Travelers are turning to IV cocktails infused with vitamins and nutrients to fight off jet lag in a hurry, and hotels are serving them.
Some say they’re gimmicks or the latest travel hacks, others swear by them. One thing’s for sure, jet lag can be a beast. These hotels offer sleep-deprived IV-style infusion treatments created to restore vitamins, antioxidants, and electrolytes typically depleted during travel—as well as other options and experiences to help remedy and prevent travel fatigue.
Loews Miami Beach, Florida
Earlier this year, this South Beach hotel debuted pop-up, cabana-side IV infusions at the hotel’s Sea Spa in a partnership with the biostation, a South Florida-based anti-aging and wellness brand that specializes in IV infusions. The IV nutrient therapy pop-up takes place at the hotel’s private SOAK Cabana Deck—the next pop-up takes place in September.
“We regularly host these, and our guests enjoy the private environment poolside, as well as the ability to feel rejuvenated and resume their vacation in a speedy manner,” says Renee Perez, Director of Spa at Loews Miami Beach Hotel overseeing Sea Spa. “The treatments mostly help minimize or reduce the effects of jet lag by ensuring you have the necessary nutrients and vitamins to recover.”
The fully enclosed, two-story cabanas are air-conditioned, have full bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and other “VIP touchpoints,” says Perez. “It provides the guest with a comfortable experience that is also poolside and semi-private (if the guest chooses to sit outside on a chaise lounge) or private inside so they can enjoy the day while also getting essential nutrients.”
Guests feel effects minutes after having the treatment, says Perez, adding that some guests also experience benefits from the therapies such as reduced migraines and decreased fatigue.
“Our partners at the biostation are onsite for each of our pop-up IV therapy events and registered nurses administer each treatment,” says Perez. “The biostation’s medical doctors have developed specific regimens of pharmaceutical-grade, high-performance multivitamins and amino acids to fuel the body and deliver results.”
Guests in their 30s and older especially are using the treatments, says Perez. “Whether trying to assuage symptoms of jet lag or recharging after a night out, we see a wide range of guests using this to reenergize and refuel,” says Perez.
Perez notes that guests should always confer with their health provider if they have any medical conditions before receiving the treatments.
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has partnered with Timeshifter, a jet lag app endorsed by astronauts and elite athletes, to improve guests’ sleep patterns and overall travel experience. Travelers who book directly with Six Senses can use Timeshifter to help them rapidly adapt to a new time zone.
The plan is personalized based on specific guest details, including flight plan and travel information, sleep patterns, chronotype, and history of disruptive sleep and insomnia. Timeshifter acknowledges the individual's circadian disruption by rapidly resynchronizing the circadian clock to the new time zone and reducing the negative impact of jet lag on other brain and body functions.
And, the spa at Six Senses Rome also offers biohacking methods to help recovery from travel with three biohacking bundles, including the Normatec and Venom post-travel treatment which is designed to “soothe leg and lower back tension with compression and vibration therapy.”
Viceroy Bali’s Akoya Spa offers IV-style infusion treatments to “revive and restore” in partnership with Fusion Wellness, a functional medical clinic.
The infusions are administered by professionally-trained nurses who are certified by Indonesia’s medical board, and the treatments are rich with vitamins, antioxidants, electrolytes, and other essentials.
They are tailored to combat specific ailments—The Aftermath and The All-In treatment, signature selections that are designed to especially help with jet lag and travel fatigue. Wellness offerings at the spa also include ozone therapy, stem cell therapy, NAD+, and peptide therapy.
Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa debuted a dedicated Longevity space, curated by Clean Market. Signature NutriDrip IVs and oxygen treatments are offered for post-travel recharge; NutriDrip is also available to be administered in guest rooms.
The infusions contain fluids, vitamins, electrolytes, and minerals, and are administered by registered nurses.
“Services launched this summer, and have proven to be a driver for guests traveling from all over to experience summer in the Hamptons,” says a spokeswoman for the resort.
Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts debuted its WestinWORKOUT® Gear Lending program earlier this year in the brand’s US and Canada properties as part of a wellness initiative to help guests remedy post-travel woes.
One of the items, Normatec Go compression boots, are designed to increase circulation and reduce pain and soreness with a targeted massage, particularly helpful after a long flight.
Guests can borrow the Recover & Recharge Kit by Hyperice during their stay, which includes Hyperice’s recovery gear, including the new Normatec Go and other wellness devices. The kit is available for guests to use in their guest rooms, on demand.
Or, maybe it’s really all just about a bed
“Based on my experience, the most sought-after perk by Americans traveling to Europe is early check-in, which in terms of recovery, beats any vitamin drink they could offer,” says Thomas Schneider, CEO and certified travel expert, Trip Concierge.