In Search of Mindfulness
Vacation is a time to recharge and renew. Here’s how to slow down and savor the moment while focusing on the here and now.
Mindfulness involves living attentively and purposely in the present. There’s no “bliss state” to be achieved — instead, it’s about appreciating where you are and what you’re doing, which creates space to think, to breathe and to react without judgment. These opportunities allow you to pay attention to your mind, your body and your surroundings. Discover the magic of the present moment as you revel in natural beauty at these destinations around the globe.
Achieve Serenity, Seaside
There’s no doubting yoga’s ability to still the mind and center the spirit — but taking those sun salutations seaside brings your om to a new level. At The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, which is known for its focus on the mind-body connection — it was recently named one of the top destinations for wellness travel by TripAdvisor — guests can choose from a host of activities geared toward centering energy, improving moods or reviving relationships. Start with an oceanfront yoga or meditation class followed by reiki or crystal therapy, and then settle in at The Ritz-Carlton Spa for a treatment inspired by the oceanside resort’s salty waves and swaying sea outs.
It’s a similar experience some 7,600 miles east, albeit in a very different locale: Guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai can greet each new Saturday with a complimentary beachfront sunrise yoga session. The morning classes, open to both newcomers and experienced yogis, feature breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf and beach, as glimpsed from the chic waterfront promenade.
Immerse Yourself in Another Culture
It’s hard not to feel enchanted by the Hawaiian culture, or to feel connected to the earth around you — the spirit of malama ka ‘aina, or “care for the land,” is inescapable. That’s certainly the case at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, where a 13.6-acre ancestral burial ground, the final resting place for 2,000 Hawaiian kupuna, has been preserved on site. Start your day with a sunrise ceremony on the beach at Honokahua Bay, where you’ll be invited to cleanse the spirit care of a dip in the waters, followed by a meditative chant session that takes place as the sun peaks over the horizon. Continue your cultural immersion during a walking tour of the preservation site, and then venture down the Kapalua Coastal Trail to a labyrinth, one of several found on Maui. Walking these elaborate yet purposeful paths represents a contemplative journey to find our own centers, then back out again into the world at large.
Reconnect with Nature
True mindfulness extends beyond the self, requiring us to live in sync with the world surrounding us and imploring us to lessen our impact. With that in mind, The Ritz-Carlton invites guests to help deliver a powerful message about environmental awareness on March 30 by participating in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour conservation campaign. Participating hotels will trade overhead lights for candlelight and will invite guests to join in activities such as meditation guided by yoga experts at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha or a poolside four-course dinner featuring a low-carbon menu at The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur.
Rest and Rejuvenate
Rest is essential to wellness — it’s hard to achieve balance and bliss when your body’s in need of sleep. Those who’ve been rest-deprived can find solace care of the Drift to Sleep spa treatment at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dallas, which promotes deep, restful slumber and a reinvigorated spirit. The treatment begins with a soothing aromatherapy bath, followed by an aromatic tea steeped with herbs and infused with essential oils designed to slow the body’s internal rhythms. After a relaxing body massage, spa sleep coaches coax you into a half-hour power nap on a warmed down duvet. All that’s left is to rise, and shine.