Carrier Recommends: five uplifting ways to look after your body and mind during lockdown

From meditation exercises and mindfulness guides to sleep aids, nutrition programmes and one-on-one teletherapy sessions, here’s how the world’s leading hotels are helping you stay healthy while you're staying at home

In partnership with: Carrier

Visiting a spa hotel or wellness resort might be out of the question for now, so let the wellness retreat come to you

15 June 2020

Coronavirus has left a lot of us are feeling disorientated, overwhelmed and anxious. At a time when we’re being advised to stay at home as much as we can, maintaining a healthy body and mind can seem almost impossible. Luckily, hotels across the world are stepping up and streaming all manner of wellbeing initiatives in order to help you stay positive, productive and inspired until normal travel resumes. 

As part of Carrier tour operators' #StayCurious initiative, Carrier Recommends is a three-part series in association with Luxury London, which aims to provide inspirational travel experiences that you can enjoy without leaving your home. In the second of the series, Carrier looks at the way in which five hotels are promoting health and wellness through online classes, recipes and rituals.  

Yoga with Six Senses Resorts

Six Senses Yao Noi, Phuket, Thailand

Six Senses’ fitness expert, Carina Lipold, shares her favourite micro-workout to stretch and strengthen your body

With personal health, and the health of the planet, at the core of what Six Senses is all about, it's no surprise to see the wellness brand bring its world-renowned programme online. With episodes broken down into categories representing each of Six Senses’ principles – Mindfulness, Eat, Sleep, Move, Live Naturally and Connect – you can expect to learn how to make herbal elixirs, how to reset your fight-flight-freeze system (via a deep dive into shamanism) and how to grow your own microgreens. Follow Six Senses’ meditation, recipes, workouts and more on Facebook Live (@SixSenses@SixSensesSpas) and by searching the hashtag #AtHomeWithSixSenses.

Live health and wellness consultations with Chiva Som

Chiva Som, Hua Hin, Thailand

Chiva Som's yoga and meditation instructor, Paramjot Singh shows you a simple stress release meditation

When you can't get to the destination spa, let the spa come to you. Along with sharing a collection of on-demand wellness insights and hands-on tools across its digital channels, Chiva Som International Health Resort in Thailand takes things a step further with complimentary one-on-one online support directly from the resort’s team of practitioners. A live health and wellness consultation with personalised feedback about your lifestyle and nutrition is followed by a separate session with either a Naturopath, or a physiotherapy/exercise class with a specialist.

DIY spa recipes from Belmond

Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Whether your idea of self-care is mindful breathing or looks more like a glass of something strong, the wonderful world of Belmond brings you the ultimate care package to soothe the soul and enliven your routine. Choose from live-streamed yoga classes and DIY spa recipes for at-home treatments (like sublime sugar scrubs and blissful bath soaks), to discovering the perfect cocktail and designer board game combos. Head over to their IGTV channel for an invitation to join poetry evenings, a botanical flower arranging workshop or jazz session.

AM and PM rituals with Equinox

Equinox Hudson Yards, New York

Equinox Hotels: AM Ritual, designed to gradually transition from sleeping postures, creating openness in your body

Last year luxury fitness brand Equinox opened its debut hotel in the Hudson Yards district in Manhattan’s westside. AM and PM rituals are usually reserved exclusively for guests to stream in-suite but are now available for all. These rituals are designed to help you get grounded and centred at each end of the day – they’ll help open up the body and promote oxygen flow in the morning and relieve stress and prepare you for a restful night’s sleep in the evening. HeadStrong™ meditation podcasts, guided by mellow-voiced instructor Amber Voiles have also been released, as well as a dedicated series of meditations for relief from worry, stress and anxiety during this challenging time.

Nourishment and movement with Aman

Amanyara, Turks & Caicos Islands
Amanzoe’s acupuncturist and bodywork expert Zoe Nash

Aman has long promoted spiritual, mental and physical health, offering luxuriant tailor-made wellness immersions at all of its outposts, including India, Bali and Japan. While resorts are closed, Aman wellness practitioners worldwide are sharing their favourite recipes for health-boosting tonics, soups and teas, as well as self-massage techniques and movement practices to maintain fitness at home. Explore the Aman offering here.

Luxury tailor-made tour operator Carrier is looking to the future with a spirit of optimism and perseverance – travel will return, and when it does, it will be ready. In the meantime, travellers can speak with Carrier’s experts to design their dream holiday, which can be embarked upon just as soon as it is safe to travel again. Please visit carrier.co.uk or call 0161-820-4807