Actually, to be accurate, it should be ‘wellness on the go’. This very morning, at 8.50 a.m. Maldives time, Girlahead flew into Male. Last visit, the Chinese were building a new airport. Today, the – admittedly invisible – Chinese are still building a new airport. For at least another two years passengers deplane by tottering down precarious stairs. Climb into a bus for a circumnavigational tour of the tarmacs. Be disgorged into a prefab immigration, baggage screened for alcohol. Out into the real world, met by JOALI sign, driven eight minutes to the new seaplane terminal, which has been finished. It’s gorgeous. Resorts have their own lounges. JOALI’s, on the top (third) floor – see above – is essence of de-stress. Soft music, a terrace. Inside, greenery, eats and drinks, two six-rack bookshelves, filled with hardbacks. How to Fix the Future. Letters of Bruce Chatwin. Learn, and feel better, at least mentally, immediately.
Olympic gymnast champion Simone Biles will, incidentally, be sharing her own mental health struggles at the 2023 Global Wellness Summit, 6-9 November at HYATT REGENCY MIAMI. It’s amazing timing as Hyatt, at a corporate level, yesterday released Wellbeing Collective ideas. Trialling in about 30 properties, initiatives will be aimed at the meetings and events sector.
Here are some examples of the trial:
ANDAZ MAUI AT WAILEA suggests outrigger canoe experiences, exploring Mōkapu Beach by sea while studying the connection of the outrigger to Hawaii’s past and why it is still significant to its culture today. At HYATT REGENCY LOST PINES RESORT AND SPA, by contrast, the lasso is lord. Following Texan culture and tradition dating back hundreds of years, receive guided instruction by professional, competitive ropers who help build confidence through new lasso skills.
The importance of wellness to Hyatt is shown by the appointment, last December, of the company’s first VP Global Wellbeing, TJ Adams. He is also leading Together by Hyatt, which introduces chefs, care stations, and meditation pods to the meeetings arena.