On days when we’re tied up at work and feeling stressed, the first thing that’ll cross our mind will be “I need a getaway”.
And that’s not surprising. Treating yourself to a holiday promotes happiness and is a good way to refresh your mind. Now with the awareness in safeguarding mental health on the rise in recent years, that’s even more reason to take a break once in a while to recuperate.
Travelling for the purpose of promoting health and well-being through physical, psychological or spiritual activities – or as we call it “wellness tourism”- is becoming increasingly popular over the years. Tourism Malaysia credits the rapid growth of this type of tourism globally to the increased spending power among the rising middle class, as well as a growing consumer desire to adopt a healthy lifestyle and increasing interest in experiential travel.
According to Global Wellness Institute, wellness trips in Asia-Pacific grew 33% in the last two years, with Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia topping the wellness tourism market in Southeast Asia. In fact, Airbnb also recorded a spike in over 500% increase in bookings for wellness-related experiences from 2017 to 2018, and the cities with the most significant growth are Bali, Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
With a dedicated “passion” category system on the Airbnb platform, travelling is made easier with the availability of wellness experiences for nearly every type of self-care regimen. Need a wellness getaway soon? Here are five Airbnb-recommended experiences you can explore in the top three wellness tourism cities for the ultimate relaxation.