Wellness tourism is a segment of the travel industry that has taken off in the past decade. With people more aware of their health and taking steps to benefit their mental and physical well-being, there has been a push to create experience-based holidays that feed into overall wellness.
Wellness retreat accommodations and packages are now being offered in top destinations such as the Philippines and are meant to cater to this market. The Farm at San Benito wellness package, for example, can include a tour, treatments, and meals. Opting for a package is typically cheaper than paying for each item individually, and it takes the stress out of planning each component.
If you like the idea of planning a wellness-based holiday in the Philippines but aren’t sure where to get started, here are some basic tips to use.
The Accommodations Will Set the Tone of the Holiday
There are plenty of factors to consider when planning your wellness-based holiday, but few will have the effect that the accommodation does. The accommodation sets the tone of your entire trip, so you want to be sure you do your research and choose the ideal property for your vacation.
Ideally, the property should feature on-site wellness amenities so that if you don’t want to leave the resort or hotel, you won’t have to. The fact that you can stay in one location for the duration of your vacation creates a sense of relaxation.
Some of the popular amenities to look for include:
- In-room dining
- Wellness classes
You may also want to seek out a property that feels secluded and isn’t a typical high-rise hotel. Again, it’s about setting the tone and looking for a tranquil escape.
Will You Be Going Alone or with Travel Companions?
Solo travel isn’t always popular, but in terms of wellness retreats, it is quite common. Because the trip is built upon improving a person’s mental and physical well-being, it’s a very individual experience. This means solo travel makes total sense. You’ll be able to book solo treatments and join classes, giving you a mix of alone time and time to socialize if you choose.
If you’d rather go with a travel companion(s), that’s also not a problem. Wellness travel is flexible in that it can work for all different travelers regardless of age or interests. It comes down to your expectations and what you hope to gain from the trip.
Look for Off-Property Excursions and Experiences
As great as a wellness retreat property can be since you are visiting the Philippines, you don’t want to miss out on what it offers. Again, this requires research so you can learn about the local highlights and attractions.
Depending on where you are staying or if you plan on moving around during your holiday, there are some sites and attractions well worth visiting. These include:
- San Agustin Church
- Banaue Rice Terraces
- Rizal Park
- Puerto Princesa Subterranean River
- Mayon Volcano
- Diving at Tubbataha Reef
- Boracay Island
- Surfing at Siargao Island
Don’t Pack Too Much Into the Holiday
And while it’s tempting to pack a lot of tours and experiences into your holiday, remember this is meant to be a wellness retreat, which means you need to keep things slow and relaxed. Creating an itinerary that is too full means you’ll be stressing out and feel as though your time is limited.
Know When to Travel
The final tip is to know when to travel to the Philippines. Most people find that the dry season is the best time to visit in terms of weather, which is November to April. During the dry season, all the remote areas of the Philippines will be accessible. However, this is also tourist season so it will be busy. For that reason, you may wish to visit in the shoulder season, which is May or early November. You will still be treated to the ideal weather but without the large masses of tourists.
A Memorable Wellness Holiday for All
By using these tips, you’ll be able to plan a memorable wellness holiday to the Philippines for all. Because there is so much to see and do, there’s a good chance you’ll start planning your next trip the minute you get home.