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Planning a Wellness Weekend: A Mindful Approach

Article by Melissa Liebling-Goldberg 03.03.2019

Wellness goes beyond skin deep — using a holistic approach, spa treatments can create a true sense of well-being for those seeking a retreat from the stress of everyday. Discover how specialized treatments from ocean-front yoga to native ingredients incorporated into spa therapies can change your whole point of view.

The true wellness seeker is not just looking for a quick facial and express manicure. Connecting the mind to the body, the location to its surroundings — this is how the sophisticated traveler finds a deeper sense of peace and relaxation. From a holistic approach to health including food and fitness to local ingredients that ground the treatment in your surroundings, go beyond the basic massage to take your well-being to the next level.
 

If You’re Seeking: True Zen

Three women perform yoga on the beach.

Fine-tune your well-being from all angles with a truly holistic approach. Start your day with oceanfront yoga and a sustainably-sourced breakfast at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island where healing and meditation are incorporated into spa treatments and fitness activities.

Schedule an appointment for a Reiki or crystal therapy session or spend the day inside the spa, nourishing your body with organic and vegan ingredients. Experience a massage in zero gravity with the signature Heaven in a Hammock treatment, that mimics the flow of the tide with slow rocking and soothing massage strokes. Finish with a chakra rebalancing through reflexology with a certified crystal healer. You’ll leave with your energy channels unblocked and your soul soothed.

 

If You’re Seeking: A Desert Oasis

A woman relaxes in a large indoor pool.

Discover the healing properties of ancient Middle Eastern bathing rituals at a modern-day hammam. While it may seem counterintuitive to seek out a rainforest amidst the sands of the Middle East, bathing rituals have a long history in the region — and for good reason, as temperature changes are believed to stimulate blood flow and help your system detox. Fusing the European tradition of healing through mineral waters with Middle Eastern baths, the 13-station hydrothermal experience at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert features a mapped sequence that stimulates and soothes by moving you from hot to cold. Experience steam to detoxify and purify, then move on to ice baths to rejuvenate circulation. If you want to further melt your muscles, add on a desert stone massage, where the natural elements of the landscape will work to relax you. You’ll feel lifted, energized and relaxed by the end of your time in the spa, but make sure to rest in a lounger to let the rainforest’s effects settle in before you leave.

 

If You’re Seeking: Connection with Nature

A spa suite complete with hot tub overlooks a lush jungle.

There may be no better way find peace and serenity than by practicing gratitude for the natural beauty in the world. As you walk through the bamboo tunnel and lush gardens to enter The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Okinawa, the deep integration with nature is obvious. Pulling from the native ingredients of the southern Japanese island, like the Fu-Chi-Bah herb and tiger clam shells, you’ll experience an approach to wellness that is grounded in the region. The Yambaru Ukusun (dry body treatment) helps you harness a deeper mind-body connection through guided breathing that cleanses the spirit, while a massage using the indigenous Getto plant calms the physical tension in your muscles. To foster an even deeper connection with the surrounding environment, you can opt to receive your treatment in an open-air cabana with tree tops gently swaying around you.

 

If You’re Seeking: Recovery and Relaxation

A hiking trail winds through a large meadow in the mountains.

Whether you’re tackling black diamonds or summitting a 14-er, after a long day on the mountain, your body needs time to properly heal. The therapies at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch are designed to do just that. Local ingredients are at the core of the Herbal Poultice treatment, where a warming poultice relaxes tired muscles while blue ginger soothes stiffness. If you are seeking a more active release, the Stretch Recovery class combines yoga, full body stretching and foam rolling to complement outdoor activities from snowboarding to hiking. Or just lean deep into relaxation with the Miner’s Mineral Mud Wrap, which uses hand-mixed indigenous ore foraged from deep within Colorado’s famous mines. Add in amethyst oil, rose quartz salt and shea butter for a powerful detoxification and calming experience — all several thousand feet above sea level.

 

If You’re Seeking: A Feast for the Senses

A luxe pink and white spa is lit with candles and chandeliers.

Los Angeles is known as much for its red-carpet glamour as it is for a deep commitment to healthy living, and they city’s ethos on relaxation reflects that dichotomy deftly. Guests at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles are greeted with a glass of champagne as they enter the 8,000-square-foot spa, and from there, they can choose a path of luxe glamour or metaphysical healing. The Garden to Glamourous Seasonal scrub actually incorporates fresh herbs and other ingredients harvested from the hotel’s own rooftop garden, while the Chocolate & Rosé Stone Massage combines chocolate and rose essential oils to aromatically relax (and finishes with a glass of rosé and chocolates, if you aren’t done with the sensory experience yet). But the most unique treatments come from the hotel’s partnership with local boutique House of Inspiration, which integrates key crystal therapies like energizing rose quartz into facials and pedicures.

 

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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
  • Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

    Location Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

    Experience Romance and relaxation, adventure and natural beauty.

    • Located in a unique 500 hectare nature reserve
    • 101 private luxury pool-villas
    • Local and International cuisine, destination dining experiences
  • Okinawa

    Location Okinawa, Japan

    Experience An island retreat surrounded by a championship golf course.

    • Embodies the friendship spirit, “Keion”
    • 18-hole golf course overlooks the ocean
    • Feel the power of nature at The Ritz-Carlton Spa Okinawa
  • Bachelor Gulch

    Location Beaver Creek, Colorado

    Experience An escape to the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

    • Unparalleled ski-in, ski-out access
    • Exceptional Residential and Penthouse Suites
    • World-class spa with seasonal treatments
  • Los Angeles

    Location Los Angeles, California

    Experience An urban oasis in the L.A. LIVE sports and entertainment center.

    • Premier downtown LA hotel
    • Culinary innovations by celebrity chefs
    • Breathtaking skyline and mountain views