Hotels take wellness to the extreme, from IV drips to MRIs
Soaked in a porcelain tub with lime slices like petals floating around my limbs, I can’t help but feel trapped inside one of those fruit water dispensers that proliferated in coworking spaces. In fact, I take the waters, through an elaborate Ayurvedic “bathing ritual” now offered at Peninsula hotels. A few minutes earlier, the disembodied “wellness concierge” on the other end of my “wellness portal” (a text conversation with a real live human, just a QR code away) sent an attendant to the spa to bring a fragrant bath flight. products at my doorstep. The bath accessories arrived in tiny ceramic bowls on a wooden tray, like so many banchan dishes at a Korean restaurant, with an instruction card for the bath, brushing and self-massage that was to follow. . A few hours later, my portal mate is back, this time to check on my pillow plans – feather, buckwheat, or memory foam? The last, my talkative guardian says, “might be a good option for you to have a restful night with good neck support to start your day tomorrow with Physique 57 class!”
I walked the 5.8 miles from my apartment at The Peninsula New York to avail myself of the hotel brand’s Life Lived Best initiative, whose health-focused offerings are as varied as its ambitious (if vague) title. . The goal is to imbue every corner of the luxury chain’s 10 properties around the world with wellness-focused micro-upgrades. “Wellness shouldn’t be something you only tackle when you cross the threshold of the spa,” says Gareth Roberts, director of brand support and operations for the hotel group. “That outdated concept of ‘Now you’re in the world of wellness’? It’s not authentic.