Top Wellness Trends for 2020

11 December 2019

April French Furnell

Citywealth spoke to Dervla Louli Musgrave, founder of Compare Retreats, the luxury wellness travel discovery and booking platform, to discover the wellness and travel trends she’s most excited about for 2020.

Urban Wellness Retreats

As modern life becomes increasingly more stressful traditional retreats based in far-flung destinations are setting up centres closer to their urban clientele. Aman and Six Senses are opening up new wellness-centric properties in New York, and Fivelements opened up a holistic wellness habitat in Hong Kong this year and has plans to expand this concept to other cities. One brand to keep a close eye on in this space is Rosewood who have developed Asaya, an urban wellness concept that offers 360-degree offerings ranging from spa therapies to IV drips.

Energy Medicine

We all know that wellness starts from the inside out, and in 2020 we will see wellness consumers continue to focus on inner healing via various modalities such as energy medicine. Reiki healers now command higher fees than many personal trainers in major cities due to rising demand for this particular healing modality. It is a key focus for Six Senses Resorts and Hotels, who have crafted new retreat experience based on this healing philosophy.

Conservation and Sustainability

As we become more aware of the impact our actions have on the planet, more people are actively seeking ways to give back to mother earth and lower their carbon footprints. Plant-based lifestyles are being adopted faster than ever; consumers are demanding hotels put single-use plastic-free policies in place; and organisations such as TreeSisters are empowering people to restore the planet.


Sleep is an incredibly important cornerstone to our mental and physical wellbeing, and 2020 will see more retreats, wearables, and apps focusing on this space. According to Global Market Insights, the global sleep tech devices market is projected to surpass US$27 billion by 2025 with Samsung, Xiaomi, Eight Sleep, Oura Health leading innovation in the sector. Jetlag is also another hot topic that start-ups are focusing on to alleviate long-haul travel pain points.


People are becoming increasingly curious about intermittent-fasting and are searching for tools and experiences that can support them. Intermittent-fasting app Zero boasts thousands of new users daily and connects like-minded people around the world, and while no leader reins in the intermittent-fasting retreat market, the sector is ready for someone to create medically-supervised programmes in high-quality locations.

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