Lake Austin’s premier wellness retreat is the place for relaxation

Just 20 miles from downtown Austin lies an all-inclusive waterfront oasis that offers a true sanctuary for rest, renewal, and reinvention. With 40 welcoming rooms, a focus on conscientious cuisine, and a full calendar of fitness and wellness programming, Lake Austin Spa Resort is the escape you’ve been searching for. At their award winning Lakehouse Spa, choose a la carte from over 100 spa treatments and services that highlight local herbs and influences—or pamper yourself with a full- or half-day spa package. How did it strike you on arrival? This all-inclusive destination spa is set on the picturesque hillside of its namesake lake. The building is intentionally made of local stone so it blends into the natural landscape. What’s the

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Wellness Trends For 2021 & Beyond

Global Wellness Summit Releases In-Depth Trends Report, “The Future of Wellness 2021” identifies nine future wellness trends: from Hollywood jumping into wellness to the rise of spiritual architecture/design to adding “more colour to wellness” to a new future for immune health—that stops “boosting” and starts balancing. This long pandemic made health and wellness radically more important to people. At the same time, the many traumas of 2020 accelerated fatigue with an industry too focused on elitist, hyper-trendy, evidence-free wellness solutions. Suffice it to say, the wellness industry emerging in 2021 will look very different from the one we knew in 2019. The trends report reflects how wellness is poised to take a bigger seat at the health care table. It

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Visiting Bali For a Spa

9 of the Best Spas in Bali Indonesia has long been luring us to its tropical island for wellness—hosting us at hillside yoga retreats, overhauling our health through raw food consumption, and relaxing us amidst nature in its fullest glory. It’s not all sun salutations or blessings and chantings à la Eat, Pray, Love though—this is an island where adventure, fitness and forward-thinking beauty treatments await too. Of course, there are dirt-cheap road-side salons which might offer a great-value massage or mani-pedi, but they vary hugely in quality. So, these are our favorite addresses when it comes to quality therapists, charming environments, and remarkable results. Nature is a tonic in itself—all the better that many of Bali’s spas let organic

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Rediscover “Me Time” at Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur’s Spa

This year’s superheroes have undoubtedly been women, taking on one challenge after another with grace, determination and seemingly-endless energy. Now it’s time for some well-deserved pampering and self-care. Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur presents Ultimate Me, a special package designed to allow someone else to do the heavy lifting for a change. Begin the wellbeing journey in the calming environs of The Spa with a 60-minute full body massage, topped with a 15-minute foot or shoulder massage. As experienced therapists target muscle tension and activate vital energy points, feel stress and fatigue melt away. Let bespoke essential oils do their magic, nourishing the skin and balancing the senses. Emerge feeling wonderfully refreshed from head to toe. Continue the rejuvenation with a visit to the private

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The Best Wellness Retreats in the US

Although luxury resorts have always tapped into traveler’s desires to recharge both physically and mentally with dedicated wellness retreats becoming commonplace, the desire for combining health with leisure has never been more prevalent. As the world remains in the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic, wellness retreats and resorts across the country have tailored their offerings to not only maximize safety, but also help travelers switch off from the worries of the outside world, and truly focus on their own health without distraction. Our round-up of the best luxury wellness retreats in the US will allow you to prioritize your physical, mental and spiritual health, without having to leave your home turf. Shou Sugi Ban House, The Hamptons Shou Sugi Ban

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The 10 best onsen (hot springs) in Japan

No trip to Japan is complete without a relaxing dip in an onsen. What is an onsen? Onsen are natural hot springs, fueled by volcanic activity, as well as the resort atmosphere that has emerged around many such springs. Onsens are a popular attraction for Japanese tourists, due to both their cultural significance and their relaxing, recreational nature. Onsens play a significant role in Japanese culture, and they are used extensively by Japanese residents. It is thought that onsen have healing and rejuvenating qualities, helping conditions such as skin ailments and cancer. Japan offers around 2,300 onsen to choose from, many of them included in ryokan (traditional inns). We’ve compiled a list of ten of the best onsen in Japan.

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A Sensei Retreat at Four Seasons Lanai

In the centre of the island of Lanai and 1,600ft above sea level, Hawaii’s first proper destination spa has a surprising mountain feel, as stately Cook pines outnumber palm trees and a wispy morning mist cloaks the Koloiki Ridge before being banished by the tropical sun. This is not your usual fly and flop. The nearest beach is spectacular but is a 20-minute drive away. Instead, here is Four Seasons’ first property focused entirely on wellness, a place where guests (grown-ups only) all follow their own tailored programme. It is a partnership between the freshly renovated hotel, which, like 98 per cent of Lanai, is owned by tech billionaire Larry Ellison, and Sensei, the spa company he founded with leading

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