wellness — By the rhone team and debbi lee, founder paper & diamond
Picture this: it’s the early morning hours and you step outside your private villa, roll out your yoga mat, take a deep breath of crisp fresh morning air and commence your sun salutations just as the sun is coming up over one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
There’s no doubt that practicing yoga, wherever that may be, can be a calming, transcendent experience all on its own. For a second though, imagine how transformational it could be when pairing the experience with the attention to detail and exceptional service of some of the world’s top 5 star resorts.
Maldives - Niyama Private Island
Ever touched down in The Maldives? If not, add it to your bucket list. In terms of yoga and a sunrise practice, it’s a match made in heaven. Kick off the morning with a practice on your villa porch on one of Niyama’s private islands and end your flow with a dip in the Indian Ocean.
Oman - Six Sense Zighy Bay Resort
Practicing yoga as the sun rises over the gulf of Oman is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Six Senses Zighy Bay is nestled in a private bay, an accessible two-hour car journey from Dubai. Expect to revel in spectacular views of both the mountains and the sea. A journey to Six Senses Zighy Bay might be just what you need for a full replenishment of mind and body.
Utah - Amangiri
A little closer to home, marvel at the splendors of the Utah desert as the sun rises over this secluded canyon resort. Aman hotels are hailed as some of the most gorgeously designed hotels in the world and Amangiri is no exception. Enjoy the desert nature walks that are components of the resort’s trail system, yoga atop a monolithic rock formation with Amangiri’s yoga specialist, Navajo inspired spa treatments, and total restoration. Try out the flotation pavilion or in their thermal therapy system complete with sauna, steam room, and plunge pool.
Jumby Bay Island - Antigua
Just a quick 2 miles to the north of Antigua, accessible solely via private resort catamaran Jumby Bay Island, a 300-acre secluded island retreat nestled in the Caribbean, offers stunning and unique private villas overlooking turquoise waters creating the perfect opportunity to escape in a morning yoga practice. Better yet, head to the beach for your practice and allow yourself to become fully immersed in your surroundings. Sounds pretty enticing, yeah? Lucky for us, Jumby Bay Island’s exclusive collaboration with Paper & Diamond is bringing the idea of a transformative wellness experience to life.
Simply put (although the magic they create is far from “simple”), Founded by Debbi Lee, Paper & Diamond are sensorial experience curators by way of luxury experiential travel, highly sought-after wellness retreats, and unparalleled celebrations for life’s milestones. In collaboration with Jumby Bay Island, they’ve curated the ultimate wellness week retreat, aptly called A Journey Through the Senses, offering an incredible opportunity to slow down, awakening the mind, body and soul while embarking on a transformative wellness experience.
Paper & Diamond notes that the retreat combines the core essence of who they are with “the heart of Jumby Bay's Life unscripted way of existing.” Led by Paper & Diamond’s elite wellness team, guests will be guided through a custom itinerary featuring daily culinary workshops, meditation, movement, mindfulness, breathwork and more, while drawing from the natural beauty of Jumby Bay Island. An Ayurvedic approach will have a strong presence through the retreat, highlighting the five pillars of health, including sleep and rest, breathing, nutrition, movement and thought, all while activating the six senses for a full sensory immersion into connecting with higher vibrations.
Whether it’s a brief morning Sun Salutation or a full Vinayasa flow, sometimes, the best thing you can do for your physical and mental wellbeing is to slow down. And if you’re lucky enough to do so in front of the morning sun, take a moment of gratitude before your day’s pursuits.
For further details about the retreat including booking details, please click here.