9 of the world’s best wellness retreats

(CNN) — Being pummeled by strangers, soaked in aromatic waters, or encouraged to throw yoga shapes in beautiful surroundings isn’t going to erase the problems of the past two years.But for those of us still carrying the baggage of anxiety or long-term health consequences brought on by these fraught times, such wellness-inducing activities will certainly come as a welcome escape. Whether you’re looking for deep cleanses amid the snowy peaks of New Zealand, massages in the Maldives and Saint Lucia, or spa therapy in Saint Lucia, here are some of the best rejuvenation hotspots the world has to offer.

Play, a new Icelandic airline, offers budget transatlantic flights

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On Wednesday, an Icelandic budget airline named Play will debut in the United States, less than a year after launching in Europe. Its inaugural flight will travel from Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport to Iceland’s Keflavik Airport, the same route another low-fare carrier flew before its abrupt collapse in 2019.

In many ways, Play’s business model is similar to Wow Air’s: It flies from the United States to a constellation of destinations in Europe, connects through Iceland and charges for any and all extras, such as carry-on bags, seat assignments and bottled water.

Ski Season Isn’t Done With Us Yet, Oregon

Portland-area skiers and boarders who stowed away their gear for the season after spring break may want to rethink that decision, after this week’s massive April snowstorm dumped more than five feet of new powder on Mount Hood and environs—and the wintry weather isn’t done yet.  Timberline Lodge is reporting 67 inches of new snow over the past seven days, and more snow is in the forecast for the weekend and early next week, with snow levels expected to hover around 1,000 feet. Mount Hood Meadows is reporting 16 inches of new snow in just the last two days.