RICHMOND – As we start the new year, hopeful travelers are eager to work wellness into their future travel plans. The pandemic has made us increasingly conscious of personal health and fitness, with surveys showing a rising interest in immunity boosting retreats and socially distanced wellness trips. Rural luxury also tops lists of 2021 travel trends, with travelers looking to avoid crowds and connect with nature, while focusing on the need for mental and physical pampering. Enter Virginia, with an array of wellness retreats and pastoral luxury resorts ideal for travelers seeking an off-the-beaten-path destination to heal their bodies, minds and souls.
Eupepsia Wellness Resort, located in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, provides an immersive approach to wellness with real-time curation for a truly transformative experience. Located on 256 rural acres and founded on the science and philosophy of Ayurveda, the resort’s integrated programs center around sound sleep, clean ‘farm-to-table’ eating, and progressive health, fitness and yoga therapies. With the help of a team of specialists, the resort customizes its wellness retreats to each guest’s bio-individuality, health condition and personal goals. From de-stress, detox, weight loss and full rejuvenation to advanced healing, there is a program for everyone.
Eupepsia has received global and national recognition for its excellence. Recent awards include Virginia’s Best Wellness Retreat 2020 by the World Spa Awards; Best Boutique Wellness Resort in the USA at the UK-based LuxLife Awards; 2nd Best Wellness Resort Nationwide in 2020 in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Awards for the second year in a row; and a Top 50 Innovative Companies to Watch in 2020 by The Silicon Review Magazine.
Many are turning to nature to restore their body and spirit. At Primland, perched high in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the beauty, seclusion and relaxed pace combine to offer their own form of healing. It was the vision of Primland’s founder, Didier Primat, to create a place of immense beauty that offered his guests a return to simple human pleasures. Distinctly eco-conscious, everything the luxury resort offers, from mountaintop yoga and world-class golf, to refined dining and midnight stargazing, radiates a thoughtful desire to minimize the impact on nature and provide an immersive connection with the Virginia landscape. The resorts iconic treehouses built around the solid branches of treetops and offering stunning views of the valley below, personify Primland’s bond with the natural world.
Referred to as the father of holistic medicine, Edgar Cayce founded his Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E) to help people transform their lives. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E Health Center & Spa, along with the onsite Library and Visitor Center, offers an array of opportunities for profound personal change in body, mind, and spirit, from extensive spa services, yoga and meditation sessions, to lectures and workshops. The nearby reimagined Historic Cavalier Hotel & Beach Club provides luxurious overnight accommodations for those seeking a multi-day visit with the A.R.E experts. The resort features its own luxury spa and a range of relaxing and recharging activities, taking full advantage of its ideal beachfront location.
Satchidananda Ashram -Yogaville is a vibrant spiritual retreat, founded in 1980 by Sri Swami Satchidananda, the Indian Yoga master who opened the Woodstock music festival. The Ashram occupies 750 acres of land along the historic and beautiful James River in rural Buckingham County, offering a serene oasis in the heartland of Virginia. The community is vegetarian/vegan, growing most of its produce on its own organic farm, and meals are included with overnight accommodations. The branded style of Yoga taught at Yogaville is Integral Yoga®, a synthesis of the various branches of classical Yoga developed by Swami Satchidananda and the center offers teacher trainings in addition to guest stays, making it possible to turn your wellness retreat in to an educational, skills-based holiday.
The Washington D.C. area’s only Forbes Five-Star destination resort, Salamander Resort & Spa, located in Middleburg, Virginia, applies some of the world’s most innovative and healing techniques to restore, renew and inspire. Booking a wellness package guarantees a unique health and wellness journey tailored to the guest’s specific needs. In addition to the spa, the resort offers a wealth of activities designed to stimulate the mind while providing a relaxing experience, with options including everything from Equine Communication, Falconry and Fishing, to a variety of Art Classes. Situated on 340 acres of luxurious privacy in gorgeous Virginia Horse and Hunt country, the resort also assists with access to the plethora of local wineries providing an exceptionally enticing way to relax away the evening, fireside.
A vacation to Virginia is all about discovering what you love. Learn more about the topics above or plan your travels at www.Virginia.org.