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The Best Wellness Retreats in Southeast Asia

Where to escape to for a dose of rest and recuperation, all within easy reach of Hong Kong

by Dervla Louli

21 Oct 2019

With the wellness tourism market set to be worth US$919 billion by 2022, hotels everywhere are turning their focus towards helping guests enhance their physical and mental wellbeing. Asia is home to many of the world’s leading luxury wellness retreats that specialise in Ayurveda, TCM, integrated wellness, detoxing and more. We’ve narrowed down a list of the top specialists for when you need to press reset.

Best for: Ayurveda

Como Shambhala Estate

This popular wellness retreat in Ubud is highly regarded in Asia thanks to a combination of East meets West treatments and exceptional practitioners. The Ayurveda wellness programme corrects imbalances in the three “doshas,” beginning with an in-depth consultation with an Ayurvedic Doctor. Treatments, daily rituals and nutritional guidelines are prescribed to bring guests back to a natural state of equilibrium that helps them achieve an ideal weight and a calmer mind.

Banjar Begawan, Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Best for: Integrated Medical Wellness

Amanpuri

Aman’s flagship resort offers every kind of wellness service imaginable, from nature bathing in a suspended glass meditation room to treatments administered by a certified medical team. The addition of state-of-the-art technology to the comprehensive holistic wellness centre is a first for Southeast Asia and promises excellent results. Diagnostics, aesthetic services, anti-ageing treatments, blood panel testing, spa treatments and private movement sessions are all part of the intensive immersions.

Pansea Beach Cherngtalay, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand

Best for: Plant-based Detoxing

The Farm At San Benito

This results-orientated plant-based, juice-fasting and detox centre is a hit with clients all over Asia who want to feel well fast. Famous for its vegan dining options and resident peacocks, the family-friendly destination has medically trained staff that help visitors do everything from lose weight to manage diabetes. Acupuncture, ozone therapy, cupping, body scrubs, massages and more are offered in the tropically-set spa, but the cleansing juices and detox meals are the real stars of the show here.

119 Barangay Tipakan , Lipa City, Philippines

Best for: Sustainability and Sleep

Six Senses Laamu

There’s nowhere better to work on getting your sleep pattern back on track than at this sustainable resort in the Maldives, with its organic chef’s garden, and crystal clear water offering a playground for surfing, snorkelling and spotting marine life amongst the corals. The Sleep and Resilience wellness journey begins with a non-invasive health screening and includes yoga nidra, meditation, relaxing spa treatments and wellness therapies that will leave you feeling rested and rejuvenated by the time you leave the exclusive atoll.

Laamu Atoll 15090, Maldives

Best for: Fitness and Weight Management

Amanoi

This secluded getaway in Vietnam is the perfect backdrop for a week of mindful eating and training that will ensure you leave feeling and looking lighter. The Weight Management and Transformation Immersion focuses on reducing inflammation, clearing blockages to allow the body to change in a positive way. Expect your metabolism to be boosted and optimum weight achieved through specialist treatments and movement sessions that help you burn fat and clear out unwanted fluid retention.

Vinh Hy, Ninh Hải District, Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam

Best for: Meditation and Mindfulness

Kamalaya

Kamalaya co-founder John Stewart spent 16 years as a monk before founding this spiritual haven on the coast of Samui with his wife Karina. The sanctuary offers respite to stressed and burnt-out individuals who need to slow down and heal from the inside out. The monk’s cave that the retreat was built around provides a meditative space for guests to pause and reflect, and the combination of therapies, nutritious food and peacefulness makes it easy to let go of the underlying causes of adrenal imbalances.

3 102/9 Laem-Set Rd, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

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