Are vacations actually good for your health? A new Huffington Post article reaffirms the health benefits of reducing stress levels by relaxing in a natural setting, and, according to manager of a popular Belizean spafeatured in the article as one of the top ten best in the world, this enjoyable therapy is in reach of most US and Canadian households.
Bryony Fleming Bradley, who manages the Hilltop Spa at Belize’s Chaa Creek eco resort, said that the March 16 2013 Huffington Post article confirms that the health benefits of a tranquil vacation are now well documented.
“It may seem obvious to those of us working in this field, but taking a break from the stresses of day to day life and getting back in touch with nature can have a very profound, positive effect on people’s health, both mental and physical. We’ve seen amazing changes in people after just a few days, and our repeat guests report that the benefits can last for a long while after they return home.
“It was very satisfying that a source as well respected as the Huffington Post chose Chaa Creek as one of the world’s most relaxing, and greenest, destinations in their article. For people in the Americas and Canada, this means that a beneficial holiday is nearby and affordable,” she said.
Under the headline, “Eco-Resorts: The World’s 10 Most Relaxing Destinations For Sustainable Tourism”, the Huffington Post article points out that, “The health benefits of spending time in nature are well-documented, as are the stress-relieving benefits of taking a vacation. Travellers looking to really get away from it all, and help conserve some of the world’s most pristine natural habitats, should consider de-stressing at a relaxing and secluded eco-resort”.
The report then goes on to list what their journalists consider to be the top 10 of the world’s most relaxing and environmentally responsible eco resorts, including destinations in Egypt, Greece, Australia, Thailand, Tanzania, and other far flung locations.
“Our close proximity to the US and the affordability of our all-inclusive Belize vacation packages are definitely big pluses and stress busters on their own,” Ms Fleming said.
“With absolutely everything from all transfers, accommodation, meals, a huge range of activities and even staff gratuities included in one set price, much of the worry and stress is taken out of the holiday,” she said.
The Huffington Post article also chose the top ten eco resorts based on their environmental sustainability, saying, “And it’s a vacation you can feel good about… all (ten resorts) are committed to preserving the surrounding land, benefiting native communities and employing local staff.”
Ms Fleming Bradley said she agrees. “It’s important to feel good about the place you’re staying at, knowing that you’re actually contributing to the local environment and community. Guests appreciate the number of Green and environmental best practice awards we’ve won over the years, and the fact that under our Chaa Creek Cares program, 10% of all room revenue goes directly into environmental and social programs,” she said.
“It’s great to see the health benefits of looking after yourself and the environment are not only well documented, but also being reported in a major news source. Now there’s even more reason to take some time out and reconnect with nature,” Ms Fleming Bradley said.