In this luxurious five-day wellness package, the key ingredient is the car
Even in the best of times, it would be a stretch to describe travel – the actual act of getting from one place to another – as a “restful” experience. But now, as more travellers are taking to the highways during the post-pandemic era, Lexus has created an experience that works as antidote to the stress of hitting the road – and that aims to make the journey just as relaxing as the destination.
Launched last spring in California and expanding to New England this fall, the Retreats in Motion programme is a leisurely five-day driving excursion that takes you between two world-class hotels while focusing on wellness, relaxation and self-care along the way. “These days, the desire to escape on the open road to rejuvenate mind and spirit has never been more enticing,” says Vinay Shahani, Lexus vice president of marketing.
While that statement recalls a nostalgic joy and romance for long-distance driving, the underlying sentiment poses a key question: Can a car help you heal? To help answer that, we tried Lexus’s just-launched New England itinerary between Boston’s XV Beacon Hotel and the iconic Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod.
Retreats in Motion guests stay two nights in two luxury properties – typically a three-hour drive apart – and travel between them in a well-appointed 2021 Lexus IS 350 F Sport. During the drive, they enjoy curated wellness activities and podcasts designed by Mindbodygreen, a health-focused lifestyle brand; the latter include guided meditations and breathwork, sound baths and informative chats on topics like sustainability by figures such as golfer Annika Sorenstam, writer Jonathan Safran Foer and chef/restaurateur Dan Barber.
Guests are also provided with a suggested route map, yoga equipment (mat, blocks and resistance bands), herbal teas, a USB essential oil diffuser and exclusive content to guide their excursion as they meander through scenic forests and historic sites to their hotel.
Approaching a three-hour drive as meditative exercise could seem counterintuitive at first. But as anyone who has driven from Boston to the Cape on a sunny weekend can confirm, you’ll need all the good vibes you can muster to brave the bumper-to-bumper crawl on Route 6 at the Sagamore Bridge. So why not crank up the Mark Levinson surround sound system and absorb pure positivity?
After all, “your Lexus vehicle is your sanctuary,” declares Mindbodygreen’s cofounder Jason Wachob in a soothing tone at the start of each Retreats in Motion podcast. That’s a point that bears repeating: Just as your hotel room is your home base at a destination, for those three hours between properties, the red-leather-lined cabin of the Lexus IS is both an escape from everyday surroundings and a conduit to new experiences.