by Megan Whitby, assistant editor
Our new retreats help individuals to adopt an enhanced and more resilient lifestyle, resulting in a complete sense of self-acceptance
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Niamh O’Connell Rosewood’s group VP of wellness reveals the brand’s response to COVID with its new retreat concept and spa reopening strategy
onsciously and unconsciously, resilience is becoming more important in our daily lives – especially due to the global pandemic,” says Niamh O’Connell, Rosewood’s group VP of wellness and brand experience. And it’s with this in mind that she’s curated 13 bespoke retreats to enhance people’s ability to recover from or adapt easily to change. Following a stressful year with rising levels of anxiety, Rosewood’s Journey to Resilience retreats look to heal and address all wellbeing aspects: the physical, emotional and the mindful. They’ll be offered in Asia, Europe, North America and the Caribbean and focus on four main behavioural elements essential to fostering resilience. These are positivism, purpose, resourcefulness and compassion.
According to O’Connell, the programmes are “designed to assist guests in recognising areas of their lives they’d like to restructure or enhance, providing the tools and support they need to make these changes.” The idea is that individuals will be empowered through fitness, nutrition, treatments and other wellbeing therapies to face life’s challenges with confidence and ultimately establish a sense of deep inner equilibrium. “Whether through physical therapies or authentic healing treatments for the mind and emotions, this process helps individuals to adopt an enhanced and more resilient lifestyle, resulting in a complete sense of self-acceptance,” adds O’Connell. “Guests will feel a sense of calm, confidence, be able to manage their anxiety with ease and have a more positive outlook on life.”
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In keeping with Rosewood’s A Sense of Place philosophy, which weaves the authenticity and character of a destination into the identity of respective properties, every retreat has been devised with practices reflective of local wellness traditions and natural surroundings. At Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Italy for instance, forest bathing encourages guests to immerse themselves in Tuscany’s UNESCO-listed countryside and vegetable-based cooking classes celebrate the country’s reputation for delicious food. Meanwhile, the programme at Rosewood Bangkok incorporates treatments such as tai pew ngam, a ritual inspired by Thai royals and Chong massage, a therapy reflective of the Chong tribe in eastern Thailand that improves energy levels. Journey to Resilience retreats include a two-night minimum stay (at most sites) and can be elongated for an additional fee at specific properties. Pricing varies according to location. In Tuscany, it’s €6,000 (US$7,275, £5,225) per suite for three nights, for example, or in Bangkok, prices start at THB5,523 (US$182, €150, £131) per night.
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