Invigorate Your Mind, Body and Soul: Wellness Hotels and Thermal Spas
The world is constantly changing and evolving around us, with new and luxurious retreats popping up across the globe with the sole aim of relaxation and tranquility. How often can we take a break from our busy schedules and get the relaxation we deserve? With Wellness Hotels and Thermal Spas, holidays can now be personalised with the single objective of making sure you get the tender loving care you’ve earned and desired. For the Muslim traveller, these services were once deemed unsuitable and immodest. Now, due to the rise of Muslim travel around the world, companies are now catering to the more modest lifestyle with gender-segregated and secluded spas and other facilities. Islamically, the value of well-being, keeping physically fit and avoiding stress holds great importance in order to attain spirituality. There are plenty of benefits to these breaks and what could be better for your body than escaping on a best-of-both-worlds holiday meant for the invigoration of your mind, body and soul?
History of Wellness Hotels and Thermal Spas
Although holidays to wellness resorts and thermal spas have been a fast growing sector over this past decade and may be considered to be relatively new, one of the first spa holidays actually began in around 43 AD. The town of Aquae Sulis was developed as a haven for relaxation and was an ancient wellness holiday destination and many people from mainland Europe would travel there for their very own health-improving holiday. The natural springs with a magnificent array of baths were once the hot spot for Kings and Queens to seek the cure for their ailments and Roman soldiers to recover from war. Today, it is known as the English city of Bath. Although the luxury of a wellness hotel and thermal spa was once the custom of ancient royalty, everyone can now enjoy the grandeur and indulge in a hotel that caters to all things you. There are many halal opportunities for finding your peace of mind whilst maintaining your obligations to your religion with halal food and drink. At HalalBooking, they can be filtered by amenities, location, halal food and board plan. Locations include Austria, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Malaysia and the UK amongst others.
What is a Wellness Hotel?
The importance of wellness has grown significantly globally within the past decade with hotel guests wanting to integrate fitness with their holiday experience. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and retreating to a serene area of peace has never been easier. More and more hotels and resorts consider well-being to be of importance within the travel industry, therefore leading to the creation of wellness hotels. A wellness hotel is considered to be a hotel where rejuvenation is at the forefront, offering relaxation related amenities such as gyms, spas, saunas, massages, steam rooms and more. With the refreshing ambience and aura of detoxification, these wellness hotels often also offer breathtaking views and first class services. They are the perfect opportunity to explore a healthy and healing experience across the world.
The world is now becoming accustomed to the wellness traveller - those who seek physical activities for fitness, spa treatments, stress relief and spiritual healing. With the world evolving and many facilities now within arms reach, we should evolve our lifestyles and ensure we maintain physical and emotional health. In Islam, our bodies are a gift from Allah and we should do our best to take care of them. Not only does fitness and well-being have a physical benefit, it also maintains emotional health as it increases confidence and spirituality and decreases laziness. Many Muslim countries globally invest in halal well-being hotels and Muslims are seen as role models in sports.
Remember: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH ) said: "Your body has a right over you…”
What is a Thermal Spa?
Thermal spas are a great way to experience the heat, as you indulge within an indoor tropical paradise. Thermal spas combine the techniques of ancient Roman bathing rituals and can be seen nowadays in areas like Turkey and Scandinavia. They harness the benefits of heat-related experiences recommended by health experts such as saunas and spas. In contrast to their names, they may also incorporate cooling facilities as the contrast can have great health benefits.
Thermal spas are easily found in Muslim countries like Turkey, and include experiences such as the traditional Hamam or Turkish bath. These baths were built under the Ottoman Empire, but many were converted from old Roman baths. The ancient treatments have been found to relieve muscular pains, improve mental health and combat anxiety - perfect for you to get away and recharge.
Benefits of Wellness Hotels and Thermal Spas
We all look at setting goals for ourselves and for many it’s to get fit and see more of the world.With wellness and thermal hotels paving the way for the future you now have a seamless way of attaining both goals at once. With hotels offering healthy menus or offering rooms with bespoke equipment, you can choose your own personal holiday itinerary. Travel and maintaining your fitness routine on holiday is no longer limited, and you can handpick yourself the treatments on offer. You choose what you want to eat, restaurants that offer a plethora of healthy halal food whilst on holiday is a breakthrough in the travel industry. There are so many options available and the benefits of wellness hotels and thermal spas are both physical and emotional.
The physical can be:
- Cleanses the body
- Improves circulation
- Slows down the aging process by cleansing, tightening and toning the skin
- Brings back a glow to your skin by improving elasticity
- Improves sleep
- Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
- Soothes muscle pains
The psychological and emotional can be:
* Improves mental health
* Reduces stress and anxiety
* Encourages mental alertness
* Helps relaxation and allows you to recharge
For The Halal Conscious Traveller
Many wellness hotels, especially in Muslim countries, offer halal food, modesty, and prayer facilities amongst the relaxation adding to the halal holistic wellness break we all deserve. With these features, you will never forget your daily lifestyle of obligatory prayers which are key to a Muslim’s life. Dedicated women-only or men-only pool and spa facilities allow you to enjoy a family or solo holiday with an opportunity to enjoy all the amenities a hotel offers in a modest way.
Wellness Hotels in Turkey
Turkey is one of the most popular destinations for travellers looking for a holiday staying in the halal wellness hotels and thermal spas on HalalBooking.com. As well as being a beautiful country with breathtaking and inspiring landscapes, Turkey also has vibrant and bustling cities. The influence of the hammam and the spa culture can be seen in every corner of the country, overflowing with historic Roman and Ottoman baths, some of which are still in use as hamams. With the steam and scrubs and massages on offer, you will leave with your body feeling like the ancient royalty that once inhabited Anatolia.
One of the halal wellness hotels in Turkey available on Halalbooking.com is the Ridos Thermal Hotel & Spa. Situated within the dramatic mountains of Rize, you will find yourself surrounded by dense natural forests and shimmering lakes. Perfect for Muslim ladies, it features 2 secluded indoor pools, a ladies-only spa centre with a hot tub, jacuzzi, sauna and massage services. Here, served with only halal food, you will find all your greatest needs catered for and you will be able to escape in the midst of nature and leave behind the stresses of the outside world.
Our Curated Tips
When planning a halal holiday, we know the importance of making sure that your holiday is Muslim-friendly. What greater blessing is there to be able to travel the world and know that you are following the Sunnah? Many of the wellness hotels offer foods that are a part of the Sunnah, such as honey, nuts, figs, olives and pomegranate. Islam encourages healthy eating and with the Quran making references to certain foods and their health benefits, looking after body and eating well is nurturing what the Almighty has blessed youth. We recommend you take full advantage of this and make sure you cleanse your body not only by relaxing but following good eating habits. The benefits of these foods are many, as with all things that are Sunnah.
Our last tip is taking as many breaths of fresh air as possible - many of the hotels are in an excellent location for mindfulness with nature all around. Not only is walking great for the body, it is refreshing for your mind and soul. Take full advantage of the views when you get the chance!
With so many countries offering new and improved versions of a standard hotel, there are many choices for enjoying a wellness holiday combined with culture. To name a few countries on our website that can offer halal food and no alcohol in rooms: Turkey, Austria, Slovenia, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan and Thailand. Each has its own holistic programme and charm on show, so it really is as simple as picking the destination in which you want to experience your wellness and thermal spa holiday. All you have to do is remember to invigorate your mind, body and soul!