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05 Feb 2018
Not your mother’s spa: Well+Good launches Retreats

Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula, founders of lifestyle website Well+Good, have launched a division of retreats, designed to appeal to a new generation of wellness travellers.

At the Global Wellness Summit in October, Brue and Gelula presented findings from a survey they conducted that showed that 40 per cent of their readers – more than half of whom are millennials – would rather go on a fitness retreat with their favourite instructor than to a destination spa.

“These days, among millennials, it’s more brag-worthy to say that you’ve snagged a spot in Taryn Toomey’s DR retreat than it is to say you grabbed a spot at Canyon Ranch or Miraval,” Brue explained at the Summit. “What we’re really seeing among the travel tastes in our readers is that there’s a transfer of trust going on from the properties to these local fitness gurus.”

The first Well+Good Retreat – one of four each year – taps into this trend. Hosted by food and self-care expert Candice Kumai (66.4k Instagram followers) and fitness and recovery expert Charlee Atkins (18.6k Instagram followers), the retreat will take place 25-28 March at Avalon Palm Springs in California.

Along with fitness classes with Atkins and cooking workshops with Kumai, the retreat also includes healthy meals of acai bowls and eggs for breakfast, family-style lunches, and dinner including seafood, veggie and vegan options.

Key to the concept is also the chance to connect with like-minded, wellness-focused people from the Well+Good community, so socialising times are built in to the agenda. About 40 people are expected on the retreats, and prices range from US$2,100 to US$3,000.

Launched in 2010, Well+Good itself has 8 million monthly unique visitors to its site and 1.2 million followers on social media.

Among the survey-takers from the research presented at the Summit, the median age was 33 and the median income was US$103,000 – prime candidates for spas.

At the Summit, Brue and Gelula said they were surprised by the survey’s findings, and that they show a new form of competition for what they “lovingly refer to as the ‘iconic spas of yore’, because they don’t speak to millennials as much”.

“Spas have been eyeing each other as competition, and not these upstart fitness instructors in their own communities,” said Gelula.

What today’s millennial wellness consumer is looking for, said Brue, is “for properties to take her wellness to a new and deeper place, and to give her these immersive, innovative, out-of-the-norm experiences.”



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08 Aug 2018
Obama Foundation fellow Alex Smith to speak at ukactive National Summit
Alex Smith, founder of Cares Family and a fellow at the Obama Foundation, will give a keynote speech on loneliness at the ukactive National Summit next month.
08 Aug 2018
Grupo Vidanta to host Deepak Chopra-led retreat
Resort developer Grupo Vidanta will host its inaugural Vidanta Wellness Retreat at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta in November, offering guests a wellness-inspired vacation led by health expert Deepak Chopra. The weekend retreat will offer a series of conferences, workshops and activities available to both resort guests and to the general public.
07 Aug 2018
Alberta Ferretti to give keynote at GWS
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has announced today that acclaimed fashion designer Alberta Ferretti will deliver a keynote speech at this year's summit.
06 Aug 2018
First US Hot Springs Conference announced for November
The first-ever US Hot Springs Conference will take place 7-9 November in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
31 Jul 2018
The Lanesborough Spa partners with Villa Stéphanie and Dr Harry König for new wellness residency
Luxury health and lifestyle member's club The Lanesborough Club & Spa in Belgravia, London, has announced a new four-day wellness residency with Dr Harry König.
30 Jul 2018
World Architecture Festival: Sir David Adjaye, Sir Peter Cook and Reinier de Graaf to speak
November 2018’s World Architecture Festival (WAF), at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Center, will have a speaker list boasting some of the biggest names in architecture.
30 Jul 2018
CIDESCO to celebrate diversity with International Beauty Day 2018
Comite International d'Esthetique et de Cosmetologie (CIDESCO), an international standard setter for the beauty and spa industries, has announced plans to celebrate diversity in the beauty industry at this year's CIDESCO International Beauty Day.
26 Jul 2018
Daymond John to receive 2018 ISPA Humanitarian Award
Business leader and entrepreneur Daymond John will receive the ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award at the 2018 ISPA Conference and Expo this September.
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