October 16, 2020
Wellness is at the very center of our preoccupations so it is no surprise that the travel and hospitality industry is catering to that need. Based on the concept of Blue Zones, where life expectancy is longer than anywhere else on the planet, longevity retreats are becoming popular around the world.
Dan Buettner (explorer, journalist and writer), after identifying the world’s Blue Zone areas, found that the lifestyles of residents living there shared nine specific characteristics. These characteristics are called the Power 9®.
These areas are located in Okinawa (Japan); Sardinia (Italy); Nicoya (Costa Rica); Icaria (Greece); and Loma Linda (USA, California).
In Okinawa, the Halekulani Okinawa is running a unique program of new immersive wellness retreats, including one that will give guests an insight into the ‘Secrets for Longevity’ of the Okinawan people. Exclusive to guests at the hotel, the program is run under the supervision of the acclaimed professor Arakawa, who specializes in studying how Okinawa’s distinctive lifestyle enhances longevity and wellness.
In Italy, Borgo Egnazia, an award-winning destination located in Puglia, Italy, has just partnered with Blue Zones to offer a series of science-based wellness retreats focused on longevity. The breathtaking property set among thousand-year-old olive trees is already known for its innovative wellness programming which capitalizes on local traditions, the regional Mediterranean diet and their award-winning spa. The program is outlined as a path to discover the secrets of longevity and includes:
– full board according to the Blue Zones menu;
– classes of natural movement;
– Roman Thermal Baths;
– cooking classes Blue Zones;
– 5 hours of Blue Zones’s concepts;
– Evening entertainment: Movie night/ Pizzica night/ Juggling & Circus.
If VR is most of the time associated with video gaming, a new use of it is made in the performing art world. Creative Studios are now offering experiences combining theater and virtual reality. They adapt the use of VR headsets to immersive experiences with real life actors.