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Aerial view of Kapalua beach and sprawling grasslands in Hawaii.

In Search of Mindfulness

Article by Sam Mittelsteadt 01.03.2019

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

Woman practicing yoga at seashore.

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

Aerial view of Kapalua beach and sprawling grasslands in Hawaii.

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

Two people walk along a path through a lush forest.

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

A cup of tea sits next to rose petals.

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.


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Plan Your Stay in these Destinations

  • Amelia Island

    Location Amelia Island, Florida

    Experience A barrier island retreat with true Southern charm.

    • Set on 13 miles of dune-lined beaches
    • Island adventures and family activities
    • AAA Five Diamond restaurant, Salt
  • Dubai

    Location Dubai Marina District, UAE

    Experience Inspiring views on the coast of the Arabian Gulf.

    • Pristine beaches at your doorstep
    • Exceptional restaurants to enchant the palate
    • Luxury resort amenities and spa experiences
  • Kapalua

    Location Maui, Hawaii

    Experience A resort rich in cultural traditions and a warm Aloha spirit.

    • Unique ocean activities for everyone
    • Distinctive beach and poolside cabana offerings
    • Newly reimagined guest rooms and suites
  • Dorado Beach

    Location Dorado, Puerto Rico

    Experience Intimate luxury at one of the most exclusive Caribbean resorts.

    • Secluded on 1,400 acres of natural wonders
    • Two- to five-bedroom beachfront residences
    • Mi Casa restaurant by chef José Andrés
  • Doha

    Location Doha, Qatar

    Experience Arabian hospitality in Qatar’s capital city.

    • Prestigious address and private Island
    • Newly re-imagines rooms, Club Lounge and Spa
    • Pioneer luxury hotel in Qatar
  • Kuala Lumpur

    Location Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Experience The sights, sounds and flavors of Malaysia’s capital city

    • Some of the largest suites found in the city
    • Escape to a tropical outdoor oasis at the tranquil spa
    • Award-winning Cantonese restaurant, Li Yen
  • Dallas

    Location DALLAS, TEXAS


    • Located in the heart of trendy uptown Dallas
    • Walking distance to shopping, fine dining, and energetic nightlife
    • 12,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa and Salon