Even at the best of times, it would be an exaggeration to describe the journey – the actual act of getting from one place to another – as a “relaxing” experience. But now, as more travelers take to the freeways in the post-pandemic era, Lexus has created an experience that works as an antidote to the stress of hitting the road and aims to make the trip as relaxing as the destination. .
Launched last spring in California and expanded to New England this fall, the Retreats in Motion program is a five-day road trip that takes you between two world-class hotels while emphasizing wellness, wellness, relaxation and personal care along the way. “These days, the desire to escape onto the open road to rejuvenate the mind and spirit has never been so enticing,” said Vinay Shahani, Lexus vice president of marketing.
While this statement is reminiscent of a nostalgic glee and romance for long-distance driving, the underlying sentiment asks a key question: Can a car help you heal? To help answer that, we tried the New England route Lexus just launched between the XV Beacon Hotel in Boston and the iconic Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod.
Retreats in Motion customers stay two nights at two luxury properties – typically a three-hour drive from each other – and travel between them in a well-equipped 2021 Lexus IS 350 F Sport. During the ride, they enjoy wellness activities and podcasts run by Mindbodygreen, a health-focused lifestyle brand; these include guided meditations and breathing exercises, sound baths and informative discussions on topics such as sustainability by figures such as golfer Annika Sorenstam, writer Jonathan Safran Foer and chef / restaurateur Dan Barber.
Guests also receive a suggested route map, yoga gear (mats, blocks, and resistance bands), herbal teas, a USB essential oil diffuser, and exclusive content to guide their excursion as they meander through picturesque forests and historic sites to their hotel.
Approaching a three-hour commute as a meditative exercise may seem counterintuitive at first. But as anyone who’s driven from Boston to Cape Town 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. So why not turn up the Mark Levinson surround sound system and soak up the sheer positivity?
After all, “your Lexus vehicle is your sanctuary,” says Jason Wachob, co-founder of Mindbodygreen, soothingly at the start of every Retreats in Motion podcast. This is a point worth repeating: just as your hotel room is your home base at a destination, during those three hours between properties, the red leather-lined cabin of the Lexus IS is at the forefront. both an escape from the everyday environment and a conduit to new experiences.
The New England Itinerary begins at the XV Beacon, a stately boutique property in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, just steps from Boston Common. While a car is hardly needed in a downtown area – and XV Beacon provides guests with a house driver, anyway – Retreats in Motion invites guests to explore the hiking trails of Blue Hills Reservation, a reserve. 7,000 acre natural park just 10 miles outside of town. Aided by a walking meditation podcast, our three hours in Blue Hills vanished with the anxieties of everyday life.
From Boston, Retreats in Motion guided us through visits to Myles Standish State Forest and historic Plymouth, the landing site of the Mayflower– before taking us to the sumptuous Chatham Bars Inn at the tip of the Lower Cape. As one of New England’s premier beach resorts, Chatham Bars offers incredible ocean views, award-winning spa services, and personalized boat tours that match Retreats in Motion’s restorative mission. A morning whale watching tour takes on a whole new dimension when you combine it with a 20-minute sound bath played in the car.
Even here in Cape Town, the Lexus IS continues to be your connection to nature, whether it’s taking you to Wellfleet to do yoga on the famous Cape Cod National Seashore sand dunes or simply broadcasting a podcast about the mindful eating, which you will also do a lot on a five day road trip. Retreats in Motion packages start at $ 2,360 for two and include two-night stays in two hotels, loan of a new 2021 Lexus IS vehicle, access to organized wellness content and a free wellness kit.