With many of us staying home, hotels, wellness retreats and tourist attractions around the world have gone digital with a wealth of creative online travel and wellness retreat experiences designed to engage avid adventurers – and hopefully, lure them back once they’re able to travel again. Here are some top picks for travel and retreat experiences you can have in the comfort of your own home.
EXPLORE THE WORLD OF BELMOND
Belmond Initiations takes the brand’s enriching experiences and puts them into the digital realm with parties, poetry and music, mindful rituals, and nutrition advice, all of which are hosted on IGTV. This is supported by “digital care packages” on its website and Facebook featuring meditation rituals and at-home spa therapies from Belmond experts.
GET WELL WITH KAMALAYA
Kamalaya Koh Samui is known for its immersive wellness retreats and now, the property is bringing its experiences online with live-streams on Facebook and Instagram. Check their website for their schedule of guided meditations, fitness coaching, nutritional advice, and cooking classes.
VISIT US NATIONAL PARKS
Missing your fill of the great outdoors? Now, you can get a dose of nature by virtually visiting American National Parks rom your living room. Consider this your chance to see Yosemite’s Half Dome (California); walk through the glaciers and fjords of Kenai Fjords (Alaska); swim the coral reefs at Dry Tortugas (Florida); be awed by the Grand Canyon (Nevada); explore the caves and caverns of Carlsbad Caverns (New Mexico); and fly over the volcanoes at Hawai’i Volcanoes (Hawaii).
CHOSEN EXPERIENCES FOR EVERYONE
The Chōsen brand is known for its intensive wellness programs that are as demanding as they are effective. But now, they’re taking things down a notch so everyone can benefit from their collective wisdom. You’ll be able to participate in several virtual events – from arts and music to nutrition and exercise – designed to help you reach your wellness goals. There will even be a virtual dinner with Chōsen’s nutritionists, founders, and chef Beppe – participants will have meals made with farm-fresh food delivered right to their homes! Chōsen will also host co-branded events with specially selected partners that will focus on wellness, movement, and resilience. From May 1, everyone (including non-alumnis) will have virtual access to the frameworks and skills of the Chōsen program to help everyone stay healthy, connected, and mentally resilient.
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NOURISH BODY AND SOUL WITH ANANTARA’S WELLNESS TIPS
This high-end hotel brand is known for its effective wellness therapies that are deployed through their spas and cuisine, and now you can enjoy their expertise online. On their Nomad Blog, you’ll find recipes curated by Anantara chefs around the world – think an immunity booster turmeric tea from Oman, classic Gazpacho from Spain, and kombucha from Vietnam. Anantara experts will also offer tips for meditating, eating, and sleeping your way to optimal health at this time.
#WESTAYUNITED WITH EDEN BEING BY OETKER COLLECTION
This luxury hotel brand’s dedicated website now allows customers to engage with their properties while staying at home. You’ll find a wide array of experiences here, including a playlist that helps you recreate the Parisian experience of Le Bar du Bristol, the recipe for Chef Felipe’s fried rice from Brazil’s Palácio Tangará, and a core-blasting workout from Eden Roc-St Barth’s coach Jordan.
TOUR THE WORLD’S GREATEST MUSEUMS
Culture vultures will love this opportunity to tour the best museums in the world. 2,500 museums, galleries, and palaces around the world are now offering virtual tours, so you’ll find something you’ll love. Start with London’s British Museum, New York’s Met, Florence’s Uffizi, then try boutique institutions like the Pera (Istanbul), matiasStella (Japan), and the Glass Museum (Murano). Versailles, the White House, and the Bolshoi Theater are all here, too.
LEARN TO COOK IN ITALY
Food is a great way to have an authentic experience while traveling, and nowhere is this truer than in Italy, where gastronomy is the heart of local life. You won’t be indulging in cacio e pepe in Rome or bistecca alla Fiorentina in Florence anytime soon, but you can still enjoy real Italian cooking. Massimo Bottura, of Modena’s famous Michelin-starred restaurant Osteria Francescana, is running a daily cooking series called Kitchen Quarantine, while Silvia Grossi, of Tuscany’s Il Salviatino, is hosting cooking classes on that (should) only require things you already have in your pantry.
AT HOME WITH SIX SENSES
Six Senses’ wellness experts around the world are on hand to help you stay balanced at home, offering support through live meditations, recipes and workouts on Facebook. Join Six Senses Wellness Pioneer Anna Bjurstam every Thursday at 2pm GMT for the best wellness tips. Check out her video on Sleep Hacks! You can also read about her new approach to energy healing and how science is making traditional practices mainstream.
EXPLORE THE METRO STATIONS OF MOSCOW
Russia’s capital is famous for its museum-like metro stations, and now, you can visit them virtually. The Moscow Metro Career Guidance Center is offering five activities each day through Instagram, which includes everything from history talks to architecture tours. Don’t miss the grand ballroom that is Mayakovskya station; the 76 bronze statues at Ploshchad Revolyutssi station; or the Versailles-like Komsomolskaya station.
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