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As a world-leading travel & lifestyle group, AccorHotels takes a forward-thinking approach to wellbeing. Across the company’s portfolio of luxury brands and their 300+ spa facilities worldwide, this commitment to redefine the sector is brought to life through innovation, customized wellness strategies and the creation of meaningful, personalized experiences. The trend-setting Vitality Room at Swissôtel, Sofitel’s rejuvenating So Spa and So Fit concepts, and Fairmont’s personalized workout and apparel offering, Fairmont Fit, are but a few examples of recent luxury wellness initiatives across the AccorHotels network.
Adam Glickman is the principal of Parallax Hospitality a partner in bringing hospitality brand concepts to life. With more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, Adam has a passion for creating premium, distinctive, and wellness-forward brand concepts and helping non-hospitality companies navigate the complexities of the hotel industry to form partnerships and grow. Adam is a global explorer, avid runner and champion of everything wellness in hospitality.
Art of Living Retreat Center
Opened in 2012, The Art of Living Retreat Center is the newest outgrowth of the Art of Living Foundation’s 30+ year global commitment to health, happiness and Ayurveda. Nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the center offers immersive wellness experiences inspired by authentic traditions of yoga and Ayurveda. From signature workshops in the life-transforming power of breath and meditation to cleanses that have been practiced for thousands of years, the experiences at the center and its Shankara Ayurveda Spa provide timeless tools that help guests tap into their potential for lasting health and happiness.
Ava Roxanne Stritt
The founder of Spa Travel Gal, Ava Roxanne Stritt has been influencing the spa and wellness travel client since 2009. She has been called the most influential person in the world for spa travel. Her followers say she is responsible for turning the average spa day into a wellness adventure. As a freelance writer she contributes to Travelocity, Upscale Living Magazine, LA Travel Magazine, Spa Inc. Magazine and many others. Ava is also a brand ambassador for multiple luxury travel brands such as Rocky Mountaineer.
Based in Bronxville, NY, Barbara Nichuals has been President & CEO of Bayside Travel for over 30 years, and has embraced Wellness Travel for the power it has to heal mind, body and spirit. As a dancer, Barbara has found the activity to bring inner peace and well-being. She understands that the path to wellness can look different for each person. To fulfill each client’s individual needs and wants, she actively pursues personalized wellness experiences with the help of countless partnerships. She also runs a yearly writing workshop at the Bereavement Center of Westchester called Healing Words-The Positive Power of Writing.
Canyon Ranch has been a pioneer and an industry-leading proponent of the wellness lifestyle for nearly 40 years, operating the world's most celebrated collection of life-enhancement properties. Canyon Ranch has wellness destinations in Tucson, Ariz. and Lenox, Mass. In addition, the brand operates a Canyon Ranch wellness and spa complex at The Venetian® & The Palazzo® hotels in Las Vegas, Nev., as well as Canyon Ranch at Sea onboard Cunard's Queen Mary 2® luxury ocean liner, Oceania® and Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, and on Celebrity Cruises®.
Chris Torgerson has been in the travel industry for 20 plus years and is founder and owner of Stone Arch Travel. Chris has a passion for wellness and was instrumental in the design and launch of Travel Leaders' Select Wellness: a specialty collection for luxury wellness travelers featuring wellness hotels, resorts and retreats around the world. Chris shares her love of wellness and travel with her clients, providing options and designing experiences to meet their objectives.
A computer consultant for 27 years before opening WanderMore Travels in 2017, Dori Cameron has combined a love for travel, with wanting to share wellness concepts with as many people as possible. A health coaching certification led her to specialize in wellness and active travel planning through WanderMore. With an emphasis on group wellness travel options such as retreats, cruises and outdoor activities, Dori is on a mission to help her clients understand that changing just a few things about how you live can change everything about the quality of your life.
Dr. Claudia Aguirre
A neuroscientist and mind-body expert Dr. Claudia Aguirre specializes in the connection between the brain and the skin. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA and her Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, where she investigated hormonal interactions in the aging brain. She has also completed a certificate course on Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). Dr. Aguirre is a TEDx speaker, a TED Ed educator and consults internationally in the health and wellness industries. She also has current projects with NASA and the Global Wellness Institute.
Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing
Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing is an award-winning establishment founded by Madeleine Marentette. With a developed holistic approach to wellbeing, its focus is to inspire and renew the body, mind and spirit through lifestyle experiences and education. Surrounded by one of the most beautiful lakeside settings in Ontario, Canada, individuals learn how to manage stress with daily yoga and meditation, enjoy spa therapies, eat healthily, and connect with nature through daily hikes and a unique program in equine meditation. Guests gain a fresh perspective and leave with take-home tools to last a lifetime.
Great Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
From perpetual sunshine and inspirational mountain skylines to palm-fringed canyons and therapeutic mineral waters, Greater Palm Springs’ legacy as Southern California’s premier health and wellness destination continues to flourish. Wellness devotees can unwind at numerous luxury resorts, enjoy spa treatments integrating desert botanicals, explore scenic hiking and biking trails in spectacular wilderness areas such as Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument and Joshua Tree National Park, ride horses in the pristine Indian Canyons, and cultivate inner peace during meditation classes and sound baths. The region’s rich culinary offerings inspire healthy food choices at local farmers’ markets and restaurants.
Hilton Head Health
Hilton Head Health is recognized as a world leader in destination weight loss and wellness resorts. Our community of supportive dieticians, psychologists, wellness educators, fitness trainers, chefs and spa therapists draws upon H3’s decades of experience to create personalized medically based weight loss programs that will help guests achieve real results and set all on a path towards sustained health and wellness. An H3 wellness vacation promised more than a souvenir. Guests return home a changed person with a game plan for living a healthy life.
As a Kinesiologist for 20 years, John holds many certifications encompassing health and wellness. Real Recess is his project to simplify everything he teaches into short enjoyable lifestyle breaks. Travel has played a major role in John's life experiences, and he yearns to share it with his clients. Attending an event with him means creating lasting memories to use and share with family and friends for years to come. It is John's master goal to redesign our current living spaces so they are more conducive for healthy movement, nourishment, and recovery.
Kamalaya is a multi-award winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa ideally located on the beachfront on the tropical southern coastline of Koh Samui, Thailand. Centred around a cave that once served Buddhist monks as a place of meditation and retreat, Kamalaya was founded by John and Karina Stewart in 2005. The resort offers a holistic wellness experience integrating healing therapies from East and West, a breathtakingly beautiful natural environment, inspired healthy cuisine, holistic fitness practices and customised wellness programs and retreats ranging from Detoxification to Stress & Burnout, as well as Healthy Lifestyle, Emotional Balance and Personal Yoga Synergy.
As an engineer and marketing professional coming from the world of high tech, Kiron Dhaliwal fully understands workplace stress coupled with a hectic, always-on-the-go lifestyle. Add to this an active family, and practicing self-care became the only way to feel grounded and maintain balance. She melded her love of travel and wellness and founded San Ramon, CA-based Concierge Vacations Inc., an independent affiliate of Cadence Travel, a Virtuoso agency. Based on her clients’ intentions, Kiron can help plan both leisure and corporate wellness retreats and vacations.
Le Monastère des Augustines
Dating back to the 1600s, Le Monastère des Augustines in Quebec City, Canada, invites guests to have a transformational travel experience in a location dedicated to healing, serenity and inwardness for nearly four centuries. The renewal experience offered at Le Monastère includes accommodation in a 17th-century cloister, healthy cuisine highlighting local products, immersive museology, daily activities such as meditation and yoga classes, spa treatments, soothing concerts and personalized two to seven- day retreats. Le Monastère is a non-profit organization, and by staying with them guests contribute to the many local initiatives as well as their "sustainable tourism” efforts.
Certified in the Muscle Activation Technique, Positional Therapy and Functional Range Conditioning, Toronto-based Lily Eslahjou is a “move-mend” expert who teaches how simple forms of movement can be used to treat chronic pain. These techniques help to assess imbalances and heal the body through specific isometrics and mobility training routines. Lily is also trained in various yoga disciplines as well as in Pilates. She uses her knowledge to help redesign the body to be pain free, and adds her hands-on healing therapies when needed. To keep joints hydrated and healthy, Lily recommends her seven-minute Mobility Routine of rotational movements for neck, shoulders, arms, spine, hip joints, knees and ankles.
As the founder of Journeys That Fit, as well as a yoga instructor, hiking-lover and active traveler, Colorado-based Mary Funkhouser designs wellness journeys for affinity groups. It’s a recipe that finds energetic group leaders/business owners who inspire their followers to explore the world with them. Mary’s career in human resources taught her that those who thrive belong to communities that support each other’s purpose and aspirations. The unique combination of affinity groups and wellness travel affords individual enrichment, enhanced through connections made with like-minded people sharing experiences. No matter where a group chooses to go, the real destination for each person is to come back ‘fit' - fulfilled, inspired and transformed.
Monaco Government Tourist Office
With a history of wellness that dates back to 1860 when people visited for the curative powers of the Mediterranean, the city/state of Monaco boasts a wide range of healthy options from the active to the relaxing. Walking the entire Principality, jogging on the harbor, hiking the Via Alpina, rowing in front of the Monaco Yacht Club, practicing yoga on the beach, strolling the colorful Princess Grace Rose Garden, and embracing nature with singular attractions such as the Exotic Gardens, the Observatory Cave and the Pelagos Sanctuary – await the wellness-minded. Add luxury hotels, spas and healthy culinary offerings from Michelin-starred restaurants and you have an ideal luxury wellness destination.
New Life Hiking Spa
New Life Hiking Spa is located in the glorious Green Mountains of Vermont. It is opened each spring through fall, when hiking is at its peak, and offering multi-level hikes along the Appalachian Trail and beautiful Vermont countryside. New Life was Travel + Leisure Magazine’s #1 Destination Spa in the United States and one of USA Today’s 10 Best Health & Wellness Vacations.
OptiMYz is Canada's premier health, fitness and lifestyle magazine. OptiMYz is committed to helping readers be their best by providing leading content on adventure travel, gourmet healthy foods, fabulous fitness workouts, relaxation and the mind plus so much more. OptiMYz is sold across Canada on thousands of newsstands and available online. Feel better, get better, be better and live better with OptiMYz!
Peggy Sealfon is a personal development coach, author, motivational speaker and internationally recognized as an expert on dealing with stress and anxiety, especially as relates to wellness. Certified in life-changing modalities from western and eastern traditions, Sealfon coaches individuals and corporate groups in a blended integrated system to improve productivity, performance and wellbeing. Her best-selling book is Escape from Anxiety-Supercharge Your Life with Powerful Strategies from A to Z. She is also co-author of The Change-Insights Into Self Empowerment and publisher of Embodying the Power of the Zero Stress Zone with spiritual master Yogi Amrit Desai.
Retreats Unlimited is a full-service retreat company offering fitness, yoga, self-improvement and other wellness-focused programs hosted by rock star influencers. Held in private villas, retreat centers, and boutique resorts, our retreats provide the perfect backdrop for transformative experiences, wellness getaways and corporate mindfulness retreats. We provide a direct connection to influential ambassadors that work with our guests to provide unique experiences. Programming for our resort partners includes influencer marketing campaigns, wellness retreats, social media and public relations.
Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa
Located about an hour’s drive from Istanbul, Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa, Turkey's first and only Wellness Resort, pioneered the concept of wellness in Turkey. Where the forest and lake views intersect at Lake Sapanca the 2,700 square-meter Richmond Nua Wellness Spa offers water therapies (including sauna and steam rooms with temperatures ranging between 40°C and 100°C) healthy meals via the Beautyfood menu, and self-discovery under the guidance of expert therapists through customized programs. Along with many prestigious awards received over the last decade, Richmond Nua has been selected as Best Luxury Destination Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards for seven consecutive years.
Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Robyn Anderson is the owner and manager of Villa Estrella in Costa Rica. A culmination of her passion for beauty, peace, wellness, healthy food, fun, adventure, the private, luxury villa sits on over two-acres overlooking the Bay of Papagayo, a thirty-minute drive from Costa Rica’s Liberia Airport. The villa offers eight bedrooms, a dedicated fitness and movement space, and a complete staff of chef, waiter, bartender, maid, concierge and driver. It is the only private, five-star villa in Costa Rica that accommodates wellness-focused retreats of up to 22 people.
As a retired , full time nurse and a part time travel agent for 20 plus years, Shayne Messina found a way to combine her two passions into one as a full time wellness travel advisor and Well- Being Travel Specialist with the belief that travel, truly does heal the body and soul. She is president of Florida-based Sunmasters Elite Travel
Sojourn Bicycling & Active Vacations
Sojourn Bicycling & Active Vacations is a Vermont-based boutique travel company offering high-end cycling and active vacations with an immersive approach to health and fitness. Specializing in award-winning, hand-crafted, active biking and multi-sport trips with options for all levels of riders, Sojourn offers unique routes, professional tour leaders, luxury heritage accommodations and farm-to-table cuisine as the cornerstones of their trip and consistently deliver the highest level of excellence.
Spa Eastman Health & Wellness Retreat
Located on 326 acres with an incredible view of Mont Orford and only an hour’s drive from Montreal, Spa Eastman Health & Wellness Retreat is one of Canada’s premier wellness retreats. Facilities include seven pavilions for accommodation, miles of hiking trails, pristine gardens for relaxing, Nordic baths, a gym for daily fitness and yoga classes, customized seven or fourteen-night Health Immersion packages, and daily workshops and conferences. The Spa Eastman restaurant offers the signature Tonic Cuisine, a unique gastronomy experience based on current scientific research that food can be one's medicine. Food is not only beautifully presented and delicious but wholesome and nutritious.
Travel to Wellness
Launched in 2004 Travel to Wellness was the first editorially- driven online magazine catering specifically to the growing number of wellness-minded travelers. We've been talking wellness travel, spa vacations, wellness living and travel, in general, for 13 years.
UNICOMM LLC is an independent business-to-business communications company specializing in originating and managing world-class trade shows and conferences. Unicomm’s properties include the nation’s largest and longest running series of travel events, the Travel & Adventure Show in Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco/Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Philadelphia and Dallas. The Travel & Adventure Show Series will launch the Wellness Travel Experience in four of their show markets – Washington,D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and Denver – in 2018.
Wander Magazine celebrates the health and well-being of body, mind, and soul through inspiring wellness travel adventures, spas and retreats, nourishing food, lifestyle trends, plus the best gear for the road. Get inspired to live, eat, and travel well in the latest digital issue.
Wyatt Chapman is the Founder and CEO of VeraVia, a boutique integrative health and wellness retreat in Carlsbad, California. Wyatt embodies VeraVia’s comprehensive mind, body and spirit approach to health. He understands the importance of discovering the relationship among one’s internal elements (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) and mastering them to achieve the highest self, allowing for true success and an optimal life experience. Prior to starting VeraVia, Wyatt was President and Principal Architect of an award-winning architectural and engineering firm in San Diego, CA, where he led the sustainable design and construction efforts of numerous large-scale design-build projects.
Dr. McQueen is a global physician on a mission to education about health, travel wellness and disease prevention. She is an Emergency Medicine physician and Travel Doctor; working as a physician across the US and the Caribbean. Dr. McQueen also serves as a concierge travel physician ensuring healthy and safe travel before and during an international trip. Dr. McQueen is a speaker, blogger, author, consultant, CPR/First Aid instructor and personal coach. She teaches personal wellness, self-care, stress reduction and lifestyle modifications for living a best life.