Blow off some steam in these seriously sumpuous spas…
Inhale the positive vibes as soon as you step into these hotels and resorts that have made health and wellness a priority. But in the post-pandemic world, rejuvenation-seeking travellers are wanting more than just a spa and infinity pool. For both inner and outer healing, a healthy holiday that encompasses spirituality, healing, exercise, cuisine and an escapist location is required.
For some serious R&R, check out our top picks of health and wellness retreats:
Viceroy Bali – Indonesia
Deep in the jungle near Ubud, perched high above Bali’s Valley of the Kings, the Viceroy Bali’s Lembah Spa is the perfect location for the pursuit of holistic health and well-being – with incredible views thrown in! Spread over two floors, this high-rise sanctuary is a haven of nurturing, relaxation and tranquility boasting a steam room, hot tub, and a lounge area with valley views. The menu of treatments has been meticulously developed combining Western knowledge with Balinese wellness techniques handed down over centuries.
Stiff back after a long flight? A traditional Balinese massage will soon cure that. This firm massage has been practised for centuries to help relieve muscle pain caused by working long hours in the rice fields.
Fusion Resort Cam Ranh – Vietnam
Fusion Resort Cam Ranh’s chic villas boast private outdoor pools and terraces with designer ‘hammock’ bathtubs and open-plan living spaces. But it’s the all-inclusive spa and wellness concept that has the real pulling power. Each guest is guaranteed at least one spa treatment per day – with more if you want it, which is just as well as there are a staggering 35 menu options. It’s proof that when it comes to pampering, you can never have too much of a good thing! Follow a holistic approach and join the resort’s yoga, tai chi, qi gong and meditation classes to awaken the spirit and energise the body.
Post-covid, follow a holistic approach and join the resort’s yoga, tai chi, qi gong and meditation classes to awaken the spirit and energise the body.
The Slate Phuket – Thailand
The spectacular woven Tree Nest at The Slate’s COQOON Spa hangs from an age-old Banyan tree. Escape into this extraordinary setting that resembles an enchanted garden set against a tropical rainforest. Spoil yourself with rejuvenating treatments, age-defying facials and deep-tissue massages – all using rich, luscious ingredients and specifically tailored to your needs. There’s also yoga in the wild, super-stretching classes, pure pilates and circuit workouts.
Indulge in a Coqoon Awakening Massage where two highly skilled therapists will treat you in complete unison. Emerge reawakened, ready for flight.
Mangosteen Ayurveda & Wellness Resort, Phuket – Thailand
Rest assured that you’re in for a holistic transformation at Mangosteen Ayurveda & Wellness Resort, Phuket. This is the only Phuket resort with a certified Ayurveda doctor permanently onsite to guide the Ayurveda programmes. The retreats are tailored to your individual requirements, such as slimming, detoxing, relaxing or vitalising, and are inclusive of healthy, vegan or non-vegan meals, daily spa treatments and yoga sessions with professional practitioners. Add to that, the fact that this is an adult-only, calm and relaxing environment and we can already hear you exhaling.
The bliss-inducing Shirodhara treatment, where warm herbal oil is poured over the third eye chakra, located in the centre of forehead. It has a host of healing benefits and feels fantastic!
Aleenta Phuket – Phang Nga Resort & Spa
Located on the sunset side of the Andaman Sea and the pristine Natai Beach, the 5-star Aleenta Phuket – Phang Nga Resort & Spa offers an exotic beachfront location in which to relax, recompose and refocus.
The resort, along with Ayurah Wellness and Thonburi Hospital, has created the Breathing Recovery & Immunity Boosting Programme to transform your health and lifestyle. Benefits include acquiring better eating habits; boosting your immune system; improving lung function through new breathing techniques; understanding long term weight management; and improved sleep. The programme includes all meals planned by a nutritionist, a doctor’s consultation, detox juices, tailored exercise sessions, mindfulness practice; daily immunity boosting spa treatment, oxygen therapy – and lots more.