Virgin Voyages reveals innovative 'Vitamin Sea' wellness programming

Evening spa parties will be held in the Redemption Thermal Suite, where a killer DJ will transform the space into a mermaid hideaway extravaganza Evening spa parties will be held in the Redemption Thermal Suite, where a killer DJ will transform the space into a mermaid hideaway extravaganza

Virgin Voyages' innovative approach to well-being for sailors (passengers) is called ‘Vitamin Sea,' an ideology inspired by the oceans and their importance in the health of the planet and everyone's daily lives.

The approach also places healthy travel at the forefront of the delivery of Virgin Voyages' ‘adult by design’ experience for ages 18 and up.

'Well-being at the heart of everything we do'

'We are all so busy with life, work and family that vacations are critical for us to be able to rebuild our energy, so that we can live our best lives,' said Tom McAlpin, president and CEO of Virgin Voyages. 'With well-being at the heart of everything we do at Virgin Voyages, sailors will come back feeling rejuvenated, not like they need a holiday from their holiday.'

A dose of ‘Vitamin Sea’ is naturally intertwined across the entire ship, with well-being activated through a mix of high-energy moments coupled with relaxation and rejuvenation. A wide variety of group fitness classes on board are all provided at no extra charge within the voyage fare, allowing sailors many opportunities to revel in their favorite fitness activities or try something new.

Scarlet Lady has been designed with ample outdoor and outward looking spaces. The Crow’s Nest with its 360-degree view is a secluded sun deck for sunrise and sunset yoga. Adjacent to this area of Zen is the signature Virgin-red running track, The Runway, that forms a halo-like vision over the ship and where sailors will sweat, strut or skate.

Designed by Concrete Amsterdam, the rock-n-roll designers from Virgin’s creative collective, The Crow’s Nest and The Runway link to The Athletic Club. Offering moments of detox and ‘retox,’ the space features an outdoor training zone, including a boxing ring, strength and gymnastics equipment like that found in the New York sports clubs of the 1920s, oversized gaming for outdoor adult play, cabanas for relaxation and a sporty bar for socializing post-workout.

Technogym ARTIS equipment

The B-Complex features strength, spin, yoga and cardio in its Build, Burn, Bike and Balance rooms, all with dramatic ocean views. For on-demand fitness, the Burn and Build gyms will each be equipped with Technogym ARTIS, a line of sustainably crafted cutting-edge fitness technology.

After working up a sweat or finding their moment of reflection, sailors can restore themselves in the serenity zone by hopping into the Well-being Pool and boosting their performance with fresh cold-pressed juices, served at the Gym and Tonic bar. MyBeast, an artistic adult playground and fitness apparatus designed by Equilibria, will add a Venice Beach-like atmosphere to the Well-being Pool.

Evening spa parties with a DJ

On Deck 5, well-being will take center stage at Redemption, the ship’s spa. Inspired by an underwater cave, Redemption will serve as a mermaid and merman hideaway complete with hydrotherapy pool, mud room, salt room, cold plunge pools, quartz beds and rejuvenating spa treatments. By night, sailors can complete their well-being journey by attending one of the voyage’s evening spa parties where a killer DJ will transform the spa’s thermal suite into a mermaid hideaway extravaganza.

Vitamin Sea is also about being pampered and well-groomed. Scarlet Lady will offer an array of personal treatments in different spaces across the ship. These include a stand-alone blow-dry bar called the Dry Dock salon, the Stubble & Groom barbershop with a male pedicure spa overlooking a porthole ocean view and, to polish it off, the mani-pedi spa.

Posted 20 July 2018

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Anne Kalosh

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