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Wellness to wanderlust: Global Pilates getaways

Do you often find that traveling derails your fitness routine? If so, you’re not alone. It’s a common scenario to return from a vacation only to feel like you need another one just to recover. This sentiment, combined with a post-pandemic spike in health consciousness and a host of other reasons, has sparked significant growth in wellness tourism. According to the latest Global Wellness Institute report, wellness travel is one of the fastest growing parts of the travel industry and the wellness tourism market is expected to reach $1.4 trillion by 2027. This evolving preference is shaping a new trend in travel, as many increasingly prioritize wellness to stay active and healthy even while away from home.

Today, more individuals are seeking getaways that not only promote relaxation and rejuvenation but also allow them to maintain their fitness routines while on-the-go. An increasing number of travelers are seeking destinations where they can maintain their fitness regimens without missing a beat.

Amidst this shift, Pilates and mindful movement wellness retreats have soared in popularity. Join us as we explore studios and retreats around the globe that cater to Pilates enthusiasts.

Nobu Pilates, London, United Kingdom

Tucked away in the heart of London's trendy Marylebone neighborhood, you'll find Nobu Hotel London Portman Square – a place where luxury and wellness seamlessly blend. What sets this hotel apart is its one-of-a-kind feature as the world's first Nobu Pilates studio, fully outfitted with Merrithew® Reformers, Stability Chairs, Cadillac, Ladder Barrel and equipped with Cardio-Tramp® Rebounders and Vertical Frames.

Nobu Pilates Studio interior

Nobu Pilates offers a unique experience on many fronts. From the elegant, light-filled design of the studio to the well-trained instructors and diverse range of high-quality Merrithew equipment, it serves as a sanctuary of wellness. The studio, founded by Marsha Lindsay, features three signature classes: POWER, PRECISION and PURE, with each program crafted to cater to individual goals. Nobu Pilates provides guests with the opportunity to maintain their regular Pilates routine while traveling.

Next time you’re in London, make your way to Nobu Pilates and book a Pilates class. You won’t be disappointed!

Student at Nobu Pilates exercising with the Cadillac

“I believe that what makes our classes a cut above many is the use of all the Pilates equipment, not just the Reformer alone, in our group classes. Merrithew equipment is extremely user-friendly, which is especially important in group settings. Having the Towers, Chairs and Cardio-Tramps in the group classes brings variety and challenge. Let’s not forget, they look slick, too!”
– Marsha Lindsay, Nobu Pilates Founder and Creative Director

Florblanca Pilates, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Nestled amidst the lush landscapes of the luxurious Florblanca Hotel in Costa Rica, Florblanca Pilates offers a serene haven for wellness and revitalization. This small beachfront boutique studio is surrounded by rich tropical forests and diverse wildlife, creating a perfect backdrop for mindfulness and relaxation. The studio boasts two unique spaces: the Ocean Studio, dedicated to private classes with breathtaking ocean views, and the Treetop Studio, designed for small group and semi-private sessions.

Experience the bliss of practicing STOTT PILATES® while overlooking stunning views at this lavish studio, complete with state-of-the-art Merrithew equipment, such as the Spine Corrector, V2 Max Reformers and the Stability Chair. Book Pilates classes at Florblanca Pilates or make this your retreat destination and immerse yourself in nature, while enjoying classes tailored to enhance your body’s movement.

Wellness to wanderlust - Global Pilates getaways

“The support we received from the Merrithew team, from exploring the various [equipment] options to placing the order to unpacking our beautiful Reformers, was exceptional. The consistent feedback from our students is that Merrithew Pilates equipment feels solid, safe and that the Reformers glide so smoothly, better than any other reformer.”
– Mav Wynn, Florblanca Studio Manager & STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor

Serenity Retreat by MindBodyPlace, Veneto, Italy

Every year people spend thousands of dollars to go on vacation, disconnect and find their spark, but most end up by the pool, just scrolling through their phone. Pilates has emerged as a beloved form of exercise, offering transformative retreat experiences that reignite the spark within and revitalize the spirit.

Student stretching on Mat at Serenity Retreat

If you’re looking to replenish, rebalance and reignite, the Serenity Pilates and Wellness Retreat in Veneto, Italy, hosted by MindBodyPlace, is your perfect getaway. Meticulously crafted to nurture your soul and recharge your energy, this retreat blends invigorating STOTT PILATES sessions with relaxation, mindfulness and cultural experiences. Scheduled for May 19-25, 2024, make plans to attend this retreat to enhance your well-being, connect with like-minded individuals and explore the beauty of wellness and the world.

Serenity Retreat studio interior

“Working with athletes, seniors and pre and post-natal clients, my needs in terms of equipment are greatly diverse. Being able to provide my clients with training programs that meet their specific needs using mainly the V2 Max Reformer, Stability Chair and Spring Wall is an important component in the success of my practice.”
– Caroline Bulst, MindBodyPlace Founder & STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor

LiquidRoots Retreat by BodyRoots, Azores, Portugal

Traveling for a fitness retreat provides a unique opportunity to prioritize yourself and forge deeper connections away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The LiquidRoots Retreat, founded by Joana Meneses, a Merrithew Instructor Trainer, stands out due to its exceptional location on Terceira Island in the Azores, Portugal, offering a serene setting unlike any other wellness retreat.

LiquidRoots offers a blend of movement modalities, afloat the world’s most vital resource, water. It provides a comprehensive workout experience that elevates bodyweight, strength, stretch, core and balance training to a new level. Focusing largely on matwork exercises, LiquidRoots allows Pilates enthusiasts to maintain their practice while traveling. Engaging in Pilates at a retreat offers a unique opportunity to step away from daily stressors, prioritize self-care and deepen the connection to the practice amidst the tranquil beauty of nature.

Aerial view of LiquidRoots Retreat

“Both my journey with Merrithew and my inspiration to start a Pilates wellness retreat was born from losing my 45-year-old mother to a brain tumor. My mother left me with many life lessons but none as strong as ‘without our health, we have nothing.’ That wisdom alone led me to my career in fitness and remains my life’s mantra that continues to drive me deep into a life dedicated to learning all I can to spread a quality of life rooted in wellness.”
Joana Meneses, BodyRoots Founder & Merrithew Instructor Trainer

We are in the wellness era and fitness enthusiasts are actively on the lookout for experiences that will improve their physical and mental well-being. The trend is gradually moving away from only seeking thrills and chills, toward prioritizing rest and rejuvenation. Whether you're a wellness buff or simply seeking a new way to see the world, consider adding a touch of Pilates and mindful movement to your next trip. It promises to be an adventure that nourishes both the body and soul.

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