If you’re looking for the kind of mind and body boost that a single spa treatment or fitness class just doesn’t deliver, commit to something deeper. Unfolding over several days, these sojourns into self-care allow you to disconnect from the world and focus on one thing: yourself. Healing with crystals in coastal Vietnam, cycling through Florence – there’s a place and a plan for every vision of revitalization.
Situated on an immaculate stretch of Vietnam’s central coast, with three infinity pools cascading in stairsteps to the sea, Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, is a sanctuary for the spirit. Support, compassion and acceptance are the guiding principles of the Resort’s holistic Heart of the Earth Spa, which follows the teachings of revered Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. “The Heart of the Earth Spa is a serene environment where our therapists create a very special space,” says Spa Manager Dwi Susanti.
With classes and treatments designed to help you stop, listen and examine the harmony of your surroundings, reach the musings of the inner self. You can practise yoga, meditation and mindful breathing in intro-level classes or go further with sound and breath exercises and reiki. A new, palm-shrouded yoga pavilion offers Antigravity Yoga: Cradled in a soft hammock, you’ll stretch and soar into body-opening postures.
Twice a year, the Resort hosts The Present: A Mindfulness Retreat, a rare opportunity to work alongside monks from Thich Nhat Hanh’s root pagoda as they usher guests through meditation, Dharma talks, mindful eating and yoga.
And now, thanks to the new 2020 Visiting Masters program, guests can learn about everything from kundalini yoga and crystal healing to jade stone and bamboo cane “instant facelifts” with experts from around the globe. Pros you might meet throughout the year include Australian psychic medium Marco Della Valle and LA-based energy healer Jeannette von Johnsbach.
“Our Visiting Masters program is all about empowering our guests to reach their full potential,” says Luisa Anderson, Regional Director of Spa. “We feel incredibly privileged to invite such skilled practitioners into The Heart of the Earth and offer guests healing therapies that they may not otherwise have the chance to experience.”
For the ultimate self-awareness retreat on your own time, book one of the eight spa villas. In a lotus-filled lagoon, each offers an overwater relaxation area and its own set of crystal singing bowls designed to balance your energies and align your internal rhythm to that of the Earth. Every night the Resort leads the calming Goodnight Kiss to the Earth ceremony, which shouldn’t be missed. In this peaceful ritual, you write your own love letter to the Earth and send it out into the moonlit lagoon with a floating candle.
Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai
Two exquisitely restored former residences built more than 500 years ago compose the elegant Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. Its Renaissance-era elegance and 17th-century frescoes easily transport guests to another era.
“Our property is really the best place to reconnect with nature, relax and detox from a stressful everyday life,” says Spa Director Lucia Papalini. “In our 4.5-acre garden – the biggest private garden in town – guests are able to take personal fitness classes, training in a historical and amazing green space. They also particularly love meditation classes that can be done under the neoclassical Temple of the Seven Virtues, or overlooking the Duomo, in La Villa Garden.”
Add the unparalleled Wellness Program to your stay, and you won’t just be transported – you’ll be transformed. Delivering measurable results over a three- or seven-day period, the program combines personalized fitness classes, body treatments, nutrition consultations and innovative Body Slimmer technology, in which infrared-equipped fitness machines increase workout efficiency.
“People can also follow the running paths in the garden, or rent one of our customized bicycles to explore the city on two wheels, before ending the day with a Michelin-starred dinner prepared with the freshest vegetables coming from local producers,” Papalini says. The Hotel’s three restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Il Palagio, where dishes include seafood and Champagne risotto, turn out healthy, balanced meals to keep you properly fuelled.
Recovery and rejuvenation come in the form of daily toning massages, iridescent mud therapy and body illumination treatments. Inside the glassy two-storey Spa, find further revitalization in the soothing sauna and steam bath. Afterwards, wander the regal 11-acre Giardino della Gherardesca, a study in perfectly placed statues, fountains and flora, some planted centuries ago. You’ll feel like an Italian aristocrat – and, by the end of your stay, a particularly fit one.
Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
Known as the last of Hawaii’s wild islands, Lanai is a crowdless, verdant paradise rising from the Pacific. Here, Four Seasons Resort Lanai hugs aquamarine Hulopoe Bay, a marine preserve bound by powdery white sand. All rooms have private lanais looking out on the ocean or tropical gardens. Hugged by native greenery, a languorous free-form pool overlooks the ocean.
“As our Resort boasts Manele Golf Course – designed by Jack Nicklaus – as well as clay tennis courts and a ranch offering horse riding, we attract a high percentage of very active and adventurous guests,” says Spa Director Jessica Candy. “We developed treatments and programming that would cater specifically to these groups by aiding in recovery, rejuvenation and further enjoyment during their stay.”
Taking full advantage of its spectacular surroundings, the Resort offers three Zen Sports Wellness experiences. Golfers can take a lesson with a PGA Pro, then retire to a Zen golf yoga class, combined with Zen golf meditation, held on the prized Manele Golf Course – a links so beautiful that Bill and Melinda Gates chose to get married beside the 17th hole. A sports massage for feet, legs, hips, back, torso, shoulders and hands provides a therapeutic finishing touch.
Prefer an adults-only, all-inclusive wellness experience? You may want to book a stay nearby at the newly opened Four Seasons Hotel Lanai at Koele, A Sensei Retreat – the first of its kind in the Four Seasons portfolio. Here, your personal journey to supreme health is so important that you meet with a Sensei Guide to optimize your stay, whether you plan to end your vacation slimmer, more relaxed or both. The food scene at the Hotel is worth the trip alone, with menus devised by star chef Nobu Matsuhisa and a team of expert nutritionists.
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