What's Hot Right Now: Wellness Retreats

The Main Barn at Shou Sugi Ban House has a conference room for private meetings, workshops and events. It also has a demonstration kitchen. //Photo by Fredrika St. Jarne

Wellness retreats are all the rage. This month, Four Seasons debuted a brand-first: A wellness-focused, adults-only, all-inclusive resort. 

Upon booking a retreat at Four Seasons Hotel Lanai at Koele, A Sensei Retreat, each guest is matched with their own Sensei Guide, who will help customize their itinerary in advance — whether that’s targeting a specific health goal or simply unwinding from the stresses of everyday life.

Formerly the Lodge at Koele, the hotel has 96 rooms and suites (tip: top digs is the 1,920-square-foot Kaiholena Suite), a spa with 10 private hales (cabanas) and Sensei by Nobu restaurant, which uses ingredients from Sensei’s on-island sustainable farm. 

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Guests can partake in one-on-one training sessions, group classes and lectures. There are two movement studios, a yoga pavilion, onsen baths, an outdoor lap pool, 18-hole short golf course, ziplines and rope challenge courses. 

Reach out to senior travel industry sales managers Kristy Daley (East Coast and Mid-Atlantic; [email protected]) and Ashlea Varca (U.S. Central and South East; [email protected]); and Joseph Bell ([email protected]), travel industry sales manager, U.S. West Coast.

Earlier this year, two hours from New York City, Shou Sugi Ban House opened in the Hamptons. The retreat offers personalized schedules led by resident and visiting experts. Itineraries will combine fitness, nutrition, yoga, meditation, holistic living, hydrotherapy and body care. A popular offering is the Vibroacoustic Therapy, a science-based treatment that uses various subtle frequencies to reduce stress and return the body to a balanced state. 

All 13 rooms have a fireplace, private garden and massage area; half of the rooms have traditional Japanese ofuro (Hinoki wood tubs), while the others have modern soaking tubs. Facilities include a swimming pool, movement pavilion and fitness center. The Healing Arts Barn has a tea bar, while the Main Barn has a demonstration kitchen. The spa has five treatment rooms, Watsu and plunge pools, an infrared sauna and a chromotherapy shower.

Guest can choose from four-, five- and seven-day experiences, which are all-inclusive. Tip: Half- and full-day spa rituals are also available. Phoebe Briggs ([email protected]), head of reservations, can handle bookings.

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