Vacayou, a new online platform for discovering and booking wellness travel experiences, has raised $3.3 million in combined angel and seed rounds to support its launch.
The funding is led by investor and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, Relevance Ventures and additional angel investors.
Vacayou is launching in beta with more than 100 package options such as spa getaways, wellness retreats and active travel experiences. Get a dose of digital travel in your inbox each day
“Wellness tourism is one of the fastest growing trends in the travel industry and is projected to reach $1.2 trillion by 2027,” says Muirelle Montecalvo, Vacayou’s founder and CEO.
“While countless brands use the term ‘wellness’ in their marketing, Vacayou breaks through the hype and hand-selects only the best wellness and active experiences around the world. Then we educate travelers - many of whom are first-time wellness travelers - on the types of retreats, spas, tours and resorts available.”
Montecalvo says the company will use the funds to develop the platform, streamline the onboarding of new partners and advance marketing to consumers.
Current partners include Canyon Ranch, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Intrepid Travel Adventures, Miraval, Shou Sugi Ban House and Kamalaya Koh Samui.
“Vacayou is launching at a time hospitality brands are operating with reduced marketing budgets and staff,” says Thomas Klein, Vacayou advisor and former president and COO of Canyon Ranch.