A self-care vacation helps to reset your physical state so thank your body for the hard work by rewarding yourself with some 'me' time. Withdraw from the bustling city and shed your devices in exchange for a restorative experience — we've rounded up some of the most opulent hideaways around the region that allows you to stretch and lay your back on the beach or just unlock those endorphins.
Chiva-Som Hua Hin Yoga for Life Retreat
Hua Hin, Thailand
Located on the gulf of Thailand and nestled within seven acres of tropical greenery, the luxurious Chiva-Som in Hua Hin is a haven for health and wellness seekers. Whether it be a short three-night getaway or a two-week escape, Chiva-Som’s Yoga for Life retreat provides easier programmes for beginners and lesser-explored aspects of yoga such as meditation and Ayurvedic cleansing for experienced yogis. The resort’s beautiful and serene environment, coupled with its provision of wellness cuisines and world-class expertise, has earned the title 'Thailand’s Best Wellness Retreat' by the World Spa Awards 2018.
73/4 Petchkasem Road, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand. See here for more information.
Ambong Ambong Langkawi Rainforest Retreat
Perched on a forested hill slope with a hushed environment, Ambong Ambong still retains the edge when it comes to spiritual luxury. Backed only by the soundtrack of buzzing cicadas, the resort provides a scenic backdrop for your sun salutations. The resort works with several leading yoga practitioners such as Mind Body Breath, Langkawi Yoga, Surya Yogafit Langkawi, Ishan Spa and Dev’s Adventure Tours to offer traditional healing arts and treatments for harried city slickers. Sessions are held by the beach, the perfect setting for you to withdraw from the daily grind in total peace.
Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah, Langkawi. Call 04 955 8428 or check their website for their upcoming workshops.
Atmosphere Resort and Spa Yoga Retreat
Negros Oriental, Philippines
Let the fresh air fill your lungs while you bring yourself back to awareness at Atmosphere Resort and Spa’s tree top yoga studio, set against the spectacular ocean. Led by wellness manager and accomplished yogi Rae Collins, the resort’s holistic yoga retreat integrates a variety of Asana, Pranayama and relaxation classes as well as nutrition workshops targeted for overall health. The varied schedule allows ample time for island excursions so you can take a dip in the pristine sea or hike through the island’s lushest trails. To escape the mid-day sun, head to the Sanctuary Spa and enjoy Atmosphere’s most popular massages.
Amanjiwo Javanese Samadhi Retreat
Central Java, Indonesia
Located within a hilly sanctuary surrounded by lush palms and rice fields, the idyllic Amanjiwo Resort overlooks a breathtaking landscape of Mount Merapi’s smouldering volcanic peak and more spectacularly, the Unesco World Heritage Site of Borobudur — one of the world’s best preserved ancient monuments — at just a stone’s throw away. This September, take part in Amanjiwo’s three-day Javanese Samadhi Retreat and bring balance back into your life with Hatha Yoga sessions and Semedi meditation among other carefully curated activities by resident wellness experts and practitioners.
Ds. Majaksingi, Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Check availability here.
Revīvō Wellness Resort
Stuck in a fitness rut? Get away from the treadmill and take a detoxing holiday you’ll actually enjoy at Revīvō’s Emotional Balance & Mind Training retreat. Their holistic treatments allow you to pinpoint any health or mental issues you’d like to address, from reiki and chakra balancing to honing your Pranayama breathing skills. Since food affects our well-being too, the resort has included a specially designed menu and nutritional plan to elevate your mood states and physical health. While yoga is the main agenda here, you can opt for other services to complement your stay such as an aromatherapy massage, chanting meditation and a rejuvenating facial.
Jalan Desa Sawangan, Kelurahan Benoa, Kec. Kuta Selatan, Badung. Book through their website.