In many ways health is becoming a the new definition of wealth and we want it weaved into our downtime – into holidays, travel and family time. Perhaps it is the reason why retreats - more purposeful getaways - are an increasingly popular option for those seeking longer-lasting change.
Retreats are great for single travellers too. They attract people with similar concerns or interests and, hence, offer you the opportunity to create memories with like-minded souls, looking to achieve the same goals as you. These people often act as your support system when you return home.
"Swab your saliva and have a boutique wines selected for your taste buds? It’s already happening."
It's not all about chilled out, rustic yoga or hard core detox venues. Top-end hotels are getting in on the game. Forward-thinking healthy hotel brands that tap into the ultimate health personalisation are future proofing the desirability of their destination.
Swab your saliva and have a boutique wines selected for your taste buds? It’s already happening. Send a stool sample to map your microbiome (the collective name for the bacteria that reside in the gut) and have a tailored eating plan to suit. Also already happening.
But is it not all about innovation. Remembering what it is to be a human being, rather than human doing is what a retreat means for most of us, and that’s a mindshift.
When I host my own juice fasting retreats the only rule for my guests it that they are selfish with their time on retreat. They are not there to keep others happy - rather, for once, it is about what they really want and need.
Most often, that wish list includes losing a few pounds and kick-starting healthy eating and exercise habits. Increasingly, retreat guests are also focused on a mental time out and a digital detox.
No matter what you are seeking, the best way to move forward is to retreat.