The best places in Asia for the ultimate zen holiday
Are you in need of a little zen?
The world of wellbeing is booming right now and where better to shed the stress than in Asia? After all, most spa menus and retreat packages are influenced by Asian traditions and healing philosophies.
But 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:
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!
Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary – Bhutan
You can’t get much closer to nirvana than Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary. After all, it sits high in the spiritual Neyphu valley in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. This is Bhutan’s first inclusive wellbeing high-end sanctuary for body, mind and soul. Classes in meditation and yoga, as well as a wide variety of wellness treatments, are all included. Two in-house Bhutanese traditional medicine doctors are on hand to design a bespoke, well-being programme for each guest, including dietary advice, traditional medicine and therapies. The cultural and natural encounters continue around the sanctuary with hikes to explore the incredible surroundings.
For a dose of spirituality trek the trail to the Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery). Depending on your physical fitness it will take around 2-4 hours to go up and 1-2 hours to come down.
Samaya Ubud – Bali
Discover inner peace among the hills of Ubud. The Samaya Ubud is the ideal sanctuary for those who seek the balance of mind, body and soul. Treat yourself to head-to-toe pampering at the spa. There’s five treatment rooms, including a much-sought-after room for couples down by the river. Relax by the spa pool and watch the world go by while enjoying a warm cup of ginger tea, or keep in shape in the fitness centre. Yoga classes can be arranged on the bank of the river and the hotel offers complimentary morning walks through the paddy fields.
Experience a spiritual blessing from a local priest or visit a Balinese healer
Myanmar Treasure Resort, Inle Lake – Myanmar
Sitting right on the lake waters, Myanmar Treasure Resort, Inle offers an elegant combination of traditional local lifestyle with the comforts of modern accommodation. After a full day of sightseeing head to the floating spa and reinvigorate your body and soul with foot massages, facial treatments, aromatherapy and body scrubs. Outside the hotel, hop on a bicycle to explore the local area, or take an overnight trek to visit ethnic villages further afield. The combination of exercise, luscious greenery and rolling mountains, and simple home-cooked food is the ideal way to digitally detox and pursue inner fulfillment.
Try your hand (or leg) at learning the art of Intha one leg rowing. It’s harder than it looks and a great workout.
Aureum Palace Resort, Ngapali – Myanmar
It’s all about the location here. The resort is set on a stunning expanse of beach stretching for over 10 kilometres leading down to the clear waters of the Bay of Bengal. Yes, there is a spa but head out and create your own wellness with walks along empty beaches, bicycle rides, volleyball, kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving. Feast on super-fresh fish, shrimps and calamari just caught by the local fishermen, and drink in the unforgettable sunsets.
It doesn’t hurt that the resort has a large freeform pool overlooking the beach – so if you’d rather chill out and catch up on your reading – what’s ok too.
Arrange a massage right on the beach and experience total relaxation as the warm ocean breeze helps you drift off into a state of bliss.
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