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It is one thing when hotels open fitness centres, but quite another when fitness centres open hotels.

Luxe gym Equinox is opening a hotel in New York’s new Hudson Yards neighbourhood next year in a move that embodies the evolution of wellness travel.


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Most hotels have increased fitness options – you can book rooms with stationary bikes and rent workout clothes – but wellness travel has become much more than just keeping fit while on the road. Increasingly it has become the point of the journey. And it is bringing in lots of money.

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Whether it is foraging for your own medicinal herbs in Peru, cycling across the California coastline or spending several thousand dollars to workout alongside celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson in Aspen, Colorado, wellness tourists made 691 million trips in 2015, according to the Global Wellness Institute.

In the past, wellness holidays straddled between starvation-style boot camps or relaxing spa weekends to detox from an unhealthy lifestyle.

[Fitness has] gone from being an activity to now [where] it’s a destination – it’s a purpose.

Marshal Cohen, analyst at trend group NPD

However, as self-care has evolved into a daily goal, it has found an obvious match in travel. International and domestic wellness tourism brought in US$563 billion in 2015 – up from US$489 billion in 2013, according to the Global Wellness Institute.

Wellness travel is expected to grow to US$808 billion by 2020.

 and you might end up doing yoga on a coconut plantation in Ko Samui

The travel trend has mirrored the shift in retail.

Gone are the days when shoppers headed to a bricks-and-mortar stores to buy shoes that they could buy online. Instead, they are being lured to stores by experiences.

Similarly, holidaymakers are less excited about lying on the beach with umbrella drinks.

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They also want a more immersive experience, such as a yoga meditation retreat or surf camp, to connect with others and revitalise themselves, experts say.

“[Fitness has] gone from being an activity to now [where] it’s a destination – it’s a purpose,” says Marshal Cohen, an analyst at the trend group NPD.

“That’s a huge shift in spending. We’re not building wardrobes any more. We’re building memories and the photos we’re clicking on our phones and posting on social media are the fruits of our labour.”


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The Curtain Bluff resort in Antigua launched a new wellness concierge where guests can meet the team at no extra charge to design their own fitness programme including everything from Zumba to Pilates.

Amanpuri’s resort in Phuket, Thailand, created four wellness immersions, where guests can focus on fitness, weight loss, digestive cleanses or mental awareness during a three- to 14-night holiday.

We are seeing [cruise] lines of every ilk and size embrace healthy eating, fitness, all sorts of positive, new kinds of approaches to yoga and that kind of thing

Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor at large, CruiseCritic

Offerings include reiki, an alternative stress-reduction therapy, and life-coaching.

The trend is even spilling over to cruises, once stereotyped as weight-gaining holidays with bottomless buffets.

Now, wellness can be the whole point of the cruise. Holland America Line, in partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine, has programmes for meditation and healthy living.

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Cruise passengers can also combine wellness with sightseeing during ports of call. Take a shore excursion on a Regents Seven Seas cruise, for example, and you might end up doing yoga on a coconut plantation in Ko Samui, Thailand, or outdoor tai chi in Marseille, France, with a view of the sea on one side and a palace on the other.

 and you might end up doing yoga on a coconut plantation in Ko Samui

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