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Uncover Bliss in South America, Australia & New Zealand: New Wellness Tours

Last month, we shared a few of our exciting new Wellness Tours Inspired by Canyon Ranch across Asia. This month our focus turns toward South America, Australia & New Zealand, with rejuvenating and immersive experiences everywhere from a rainforest village outside of Cairns and geothermal mud baths in Tauranga to a serene island hideaway in Argentina.
Below is a look at our top experiences across South America, Australia and New Zealand. Click the tour name to view the complete shore excursion description and availability, and here to explore the full collection.

SOUTH AMERICA

Buenos Aires, Argentina
El Descanso Island: Labyrinth of Streams

 

Cruise to an enchanted island and spend the day at a serene hideaway that art collector Claudio Stamato created more than two decades ago to fulfill his passion for nature, art and the wonder of life. Stroll through a botanical wonderland, crossing bridges such as the Angel of Love, where you may see graceful willows, a maze of bamboo, colorful hydrangeas, and perhaps even a ceibo, the national flower of Argentina. Later, relax with an outdoor yoga class then dine on healthy cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients.

Lima (Callao), Peru
Healthy Peruvian Cooking Class

Learn the key to preparing healthy Peruvian dishes with a local chef and enjoy authentic regional dishes. As you explore one of the city’s most popular markets guide by a chef, you’ll uncover an incredible variety of exotic fruit and vegetables, such as lucuma, cherimoya and many others. Discover the subtleties of Peruvian cuisine by preparing several dishes yourself, using ingredients that pre-Columbian people used centuries ago. Delve into Peruvian gastronomy as you gain insight on the country’s superfoods such as quinoa, cacao and maca.

Manta, Ecuador
Beach Yoga and Cooking Class at Las Tanusas Eco-Retreat

 

Enjoy a relaxing yoga session on an eco-friendly and secluded beach resort, Las Tunusas, while listening to the sounds of the gently lapping waves and tropical birds. Enjoy the healthy, stress-free natural setting, intended to elicit a sense of well-being and a connection with the inner self. In a hands-on cooking class at the BocaValdivia restaurant, learn how to prepare Ecuadorian cuisine, which traces its roots to more than 10,000 years ago. Then savor your dish of organically grown seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs, and seafood that was harvested using ancient fishing techniques.

Santiago de Chile (San Antonio), Chile
Wellness and Mindfulness at Viña Casa Marin

Practice yoga, pranayama breathing and mindful meditation at a picturesque boutique winery, Viña Casa Marin, where you will also learn about its history and micro-terroirs. With the help of a professional instructor, learn about meditation techniques used to calm the mind, revitalize the body and increase positive energy. Later, a chef and sommelier will guide you through their selections of their top dishes and wines for you to savor.

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Cairns, Australia
Qigong in Rainforest Village

 

Practice the Chinese exercise qigong in the picturesque rainforest village of Kuranda, which provides an excellent and spectacularly serene location for practicing the slow tai chi-like workout. The goal of this technique is to “master your energy,” which is how the word “qigong” is sometimes translated. Much like yoga and tai chi, qigong is a mind-body exercise, which is known for encouraging a calm, meditative state of mind. After class, browse the shops in Kuranda, where you can find hand-crafted jewelry, locally produced fashions, colorful artwork and traditional goods such as boomerangs and didgeridoos.

Sydney, Australia
Tai Chi with Harbour Views and Sydney

Practice tai chi on the lawn of the Royal Botanic Garden, a tranquil setting overlooking the Sydney Harbour. This graceful form of exercise, originally developed in China for self-defense, is practiced today to reduce stress and anxiety and to increase flexibility and balance. Often described as “meditation in motion,” the gentle flowing movements of this instructor-led practice can be followed by almost anyone. After class, take in the magnificent views of the Harbour, the iconic Sydney Opera House, the vibrant quarter known as Kings Cross, and The Rocks, the historical city center and birthplace of Sydney.

Rotorua (Tauranga), New Zealand
Hells Gate Mud Bath Retreat

 

Relax in a revitalizing mud bath at Hells Gate thermal park, a place of healing and revitalization where the native Maori have lived for centuries. Emerge from the heated, nutrient-rich mud with your skin feeling silky smooth and rejuvenated as the mud naturally exfoliates, detoxifies and polishes your skin. Try the several different types of geothermal mud, which have been used to treat arthritis, rheumatism and burns. You’ll also enjoy a unique lunch cooked in a mud pool, a variation of cooking in a “hangi” or earth oven, which the Maori traditionally do with heated rocks.

Inspired? Explore our complete collection of Wellness Tours Inspired by Canyon Ranch here by selecting Wellness Tours.

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Insider’s Guide to Our Private Spa Terrace

Like our charming English-style library, there are some places on board that are so cozy and luxurious that you just want to linger there awhile. Located on the forward deck just beyond the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, our private Spa Terrace is certainly one of those. Next time you’re on board, take advantage of this glorious haven when you book a spa treatment or are staying in a Concierge-Level or above stateroom or suite.

Here are our favorite ways to take advantage of all that the luxurious Spa Terrace offers.

  1. Prep for your spa treatment.
    You haven’t had the complete Canyon Ranch SpaClub treatment until you begin your spa experience with some R&R time on the private Spa Terrace. Whether you simply want to lounge in the shade and enjoy the mesmerizing vistas of the sea and sky, or you want to ease your muscles with a dip in the thalassotherapy pool, the Spa Terrace is the perfect beginning to your spa experience.
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  2. Relax post-spa treatment.
    Because there’s no rush, the most restorative treatment of all is deep relaxation. This is the absolute best spot on the ship to revel in your after-spa bliss.
  3. Open-air thalassotherapy or whirlpool soak.
    It doesn’t get much better than this, does it? If you haven’t tried it yet, we know you’ll agree once you do – enjoy the therapeutic power of flowing water as it relaxes tired muscles. Not only does it refresh you, it improves circulation, is great for your joints and can boost flexibility.
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  4. Star-gazing.
    The Spa Terrace is one of the best-kept secrets for cozying up and taking in the magic of the night sky at sea. Here in the forward location, lights don’t distract from the magnificence of nature’s gallery.
  5. A day pass.
    Last but not least, if you don’t want to book a spa treatment, you can still take advantage of the private Spa Terrace. Simply purchase a day pass and enjoy full use of the steam room, the Spa Terrace, the thalassotherapy pool or whirlpool and the tranquility of it all.

See you on the luxurious Spa Terrace soon!

 

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5 Asian-Inspired Canyon Ranch SpaClub® Treatments

The Canyon Ranch SpaClub, a sanctuary of wellness and relaxation, offers a host of soothing and healing Eastern Treatments that not only relax you and boost wellness but also draw you more deeply into the experience of Eastern culture. What could be more perfect when sailing the South China Sea than a nurturing Thai massage or a healing session of reflexology? Each treatment below serves as a window into a different aspect of Eastern wellness and an entirely different approach to healing practices and healthy living.

shutterstock_655164460Healing Energy: Reiki
The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words – “Rei,” God’s wisdom or the Higher Power, and “Ki,” life force energy – so Reiki can be defined as “spiritually guided life force energy.” Reiki promotes healing through methods rooted in Eastern spiritual tradition. The therapist, using a technique known as “laying on hands,” gently places his or her hands over your head, chest, abdomen and back, producing a calming effect and improving circulation, concentration and sleep quality.

Sole Rejuvenation: Reflexology
According to the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health, reflexology is believed to reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Release life’s tensions through the energy meridians on the soles of your feet. Delight in a relaxing, therapeutic foot massage that improves circulation and restores energy flow throughout the entire body.

Qi Pressure: Shiatsu
Shiatsu, which means “finger pressure” in Japanese, is a type of massage that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. Relax, energize and awaken during this active, rhythmic Asian technique, where a therapist uses thumbs, fingers and palms to stimulate the body’s vital energy, or Qi, applying pressure to certain areas of your body to adjust your physical structure and balance your energy flow.

shutterstock_707929762Revitalizing Bodywork: Thai Massage
Harmonize your vital life energy with graceful, nurturing bodywork that promotes physical flexibility and ease. Done on a traditional floor mat, and using slow, focused movements and compressions to guide the body through yoga-like stretches, a Thai massage creates a feeling of lightness and comfort while encouraging a peaceful yet buoyant state of mind.

Ancient Ayurveda: Abhyanga Massage
Known as an ancient healing tradition and considered one of India’s treasures, Ayurveda is designed to help you stay vibrant and healthy. Its two main principles state that the mind and body are one, and nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind. An ancient Indian Ayurvedic healing and detoxifying oil massage, Abhyanga is a traditional therapy that releases toxins, enhances immunity, nourishes the skin and creates deep relaxation. During this massage, a therapist gives you a full-body massage using warm sesame oil, and Marmas, or subtle points of energy, are targeted on the face and feet to balance body, mind and spirit.

Unwind and enjoy an afternoon of zen at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub next time you’re on board – visit our website for details on treatment availability.

 

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Sail Away on a Wellness Getaway

From ancient baths outside of Rome to a beekeeper’s farmhouse in the Andalusian countryside, our new exclusive wellness tour collection, Wellness Tours Inspired by Canyon Ranch, offers one of a kind well-being explorations ashore in inspiring, hand-picked Mediterranean locales. These, combined with our new expansive vegan menus and recently unveiled free fitness and wellness classes at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, invite you to discover a blissful, fully-integrated wellness retreat at sea as you transform your well-being.

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NEW Wellness Tours Inspired by Canyon Ranch

If you’re looking for a fulfilling travel experience that nourishes your mind, body and spirit – as well as your appetite – look no further than a voyage to the Mediterranean this summer or fall. We’ve recently unveiled an innovative new collection of wellness and healthy living tours, Wellness Tours Inspired by Canyon Ranch, in hand-picked destinations across the Mediterranean. This, combined with our expansive new vegan menus and free fitness and wellness classes, brings you fully-integrated wellness retreats at sea – a cruise industry first.