The continued interest surrounding travel as a means of rebounding from nearly two years of illness and isolation has led travelers to destinations and practices whose focus is wellness and mindfulness. The summer months saw an increase in adventure travel including high energy bookings with tour operators. Road trips within the bubble of family also loaded the highways with gasoline pumping pleasure – good for the soul but not necessarily for the environment.
According to Time.com, “The United States is now experiencing a fourth wave of Covid-19, with very rapidly rising infections.” As the fall season approaches, and with it the possibility of increases in Covid-19 infections, travelers, unwilling to retreat back into their pandemic-beleaguered lives, can find a happy medium within the portfolio of wellness resorts, hotels, apps, and healthy supplements.
One pushpin on the traveler’s roadmap needs to be the Marram, Montauk, Long Island’s newest boutique resort, which had recently announced the opening of its wellness-based fall programming. Now through the Thanksgiving holiday, guests can enjoy the perfect autumnal escape at the resort with a new menu of wellness workshops like Tarot Tauk, fireside chats, and stargazing, in addition to programming already in place like oceanfront yoga, morning meditation, guided nature walks, and private beach fires.
The Marram fits perfectly into the style and atmosphere present throughout Montauk. The luxury is in the location. Just a five minute walk to town, Marram brings a seaside surf cottage inspired experience to the heart of Montauk. The resort was collaboratively designed by Bridgeton Holdings [which has within its portfolio Walker Hotel Tribeca and Walker Hotel Greenwich Village] and Brooklyn-based Post Company, and features 96 guest rooms, an open communal lounge and an on-property counter service South American café, Mostrador Marram. The resort’s surf shack offers lessons with the world-class surfers of Engstrom Surf, a family-run surf school.
When it comes to wellness experiences for travelers, as well as anyone looking to turn back the clock to 2019, Marram is a great place to begin. Marram’s new programming encourages guests to slow down and embrace life’s simple pleasures.
“Autumn is a wonderful time to explore Montauk,” said Teach Mayer, General Manager, Marram. “Throughout the day, and into evening, Marram’s mindfully selected activities and experiences invite guests to embrace the spirit of barefoot luxury – the opportunity to unwind, unplug, and reconnect. Experiences we hope will resonate with them well after their stay with us.”
Guests can expect fireside chats with experts in a variety of fields who host town hall style discussions in the resort’s lounge. Stargazing under the clarity and tranquility of Montauk’s fall skies add to the mindfulness moments. S’mores and socializing at the fire pit are perfect for the guests hungry for tradition, and for those looking for something more intimate, private oceanside beach fires can be booked at an extra cost. Cap this all off with wellness workshops on the topics of nutrition, spirituality and wellness, and the guests can enjoy the journey inside and out.
Portable wellness is another tool for the health-conscious traveler, and who does not like gummies. One company, Vegan Gummies, is making even taking vitamins that much more nutritious and easy for travelers to transport. Co-founders, Megan and Anthony combine healthy supplements with a vehicle for helping other entrepreneurs succeed with an online business.
Another travel-ready product to enhance any wellness travel experience is Qi Coils, a contactless, non-invasive device that is powered by a Qi Coil app with over 900 mind-stimulating frequencies. The device claims to help get rid of negative energy that can sabotage one’s physical and mental health. David Wong, Founder of Qi Life states, “The past year has been incredibly challenging…our mission is to help you improve your mental health and wellness naturally using safe and effective frequency therapy technology.”
Finally, just as some resorts offer all-inclusive vacation experiences, one company is offering an all-inclusive health and wellness platform. Betterme.com operates through an app (so no luggage needed), creating a personalized health and wellness lifestyle system that goes beyond the standard “sweat away the pounds” method. Founder and CEO, Victoria Repa believes that people can be truly happy on the outside only after reaching happiness within. That is why her product offers workouts for the body and meditations for the mind.
Wellness travel is becoming more than just a catch phrase. It is a therapy, a self-payment, and even a panacea for the historic and tragic period that affected everyone from every corner of the world. Marram is just one example of a property in an industry that will be there to provide comfort as well as luxury. The wellness products, too, are a few of the many indulgences available to people at many different price points.