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Melia Punta Cana Beach Resort, Wellness Inclusive

Tainoti. That is the official greeting here at Melia Punta Cana Beach Resort, in the Dominican Republic. In the traditional Taino language, “tainoti” means “I greet you with love because you are family.” The history and culture of the Taino – the island’s indigenous people – is woven into the fabric of this adults-only, all-inclusive resort. For instance, each day a local expert visits the resort to share his or her passion or expertise about the local culture with interested guests. As the Editor of Travel to Wellness and the President of the Wellness Tourism Association, I visited recently to learn more about this WTA member, and to experience their new Wellness Inclusive concept. Built on five spaces of wellness: social spaces (activities), silent spaces, sensory spaces, culinary spaces and personal spaces, along with a significant respect for nature and exploring the local culture, the program launched in January of

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How to take a wellness vacation

Give yourself a break this year for your mental health. Mindfulness. Meditation. Mental health. The terms have become part of our daily lives, and now they are in- creasingly becoming part of our travel options and opportunities. In the first wellness travel survey conducted by the Wellness Tourism Association, “meditation/mental health break” was the third most popular response to the question: If you are planning to take a wellness vacation in 2020 what would be the main goal? A “mental health break” ranked just behind “reconnect with self” and the number one goal: “a general overall re-boot,” selected by close to half of the over 2,500 people who responded to the survey including many readers of this magazine. So why, we might ask, is mental health, in general, gaining awareness, and why has it become a good reason to travel?The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as “a state

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