The start of a new year is always exciting. We get inspired to hit our own personal refresh button and set out to be our best selves, leaving any bad habits in 2016.  

Since resolutions can be a bit daunting for some of us, we’ve put together a few ways to help kickstart 2017 with a positive outlook and encourage new practices. It’s as easy as taking a vacation to Hana.

Step 1: Cut down on screen time.

We all know how easy it is to get sucked into unintended screen time. Sending a few emails when you get home turns into another few hours of work. Browsing social media for a moment turns into an embarrassing amount of time we can’t get back. According to 2016 article from CNN, “ …of 168 hours in a week, we spend more than 50 with devices.” From the time we wake up, to the TV we watch while getting ready for bed, removing ourselves from our devices is much easier said than done.

With willpower waning, we recommend a vacation made for a digital detox. Studies show that there is much to be gained by stepping away from our phones. When we are not constantly engaged, we can see improvement in sleep patterns, reduced anxiety and an increase in productivity.

At Travaasa Hana, we support the unplugged island lifestyle. Our rooms have never seen an alarm clock or television and it will stay that way. We believe the Hana sunrises, morning yoga classes and afternoons on the lanai are best experienced with our newsfeeds out of sight and out of mind. To make sure the temptation of our inboxes is avoided, we also offer a “Device Check-in” to Travaasa guests – safely tucking away laptops, cell phones, tablets, games or anything else that could get in the way of enjoying an afternoon at Hamoa Beach.

Step 2: Treat yo self.

While detoxing the mind, we recommend offering the body the same treat by visiting The Spa at Travaasa Hana for a body wrap and massage. Here are a few of our favorites:

ALOHA KAI SPIRULINA BODY WRAP & MASSAGE

The full-body sea salt exfoliation prepares skin for the nutrient and vitamin-rich Hawaiian Spirulina. Spirulina is a favorite ingredient of ours, helping to cleanse, detoxify and reduce water retention. Followed by a full body massage, this treatment ensures a refreshed and renewed feeling.  

ALOHA ‘AINA VOLCANIC MUD BODY WRAP & MASSAGE

This treatment was inspired by Hana’s love of the land. It begins with a dry brush exfoliation followed by a rich, detoxifying volcanic mud wrap to draw out impurities. Finally, a soothing massage completes this experience, leaving you feeling more connected to the ‘aina!

Step 3: Try something new.

Perhaps one of the easiest things to fall off of our new year “to do” list is finally taking up that new hobby or interest. This one usually requires a time commitment we just can’t seem to find during the work week. Between our full schedule of programming available each day to our guests and nearby access to endless wonders of nature,  we’ve got plenty of options that can quench a thirst for exploring new activities. Might we suggest…

If you like adventure: Outrigger Canoe

Learn how to paddle in a 4-man outrigger canoe in an afternoon that is also part full-body workout.  Paddling along through Hana Bay, the spectacular views of coral reefs are accompanied by stories of the area from our guides, as well as oli (chants) and mele (songs) that will enhance your paddling adventure. Don’t be too surprised if you see a turtle or dolphin swim by, after all they live here. Ho’omakaukau! Get Ready! Here we go!

If you like to explore: Visit a Haleakala National Park

From Hana, travelers can visit Haleakala to take in the beautiful “Pools of Ōheo” – a series of cascading pools leading to the ocean and hike the Pipiwai trail. The five-mile trail is full of untouched natural beauty and takes you through a bamboo forest ending with the 400-foot Waimoku Falls.

If you are a foodie: Art of the Cocktail Class

Ever wondered why the Mai Tai is synonymous with Hawaii (or is it!)? In our hands-on class, you’ll learn the difference between a shaken or stirred martini and discover what a muddle is and why you would use it. The class takes you through a tasting journey, learning how quintessential old-world recipes have morphed in search of the complex, layered flavors that create today’s savory new trends.

Step 4: Meditate more (and stretch more, too!).

Taking the time to meditate is another goal so many of us struggle to incorporate into our daily routine. We know meditation is a powerful tool to help aid in relaxation, strengthen the brain and reduce pain, yet it is something that falls off the to-do list far too often.

A vacation that focuses on the foundation of meditation (and yoga, too) can help remind us that the original intentions of each practice and see the benefits of them without distraction. Our daily programming schedule has lots of options, from Active Isolated Stretching to Guided Meditation and Beginner or Intermediate Yoga, sure to get you energized and excited to continue both after check-out.

Once vacation is over and we’re faced with the true test – returning to the real world – meditating is more important than ever. If you need an extra reminder to make sure you’re taking much-needed “me” time, use the memories of your zen retreat as inspiration! We recommend visualizing an afternoon at Hamoa beach with the crashing waves and peaceful breeze to help transport you back to your happy place.