Monday Motivation: Five Healthy Travel Ideas

wellness suite at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Looking to stay fit and have a great vacation? We've rounded up five new and notable wellness offerings to stay healthy on the road. 

The Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit recently debuted 12 new Wellness Suites, which offer perks like a personal Spa Concierge, who provides counsel on spa treatments, as well as in-suite fitness amenities, including a yoga mat, dumbbells, resistance bands, and a Life Fitness Activate Series Recumbent Lifecycle Exercise Bike.

After an intro by the Spa Concierge, guests can enjoy a massage on the upper terrace of the suite with views of the Banderas Bay. In the evening, an Alchimia Apothecary Aromatherapy Kit with scents ranging from cedar and lavender to tangerine and myrrh, and Vitamin C Sprinkler that lightly spritzes guests on command with a warm bath of vitamin C essential oils is available. 

Stay tuned: This month sister property Casa Velas is set to roll out two Wellness Suites of its own. 

Also coming up this month is Ashford Castle's Yoga Retreat, which takes place at the luxe Ireland property from November 19 through 22. At the event yoga teacher Ata Baechler of Insens Geneva will lead guests through daily yoga sessions. 

The Yoga Retreat package, which starts at €1,195 per guest, includes luxury accommodations, healthy and organic dining options and all yoga and meditation sessions. 

For travelers looking to stick the landing on a New Year's resolution, The Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay is offering a lineup of health and fitness experts as part of the resort's 2016 Visiting Practitioners Program. 

For 2016 health and fitness experts at the resort will include Balinese traditional healer Djik Dewa, Muay Thai instructor Vincent Low, High Intensity Interval Training specialist Jean Chia, biophysicist Dr. John Rogerson, yoga and Zumba instructor Alice Lee, "Tibetan singing bowl masseuse" César Tejedor, aerobics and dance instructors Taiga Takashiba and Hideto Takayama, and deep tissue trigger point massage expert Julian Eymann. 

Also in 2016 Off the Map Travel will be offering a unique yoga experience -- Northern Lights for the Soul, a four-day program that will see guests practicing yoga under the Northern Lights. 

From March 7 - 11, 2016, guests will take part in a retreat that includes yoga, meditation, a special wellness nutrition menu, and other fitness and wellness activities. 

Priced starting at £1399 per person, the program includes all meals, a private room sharing a Saana chalet, daily yoga and meditation sessions, access to the spa area, optional 1:1 meditation sessions with experts, daily Northern Lights hunts, a traditional kota evening with a meal cooked on the fire, and return airport transfers. Flights are not included. 

Finally, don't miss an unusual yoga option in Belgium that made its debut this past March as part of #MuseumWeek. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are offering monthly yoga sessions in the Museum's Bernheim room, where six monumental works by Gao Xingjian were installed at the end of February.

Instructor Laia Puig Escandell teaches the sessions, which are priced at €8 and are open to guests of all skill levels ages 18 and up. Reservations can be made online at [email protected].