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23 Jun

The Rise Of The Wellness Holiday


Wellness Holidays Offer More Than Your Average Beach Break


Wellness tourism is a trend that certainly appears to be on the rise. In fact, in recent years it has become one of the fastest growing sectors of the tourism industry. A wellness holiday involves travel for the purpose of increasing or maintaining personal wellbeing, and many travellers have good reasons to benefit from choosing a wellness holiday or weekend break.

A wellness holiday destination can be any place where people can indulge in luxury spa treatments or benefit from detoxification and holistic health programmes. Wellness travellers can spend their holiday time in quiet contemplation, meditation, practicing yoga or learning relaxation techniques.

Such destinations could be a sixteenth century English country house, a grand French chateau, a Buddhist retreat in Wales, a luxury spa, a complex in a desert setting or any place where peace and quiet can be enjoyed in peaceful surroundings.

There are many different types of wellness traveller. Some of them decide to take a wellness break because of a need to reduce stress, improve health or break a bad habit. Others want to learn more about maintaining good health and preventing disease.


Health Spas

Many health spas have been investing a huge amount of money into providing the right setting and atmosphere for their wellness holiday guests.

Top spas offer high quality accommodation and facilities for guests to enjoy the latest body treatments, different types of therapy and exercise facilities. They have top quality restaurants serving a range of nutritionally well-balanced meals.

Some spas also provide workshops where residents can learn more about nutrition and be taught how to cook food for a healthy lifestyle.



Weekend retreat programmes and longer wellness breaks offer introductions to meditation, yoga, mindfulness and other stress reduction techniques. Guests can learn a variety of stress relieving and mind balancing practices.

Some wellness retreats even offer longer stays that provide full support and aftercare for recent patients who have had treatment for cancer and other serious health issues.


Wellness Travellers

Wellness travellers are motivated to take responsibility for managing their own mental and physical wellbeing.

Some people take a wellness holiday because they want to learn a how to relax and manage a better lifestyle balance. Wellness travellers often choose a break that will let them explore a different cultural approach to their own wellbeing. Others have a strong desire to get back to a simpler way of life.

Wellness tourists will often take out travel insurance for one-off trips, even though they might be quite healthy before the holiday. Some, on the other hand, could be going on a wellness break because they have a problem with obesity, heart disease, cancer or advancing type 2 diabetes. Naturally, for these patients, insurance is always advisable.


Great Personal Benefits

It has recently been claimed that many of us now spend more time on electronic devices than we spend in bed sleeping. A break that provides you with the opportunity to leave all that behind allows you to focus solely on yourself and on improving your wellbeing.

By learning to relax, you can reduce your stress levels, boost your immune system and bring some balance back into your mind and your body. The friendly atmosphere on a wellness holiday means that it can be a fantastic shared experience amongst like-minded people. It is much easier to relax and be more focused on a wellness break, because you can immerse yourself fully in the experience of unwinding in a lovely location, surrounded by natural beauty.

These are just some of the reasons for the rise in popularity of wellness holidays. In this fast-paced world it is not really surprising that more tourists and weekend travellers now want to spend their precious free time taking care of their bodies, soothing their minds and generally giving a boost to their own personal wellbeing.


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