Preparations in over 130 countries around the globe are underway for the 5th Annual World Wellness Weekend, which takes place on 18 and 19 September 2021.
The two days will be filled with safe, free, fun and meaningful wellness activities in 950 cities to boost vitality, serenity, immunity and solidarity.
Says Kent Richards, corporate operations director of Six Senses Spas: “With events such as WWW, we are all able to celebrate life to the fullest. Each year, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas commemorates this event at over 30 locations around the world to bring happiness into the lives of our guests, hosts and local communities. This year again, we will encourage everyone to join in the celebrations, bringing the benefits of wellness to the world.”
Over 50 Taj Hotels will present a hybrid ‘wellness extravaganza’, embracing the WWW’s 5 Pillars of Wellness. “Activities will range from serene ‘sunrise yoga’, to the divine Ganga Aarti on the banks of the Ganges. Carefully curated ‘immersive experiences’ will focus on mindfulness and mental wellbeing,” says Sushmita Sarangi, commercial director of Taj Hotels.
Zoe Wall, MSpa group director of Spa, Minor Hotels, adds: “Teams at Anantara and Avani hotels are very excited to participate in WWW 2021 in Bali, Maldives, Malaysia, Mozambique, Oman, Thailand, UAE, Vietnam and Zambia, including Clinique La Prairie Aesthetics & Medical Spa, Bangkok. The above will be doing a mixture of yoga classes in stunning locations, Muay Thai boxing sessions, hands-on introductory sessions with onsite expert practitioners and medical teams, cooking classes, mini massage courses and much more.”
Other participating properties include: Euphoria Retreat (Greece), Fivelements (Bali & Hong Kong), Glen Ivy Hot Springs (California), Kamalaya (Thailand), Mandara Spas (Bali & Maldives), Peninsula Hot Springs (Australia), Rancho La Puerta (Mexico), Anantara, Corinthia, GOCO Hospitality, Hilton and Marriott.
According to WWW founder, Jean-Guy de Gabriac, wellness is not just a decision you take to improve your mental and physical health, it is an act of influence to inspire those around you to become the best version of themselves.
De Gabriac notes that before COVID-19 shut down the world, WWW reached an audience of 224 million people in 98 countries. He continues: “In 2020, the pro-bono celebration grew in 109 countries and 524 cities, now reaching 131 nations.”
WWW encourages people to explore the 5 Pillars of Wellness: Sleep & Creativity; Nutrition & Immunity; Movement & Vitality; Mindfulness & Serenity; and Sense of Purpose & Solidarity. Secretaries of Tourism, Health, and Sports (Cyprus, France, Quebec) and Governors (USA & Mexico) support the event, as do 60 partnering professional organisations. These include ISPA and Wellness Tourism Association. In addition, Mayors are wanting to inspire people to explore their cities as wellness destinations, where they can live, play, work or eventually retire.
De Gabriac points out that WWW aligns with 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, especially SDG 3 – ‘Good Health and Wellbeing for All’.
“Participating venues will focus on multicultural and inclusive activities that deliver the promise of #WellnessforAll #WellnessbyAll, for people of all ages, even with disabilities,” he comments. “This edition of WWW will be a hybrid celebration. Outdoors or indoors, participants will wear a mask, respectfully 6-feet apart, to share a nurturing connection through wellness to offer three treasures: a revitalised body, a quiet mind and a peaceful heart.
“Those having to stay at home, in cities where COVID is still present, will have options too. They'll be able to travel the world with curated immersive 360° videos, tutorials, classes, and inspiring talks accessible anytime, anywhere, on any device.”
Several properties in South Africa will be participating in WWW – watch this space.
For more information click here https://www.world-wellness-weekend.org/