Desert Bathing in Aruba | The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Forget forest bathing – it’s time to desert bathe. The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino has taken forest bathing (yawn), and put a fun twist on the concept, introducing Aruba to the game with its natural backdrop of the desert. This wellness experience allows travelers to slow down and become immersed in the natural environment, helping them to clear their mind while boosting mood and immunity. The experience consists of a private roundtrip transfer to either the historic Alto Vista Chapel – surrounded by cacti and tranquil peace labyrinth – or Arikok National park, as well as yoga mats and a picnic basket including healthy snacks and beverages. Here, travelers can find zen while enjoying their favorite meditation or yoga podcast, or simply bask in the sun and serenity to disconnect and unplug. Following the toes-in-the-(desert)-sand experience, guests can keep the wellness theme going back at the resort, as the experience also includes locally sourced Aruba Aloe products to replenish sun-kissed skin. The add on experience costs $350 and is exclusive to resort guests. An overnight package is also available and includes a spa experience. For more information or to book, visit here and use the code ‘ZJL.
Calm in Cabo | Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa
The newest luxury resort in Cabo, Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa, has a lot going on for wellness enthusiasts. The chic resort recently debuted Aqua Yoga as a new ‘golden hour’ activity guests can welcome the day with at the break of dawn, atop a paddle-board overlooking the famous Cabo Arch from the city’s highest rooftop. Participants can perfect their pose at the infinity pool while simultaneously enjoying striking, unique sea views and practicing their balance on the water. After a mindful session at the pool, guests are welcome to book a relaxing treatment at Corazón’s own world class on-property spa, or go for a swim at the resort’s private beach. The property is also offering a new ‘Cleanse Your Chakras’ package which provides guests alignment and energetic cleansing with copal, a back massage, reflexology and more. Make it a holistic wellness experience with some therapy to top off the trip – Corazón Cabo recently announced a new, first-of-its-kind partnership with BetterHelp, the world’s largest online therapy platform, to give the gift of one month of free therapy to resort guests.
Zen in a Tropical Paradise | Caribe Hilton
Find your zen between an abundance of palm trees and a bright, blue sea at Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico – no passports required. Breathe in the tropical Caribbean air and work on your yoga poses alongside the iconic resort’s beachside hammocks. As you relax in ‘savasana,’ allow absolute peace to wash over you as you let the sound of ocean waves crashing onto the shore and cool sea breeze put your mind at ease. After your mindful session by the beach, feel free to go for a swim at one of the property’s oceanfront pools and check out the koi pond and peacocks walking around the tropical garden, bird sanctuary, Monica Puig Tennis Courts, one of the property’s 15 spa treatment rooms, or fully equipped fitness center to stay on top of your wellness game between piña coladas – the famed tropical libation was actually invented at Caribe Hilton.
Wholesome Escape in PV | The Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta
Temper tents, seaside meditations, boho picnics, sea turtles hatching…The Westin Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta has everything one needs for a wholesome, lush fall escape. The former palm tree farm-turned wellness resort – located in one of the friendliest cities in the world – offers stunning seaside picnics which are particularly beautiful at sunset and when the cruises are leaving. There’s also new vegan food items, yoga and meditation sessions by the sea, an ‘Eat Well’ menu just for the kiddos, Westin Family – an engaging kids’ club designed to enrich younger guests’ stays through exploration (i.e sandcastle building and Mexican crafts), and more. The property also recently debuted new temper tents that double as ‘chill out zones’ for children – especially for those with autism, ADHD and SPD. The tents feature padded play mats, stress balls, etc. and can be enjoyed in-room, or by the beach or garden. Top the trip off with some ecology – The Westin is a great location to spot sea turtles this fall/winter, as their hatching season runs from August-December.
Calm on the Cape | Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club
Nestled along the coast of Cape Cod, Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club invites guests to find their center with yoga classes at Bay Pines Beach – the resort’s own 700-foot stretch of private beach defined by smooth sand bars and a dramatically-changing shoreline. The classes, which cater to all levels, take place on the Brewster Flats during low tide, so yogis will feel like they’re one with nature, surrounded by the ocean. Now that Ocean Edge has entered into a brand new partnership with Unplug Meditation, guests can take their zen beyond the yoga mat. Guests who stay at the historic resort for at least two nights and book the ‘Unplug & Unwind’ package will receive one month free of the wellness app, 15% off a Beach House spa treatment, a complimentary fitness class, and bike rental to enjoy nearby Nickerson State Park where they’re free to find their center by the kettle ponds.