Wellness trends have been booming in recent years and city wellness centers is one that we are excited about in 2020 as it gives busy urbanites the opportunity to experience a wellness retreat in the city. We’ve rounded up our favorite wellness centers in some of the busiest cities in the world. If you are living in the hustle and bustle, these wellness centers are sure to let you rest and recharge.
The Well in New York City is a membership-based wellness club designed for busy urban professionals. Opened in summer 2019, The Well offers integrated, proactive, and personalized programs to help you maintain balance, combining Western medicine with Eastern healing into customized health plans. The modalities they offer are Functional Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Health Coaching, Vibrational Energy Healing, Sports Medicine, Emotional Wellbeing, Mindful Movement, Bodywork, and Food as Medicine. The Well is equipped with a full-service spa with relaxation areas, yoga and meditation studios, a private training studio gym, reflexology lounge and an organic Ayurvedic-inspired restaurant and vitamin bar. Their integrative medicine doctors, health coaches, and skilled practitioners collaborate across modalities to give you a customized plan to support your goals.
Inscape is a community space that offers meditation and relaxation in the middle of New York City. Trained meditation facilitators are available to help you get started, answer questions, and talk through any emotions that come up during your meditation session. Sessions take place in the Dome, which is a less cluttered, more ‘pure’ space, and the Alcove which features rotating art exhibits for immersive, sensory experiences. Inscape is accessible to everyone as they offer sessions seven days a week and you can learn how to meditate for sleep, anxiety and even stress.
Six Senses New York
Opening early 2020, Six Senses is opening at their first North American location in New York. Six Senses New York will be the flagship urban property of the brand, giving the people of New York all that Six Senses has to offer right in the city. Six Senses New York is a key element of The XI – two unique, twisting towers in the New York skyline located between Manhattan’s Hudson River and The High Line. There will be two restaurants showcasing Six Senses’ popular culinary approach to wellness by serving fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced produce and ingredients. Their Six Senses Spa will introduce a layered approach to wellness with treatments that are an intuitive mix of science and human awareness.
Fivelements, the award-winning integrated wellness lifestyle company, has brought its signature wellness treatments and services from their flagship Fivelements Retreat Bali to the busy city of Hong Kong. Opened in July 2019 in the heart of Causeway Bay, Fivelements Habitat is a city sanctuary of yoga, sacred arts, and plant-based cuisine. With over 120 classes offered each week, guests can choose from Anti-Gravity Aerial Yoga, Tea Ceremonies, Barre Classes, Mantra Meditation, Mat Pilates, Core Focused Training, Multimedia Dance Experience, Mindful Wing Chun, Taichi, and much more. Don’t forget to try out the Fivelements Soundscape sessions to escape from the busy city life and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature with their 270-degree panoramas and sound system. The Wellness Sanctuary is home to their signature collection of therapies including massage and bodywork, energy and intuitive healing, beauty wellness and holistic healing. After taking a class or massage, have a meal at the Fivelements Sakti Elixir Bar, an innovative plant-based cuisine concept aimed to nurture body, mind and soul. Fivelements Habitat will open two more centers in Hong Kong and will expand to other key Asian countries.
Enhale is a mindfulness meditation studio in the middle of busy Central that offers techniques for modern living. Meditation gives you a lot of benefits: better health, sleep, weight loss, concentration, stress management and happiness. It can also help you enhance your creativity, as well as strengthen your ability to deal with life’s challenges. Enhale offers thematic meditation classes that are open to all levels, including Breathwork, Awareness, Sound Healing and others, making meditation accessible to everyone. You can stop by at any time of the day as Enhale offers classes from early morning until late in the evening, seven days a week. There are also private classes and corporate wellness programs that are tailored to meet your goals.
Asaya at Rosewood Hong Kong
Asaya, an urban wellness oasis at Rosewood Hong Kong, is a luxurious integrated wellness center that offers you a world-class escape for the senses. Aside from revolutionary treatment programs, Asaya Hong Kong has expert therapists and holistic coaches who are ready to help you develop your current state of wellbeing. Asaya also has a fitness center that is much more than a gym and has dedicated spaces for yoga and meditation. Its expert team will assist you on your unique wellness journey as they put together a personalized program to help you reach your health and fitness goals. Asaya first launched at Rosewood Phuket, but Asaya Hong Kong is now Rosewood’s wellness flagship.
Ikigai is a new bespoke wellness studio offering unique experiences that encourage transformational change. Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means ‘a reason for being’. At this new city wellness studio, you discover your reason for being with a humble, authentic, and encouraging voice. Ikigai values the importance of supporting and honoring each other’s journey, and has a community that is not limited by age, gender, race or social status. Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Ikigai was created as a simple yet powerful space that feels like your own little home in the hustle and bustle of the city.
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Inhere is London’s first drop-in meditation studio that gives you the space to stop, pause, and hear yourself again. Inhere aims to give you the chance to develop a healthy relationship with your mind, and offers you the opportunity, time and space to tune out the noise of daily life. What makes Inhere stand out from the other meditation studios is they have custom-built meditation pods where you can stop, listen and focus on yourself. You can choose from listening to the meditation sessions through in-built headphones and just close your eyes, focus on your breathing and enjoy the space and time for you. The meditation pods give you a peaceful space to meditate or unwind, even in the middle of busy London.
Located in Central London, Re:Mind is a meditation, healing and breathwork studio that aims to bring more calm to busy Londoners. Re:Mind offers a space to recover, heal, and transform any stresses and complications of city life through easily accessible meditation-based and teacher-led sessions. With guided sessions every day of the week, Re:Mind will help you build a meditation practice that’s just right for you. The studio is also a sustainable space and was designed using reclaimed and natural materials. It has an air-purifying ventilation system to ensure you inhale the cleanest possible air. Whether you are in the mood for a sound bath or want to move your body in a restorative flow – there’s a type of session that’s best suited to your personal needs.
Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre
The Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre is located in Hotel Café Royal in Central London. It is an urban spa oasis in the heart of London that embraces you from the city’s noisy streets into a tranquil sanctuary perfectly balanced in light, space, air, and scent. From nutrition to meditation, and Reiku to Watsu, you can enjoy expert treatments, therapies and training offered at no other London hotel. It is a hidden sanctuary under the bustling traffic of London’s Regent Street that features a state-of-the-art gym, large lap pool, Watsu pool, sauna and private Hammam/steam room. Akasha also offers a range of signature treatments from luxury skincare brands Valmont and Aromatherapy Associates.
COMO Metropolitan London
COMO Metropolitan London puts emphasis on providing perfectly curated experiences in the city, including designed treatment programs at its COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, which focuses on the best possible therapies for body and face while the sleek minimalist interior ensures a clean-lined peaceful sanctuary for those looking to escape the pressures of city life. COMO’s wellness paths and experiences are carefully created to help you on your journey to wellness. After your treatment, stop by the boutique where they sell COMO Shambhala products, or head to the 24-hour gym.
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Wanderlust Hollywood is a lifestyle wellness studio with a wide range of classes, such as yoga, meditation and breathwork. Wanderlust aims to help you find your true north and to cultivate your best self. The center gathers experts, practices and recipes for living to guide your journey toward a mindful and inspired life. Whether you’re a yogi, a foodie, an entrepreneur, an artist, a meditator, a writer, or anyone looking for inspiration, Wanderlust Hollywood will fill your cup and offers a rich menu of experiences: from concerts to nutrition, meditation to film screenings, and wine tastings to kombucha making. The center is a place to strengthen the body and nourish the spirit.
The DEN Meditation
Nestled in Los Angeles, The DEN is your neighborhood meditation studio and a peaceful oasis in one of the world’s busiest cities. The DEN offers classes from mindfulness meditation, sound baths, workshops, for every lifestyle for every day of the week. The DEN also offers private and corporate sessions, as it is their mission to spread the benefits of meditation everywhere. The DEN is a meditation studio that allows you to be comfortable while starting or expanding your meditation practice.
At Unplug, you can either take meditation classes in person or online. Unplug is a drop-in, secular meditation studio that offers a wide variety of simple and eclectic classes led by some of the best meditation teachers in the country. Unplug’s mission is to make meditation effortless to learn, and to inspire you to pause, breathe and unplug daily. The center aims to help you to slow down, release stress, decrease anxiety, increase focus, clarity and productivity, tame anger, feel calm, present and relaxed, sleep better and feel happier. All classes are accessible for first-timers and long-term meditators and are simplified to make it easy, powerful, inspirational and fun. Unplug offers classic mindfulness meditation classes to guided imagery, sound baths, breathwork, aromatherapy, crystal healing and more.
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Balanced Living is a center of wellness offering holistic health support, including health consultations, weight loss programs, Quantum Body Analysis, functional sports nutrition, family planning, homeopathy, workshops and events, yoga, meditation, tailored detox programs, as well as guided fasting programs. If you are looking to achieve your health goals through simple adaptations to your diet and lifestyle, Balanced Living is here to help. Its practitioners’ mission is to empower you to make educated decisions about using natural health products for yourself and your family and to help you find your balance in life. Balanced Living believes that nutrition, yoga, meditation, and gentle exercise are important components for a holistic approach to a healthy life.
COMO Shambhala Urban Escape
One of Singapore’s most exclusive wellness centers, COMO Shambhala Urban Escape offers yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, naturopathy, preventative health and massage therapy with expert hands-on healing and consultations from resident and visiting experts. Located on busy Orchard Road, COMO Shambhala Urban Escape is open daily with a schedule of sessions for all levels. Its flagship COMO Shambhala Estate in Ubud, Bali, is a retreat getaway that gives urban clients a way to proactively look at their health and wellbeing, whether it is through Pilates and yoga, nutrition, or via western and alternative medicine.
Six Senses Singapore
Six Senses Singapore is comprised of two hotels – Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell, both situated in Singapore’s bustling Chinatown. The two hotels offer the perfect setting for a wellness staycation for city travelers. Six Senses Maxwell has recently opened five spa pods and two relaxation rooms to give guests a range of holistic experiences and boost their wellbeing. With the aim to be an urban oasis amid Singapore’s hustle and bustle, locals, hotel guests and travelers passing through the city are invited to take a break and enjoy the sound of silence. Guests can look forward to both traditional and innovative wellness experiences from Six Senses Signature Massages to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), locally-inspired rituals, and functional fitness.