In this summer 2017 edition we highlight destinations which offer great experiences for body and soul, from cooler climes in Austria to tropical surroundings in St Barth and the Seychelles. All destinations promise the benefits of treatments performed by highly skilled professionals.
Wellness travel is not only growing twice as fast as tourism overall, it’s evolving in bold new directions, both globally and across the Middle East, generating $8.3 billion. The UAE leads the Middle Eastern wellness tourism market, with an average of 1.7 million wellness trips, followed by Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan.
Since the hot summer months are on their way, I have collected together a variety of places to go which will suit everyone’s tastes.
Escape to the privacy of Six Senses at Félicité Island, a secluded getaway in the Seychelles to indulge in an unreal world of luxury and nature and holistic wellness. Or as a fan of Four Seasons’ legendary service, hop on the plane and reach your paradise in less than five hours easily from Doha or Dubai. The spa at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles promises treatments which will astonish you. The secret hideaway is definitely North Island in the Seychelles. With
only 11 villas on the private island, the all-inclusive luxury resort is the optimum of what you would expect from the perfect holiday.
Should your desire be more of a fresh air, lake and green mountains type, the Astoria Seefeld, in the mountainous Tyrol, Austria opens its doors again in July after being newly renovated by famed designer Pierre Ives Rochon, promising wellness and culinary delights par excellence in a typical Austrian atmosphere.
For lovers of the Mediterranean flair and high-life I recommend the vibrant Mykonos where you’ll find the perfect jet-set setting for shopping and entertainment.
Let this summer be an inspiration for colours, perfumes and fashion, and live it at your pace and desire either in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean or Mediterranean Sea – fresh lakes in Austria are the alternative!
Karine Lackner, Executive Editor