In collaboration with our friends on Celebrity Cruises
“Wellness” can be a loaded word. For us, it’s a holistic mind-body-soul experience, the ability to disconnect from the Zoom matrix and touch itself. Now the tools to achieve the exploitation, those are purely individual. For some, it’s a week of riding in the desert. For others, it is the spiritual center only a narrow desert landscape can provide. And for many (if not most), it’s about accessing a body of water. A salty spray, the flash of the waves, the light shining across the sea and into your cabin as you look towards the uninterrupted horizon … should we continue?
Wellness on the water
A correct vacation, where every detail is in the capable hands of someone else, is hard to beat. You get a deep sense of it ahhhhhh that only the ocean can carry – away from the city with its myriads of requests and distractions – and stop there. Celebrity Beyond it’s the newest ship in the Edge Series, and the holistic wellness program on board is truly state-of-the-art. In addition, GP is Celebrity’s new wellness advisor, adding lots of touches and goopy experiences. (Tip: Expect goop-approved products on the AquaClass fitness menu, our favorite neat smoothie, and some surprises along the way.)
On the ship, wellness is a daily practice, and begins in the AquaClass booths designed by Kelly Hoppen, CBE. There’s a pillow menu (a pillow menu, folks!) To promote good posture, and there are yoga mats in the room: We recommend running out of your sofa bed at dawn, unwinding the mat on your veranda, and to greet the dawn. Along with a clean, vegetable-based diet in Blue, you’ll have access to the SEA Thermal Suite (the Salt Room is beyond) and a fitness center equipped with a full list of classes including F45, Peloton and yoga. But it is the Women in Wellness program that we are most excited about. Why? We can’t wait for the golden nuggets of practical wisdom, wellness, exclusive classes, and treatments from wellness wonders like Ruth Zukerman, co-founder of SoulCycle; life expert Kimberly Snyder; and our wellness director, Kiki Koroshetz. A cruise vacation is a happy marriage of exploring and finding time to be alone — with the sea as the soundtrack.
Photo courtesy of Ranch at Rock Creek
Rewild in Big Sky Country
Montana: Wide open spaces, intoxicating Americana, and lots of horseback riding will attract you right away. Think of u Ranch in Rock Creek as your base camp to relax and recharge. Simply put, the discomfort does not exist here. The accommodation includes giant canvas cabins, cozy carriages and double-deck log houses – all equipped with local textiles, pottery stoves and charms. The staff will touch you with a sour whiskey, truffled popcorn, and the sweetest covers of your life for a screening of A river flows through it. On this note, picnics by the river are legendary. But we are here to laugh.
Private guides and real-life wrestlers keep the gallop on track as they traverse wild wild hills and pine forests. (Scott Dunn will create a tailor-made itinerary if you want to cover more terrain.) The race is exciting and absurdly liberating. Lightning strikes, snorts of that saliva, and wild beauty take all the real estate in mind, leaving no room for to-do lists, unread emails, and so on. Rock Creek also has a fantastic wellness program for massages and facials, a certified herbalist on staff to whip up custom tinctures, nidra yoga meditation for better sleep, and forest bath for all the better.
Photo courtesy of L’Auberge de Sedona
Reload in the Desert
Spiritual and distinctly beautiful with a woo-woo side it is a fairly apt descriptor for Sedona. The landscape of the other world, the mystical energy that bombs in the red dust of the desert: It is palpable. Better yet, Sedona is full of incredible healers and practitioners. And you should take full advantage of it – after all, the energy vortex is on your side.
Speaking of healers, two stand out. Adele Sands He has a small horse ranch adjacent to the town where he does sound baths and Reiki. And Anne Emerson is an intuitive and a muscle tester. (Emerson also works remotely, which makes it a great choice if you want to continue to break down old programming long after you get home.) Where do you live? At Sedona Inn it feels perfectly constructed for the current moment of loving open spaces. Occupying both a cliff and a shady cove bed on eleven acres, the accommodation is largely cozy cottages, complete with fireplaces, outdoor showers and serene views. But airy houses away from home and excellent food aside (don’t miss it) 89Agave Cantina), is the spa with its starwatching, sound baths, yoga, and astronomer-led staff that can guide you to the most powerful vortices and walks in the area that you should check (and check) every time.