Wellness Hotels Westin: Melbourne

Health is all the rage right now. The year 2014 was the year of hardcore workouts, everything from CrossFit to Insanity; of a new surge in supermarket products aimed at reducing your waistline; of chia seeds, flax seed, hemp seed and other protein-packed food that look a little like bird food.

Our personal devices didn’t escape the health craze onslaught either; according to Google, Health and Fitness was the fastest growing app category last year. Then there are the countless fitness wearables that stuffed many a Christmas stocking. Businesses and manufacturers want to get us healthy, and the travel and leisure industry is no exception.

At the end of 2014, “Wellness tourism” represents a US$439 billion market, or 14% of world tourism. According to research for the Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS), this share of the market is predicted to grow by 9% per year until 2018, 50% faster than other tourism sectors.

What we want when we travel is changing and hotel chains are fast catching on. According to Spafinder Wellness 365, 85% of us come home from vacation feeling more burnt out than when we left. When asked what we want to make our vacations more stress-free, we say healthier food, spa and gyms, nature experiences, eco-conscious properties, and healthy sleep and meditation programs. Many hotels have already adjusted the hotel experience to better suit our health needs. There’s little doubt that 2015 will be the year of “healthy hotels”, with the Westin Hotels group leading the way.

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Back in the spring, Westin Hotels, a brand of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, launched their well-being initiative called the Westin Well-being Movement. The programs and partnership that drive the initiative are based on the “Westin’s six pillars of wellbeing: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well and Play Well”.

According to Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin Hotels, the goal is to empower guests to take control of their health while traveling: “At Westin, our mission is to be a partner in our guest’s well-being before, during and after their stay and this is the motivation behind this movement.”

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I checked into one of the Wellness Hotels Westin Melbourne to experience some of the pillars of well-being in action.

Sleep Well

Waking up in a Westin room is a heavenly experience. With the Melbourne sunshine streaming in through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Regent Suite, I stretch out in the king-sized Westin Heavenly® Bed with custom pillow-top mattress.

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With the introduction of the Heavenly® Bed, Westin aims to provide guests “a night of restorative sleep that is so divine you’ll never want to get out of bed”. It’s certainly the case. Snug under crisp, 250-thread count sheets with my head buried in a fluffy pillow I could quite happily spend the entire morning dozing in bed. But there’s a lot more to experience at the Westin Melbourne.

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Move Well

Energized by one of the best night’s sleep I’d enjoyed in a long time, I dial Service Express® and order some New Balance® shoes and workout clothing through the WestinWORKOUT® Gear Lending Program. The clothes and shoes arrive promptly smelling fresh and clean. I suit up and head to the WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio.

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The Fitness Studio, part of the on-site Wellness Centre, is kitted out with state-of-the-art Life Fitness® equipment. Following a quick warm-up I’m taken through a 40-minute total body workout with a training expert. After a weekend eating out in Melbourne’s spectacular restaurants it’s just what I need to feel back on form again.

Feel Well

Following my intense morning workout, I book myself in for a massage at the Wellness Centre’s Massage Room. The Westin Melbourne doesn’t have an on-site spa, although many Westin Hotels do, but the Massage Room offers a range of restorative spa treatments.

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Like the rest of the hotel, the environment of the Massage Room is designed to make you feel completely relaxed and balanced with atmospheric light, calming music and the soothing aroma of White Tea. As a reward for a hard workout, I decide to indulge in the Total Relaxation Package, two hours of pampering with a stress-relieving massage and a Deluxe Facial.

Eat Well

The focus on healthy living extends to the dining table at the Westin Melbourne. On the menu at the hotel’s Allegro Restaurant is a tempting selection of antioxidant-rich, nutrient-packed SuperFoodsRX™ dishes that are low on calories but big on flavor.

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I select the confit king salmon to start, followed by pan-seared gold band snapper on a bed of quinoa and a frozen rhubarb moose to finish. With each dish designed by nutritionists to boost nutritional value and your energy levels, it seems at the Westin Melbourne you can treat your body like a temple even while indulging in dessert.

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Charlotte Claxton

Charlie is a freelance writer who specialises in travel, luxury and food. Having earned her chops as a staff writer for international travel brands and digital marketing companies, she now writes for freelance clients and runs her own travel blog. Charlie grew up in London and has since lived in Canada and Australia. She currently writes from various cafés, hammocks and beaches as she travels the world, bringing LuxeInACity readers first-hand insight into the best luxury experiences worldwide. Get to know Charlie better at www.charlieclaxtonwrites.com

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