Wellness is hot! And even hotter are wellness holidays. Nowadays you see a major shift from holidays associated with excess—too much eating, drinking and too little sleep—to those focused on health and wellbeing. People now choose destinations that help them keep healthy or kick start a new healthy lifestyle while on holiday. A growing segment are now taking trips with the specific, sole purpose of improving their personal wellbeing: A wellness holiday!
Wellness travel now represents a sizable chunk of global tourism revenues, and is still growing at nearly twice the rate of total worldwide tourism.
At Spa in Spain we have embraced and followed this trend for several years and noticed that SPAIN is the most popular Wellness destination in Europe. A year-round mild climate, a varied wellness offer and even more importantly for some, the easy accessibility lead Spain to be The perfect Wellness Destination!
Spain offers a large variety of wellness possibilities, here is an overview for anyone looking for suggestions for a summer or autumn holiday:
Thermal Spas. Spain has a wealth of thermal springs and their corresponding authentic and beautiful spas are called ¨Balnearios¨. They date back more than 2000 years! The healing properties of thermal water has been well documented for centuries and is often used to treat medical problems. There are dozens of these Balnearios across Spain, among them many which have undergone serious refurbishments in order to attract an international audience.
OUR TOP TIP: Balneario de Archena in Murcia (http://www.spa-in-spain.com/hotels-and-spas/hotel/balneario-de-archena/)
Thalasso Therapy. With over 2000 km of coastline, both along the Mediterranean Sea as well as the Atlantic Ocean, Spain has many fantastic Thalasso therapy centres, where you can go for showers of warmed seawater, applications of marine mud or of algae paste, or the inhalation of sea fog. Thalasso therapy is one of the most effective, natural and complete ways to regain your inner unity and harmony.
OUR TOP TIP: Hotel Termas Marinas El Palasiet in Castellón (http://www.spa-in-spain.com/hotels-and-spas/hotel/hotel-thalasso-el-palasiet/)
Ayurveda. You could travel all the way to India or Sri Lanka, however Spain has more and more great places on offer where you can find a complete and authentic Ayurveda cure, guided by qualified Indian doctors and therapists. Why fly to the other side of the world and endure the jet lag, when Spain has the same quality cures in sunny surroundings and with only a 2-3 hour flight…
OUR TOP TIP: Port Salvi Ayurveda Hotel in Catalonia (http://www.spa-in-spain.com/hotels-and-spas/hotel/port-salvi-ayurveda-hotel/)
Detox and Weight Loss. The Mediterranean diet is a modern nutritional recommendation originally inspired by the traditional dietary patterns of Greece, Southern Italy, and Spain. The principal aspects of this diet include proportionally high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits, and vegetables, moderate to high consumption of fish, moderate consumption of dairy products (mostly as cheese and yogurt), moderate wine consumption, and low consumption of meat and meat products. Most weight loss diets are no longer based on starving yourself but about a healthy long term life style. The Mediterranean diet is the basis for many of the weight loss programs offered in Spain.
OUR TOP TIP: Shanti Som Wellbeing Retreat in Andalusia (http://www.spa-in-spain.com/hotels-and-spas/hotel/shanti-som-wellbeing-retreat/)
Group retreats. Spain has developed itself as a true ¨retreat country¨. Hundreds of group retreats with a wellness theme like yoga, fitness, meditation, detox, etc. are organised in Spain every year. Why? Because of the beautiful weather, the fabulous nature, the quality of the retreats available and of course because it is easy to reach, thanks to the many international airports, receiving flights from all over Europe year-round.
OUR TOP TIP: Real Life healthy Living Retreat near Alicante (http://www.spa-in-spain.com/hotels-and-spas/hotel/new-real-life-healthy-living-retreat/)
Wine therapy. Spain ranks third in wine production in Europe, after France and Italy. So it is no surprise that you can find some amazing spas offering Vinotherapy. Did you know that with Vinotherapy you can combat ageing, remove wrinkles, moisturize the skin, reduce and reaffirm the abdomen, buttocks and breasts? Wine and it components are an elixir of beauty that also tones, relaxes and reduces stress.
OUR TOP TIP: Hotel Perelada Wine Spa & Golf in Catalonia (http://www.spa-in-spain.com/hotels-and-spas/hotel/hotel-peralada-wine-spa-golf/)