IT’S BEEN A COUPLE of months since you started the new year with a goal of being healthier — and perhaps slightly less time than that since you threw in the towel — so there’s no time like the present for a do-over. Push aside those folders, step away from that billable file and book yourself a healthy holiday that will make sure the next nine months make up for the past three.
> Where: Máncora , Peru. Beginning in March, the newest offerings from Naya Traveler present physical challenges but aim to get your spirit in shape, too. In Máncora, on Peru’s northwest coast, Naya’s Pachamama Rituals will draw on ancient traditions. Surfing mixes with meditation and detoxifying meals, and a Shaman priestess connect yous with the rainforest surroundings, and thermal baths in the Colca Canyon for the perfect finish. This is one of Naya Traveler’s new wellness journeys that also include experiences in Cambodia, Morocco and South India. http://www.nayatraveler.com
> Where: Palm Springs, California. For a complete body-and-soul getaway, Southern California is hard to beat. Palm Springs is a great spot to start, especially if what you’re after is some new age Zen therapy. Try something unique like a liquid nitrogen facial at Desert Cryotherapy, or float your tensions away at the Mot’us Flotation & Wellness Center in a sensory deprivation tank. When you’re ready to get outside, the intoxicating desert landscape (pictured) is perfect for explorers who hike and bike. www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com
> Where: Almost anywhere. Sometimes a vacation has to take a backseat to work responsibilities, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your health. If time is tight, consider booking a stay at a Westin Hotel & Resorts property. From Madrid to Boston, Seattle to Singapore, you’ll find that the brand’s commitment to wellness works for business and leisure travellers alike. It now has a partnership with the suspension-training brand TRX, in addition to the already popular Run Concierge program that offers a global roster of fitness pros who lead groups of runners through urban, beach or rural landscapes. http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/about/move-runwestin.html
Heather Greenwood Davis is a lawyer, a contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler, and a columnist for The Globe and Mail. Reach her at Heather@globetrottingmama.com.