How to Celebrate GWD in Your Favorite Destination

Turn off your phone. Make a smoothie. Visit a family member—or a luxury hotel group. Saturday, June 9 marks the 4th annual international celebration of Global Wellness Day, and the hospitality world is joining in, with several major brands offering free health and wellness activities to guests as well as the general public. As 4,000 locations in more than 100 countries around the world pause to recognize the importance of living well—which includes everything from exercise to mental health to spirituality, digital detox and beauty treatments—here are some suggestions for joining the social movement.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Yoga classes and sound and crystal therapy are big draws all year at Four Seasons properties around the world. At Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, marine naturalist Lauren Sauer will be leading guests in a salt harvesting experience on the Island of Hawaii’s ancient salt pens. Harvest pure ocean salt and learn how it is used for medicine and natural health products. Then experience the Salt of the Ocean Body treatment offered at the spa. Add complimentary rock climbing, poolside yoga or stand-up paddle boarding to make it a weekend.

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills will offer guests a yoga session on the hotel’s helicopter landing pad, with sweeping views of the city, as well as a plant-based lunch by Chef Matthew Kenney by the pool. Free guided meditation is available to the public for the first 10 sign-ups.

Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center is opening its wellness agenda to the public with a 90-minute workshop including active body weight training, restorative stretching and a healing sound bath using singing bowls, as well as a photo booth, scented towels and healthy snacks and beverages for all.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

Ultra-luxury hotel group Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has 18 properties around the world offering guests curated self-care experiences in honor of Global Wellness Day. A guided walk through the Tuscan woods awaits those at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, in Montalcin, Italy. Rosewood Luang Prabang in Laos is providing lessons in massage technique and insight into the sacred Buddhist tradition of alms offerings, and Rosewood London will lead guests on a refreshing morning run through the city.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is encouraging culture and wellness in its guests and communities, with guest experiences ranging from yoga in a Mongolian yurt at Shangri-La, Baotou, in China, and Thai boxing classes in Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok to healthy cooking classes with local ingredients at Shangri-La Hotel Dubai and an essential oil demonstration at Shangri La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, in the Maldives, is offering community yoga classes at a local school in Feydhoo, and Futian Shangri-La, in Shenzhen, China, will host a tennis class for local students. Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia, will offer healthy cooking classes to the public.