In partnership with our friends from Celebrity Cruises
“Wellness” can be a burdened word. For us, it is a holistic mind-body-soul experience, the ability to log out of the zoom matrix and tap into ourselves. Now the tools for achieving eavesdropping are completely individual. For some, it’s a week on horseback in the wild. For others, it is a spiritual center that only a harsh desert landscape can provide. And for many (if not most) it is about accessing a body of water. Salt spray, splashing waves, light crossing the sea and entering your cabin as you look toward the uninterrupted horizon … shall we continue?
It’s hard to beat a real vacation, where all the details are in someone’s capable hands. Add a deep feeling ahhhhhh which only the ocean can bring – far from a city with innumerable demands and distractions – and report us. Celebrity Beyond is the latest ship in the Edge series, and the holistically built-in wellness program is truly the next level. In addition, GP is the new Celebrity Welfare Advisor, which adds a host of silly touches and experiences. (Tip: expect goop-approved products in the AquaClass fitness menu, our favorite clean smoothie and a few surprises along the way.)
Wellness is an everyday practice on board, starting in the cabins of the AquaClass designed by Kelly Hoppen, CBE. There is a choice of pillows (choice of pillows, people!) To promote good posture, and there are yoga mats in the room: we recommend that you get out of your fluttering bed at dawn, unwrap the mat on the veranda and greet the sunrise. With a clean plant-based meal at the Blu, you’ll have access to the SEA Thermal Suite (the Salt Room is wider) and an equipped fitness center with a complete list of classes, including F45, Peloton and yoga. But it is the Women in Wellness program that we are most excited about. Why? We can’t wait for gold nuggets of practical, good-feeling, exclusive watches and treatments from wellness wonders like Ruth Zukerman, co-founder of SoulCycle and Flywheel Sports; holistic wellness expert Kimberly Snyder; and our own wellness director Kiki Koroshetz. A cruise vacation is a happy marriage of exploring and finding time to stay – with the sea as a soundscape.
Photos courtesy of Rock Creek Ranch
Rewild in Big Sky State
Montana: Wide open spaces, intoxicating Americana and so much horseback riding all appeal to you. Think of Ranch in Rock Creek as your base camp for relaxation and recharging. Simply put, there is no discomfort here. Accommodations include huge canvas cabins, comfortable household wagons and two-story log cabins – all equipped with local textiles, ovens and beautiful charm. The staff will clean you up with whiskey sour popcorn with truffles and the softest blankets of your life for projection A river flows through it. In that sense, river picnics are legendary. But we are here to ride.
Private guides and controversial real-life sports keep your gallop under control as you cross the wild hillsides and pine paths. (Scott Dunn it will create a custom signpost if you want to cover more terrain.) The ride is exciting and absurdly liberating. Thunder hooves, breaths of that kiss and wild beauties snatch all the real estate in your mind, leaving no room for to-do lists, unread emails, etc. Rock Creek also has a fantastic wellness program for massages and facial treatments, certified herbalist on staff to prepare personalized tinctures, yoga nidra meditation for better sleep and forest bathing for the better.
Photos courtesy of L’Auberge de Sedona
Recharge in the desert
Spiritually and distinctly nice with the vu-vu side, it’s a pretty appropriate descriptor Sedona. An unearthly landscape, a mystical energy pumping through the red desert dust: it is tangible. Even better, Sedona is rich in amazing healers and practitioners. And you should take full advantage of it – after all, the energy vortex is on your side.
Speaking of healers, two stand out. Adele Sands has a small horse ranch near the town where it deals with sound baths and reiki. And Anne Emerson is intuitive and a muscle examiner. (Emerson also works remotely, which makes it a great choice if you want to continue unpacking old programs long after you return home.) Where to stay? Sedona Inn it feels perfectly constructed for the moment that loves wide open spaces. Located both on a cliff and on a shady stream bed on eleven acres, the accommodation is mostly cozy cottages with fireplaces, outdoor showers and serious views. But airy homes away from home and great food aside (don’t miss out 89Agave Cantina), it is a spa with its astronomer-led stargazer, sound baths, yoga and staff who can direct you to the strongest vortices and hikes in the area for which we check in (and check out) every time.