The Allegretto Vineyard Resort on California’s Central Coast, a 171-room luxury resort in the Paso Robles wine region, has created the world’s first Sonic Labyrinth ‘Sound Circle.’ Designed to give guests a tranquil space with a distinctive series of sounds created by wind instruments, the new Sonic Labyrinth deepens the resort’s wellness offerings in the heart of Paso Robles Wine Country.
According to proprietor Doug Ayres, the Sonic Labyrinth utilises music and space as a way to compel guests to slow their pace and become more mindful. As a symbol of life’s journey, a labyrinth is an archetypal pattern that leads one along a single, meandering path to a centre point – the centre being a metaphor as well as a physical spot. Labyrinths provide an opportunity to free the mind at one’s own pace, by incorporating sound into the experience.
Activated by motion sensors, the Sound Circle creates a series of soft, soothing tones which evolve as you walk through the labyrinth, cultivating a sense of relaxation and focus, while an intentional central null space creates an added sense of grounding.
Guests will hear the unique sounds of vessel flutes known as The Innate: original handcrafted wind instruments made from European clay with three chambers that impart an unusual harmony.
“The idea is not to have a musical melody exactly, but to have different notes of harmonic sound to help evoke various emotions, ultimately creating a calming state of mind through this transformative experience,” said Ayres.
Designed to broaden the resort’s wellness amenities, the hotel also offers a European-inspired spa, Chära wellness program, individually selected and purposefully positioned art collection by Ayres throughout the resort, peaceful garden walkways and French-inspired Abbey. The custom-designed Sound Circle exemplifies another way Allegretto seeks to foster a serene, contemplative environment for its guests.
“Just like the musical term ‘allegretto’ describes a cheerful tempo, the Allegretto Vineyard Resort is meant to express a life lived joyfully and in harmony,” explains Ayres. “We’re pleased that this new Sound Circle in our labyrinth will add to the resort’s harmonious experience in an entirely new way, taking guests on a path of personal discovery.”
More details on the property here.