Where to Go for the Perfect Wellness Retreat
There are some vacations where you go, go, go. Must-see sights, museums, and activities dictate your schedule and there is very little down time.* Often after a trip like this, you need another vacation simply to recover.
Then there are the getaways where you can relax and enjoy some well-deserved “me time.” These are the trips that leave you rested and rejuvenated, ready to take on whatever life brings your way.
If you’re in need of this kind of vacation (and let’s face it, we all are!), we’ve got just the thing. Use our guide to figure out your perfect wellness retreat based on how you like to spend your down time.
IF YOU LIKE ACTIVITIES AND THEN LOUNGING:
Rancho Valencia in California
Named the #1 hotel in the US by US News and World Report in 2015, Rancho Valencia has fabulous dining, bountiful activities, and a top spa – not to mention that year-round sunny California weather!
There are 5-7 complimentary daily fitness classes (including Pilates, yoga, and TRX), golf, and spa. And for tennis lovers, this is your spot – Rancho Valenica has been ranked the #1 tennis resort by Tennis magazine every year since 2008! If you want to explore the area, guests have complimentary half day access to the resort’s fleet of Porsches.
Try one of the hottest trends in fitness – Pilates Reformer. Be sure to reserve your spot in one of these popular classes early – and schedule a massage for your sore muscles the next day!
IF YOU LOVE DISCOVERING NEW RESTAURANTS WITH FARM-TO-TABLE CUISINE:
Belle Mont Farm in St. Kitts
Situated on a 400-acre organic farm, Belle Mont Farm is more than just an island escape. Guests can connect with the community, learn about sustainable farming, and explore the area.
Enjoy fresh produce grown on the farm, hike up Mount Liamuiga, relax on the beach.
Want to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty? You can participate in mango foraging July-September or avocado picking October-November.
IF YOU RECHARGE BY BEING ZEN IN THE SUN:
Jamaica Inn in Jamaica
There’s nothing like relaxing in tropical paradise, but you can take it step further during Wellness Week at Jamaica Inn!
From September 18-24, 2017 during Wellness Week, you can balance fitness, wellness, and relaxation with yoga, “Reggaelates”, and a variety of other classes + healthy dining options.
If you can’t make the official Wellness Week, you can make it your own during your stay at Jamaica Inn with complimentary beach sports (like paddle boarding and snorkeling) and the Ocean Spa.
IF YOUR MANTRA IS WORK OUT, RELAX, INDULGE, REPEAT:
Enjoy the best of both worlds – fabulous dining with nutritious options (and you don’t have to sacrifice flavor!), fitness activities (explore the city on a complimentary bike), and a fabulous spa with the exclusive “Marker Equilibrium” treatment.
As you get your equilibrium back center, be sure to check out the hotel’s rooftop bar and terrace for amazing views.
IF YOU PREFER PRIVACY AND PAMPERING:
Nayara Resorts in Costa Rica
Experience personalized service in a lush tropical setting at Travel + Leisure’s 2016 #1 resort in Central and South America, Nayara Resorts.
Relax in your villa and private plunge pool fed by natural mineral thermal springs or be one with nature in the open air spa. If you’re feeling adventurous, the area offers biking, hiking, white water rafting, zip lining, and more.
Indulge in a wine tasting at Nostalgia, the resort’s wine bar and taste wines from around Central and South America.
IF YOU LIKE FITNESS IN DISGUISE + SPA TIME:
NIZUC Resort & Spa in Mexico
NIZUC is perfect for both adults and families (it has separate areas for both) and is easy to access (a quick 15 minutes from the Cancun airport).
Sometimes you don’t want to sweat it out in a fitness class (but NIZUC does have them) on vacation but still want a little activity. Enter NIZUC’s water sports. As you discover what’s under the sea while snorkeling or glide across the sea on a paddle board, you won’t even realize you’re exercising. You can even get a few laps in as you swim back and forth from the pool bar. Fitness never felt so simple! And to really recharge after the all the activity, the 30,000 square foot ESPA facility is just the place.
Family trip? No problem! NIZUC has a complimentary children’s program for ages 4-12. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the Mexican wine tasting!
IF YOU NEED TO RENEW YOUR CREATIVE ENERGY AS WELL:
Nekupe Sporting Resort & Retreat in Nicaragua
Nekupe, Nicaragua’s first luxury countryside resort, is an intimate 8-room property situated on a 1300-acre nature reserve.
Your dedicated Ranger will help orchestrate your experience, whether you want to explore the property in your luxury ATV, hike winding trails, play tennis, go bird-watching, reach new heights on the ropes course, or simply relax in the spa. And get out your creative energy as well with painting, cooking, and music classes.
Visit the animal sanctuary where the resort owners have provided food and shelter to over 200 animals, including people-friendly Capuchin monkeys (like Marcel from Friends!).
IF YOU ENJOY GOLF, HIKING, FISHING, HORSEBACK RIDING WITH INCREDIBLE SCENERY:
Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa in Ireland
Located only 30 minutes outside of Dublin, Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa offers breathtaking scenery, Irish charm, stunning gardens – the Powerscourt Gardens are the most visited attraction in Ireland!
Whether you go the traditional route with fishing and horseback riding or would rather hike or cycle, the main thing to do is get out and explore this beautiful area. After a day of being out in nature, toast to your day with a pint at McGill’s Pub, the hotel’s traditional Irish pub.
With a 30,000 square foot spa plus access to two golf courses, Powerscourt is perfect for a golf and spa getaway!
*This type of trip is not recommended by Brownell.
NBA Player Carl Landry Demonstrates the Value of Persistence in Life and Work
Written by: Jon Sabes
When you meet Carl Landry, stand-out college basketball player and nine-year NBA player, you imagine that becoming a professional basketball star was a straight forward run for the 6-foot-nine-inch power forward.
However, when you go deeper into Carl’s background, becoming a NBA professional was less than certain and little came easily to the 33-year-old from Milwaukee:
- He was cut from his high school team as a freshman and averaged less than ten points a game when he did play as a senior.
- He started his college career not at Purdue, but a junior college where it was not clear he would play.
- When he finally got to Purdue, he tore his ACL in his knee his first year and reinjured it the next year.
- While his family held a party for him the night of the NBA draft, he slept in the Philadelphia airport after missing a flight following a workout for the 76ers.
- In the NBA playoffs, Carl had a tooth knocked out, but came back in the same game to make a game-winning blocked shot as the Rockets beat the Utah Jazz 94-92.
Landry, who I interviewed on my podcast, Innovating Life with Jon Sabes (www.jonsabes.com), is a remarkable example of the value of “persistence.” In a time where technology creates the image that anything is possible at the touch of a button, persistence is an under-appreciated trait. When I spoke with Carl, I clearly saw someone for whom success has only come through a force of will that made him a NBA player, but it also made him a better player every year he played. That’s the kind of personality that has produced greatness in business as well as sports.
Carl was, in fact, drafted that night he spent in the airport. The Seattle Supersonics chose him as the 31st overall pick and then traded him to the Houston Rockets where he rode the bench for much of the first half of the season. When All-Star teammate Yao Ming was injured, he stepped in and played a key role in the Rockets astonishing 22-game winning streak (the third longest streak in NBA history). And, that season, after sitting on the bench for 33 of the first 36 games, he was named to the All-Rookie second team.
Carl was the first in his family to go to college. “I told myself that this was my ticket out, so I did everything I possibly could to be the best person in school and also on the court,” he said.
His family life in Milwaukee showed him what he didn’t want to do. “Just being honest with you, seeing some my cousins, peers, they went to work for jobs paying six, seven dollars an hour or they didn’t go to work at all and then living off welfare. I didn’t want that.”
When he was first injured, he had to contemplate the end of a career before it even got started. “When you have an ACL tear, it’s over…no more basketball,” he told me. “I said, God, give me health again and I’ll do everything I can to leave it all out on the line and be a successful individual.”
On my podcast, Carl pointed out another interesting lesson he learned in the NBA: Not doing things just to fit in.
“Fitting in was easy,” he said. “Doing everything that everybody else does was easy. If I stood out in some type of way, I’m going to have different results. I’m going to have stand-out results.”
That’s called the “Law of Contrast” and it produces that exact effect of changing the outcomes that everyone else is experiencing. Carl is smart, he recognized that differences make a difference, and doing whatever it takes is what is required to make real, meaningful differences.
Every off-season for the last 11 years, he has run a camp for kids in Milwaukee where he tells youth his story of hard work and persistence. “I always tell the kids to apply themselves and always be persistent,” he said. “If you dream, apply yourself and be persistent. With hard work, man, the sky’s the limit.”
When Carl says the sky’s the limit he means it. He is smart to recognize that it’s important to dream big, because if we don’t – we may be selling ourselves short. “You have to dream bigger than your mind could ever imagine,” he said. “I wanted a nice house. I wanted a nice car. I said, and I got all of that. So, what do I do, do I stop now? Maybe I didn’t dream big enough.” That’s a big statement coming from a kid who grew up to be the first in his family to graduate college and go on to be not only a top NBA basketball start, but a good businessman, father and someone who gives back to the community.
I’m convinced that in whatever he takes on as a basketball player or in his post-hoops career, Carl Landry is not going to stop getting better at whatever he does, and in the process of doing so, make the world a better place.
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