Archive - April 2020

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Safeguard your well-being at home with top wellness tips from Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas
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Healing the Planet: Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas spotlights its sustainability champions on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day
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Six Senses adapts in-resort wellness experiences to online content to support guests, hosts and communities around the world

Safeguard your well-being at home with top wellness tips from Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas

PRACTISING SOCIAL-DISTANCING and staying at home in isolation to remain protected from COVID-19 are part of daily routine for all of us across the globe right now.

We know this can take a toll on feelings of well-being and over-all mental health.

To help us all through these unusual days, we asked our Anantara Spa experts in wellness for advice on how to practice self-care at home, and we’re sharing their wisdom with you.

If you want to stay up to date with regular at home tips to follow, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas from all corners of the world will be sharing bite-size video content and healthy living recommendations across social media channels using the hashtag #AnantaraEscapism.

Follow these easy insights and moments of Zen and peace to stay healthy, balanced and happy at home

Practise Overall Well-being from Galina Antoniuk, spa director, Anantara the Palm Dubai Resort, United Arab Emirates.
Try to stay in a routine even while working from home or if you’re not able to spend a lot of time outside. Wake up at your usual time and use any saved commute time to get into a home fitness regime.
It’s also good to get into the habit of squeezing half a lemon into a glass of warm water and drink first thing in the morning – this helps to boost the immune system and is rich with vitamin C. Eat as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible. Berries are known to have a lot of antioxidants, helping you fight colds and flus. A relaxing 20-minute warm bath before bed will calm the body, soul and mind.

The Beauty of Sleep from Dr Serge Landrieu, master of wellness, Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, Thailand.
For a fully restorative sleep, it is best to stop eating after lunch and then break this fast with breakfast. If you can, try to keep a window of 16 or 18 hours without eating over 24 hours. This is a form of intermittent fasting. Do not eat food before going to sleep, if you are hungry take a little sip of oil.

Going to bed and falling asleep early is essential as the hours of sleep sustained before midnight count the most for reviving the whole immune system. To wind down for sleep, establish an evening ritual before you go to bed. This can include

meditating, practising gratitude, praying, or slowing down your breath with Pranayama (breathing exercises).

To ensure that you sleep through the night, stop drinking around 5.00 – 6.00 pm, and drink just half a glass of water before bed to avoid waking in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.
Jump start your day by planning something you enjoy for when you wake up so that you wake up with a purpose.

Meditating from Dr. Eranga Kaushal, Ayurveda Doctor, Anantara Kalutara Resort, Sri Lanka.
Meditation helps to calm the mind and centre your chakras. Promoting reduced blood pressure, better daily functioning, and improved focus, regular practice of mindful meditation at home can help the mind send the right messages to the body and act accordingly. It also helps to lower the stress levels, which helps boost your immune system.

We can recommend the Pranayama breathing meditation, also called breath control. Take a steady breath in through both nostrils. Inhale until you reach your lung capacity while maintaining a tall spine. Hold your breath for a second, then constrict some of the breath at the back of your throat, as if you were about to whisper a secret, and exhale slowly through both nostrils. The slow, calming rhythm brings natural rest to the mind and releases tension from the stressed-out parts of the body.

Follow a light meal plan from Dr. Gopal Govindasamy, Master of Wellness, Anantara Rasananda, Koh Phangan Villas,Thailand

Naturopathic doctor and yoga expert Dr. Gopal Govindasamy, originally from India specializes in Ayurveda, wellness, and nutrition and lifestyle at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas. He has been a leading wellness expert for over 16 years, and his record for relieving and correcting persistent physical problems has resulted in an international reputation as “Dr. Magic Hands”.

His top tips to maintain optimum wellness during self-isolation or lockdown include following a light meal plan with healthy foods, plenty of fluids, regular exercise, and maintaining a routine.

  • Eating light simple food is recommend due to lower levels of activity when staying inside a house or apartment almost all day as eating heaving foods will add too much pressure to cleansing system, which pulls down your immunity.
  • Stay hydrated, drinking between two and three litres of mineral water daily, room temperature or lukewarm water is best for the system and avoid carbonated beverages and energy drinks.
  • Keep your daily routine balanced with mild exercise, yoga or Tai-Chi for 45-60 minutes every day.
  • Stay home. Most important of all, stay at home and be healthy.

 

 

Healing the Planet: Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas spotlights its sustainability champions on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

THIS YEAR MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARYof Earth Day. In honour of this milestone, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas turns the lens on its sustainability champions with the release of a short video showcasing some of the company’s most impactful green initiatives worldwide.

From reef rehabilitation to elephant conservation, Anantara’s environmental programs are woven into each property’s operations. Responding to an increased awareness among travellers of the impact mass tourism is having on the planet, these initiatives are designed to encourage sustainable travel through meaningful community involvement.

Cardamom Tented Camp

In Cambodia, Anantara sustainability efforts are focused on protecting forests that have been ravaged by illegal loggers, poachers and sand dredgers. Nestled in Southern Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountain range, the Cardamom Tented Camp is a non-profit eco lodge resting within 18,000 hectares of pristine land.

All the funds generated by tourism are channelled into running the camp and into financing park ranger patrols. Since funding began, a vibrancy has returned within this corridor of land and wildlife is thriving.

Anantara’s Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF)

The ongoing maintenance of the Cardamom Tented Camp is funded in part by Anantara guests via Anantara’s Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF). Set up in 2006 to improve the plight of Thailand’s elephants, it has since diversified to include welfare projects that incorporate broader philanthropic and cultural objectives with unprecedented success.

More than 30 elephants have been rescued from Thailand’s city streets, accompanied by their entire mahout family. English lessons, education for children and a silk worm business are all part of the rehabilitation program.

Holistic Approach to Reef Protection (HARP) Program

Launched in 2015 to reverse coral bleaching in the Maldives, the Holistic Approach to Reef Protection (HARP) program is bearing fruit. For years, Anantara staff and guests have been painstakingly attaching fragments of rescued coral to ropes and tables at coral nurseries of Anantara Dhigu, Anantara Veli and Naladhu Private Island.

A 2019 field study by marine biologist Dr. Andy Bruckner revealed that rehabilitation efforts have encouraged extraordinary growth across all the nurseries, giving hope for the future.

Zero Waste Commitment at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort has made operational sustainability the linchpin of its green program. A reverse osmosis plant produces 2,000 litres of clean water per day which is bottled for drinking – critical for Tangalle, which suffers from regular dry spells.

Degradable waste is composted and then used to fertilize a vegetable garden and rice field that supply the resort’s restaurants with fresh produce. In partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the resort also educates the public and local school children about turtle conservation and organizes turtle walks.

Smallholder Farmer Engagement Program

The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia team works hard to ensure smallholder farmers get a share of the tourism economy. In addition to buying all the crop directly from the smallholders and forgoing the middleman, the hotel supports Maramba Women’s Mushroom Farm and trains the 3,000-plus workers at Nsongwe Women’s Farm in sustainable agriculture techniques. Just as impactful is the Libuyu Women’s Peanut Butter Project, empowering HIV-positive women by outfitting a peanut butter factory and helping run it.

“At Anantara, we not only ensure we do the right thing for the environment but always look for ways to engage the guests, to make them part of our sustainability efforts,” comments John Roberts, group director of sustainability and conservation for Anantara Hotels. “It’s educational and meaningful and the planet benefits too, so everyone wins.”

To watch the video, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntjgd078miE

 

Six Senses adapts in-resort wellness experiences to online content to support guests, hosts and communities around the world

IN-HOUSE EXPERTS AND ITS WELLNESS BOARD reach out to guests and newcomers who can’t travel to resorts and spas to help them stay well through these uncertain times. Videos, tutorials, articles and advice to support the pillars of Mindfulness, Eat, Sleep, Move, Live Naturally and Connect will be shared via Six Senses corporate and resort social media channels, newsletters and sixsenses.com

Wellness is core to Six Senses. As travel bans and social distancing measures are imposed, the brand is prioritizing a range of content that guests, hosts and global communities can tap into remotely from their homes. The aim is to remain solution-oriented and support their resilience and physical and mental well-being.

At Home With Six Senses offers proactive and pragmatic ways for people to care for themselves and people they love in a range of formats. The content is available to everyone, whether or not they have previously stayed at a Six Senses property, and it is structured around the brand’s key wellness pillars.

• Mindfulness: helping people shift energies from worrying about what can’t be controlled to focusing on the present moment, whether that is setting up a home working environment or tips on staying grounded.

• Eat: recipes, interviews and how-to video tutorials focusing on foods with key nutrients and easy strategies to support the immune system, reduce stress and improve sleep along with the hidden power of certain everyday store-cupboard ingredients.

• Sleep: the importance of establishing a sleep routine along with how learning about dosha types can impact sleep, bed time breathing rituals even the meaning behind certain dreams.

• Move: from at-home workouts to live meditation sessions or yoga poses and tips for boosting energy, or releasing pent-up energy if working or staying at home.

• Live Naturally: adapted activities inspired by the brand’s on-site Earth Labs, and life hacks to try at home to live more sustainably and make the most of whatever nature is around or available.

• Connect: staying connected to reduce anxiety and loneliness when practicing social distancing and how to check in with others and remain community-focused, especially when it comes to those more vulnerable.

Guests currently staying at Six Senses resorts have access to different experiences and spa facilities to support their daily lifestyle routine or kick-start their journey to well-being. Two new wellness journeys have also been introduced for those who wish to boost their immune system or practice gratitude and maintain a positive mindset through meditation, spending time in nature, vitamins and nutrients and selected therapies.

 

 

 

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