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An Integrative Wellness Destination In Bali Embracing Harmony Among Spirit, Human and Nature

Wake up to the sounds of nature, walk through the lush gardens and join the daily sunrise yoga class at the beautiful Mandala Agung yoga shala. Let the soft music ease you into the yoga poses and be guided through mediation, giving your morning the perfect start! Welcome to a true holistic wellness retreat in Bali. Located along the sacred Ayung River and only 20-minutes south of Bali’s spiritual capital of Ubud, lies the eco-conscious wellness retreat. Fivelements Retreat Bali is deeply rooted in the ancient traditions of Bali, making it a peaceful sanctuary to embrace authentic Balinese healing, plant-based cuisine and sacred arts. Inspired by Balinese culture, which encourages us to nurture harmony with spirit, the environment with one another. At the center of this culture is the Balinese Hindu philosophy “Tri-Hita-Karana” or three causes of wellbeing and prosperity, harmony with God, Nature and Humans. Fivelements Retreat Bali opened

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Melia Punta Cana Beach Resort
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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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Why travel after COVID-19 is important

Right now, it’s hard to think about travel when we’re spending our days in our homes and we can barely travel farther than our local grocery store. Imagining travel to sunny destinations or taking a wellness vacation may seem a distant dream.  But traveling will be important for many reasons, not just economic. There have been concerns and re…

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Travel hacks to make life easier!

Traveling is fun and if you’re heading out for just some downtime or a wellness vacation, here’s a few hacks to help you have a better trip this year! The Hidden power of the TV Pretty much all hotels  today have flat screen TV’s and that means they’ll like have a USB port so you can charge your phone. Just don’t forget the cable! Warm the butter! Staying at a travel motel with that free continental breakfast? You know, the one with bad bagels and bread and of course, frozen butter patties? Put the patties between the toast slots and voila!  Need some humidity? Sometimes those heaters in cooler months can make the air dry and throat scratchy! Here’s an easy hack with a wet towel and the luggage rack! The need for darkness! Sometimes you just don’t want that bright morning sunshine pouring in! Use a coat hanger with

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Top travel tech for 2020

Let’s face it, there’s a lot of technology in our lives today and most of us have a smartphone and maybe a smartwatch too! If you’re heading out for some time away this year, check out our list of the best travel tech gear for 2020! Skyroam Portable WiFi HotSpot Want to share your awesome hiking adventure with your 40 year old kids still stuck at work in the big city back home? Try this portable WiFi hotspot device. Easy to use and usable almost anywhere in the world! Find it here. Aer Backpack 2 Super slim with safety lock features this backpack can be great for day adventures and keeping your mini tech like battery chargers and a WiFi hotspot as well. Folds nicely into a suitcase or as your carry-on. Find one here. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay 2 World renowned for their sound gear, this tiny little speaker

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5 Canadian winter wellness retreats for 2020

A lot of people have this crazy idea that once we hit 50 all we want to do in winter is go down south and chill on a beach. Ha! We laugh! Sure, maybe we like a little heat in March on a warm, sunny beach. But we also love the beauty that is Canada in winter and there are some awesome winter wellness retreats. We check a few out here; Sparkling Hill Resort Nestled in the spectacular mountains of British Columbia near Vernon, this wellness focused resort has special packages for seniors. They have a 5 night package that focuses on seniors who are looking for a whole body experience. Check them out here. Grail Springs They don’t have a Holy Grail, but they do have some really cool packages, with some tailored to seniors. Based in Bancroft, Ontario. It’s a beautiful winter landscape. They also have spiritual programs

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How to stay injury free on your next travel adventure

Safe travel tips Ease the Pain of Packing Pack your suitcase on the floor of your home where the main door is located. Instead of packing in your bedroom, upstairs or downstairs, and then having to lift and carry a heavy suitcase up or down stairs, bring what you need to a suitcase located close to your front door. This can help prevent injury before you start your vacation. Furthermore, avoid movements that combine lifting and twisting of the spine especially when loading your bags in the trunk or placing them in an overhead bin. Performing whole-body movement will reduce the tension on the spine. Pack the Injury Reducing Essentials Towels – a beach towel or small bath towel can be a great accessory to keep you pain free while you are away. Not only can you use towels to help you stretch your legs and upper back, similar to

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Travel etiquette mistakes

Travelling soon? Here are some travel tips to help you and your fellow travellers have a more enjoyable flight! This is a popular time of year for travelling. With spring break underway, and Canadians aching for some fun in the sun, the worst part of the whole experience seems to be the time it takes to reach the destination. For lots of people, flying can be a stressful and sometimes aggravating experience—especially when others recline their seats too far back or steal your arm rest. But another reason for potential stress and anger from passengers may be due to the increase in the number of people travelling. According to Stats Canada, Canadian residents made a record 12.8 million trips to overseas destinations (countries other than the United States) in 2017, which was 7.2% more than in 2016. In fact, the number of Canadians travelling overseas has increased yearly since 2003.

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Tips for your posture when traveling

When traveling, we’re often prone to body aches and cramping. Here are some tips to keep you pain free as you travel. Healthy travel tips for seniors Our bodies are not designed to be sitting for long periods. We are designed to be hunting and gathering food, so when we are cramped in a small airplane seat or stuck in the back seat of a car, pain can often become an unwanted travel companion. Here are some tips to keep you pain free as you travel. Bring a Neck Pillow A neck pillow to support your neck as you doze off can help to prevent cramping of the cervical muscles when in an awkward sleeping position. Sitting increases pressure to the joints and muscles of the neck. Neither car and airplane seats offer support to the neck which in itself can lead to pain. Using a light weight pillow that

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