It's hard to believe it’s already December! With the holiday season fully underway, we’re featuring some of our favorite places to unwind in front of a fireplace this winter—hopefully with some of your favorite people. Speaking of winter, we’re highlighting a recent trip to the Scandinavian Arctic, complete with a viewing of the Northern Lights. Beaches more your speed? We’ve got the lowdown on some of the best hotels in Anguilla. From all of us at First in Service, we wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year. Cheers to 2019!
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
Spa destinations have always been considered an ideal way to check out and reconnect with yourself. Sometimes getting away from it all isn’t enough. For those moments, often during big life changes, the getaway sparks a personal metamorphosis. Check out four wellness sanctuaries around the world that are designed to do just that:
SHA Wellness Clinic, Valencia, Spain
The award-winning SHA Wellness Clinic was born out of founder Alfredo Batallar Parietti’s personal health battle. After years of chronic suffering and a cancer diagnosis, he was introduced to the macrobiotic diet. His health turnaround was nothing short of astounding, and he wanted to help others achieve similar results. Today this diet, tailored into one of three categories – detox, general wellbeing, or weight loss – is the cornerstone of the program. Therapies blend Eastern and Western medicine, distinguishing SHA as a worldwide pioneer of wellbeing and medical transformation. The setting too, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Valencia, is unforgettable.
The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu, California
Known as a “luxury boot camp,” The Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu focuses on transforming physical wellbeing while getting back to nature. In a 4 or 7-day program, guests engage in 15 hours per day of outdoor exercise, requiring mental and physical preparation. This life changing experience is achieved through stimulating mind and body through sustainable exercise. In turn, the physical activity enhances metabolism, detoxifies the body, and allows for healthy weight loss. Guests leave feeling lighter, stronger, and with a sense of true mental awakening.
Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India
Located near the birthplace of yoga and one of Oprah’s personal favorites, India’s first destination spa is tucked away in the Himalayan foothills overlooking the river Ganges. Set in a former palace, Ananda specializes in traditional Indian practices of yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, and Vedanta to guide guests in attaining harmony between physical and mental peace. Guests are given tunics upon arrival, which they are encouraged to wear throughout their stay. By practicing a less-is-more attitude, guests often leave humbled when they depart.
Mii amo, Sedona, Arizona
A Yuman Indian word that means “journey,” Mii amo is an organic extension of its spiritual environment in the spa mecca of Sedona.The destination spa combines Native America traditions with dozens of personal healing and wellness treatments. Each morning barefoot guests and staff begin with an intention-setting ritual in the Crystal Grotto. The newest signature offering is a blessing treatment called Hozhooji, which focuses on gratitude to achieve internal balance. It combines Native American rituals and holistic healing using mineral-rich clay, powerful energy work, and massage to awaken the body and spirit.
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