Elevating Winter Wellness: Trends for the Elite Explorer

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Winter’s ethereal embrace is imminent, promising more than just frost-kissed landscapes and crisp air as it unveils an exciting realm of wellness travel trends.

Here, we’ll delve into the most captivating trends this magical season has to offer – from the cosmic allure of star bathing to the tranquil embrace of sleep tourism, the invigorating thrill of cold plunging, and the powdery perfection of ski wellness.

For individuals seeking the epitome of winter wellness, these trends provide more than just unforgettable experiences; they are invitations to elevate the soul, restore the body, and champion your health and wellbeing – all while reveling in the lap of luxury at one of our carefully selected resorts.  

Starry Escapes: The Cosmic Trend of Star Bathing

What is it? This celestial trend, touted by Vogue as the next big thing in the booming wellness travel sector, beckons you to the best dark-sky destinations to connect with the cosmos. Similar to forest bathing or sunbathing, but under spectacular night skies, it provides the perfect opportunity to switch off from technology and appreciate the beauty and scale of your surroundings. Offering mental health benefits aplenty, from stress reduction to enhanced mindfulness and soulful reflection, not to mention a good dose of nature and fresh air, this spellbinding spectacle is grounding, deeply connecting, and will make you feel tiny but truly alive.

How to do it? If you aren’t an astronomy expert, then fear not; no prior knowledge is required to appreciate the dazzling display. In fact, all you need is a location away from the shine of city lights so you can soak up the cosmic energy and see the stars in all their glory.

Top star bathing destinations: While star bathing can technically be done anywhere stars are visible, these hard-to-beat locations provide glimpses of planets, constellations, and even the Milky Way, making for an unforgettable astronomical experience in the lap of luxury.

  • The Summit at Big Bend, Texas, US: Famous for its endless night sky views, the Big Bend region is one of the premier stargazing spots in North America. Guests at The Summit can choose from plush, clear-ceilinged glamping domes or exclusive cave rooms carved into the side of the Tres Cuevas Mountains, allowing you to take in the glowing desert sunsets and sparkling skies from the comfort of your king-size bed.
  • Castle Hot Springs, Arizona, US: Nestled in the Sonoran Desert, far from the glow of city lights, Castle Hot Springs offers a wide range of wellness activities by day and incomparable views of the twinkling, velvety darkness by night. Gaze from the comfort of your Sky View Cabin, equipped with a telescope and large wooden deck, or marvel at the majesty above while soaking in the crystal-clear waters of the natural hot springs. The resort runs astronomer-guided stargazing events throughout the year, with the next taking place on January 6th, 2024.
  • Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland: This luxurious arctic wilderness is a bucket list destination for many. Enjoy a nocturnal adventure on a snowmobile or sleigh drawn by reindeer while taking in the blanket of glittering constellations above. And, if you are lucky, be blown away by the ethereal glow of the Aurora Borealis dancing overhead before snuggling up in your romantic state-of-the-art glass igloo for even more Arctic sky stargazing opportunities.

Snooze in Style: Exploring the World of Sleep Tourism

What is it? In our fast-paced world, switching off and prioritizing downtime and sleep routines can be challenging. As we become more mindful of the importance of sleep and its impact on our physical and mental health, many are seeking restorative wellness holidays centered around rejuvenation and focusing on clearing their sleep debt. To accommodate this growing trend, many top wellness resorts offer everything from luxurious pillow menus and sleep teas to comprehensive programs that examine and help overcome your barriers to sleep. The goal, unsurprisingly, is to improve your overall sleep health and restore natural cycles, therefore reducing stress, benefiting your immune system, and improving overall emotional wellbeing and physical vitality.

How to do it? From taking a siesta on a shaded sun lounger to enjoying nighttime meditation sessions or going all out and booking a sleep retreat with diagnostic components, there really is something for everyone. Many resorts will encourage physical activity in the daytime to help you rest easier at night, as well as naps in peaceful locations, indulgent spa treatments designed for optimal relaxation, and the practice of mindfulness techniques.

Top sleep tourism destinations: Seamlessly intertwining leading luxury with the pursuit of restful nights and revitalizing days, you can wave goodbye to your sleep debt thanks to these snooze-inducing superstars.

  • Sha Wellness Clinic, Spain: If you are looking for a comprehensive, diagnostic-based approach, look no further than this top medical spa where you can embark on a bespoke sleep journey with a leading specialist. High-tech health restoration at its brilliant best, guests will benefit from state-of-the-art technology that identifies your sleep characteristics and therapies and treatments to re-establish the natural sleep cycle.
  • Rosewood London, UK: Known for their sophisticated elegance, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts are much-loved, and for good reason. Their exquisite London offering features an Alchemy of Sleep program, where guests can enjoy immersive retreats with sleep-inducing therapies, movement and mindfulness sessions, and exceptional amenities. Or, if you’d prefer some winter sun, Rosewood Le Guanahani, on the calming coast of St. Barth, offers an outstanding wellness package where scenic meditation and a host of restorative treatments await.
  • Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Florida, US: Located on Miami Beach’s sun-kissed shores, this wellness sanctuary perfectly blends luxury and cutting-edge sleep science. As well as offering a wide range of spa treatments and mindfulness practices to help you unwind, guests can enjoy the impressive four-stage Sleep Circuit. The package includes everything from infrared and electromagnetic treatments to salt float therapy baths, soothing Spa Wave beds, and blissful relaxation in the futuristic Sonodome meditation pod – all helping to ease any slumber troubles and reset your circadian rhythm. 


Chill Thrills: The Art of Cold Plunging

What is it? This popular wellness and recovery practice, also known as cold water immersion, involves fully submerging your body in water that is 59°C or less. Why, you ask? Well, cold plunging offers a myriad of physical and mental benefits, from spiking dopamine levels and reducing stress to boosting the immune system and decreasing inflammation. The most compelling aspect, however, lies in the undeniable sense of achievement and the opportunity to fortify your mental resilience under challenging conditions. With such a long list of benefits, it’s no surprise that professional athletes, celebrities, and high-achievers all swear by this invigorating activity.

How to do it? From a spot of wild swimming to a dip in an ice bath, a cold shower, or a trip to a specialist cold tub at a luxury spa, there are plenty of ways to partake in this growing wellness trend. However, for the ultimate experience, we’d recommend taking your dip in the great outdoors with an instructor, group, or experienced friend, being sure to start slowly by only submerging for around a minute or two to begin with.

Top cold plunge destinations: Whether you're a seasoned cold plunging enthusiast or a daring adventurer seeking a novel experience, prepare to immerse yourself in the crisp embrace of nature’s icy wonders at these carefully selected destinations.

  •  Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park, Alaska, US: Nestled beneath towering mountains, Grinnell Lake invites seekers of invigoration to its glacier-fed waters. Accessible by ferry and a suspension bridge with waterfall views, the journey through the pristine Alaskan wilderness to this turquoise lake is almost as thrilling as the plunge itself.
  • Derwent River, Tasmania, Australia: When you think of cold water, Australia may not be the first place that springs to mind. However, in winter, the Derwent River transforms into an extraordinary cold plunging haven. If you are brave enough to embrace the crisp chill, the river’s pure and icy waters offer a bracing yet exhilarating experience.
  • Sand Valley Wellness Retreat, Wisconsin, US: Set within 12,000 acres of picturesque, unspoiled landscape, this charming wellness retreat makes for an incredible winter getaway. Enjoy a host of activities designed to revitalize body and mind, from breathwork sessions to contrast therapies with saunas and cold water exposure, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of Sand Valley’s splendor.

Ski Serenity: Where Wellness and Alpine Adventures Converge

What is it? For many, winter breaks are not just about skiing down pristine slopes and sipping champagne at chic mountainside bars – they are about seeking holistic experiences. Welcome to the captivating world of ski wellness, the winter trend that merges the adrenaline rush of skiing with the soothing balm of wellness and restoration, creating an unforgettable experience for the body and soul. Picture yourself breathing in the crisp mountain air as you carve through snow-covered landscapes, followed by moments of blissful relaxation at a luxury retreat, soothing your tired muscles and rejuvenating your mind.

How to do it? Ski wellness trips are truly personal and are about crafting an experience that resonates with you and your needs. Some spend their mornings embracing the serenity of snow yoga sessions or taking mindfulness or meditation classes. Whereas others opt for the adrenaline rush of hitting the slopes at the break of dawn. After skiing, relish personalized spa treatments such as invigorating massages, facials, and cleansing body wraps. Submerge yourself in a bubbling jacuzzi before capping off your day with nutritious, gourmet meals crafted to replenish and energize.

Top ski wellness destinations: For luxury travelers seeking the perfect balance between adrenaline-pumping ski slopes and reviving spa experiences, these destinations stand out as the epitome of indulgence.

  • Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti, Italy: Nestled in the UNESCO-declared Dolomites and standing as a testament to Italian luxury and natural splendor, guests can enjoy exhilarating skiing amid the stunning scenery before immersing themselves in a world-class spa experience. With a repertoire of wellness treatments and spa therapies, many drawing inspiration from traditional Chinese medicine, the resort’s unwavering commitment to holistic wellbeing is evident. With panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, Lefay Resort provides an unparalleled escape in the heart of Italian alpine beauty.
  • Copperhill Mountain Lodge, Åre, Sweden: After a day on the slopes, guests at this picturesque design hotel can elevate their relaxation by booking a private session in the opulent spa. The private area is adorned with saunas, hot springs, and a spa pool and provides an enchanting space for visitors to unwind. The wider spa area also features panoramic windows with breathtaking views, two indoor and one outdoor pool, and an impressive range of treatments and therapies, from Åreskutan yoga massages to Dermalux LED facials and traditional rituals.
  • St. Regis Aspen Resort, Colorado, US: This legendary resort seamlessly combines world-class skiing with wellness amenities of the highest standard, including the state-of-the-art RAKxa spa and fitness center. Luxury seekers will revel in the bespoke wellness services, exquisite dining options, and lavish accommodations. With direct access to Aspen’s famous slopes, the resort provides an exclusive experience, making it the premier choice for those seeking the epitome of ski wellness in the United States.

Your Winter Wellness Wonderland Awaits

No matter which winter wellness trend beckons, Air Partner is ready to elevate your experience. Whisking you away via private jet charter to the most captivating corners of the world, where luxury meets wellbeing, and your winter wellness wonderland awaits.

If you are interested in discussing private jet travel for your next wellness vacation, or you want to learn more about our private charter offering, our expert Private Jets team will be happy to help.


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