and anti-aging medicine, at Geneva's Center for the Prevention of Aging at the Clinique de Genolier. Each of the Nescens programs begins with a check-up with a team of medical professionals during which time the guest's physical fitness, medical history, and diet are evaluated. An itinerary is then tailor-made for each individual based on their medical record and personal goals.
Lose Weight at Red Mountain Resort
With a focus on body positivity and self-love, Red Mountain Resort in Utah has redesigned its weight loss retreats to focus on a holistic program that brings physical, mental, and spiritual fitness together for an all-inclusive, wellness-oriented experience. Over eight days, you will work with an expert team of coaches and use cutting-edge technology, like InBODY Composition Test and Resting Metabolic Rate Test to customize a mindful weight loss plan. Goal setting, Mindful Meal Planning, and a post-retreat follow up are all included.
Detox at Amanyara
Travelers looking for a fresh start in the New Year can do so at American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property Amanyara, a Caribbean oasis in the Turks & Caicos. The Detox & Cleansing program, for example, is fully customized and includes private movement and specialist therapy sessions, spa services, and nutritional guidance with a personally curated menu to help improve your digestive, lymphatic, and elimination systems. You will go through a complete guided detox diet using herbal remedies and supportive treatments such as lymphatic drainage and detoxing body wraps.
Learn to Cook at Bettoja Hotels Rome
There's no better place to improve your kitchen skills this year than in Rome. That's why Bettoja Hotels (three hotels located within walking distance of each other) will offer a "Chef in a Day" experience. You will get a private cooking class and five-course Italian dinner with chef Federico Alessandri, where you'll learn to make three different kinds of pasta and sauces, a traditional meat course with a side vegetable, and a delicious dessert. You will walk away with recipes, knowledge of basic cooking methods, and creative presentation of plates.
Find Peace at Springwater Center
Located in the Finger Lakes region, Springwater Center has monthly silent retreats where guests can disconnect. This is done through timed silent sittings, private meetings with an expert, daily work periods, and participation in outdoor activities. There are four Quiet Week periods scheduled throughout the year, where specific areas in the house are kept in total silence.
Train Like an Astronaut at Gstaad Palace
Gstaad Palace, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, in Switzerland has exclusively partnered with Cellgym, an altitude training system to train the body to improve energy efficiency, performance, and recovery to help guests live a fuller life. Astronauts, submarine crews, and top athletes swear by it, and those looking for better performance in the mountains, Gstaad Palace is the place to train.
Decode Your DNA at Garden of the Gods Resort
Received Ancestry/23andMe kits for holidays? Strata Integrated Wellness Spa at Garden of the Gods Resort has designed a program called Decode Your DNA Program for those who have run genetic testing through Ancestry or 23andMe but don't know how to interpret it. Dr. Powell will guide you through the results, figure out which information is relevant, and help them find a path towards optimal health. The program is specifically designed to address chronic symptoms and prevent disease by identifying vulnerabilities in three key areas: vitamin and mineral utilization, inflammation, and detoxification. You'll walk away better understanding what works for your body and plan of which lifestyle changes to make.