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Let These Wellness Retreats Across Asia Inspire Your Next Travels

by Voices Wellness 25 May 2021
Photo: Azerai Can Tho

Mark the upcoming Global Wellness Day with travel inspiration from these wellness retreats in Asia. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS.

Once international travel is considered safe again, you best believe we’ll be on the next flight out to our long-awaited vacation. Meanwhile, join us in celebrating the upcoming Global Wellness Day vicariously through these hotels and resorts across Asia—don’t forget to bookmark their new wellness experiences for your future travels. Building upon a growing awareness for physical and mental wellbeing, these six properties have unveiled retreats and wellness programs for guests to enrich their bodies and minds with.

Photo: Alma Resort

Calm the body and mind: Alma Resort

Overlooking Long Beach on Vietnam’s Cam Ranh Peninsula, Alma Resort has launched new meditation and yoga classes to calm the mind and strengthen the body. Highlights include hour-long sunrise and sunset yoga classes from 6 a.m and 4 p.m. respectively at Alma’s yoga room or the beach, along with one-hour meditation classes at the yoga room at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. The meditation classes will focus on the chakra points to harness balanced energy. Other wellness-related offerings include spa treatments at the 13-villa Le Spa, as well as recreational pursuits such as water sports, basketball, and volleyball.

More information here.

Photo: Azerai Can Tho

Multi-day yoga and Pilates retreats: Azerai Can Tho

If you can commit to a full-fledged wellness experience, check out Azerai Can Tho’s new yoga and Pilates retreats. Located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, the resort is perched on a private islet on the Hau River that is accessible only by boat, offering a peaceful setting for retreats. Expect to take classes in a brand-new Pilates studio, featuring the latest in allegro reformer equipment. Its Pilates retreat includes posture analysis, five Pilates sessions on reformers, and more. Meanwhile, the four- and six-day yoga retreats include dynamic Hatha yoga sessions, a river cruise, healthy meals, and live cooking sessions. In their free time, retreat guests can cycle around the islet, swim in the resort’s pool, and enjoy a game of tennis.

More information here.

Photo: Banyan Tree resorts

Wellbeing sanctuaries await: Banyan Tree resorts

Banyan Tree is redefining its hospitality experiences with the launch of Wellbeing Sanctuaries across its Asia properties. Each of these Sanctuaries will combine club floors or resort wings with dedicated dining and spa offerings. The first initiative was launched in China in March, with progressive rollouts planned in Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Thailand, and Vietnam for the months ahead. Among the resorts are the luxurious Banyan Tree Samui, the newly opened Banyan Tree Krabi in Thailand, as well as Banyan Tree Lang Co in Vietnam. The curated programs are based on the resort’s “8 Pillars” principle, which spans good sleep, good diet, interaction, intimacy, physical vitality, cultivating the mind, learning and development, harmony with nature, and sustained practices.

More information here.

Photo: Meliá Koh Samui

Kick it up a notch with Muay Thai Classes: Meliá Koh Samui

Beachfront resort Meliá Koh Samui has introduced private classes in Muay Thai, a discipline known as “the art of eight limbs”, named for its eight points of contact across kicks, punches, elbow, and knee strikes. The classes are run by Khun Dowden, a seasoned Thai boxer who has taught boxing classes for more than a decade. The private Muay Thai sessions are held at the resort’s lush garden lawn, in front of the Pool Bar that merges into a 700m-long lagoon pool meandering through the grounds. Other wellness activities at the resort include yoga classes for adults and kids.

More information here.

Photo: The Anam

Reach new heights with aerial yoga: The Anam

Holidaymakers on Vietnam’s up-and-coming Cam Ranh peninsula can look forward to defying gravity in the name of wellness. Led by the resort’s resident yogi Umesh Sharma, newly launched aerial yoga classes will see participants suspended mid-air in an array of reinvigorating poses beside the resort’s stretch of Long Beach. Also dubbed anti-gravity yoga, the classes swap yoga mats for silk hammocks suspended from outdoor support beams, allowing participants to practice without compressing the spine or applying pressure to joints. According to Umesh, the practice offers health benefits including weight loss, building core strength, healing chronic back pain, and the release of tension. Inversion poses help to increase blood circulation to the head and is said to heal the thyroid and pituitary gland. Meanwhile, private 60-minute aqua yoga classes in the waters of Long Beach or at its nearby infinity pool, as well as yoga for children aged five to ten years old at the resort’s yoga room, are also available.

More information here.

Photo: Tanah Gajah Ubud

Wash your worries away: Tanah Gajah Ubud

The international yoga-loving community has long flocked to the spiritual heart of Bali at Ubud, which abounds with yoga studios and vegan restaurants. On the outskirts of this popular destination, guests can now find a more local way to destress and hit reset. The Balinese water purification ceremony, known as melukat, is a cleansing ritual that locals partake in when they are stressed or under pressure. This practice, designed to restore balance, is a core element of Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana’s latest offering, The Art of Renaissance. The two-night minimum package comes with an indulgent two-hour spa therapy overlooking Bali’s iconic rice paddies, as well as a private farm-to-table dining experience, backdropped by the organic garden where the ingredients are sourced from.

More information here.

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