“Self-care” has got to be the most popular hyphenate of 2017.
Whether it’s drinking more water or scrutinizing your clutter for signs of joy, this year saw a whole host of tips, trends, and testimonials, each suggesting the same thing—the more we take on, discover, and create, the greater the responsibility to redirect some of our precious caretaking energy inward. But self-care isn’t only face masks and scented candles (though we still love those, too). It’s fundamentally about health, and a new year is the perfect time to look for opportunities to feel—and do—better than ever before. Read on for some of our favorite ways to keep self-care in the picture, in paradise:
Step to It
10,000 steps a day: this figure—which translates to about five miles—originated with a type of Japanese pedometer in the 1960s. Since then, it’s become the standard ideal for daily movement. It’s not always easy to squeeze 10,000 steps into a single day, but with over nine miles of wooden walkways winding through Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, you won’t even notice you’ve surpassed your goal. Or, for a change of scenery, try a sunset stroll on the pristine beachfront; you’ll never feel the same about a treadmill again.
Grow Your Own Way
They say you’re not only what you eat, you’re what what you eat eats. In other words, it’s never too late to start learning about where your food comes from, how it’s grown and harvested, and how its cultivation affects the surrounding environment. Get started with a tour of Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta’s sustainable produce farm, Almaverde. With over 60 kinds of crops and the goal of eventually exclusively servicing the resort’s restaurants, cafeterias, and groceries, Almaverde is a literal breath of fresh air.
Shake It Up
There’s nothing like a makeover. This year, instead of—or, hey, in addition to—simply adding a new lipstick to your rotation, why not makeover your comfort zone with some spicy dance lessons? This is the perfect activity for guests who want to make heart-healthy movement fun and stay in shape for the many, many new years to come. Most of the Vidanta resorts offer poolside dance classes in popular Latin styles, so you don’t have to choose between scenery and activity—or, try a special theme night where you can learn and practice new moves to the pulse of the region’s best live music.
Melt Your Cares Away
The holidays are primetime for travel, planning, coordinating with family and friends—let’s face it, you could use a break. And nothing says break like having literal sugar poured on you: in the form of a Brio Spa Chocolate Body Treatment. This luxurious ritual uses Mexican cacao to moisturize and scent the skin, leaving your whole body humming with sweet rejuvenation. Or try any of our other amazing treatment and massage offerings at Brio or Spatium.
The best way to keep a resolution is to put it in someone else’s hands, whether it’s a professional trainer or simply a friend you can’t let down. Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta and Riviera Maya take the concept of accountability through community to the next level with their custom Wellness Programs, in which teams of experts design a combination of menus, activities, and restorative treatments to heal, energize, and pamper you according to your specific needs. Where else can you collaborate on a unique wellness itinerary, and reap the benefits of bespoke conditioning? The Wellness Program makes self-care as easy as it is luxurious.
For more information on any of these activities, or for more self-care ideas, contact your concierge or visit the activities portion of Vidanta.com.