There are generally two types of holidays — the kind where you return with a few extra kilos as a souvenir, and the kind where you actually come back looking and feeling better than ever. If this concept sounds alien to you, then you might just need a wellness holiday.
Wellness holidays are on the rise, especially from Hong Kong where the fast pace of life tends to frazzle even the calmest of personalities. While holidays can serve as quick getaways, they often come with hassles of their own (read: booking flights, planning itineraries, getting lost, etc.). In those situations, going to a place where you can focus solely on improving your mental and physical health sounds much more like heaven, wouldn’t you say?
Whether you’re after some peace of mind, self-discovery or a brand new body, here are five upcoming wellness holidays in Asia that will have you pushing the reset button on your life.
Natural healing at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
Located in the Ayung river valley, the Four Seasons Resort Bali will be hosting their inaugural wellness retreat from 24-28 October 2013 led by Denise Leicester, a yoga teacher and yogic healer with an extensive background in natural healing (she also founded the spa brand ila).
Detox with a side of pampering at the Four Seasons Sayan.
The three-day retreat involves plenty of yoga, spa treatments, morning walks, chakra balancing, Balinese Ayurvedic practices, meditation, journaling and even some rice planting set against the lush backdrop of Ubud, Bali.
Top it off with a farewell dinner and purification and blessing ceremony to celebrate your newfound outlook on life. Prices depend on the type of accommodation booked.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Sayan, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia, +62 361 97757, www.fourseasons.com/sayan
The Art of Living at The Farm at San Benito
Learn to breathe (no, really) at The Farm at San Benito, the award-winning health and wellness resort located just 90-minutes south of Manila. While most of us use only 30 percent of our lung capacities, this course is an introduction to Sudarshan Kriya — a unique and deep breathing technique that helps to release stress and detox at the cellular level.
Breathe in nature at The Farm at San Benito.
The Art of Breathing course runs from 26-28 July 2013, followed by The Art of Silence course from 29 August to 2 September, where talking is prohibited to allow for greater relaxation. Chatterboxes, be warned.
The Art of Breathing course is priced at PHP 13,000++ (approx. HK$2,331) per person, while The Art of Silence course is priced at PHP 23,500++ per person (approx. HK$4,210) — both include accommodation, meals, wellness activities and course fee.
The Farm at San Benito, 119 Barangay Tipakan, 4217 Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines, +632 884 8074, www.thefarm.com.ph
Summer journeys at Chiva Som
Explore life’s challenges one week at a time with Summer Journeys at Chiva Som in Hua Hin, Thailand, where the topics of health, work-life balance, relationships, fitness, creativity and inspiration will be covered.
Explore a variety of health and wellness topics at Chiva Som.
Groups of no more than 15 will come together for a specialised program of individual wellness consultations, daily massages, exercises and treatments, guest speakers and hosted discussions.
Upcoming topics in July and August include Inner Reflection, Summer Fitness Boot Camp, Healthy Culinary Journey and Life Energy — all of which range from five to seven nights long. For more details on each journey, visit Chiva Som’s website.
Chiva Som, 73 / 4 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin, 77110, Thailand, +66 32 536 536, www.chivasom.com
Private meditation and yoga at One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
New for 2013, the luxurious One&Only Reethi Rah resort in the Maldives has launched private classes on meditation and yogic breathing in the above-water yoga studio, ocean side cabanas and in your private villa if desired.
Try a class of yoga at sea, minus the seasickness.
Complement your yoga practice with 6.5-kilometre coastal jogs led by general manager and marathon runner Mark Hehir, or try out the new Watsu (water shiatsu) classes that take place in the water. Personal training is also provided at the resort with advice on clean living practices.
One&Only Reethi Rah, North Malé, Atoll, Maldives, +960 664 8800, reethirah.oneandonlyresorts.com
Traditional Oriental Medicine at COMO Shambhala Estate
The Traditional Oriental Medicine programme at COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali is meant to "relieve stress, prevent and treat a range of illnesses, and restore a sense of optimal well-being," says David Melladew, a certified acupuncturist and Master of Oriental Medicine with formal training in martial arts and Qigong.
There’s no need to sacrifice on luxury at COMO Shambhala.
Choose to stay from three to eight nights including accommodation and all meals at the Estate. Guests will also get a personalised wellness consultation with Melladew, acupuncture, massage therapies and private Qigong lessons.
Prices vary based on accommodation, but four nights in a Terrace Suite is priced at approximately US$3,150 (approx. HK$24,436).
COMO Shambhala Estate, Banjar Begawan, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Bali 80571, Indonesia, +62 361 978 888, www.comohotels.com