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2017 spa & wellness travel trends

Forecasting the next big trends in wellness travel for 2017, the specialists at Health and Fitness Travel live up to their reputation as one of the leading experts in wellness holidays worldwide. From vacations for a healthy mind to specialist stop smoking retreats, discover the hottest new trends that will influence the wellness and spa world next year.



Build healthier habits with a retreat that facilitates your goal to live smoke-free.


1.   Stop smoking retreats

If the thought of going cold turkey whilst dealing with work stress and daily temptation has you reaching for your lighter, why not combine your first steps towards going smoke free with a healthy holiday that will help you to de-stress, break triggers, and build new healthier habits.

With the luxury of time, expert medical consultations and specialist therapies, you’ll return home renewed and fully equipped with the long-term answer to continuing your smoke-free journey.

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2.   Eco-friendly wellness retreats

With a rise in green conscious travellers in search of a wellness holiday that is as kind to the planet as it is to you, there has been a growing emergence of eco-friendly wellness retreats offering a trip without the guilt trip. Return home an expert on the local fauna and flora with educational eco-forest walks, indulge with all-natural spa remedies, and refuel with healthy organic cuisine from onsite gardens.

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Wellness retreats catering to men can provide a more approachable means of addressing health issues.


3.   Optimal health for the modern man

Following an increasing move away from the ultra-masculine man towards the ‘modern man’, more men than ever are now going to spas and wellness retreats. In today’s ever more liberal society, it’s becoming more socially acceptable for men to escape on a wellness holiday where they can take part in masculine activities, like boxing and HIIT, before recovering with a massage or spa treatment.

With men, still significantly less likely than women to make time to consult a doctor, these bespoke wellness retreats also offer a more approachable means of addressing health issues.

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4.   Workplace wellness 

When you think of workplace outings, images of trudging through mud, inspirational speakers and team-building exercises spring to mind. However, workplace wellness holidays offer something different; staff can enjoy stress-management retreats, yoga holidays to increase brain power, or mountain-biking and ocean kayaking to encourage team building.

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Travel experiences that focus on mental and emotional healing are a rising trend in the wellness world.


5.   Healthy mind and emotion healing holidays

With more of us looking for ways to boost self-confidence or learn how to manage stress, it is little wonder that mind and emotion healing holidays are a rising trend in the wellness world. With a growing understanding that a healthy mind leads to a healthy life, retreats offering coaching in mindfulness, meditation and yoga are helping sufferers of modern-living burnout to reconnect their mind, body and soul.

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6.   New waves in wellness 

With 71% of earth being covered in water, it only makes sense that we’ve taken to board sports like ducks to water. Riding a new wave in wellness, more of us are now turning to aquatic activities as a fun way of toning and shaping up. From stand-up paddle boarding to indoor board fitness classes and surfing, board sports offer a great workout for training your core and legs.

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Thailand’s famous Chiva-Som is an internationally renowned health destination.


7.   Post-cancer recovery retreats

No longer shying away from the complexities of treating a cancer sufferer, a rise in wellness spa retreats creating specialist post-cancer recovery programs offers a sanctuary for cancer survivors to recharge and rejuvenate.

Helping you to feel like the best version of yourself again, a range of holistic spa therapies and alternative natural medicine treatments, from acupuncture to Ayurveda, will nurture and resort your well-being. Combined with expert consultations from psychologists, nutritionists and physiotherapists, regain your appetite and your strength as you rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in a luxurious wellness sanctuary.

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8.   Eat well detox holidays

Gone are the days when a detox holiday entails a punishing regime of fasting and tiny portions; time for the eat-well detox. Foodie lovers in search of a cleansing detox will be pleased to know that on an eat-well detox you’ll be able to refuel with well-proportioned nutritious meals throughout the day, that won’t leave you going hungry.

Focusing instead on eating a generous amount of healthy food, try a more satisfying experience for those looking to detox without forgoing food.

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‘Adrenaline-après’ holidays combine high-octane adventure like paragliding with relaxing spa treatments.


9.   Zen adrenaline junkies

The idea of zen and adrenaline might seem like an odd combination, but more and more of us are now embracing ‘adrenaline-après’ holidays where we can satisfy a thirst for high-octane adventure with kite-surfing and paragliding, before relaxing with spa treatments, meditation and yoga.

A great way to train your body and mind to let go of stress and enjoy living in the moment, embrace the mind-body cocktail of zen adrenaline and return home ready for anything.

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10. Physical therapy holidays 

Everyone puts their bodies through a lot of stress. Whether from being hunched over a desk or working out to the extreme, muscles are frequently being strained, pulled, or teared. Answering the call for worn-out bodies, the rise of physical therapy holidays provides opportunities for you to recover from injuries and re-train your body to peak perfection.

Heal your body with a wide variety of treatments, from expert consultations with physiotherapists to aquatic therapy and posture alignment.

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11. Family wellness holidays

Following the realisation that the next generation of spa goers are the younger generation, more spa and wellness retreats are now opening their doors to families. No longer a no-go zone for toddlers, tweens and teens, mini spa treatments are increasingly being designed with the kids firmly in mind.

Also focusing on drawing the kids away from their iPad’s and video games, action packed kids clubs encourage children to experience new sports and activities, as they swap their smartphones for bicycles, tennis and water sports.

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Reach your health goals and make new friends on a group fitness holiday.


12. Social group fitness holidays

If you’re a social butterfly and like to make friends wherever you go, then you’re probably a part of the ever-rising number of people escaping on social group fitness holidays.

Whether a group of friends or the solo traveller who doesn’t want to train alone, with the added support of individuals going through the same process, you’ll soon reach your fitness goals. Offering the opportunity for you to train in groups where you can learn from each other, you may even make some lifelong friends – and future travelling partners.

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13. Preventative health to lower your biological age

Already highly popular with the Baby Boomer generation, the appeal of preventative health holidays offering the chance to help slow down the clock are also rising in popularity with Generations X and Y.

Proving that age really is nothing but a number, whether pressing pause on ageing by learning to let go of stress or sweating your way to a more youthful you, reducing your biological age is the new mantra of the ‘ageing gracefully’ gurus.

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Samantha Lippiatt

If your idea of a perfect holiday is learning meditation in the Balinese jungle, sub-alpine hiking in the ethereal mountain ranges of New Zealand, joining a sunrise yoga class on the beach in Vietnam or getting fit in a secluded part of Thailand, Samantha Lippiatt is your go-to person. As co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel in Australia, she specialises in tailor-made wellness holidays for the health conscious traveller.

The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Homeloans Ltd.