With studies emerging continually that link a healthy lifestyle to longevity and happiness, you’ll want to maximise your wellness efforts wherever you are in the world. Four Seasons hotels and resorts offer a myriad of activities to keep you looking and feeling your best – here are some of our favourites.
ANCIENT PRACTICES MADE NEW
Meditate With a Former Buddhist Nun
At Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, resident wellness mentor and former Buddhist nun Ibu Fera knows the value of mindfulness and meditation: “They’re realistic ways of addressing all sorts of stresses. They go straight to the root of the problem.” For an even deeper sense of relaxation, she recommends the Sacred Nap ritual. Wrap yourself in an aerial silk hammock, suspended from the ceiling of the Resort’s bamboo Dharma Shanti Bale, and let Fera rock you to sleep as she tells the life story of Buddha. You’ll awake from this deeply soothing and nurturing experience refreshed and recharged.
Make a Wish in Vietnam
You’ll have the Spa to yourself at Four Seasons Resort Hoi An (The Nam Hai) during the Goodnight Kiss to the Earth ceremony. As the sun sets, float traditional wishing candles on the Spa’s lagoon and join Oanh Ngo, the Resort’s Resident Singing Bowl Artist, for a soothing singing bowl lesson on an eight-octave set of crystal bowls tuned to 432 Hz – believed to be the harmonic frequency of the universe. “When I play singing bowls I feel more happiness,” Ngo says. “I feel at peace, and it helps me to deeply connect back to myself, as well as to our Mother Earth.”
Find New Perspective in the Sonoran Desert
In Arizona, at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, you can start the day with a 6:30 am hike on the Resort’s private trail through Pinnacle Peak Park. The 5.1-mile hike meanders over saguaro-studded ridgetop and past towering granite boulders. Your effort is rewarded at the top, where you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of North Scottsdale – the ideal spot to change your perspective.
Sip a Green Drink in Anguilla
Because a healthy lifestyle often begins with diet, each hotel or resort prioritizes nutritious offerings. Raise a glass to wellness at Half Shell Beach Bar at Four Seasons Resort Anguilla. On the menu? The Dean Green Supreme, which has anti-inflammatory properties thanks to moringa plant leaves. You know they’re fresh, because Restaurant Manager Dean Bryan picks the leaves from his home tree. The rest of the ingredients? Bananas, orange juice, mango purée and – should you so desire – coconut rum. “Moringa contains more vitamin C than oranges, the same amount of vitamin A as carrots, more potassium than bananas, more iron than spinach and more protein than yogurt,” Bryan says.
Relax with the Waves in Seychelles
No wellness regime would be complete without some pampering, inside and out, and you have options around the globe. One is at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island. Unwind with a relaxing massage that uses a unique technique: Eggs filled with hot baobab seeds are rolled across your skin to soothe tense muscles, mimicking the sound and motion of waves.
Find Holistic Harmony in Bali
Science meets spiritual at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, where the cutting-edge Illume Room draws on the latest technology and scientific understanding of the body’s 50 trillion cells to offer total immersion into light, sound and colour frequencies. Bali’s first “Surround Sound Spa Suite,” the room is sealed from outside light sources to maximise the effects of colour therapy, while a heated quartz-sand bed made of crushed crystals and seven alchemy crystal singing bowls add to the vibrations – using the body’s electromagnetic field to stimulate inner healing.
Enjoy Exclusive Access in LA
Put wellness at the centre of your stay at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, where the exclusive Private Fitness Suite offers access to room features like a treadmill, Hydrow Rowing machine, Peloton bike, yoga equipment, medicine ball and weights, and Soul Cycle bike. After your workout, shower in the suite’s private bathroom and then unwind with guided meditation narrated by Deepak Chopra. Or just pause for a rest – the room’s energizing light helps regulate the body’s circadian rhythm.
Harvest Salt in Hawaii
If you think salt harvesting – as a guest of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai – must be bad for your blood pressure, think again. “Our Hawaiian ancestors lived off of Hawaii’s bountiful resources and, in turn, respected and honoured our land and ocean,” says Aunty Halani Berard, Mea Ho‘okipa (literal translation: “I am host”), a member of the Resort’s Ka‘upulehu Cultural Center team. “The natural salt the ocean provided was a cornerstone of Hawaiian living – used for food preservation, cooking, medicine and more. We are thrilled to bring this experience to our guests as another way to showcase our rich history.”
The natural salt the ocean provided was a cornerstone of Hawaiian living.
The newly launched experience begins with a quick hike to the ancient salt flats adjacent to the Resort, where guests will learn how Hawaiians collected and dried the vital mineral. Next, a cooking class with a Resort chef to taste how sea salt can change a dish. Still want more? End the day in the Spa with the Salts of the Ocean Body Treatment, which includes a salt scrub-down.
Soar in an AntiGravity Class in Kuwait
At Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya, guests can take an AntiGravity class in which they’ll do ballet, Pilates, yoga and strength training while suspended from the ceiling in a silk hammock. “When you start practising this, you’ll find you actually become younger, healthier and even a bit taller,” says AntiGravity founder Christopher Harrison. (We wouldn’t bet on the younger part, but it’s certainly worth trying.)
Cycle Underwater in Mauritius
If you’d rather be immersed in water than suspended in mid-air, Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita is your place: There, guests will be elbow deep in the 25-metre (82-foot) al fresco lap pool for an aquabike session. Or simply choose to run a 3.5-to-7-kilometre trail along the sugar fields. “June is the start of the sugar-cane harvesting season in Mauritius,” Fitness Centre Manager Noam Clarisse says, “meaning that much of the cane is at its tallest and it sways gently in the breeze – a beautiful sight to run alongside in the early morning light.”
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