As some of you may know, I moved to Mexico from the Middle East where I had worked in the spa and wellness industry in Dubai for close to five years, to join Rosewood Mayakoba as spa director at their exclusive Riviera Maya property. I was tasked with redeveloping the treatment menu, creating new experiences and bringing in new product lines – a really exciting challenge! I asked my team, “Where is the industry magazine, so we can see what’s available to us here?” and the response was, “What do you mean, industry magazine?” There was none!
Careyes, symbolized by the question mark that sits above the name, is an enigma to those who have yet to discover the 5000 acres of jungle, mangroves, beaches and cliffs spanning a 12 km stretch of Pacific coastline in the state of Jalisco. Alongside the question mark, an exclamation point symbolizes the wow factor guests and residents feel once they discover the essence of this eco-resort that pledges to limit development at 4% of the land, ensuring the preservation of this captivating environment and landscape.
the First 1000 Days of Wellness® (F1000 Days)launch the first Specialized Practitioner Training for Conception, Pregnancy, and Family IntegrativeWellness, in partnership with known industry niche trainers, Chris Clinton and Joanne Berry. The trainingdesigned to provide much needed expertise in an area often neglected in our industry- but arriving at atime where global infertility rates are alarmingly on the rise.
Hollywood and the Entertainment Industries Jump into Wellness
Wellness will become a bigger, more meaningful programming focus as Big Media digests the huge cultural force wellness has become and offers it to all. Smart TVs offer wellness ‘channels’ on their home screens while wellness companies become TV studios: meditation-apps, Calm and Headspace, recently scored TV shows, translating their meditative experiences into immersive television. Celebrities are all over wellness, not just as spokespeople but as company founders and major investors.
Today’s online streaming workout is very impersonal. When people take an online class or watch a YouTube/Instagram workout, the instructor typically doesn’t know the individual’s fitness level, journey, and goals. No one is watching their form or performance, nor keeping track and measuring their progress.
The demand for touchless technology in the spa and wellness industry has increased significantly in recent months. Specialized touchless treatments allow spas to offer their guests exceptional experiences while adhering to strict hygiene regulations. Even before the pandemic, one of the biggest challenges of wellness facilities was finding skilled and knowledgeable therapists to ensure consistent treatment quality.
The wellness industry is being transformed by technology as we adapt to touchless therapies, bio-monitors and the greater role of tech-driven programs in delivering integral wellness experiences.
The 2020 Global Wellness Summit was relocated to The Breakers in West Palm Beach, Florida, US after it became clear earlier in the year that the ongoing pandemic would prevent international travel for most. This first-ever hybrid event, has the potential to be a new model for conferences the world over, across industries. The summit seamlessly combined in-person keynotes with virtual presentations from speakers worldwide, with all sessions available to virtual delegates of the summit attending online. Those present at the summit could choose to sit at a regular banquet chair, positioned at a safe distance from the next, or a fitness ball, exercise bike or cross trainer (provided by Planet Fitness) allowing attendees to stay active during the summit and adding another ‘wellness element’ to the experience.
On the Pacific Riviera of Panama, less than two hours’ drive from the capital Panama City, is the Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort: a paradise on earth. At the entrance of the resort, stands the majestic Corotú, a tree typical of the region. From its name comes the name of the hotel’s spa, the Corotú Spa. A spa focusing on first class service with a warm welcoming entrance. The Corotú Spa features a hydrotherapy area including a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room set to perfect temperatures, with corresponding guidelines for safe use.
Upon arrival at The Breakers, we immediately take our Covid-19 test, this minimally invasive procedure is carried out quickly and smoothly and we receive our results in 15 minutes, along with our ‘Covid-free’ sparkly blue wristbands allowing us to access the summit sessions.
Eforea Spa at the Hilton Barbados Resort is located in Needham’s Point St Michael, Bridgetown, and sits between two white sandy beaches framed by bright tropical flowers and three outdoor swimming pools on the sprawling hotel property. The first Eforea Spa in the Caribbean, this wellness haven sits on part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the 17th century Fort Charles in Barbados.