The last two years have redefined the meaning of wellness. A global survey conducted by American Express in September 2021 found that 76 percent of world travelers are willing to spend more on trips as part of their well-being, and over half are willing to pay extra for wellness activities on future vacations, while an overwhelming majority agree that travel helps to improve their mental health.
In celebration of Global Wellness Day, Accor identified six leading wellness trends that are emerging across its hotels in North America. Here are a few Fairmont Wellness Retreats ideas.
1. KOMBUCHA, EVERWHERE
Kombucha, a fermented and lightly effervescent beverage touted for its health benefits, is now finding a home on menus and in cocktails. At Fairmont Empress in Victoria, B.C., locally-brewed kombucha from Salt Spring Island is served at Q Bar, while Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Lobby Lounge and Raw Bar serves a Moondance Cocktail made with kombucha, White O-Five Rare tea, yuzu juice and mint.
2. INTRODUCING: BIOHACKING
Through an exclusive partnership with biohacking expert, Dr. Oz Garcia, the recently reimagined Fairmont Century Plaza, which boasts a 14,000 square foot Fairmont Spa designed to deliver wellness experiences beyond those currently available in the luxury market, is reinventing wellness culture with a biohacking treatment–a customized approach to recovery, wellbeing and anti-aging. Using a curated sequence combining elements like infrared technology, neuroscience technology, and meditation all while in an anti-gravity state, biohacking offers an all-natural solution to improve sleep quality, resolve stress and support mindfulness.
3. IMMUNITY-BOOSTING RITUALS
Taking care of your immune system has become increasingly important, and many hotels are putting wellness first with rituals that aim to boost one’s natural defenses. At Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, magnesium–an important mineral that helps support muscle and nerve function, regulate blood pressure, and strengthen the immune system–is front and center in the Magnesium Massage, a healing treatment that uses magnesium-infused hot towels and heat-driven muscle repair to replenish levels in the body. The geo-thermal mineral pools at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa are fed by an ancient thermal mineral spring, flowing from 1,100 feet below the resort and containing 27 different minerals. In San Diego, Fairmont Grand Del Mar invites guests to discover one of the oldest, richest and simplest ritual practices, which combines the healing power of water, contrasting temperatures and repetition to restore balance to the nervous system and promote cellular exchange. At Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, located in Canada’s Rocky Mountain region, guests can experience the Mineral Immunity treatment to exfoliate dull skin with a eucalyptus-infused body scrub before submerging in a Mineral Wellness Soak, followed by a Thermal Mineral Shower and Bath Gel which harnesses the power of magnesium, colloidal silver and calcium.
4. ADAPTOGENS ON THE RISE
Accor hotels are embracing the use of adaptogens, natural substances that alleviate stress and anxiety, by adding them to food, drinks, soaks, and treatments. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge offers adaptogenic treatments at the spa and in-room spa kits. The Anda Vital Nutrient Facial combines specialized Gua Sha techniques with multi-function organic products rich in adaptogenic vital nutrients to transform skin. The Anda Luxury Regimen In-Room Spa Kit delivers the spa experience right to your guest room, with a Super Nutrient Balm jam packed with adaptogens to promote cell rejuvenation.
5. ZERO PROOF COCKTAILS
Hotels are getting ever more creative when it comes to zero-proof libations and are treating them with the same craft and “spirt” as the real thing. From incorporating honey harvested on site and making herb syrups, to tapping into locally distilled non-alcoholic spirits, guests who want a buzz-less drink can look forward to artisanal beverages that are innovative and full of flavor. Fairmont Empress’ Zero Proof Cocktail List features riffs on the Cosmo and Espresso Martini with the “Cosno” and “Espresso Martino”, and Fairmont Washington D.C., Georgetown‘s mocktails “Vacay Mode” and “Into the Garden” feature Seedlip non-alcoholic spirits. Dry July has never been more appealing.
6. FIT ON THE FLY
Accor hotels are taking staying healthy on the road one step further with in-room exercise and meditation equipment and wellness therapies. Fairmont Vancouver Airport recently introduced a new Fit of the Fly Suite, featuring a Peloton Bike, FITBENCH ONE filled with dumbbells, kettlebells, a slam ball, and FITBANDS, and in-room Nordic hydrotherapy. Guests can also look forward to head-to-toe Fairmont Fit apparel waiting for them on arrival, so there’s no need to squeeze extra gear into their carry-on. In Chicago, Swissôtel’s Vitality Suite spans over 1,700 square feet and five rooms, including a Wellbeing Wall with a Peloton Bike and Water Rowing Machine, to offer a sanctuary with enhanced amenities designed to boost the body’s natural circadian rhythms and promote a good night’s sleep.
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