Feeling burned out from your hectic lifestyle? Are you in need of some ‘me’ time to recharge? We round up the best wellness retreats in China, the world’s most populous country and home to some of the most luxurious wellness retreats, for your next wellness holiday
1. Sangha Retreat by Octave Institute
Yangcheng Island, Suzhou
Seek self-clarity, harmony and achieve a new level of conscious awakening and integrated health at Sangha Retreat by Octave Institute. Eastern wisdom and Western science come together to help you rewire, reframe and renew the body, mind and spirit, as well as refine the art of meditation and find your focus. Sangha Retreat aims to introduce a new cycle of living that achieves mind, body and spiritual wellness.
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2. Naked Stables Retreats
Moganshan Town, Zhejiang
Opened in October 2011, Naked Stables sought to meet the growing demand for city getaways. Retreats are inclusive of relaxing massages, hot stone therapy, wellness consultations, forest hiking, yoga and painting classes to aid mindfulness. True to the name, stables are situated at the heart of the retreat. Guests can also get up close and personal with the resort’s friendly horses, with daily guided rides available for adults and children.
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3. Six Senses Qing Cheng
Six Senses’ Guest Experience Makers plan something special for everyone, whether it’s a morning Tai Chi class, meeting the pandas, exploring ancient towns, a Sichuan cooking class or hiking in the mystical mountains. They also have a wide collection of sporting equipment and facilities, an extensive spa menu and numerous excursions to nearby towns and villages.
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Minhang District, Shanghai
Just outside Shanghai, China, Amanyangyun is set among 1,000-year-old camphor trees and Chinese heritage villas. With an emphasis on Aman Wellness, the spa at Amanyangyun is one of the biggest and most comprehensive wellness havens in Shanghai. Guests are offered private bathhouses, a well-equipped gym and a yoga/Pilates studio. The therapists at Amanyangyun respond to your individual needs with customized treatments, personalized fitness advice and tailored programs.
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5. Anantara Vacation Club Sanya
Located on the island of Hainan in Southern China, Anantara Vacation Club Sanya is an isolated paradise among the sandy beaches and towering mountains. Guests are offered the ultimate escape, with the resort offering a wide array of spa treatments designed to promote wellbeing and self-discovery. The resort features a yoga studio, a steam room and eight treatment rooms, and also boasts its very own beach volleyball facilities, golf club and driving range, as well as access to sailing and numerous cultural excursions.
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6. Alila Yangshuo
A once working sugar mill has been transformed into a modern retro resort that is Alila Yangshuo. The resort combines modern architecture with the building’s industrial past and its picturesque surroundings, similar to a Chinese painting. Alila Yangshuo offers guests relaxing treatments that combine traditional Balinese techniques with Yangshuo’s local black sugar. Guests can also enjoy rock climbing, at the resort’s very own karst hill, a sugar spinning class, a biking tour at Yulong River, and a picturesque cruise along the Li River on a bamboo raft.
7. Sanya Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort (to open in 2022)
Thanyapura is set to open its first resort in China in 2022. Located in China’s most popular resort destination, Sanya, Hainan Province, Sanya Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort will mirror its flagship in Phuket, Thailand, offering sports training, camps, lifestyle improvements and executive health. The resort will target families, groups, corporations and individuals looking for a healthy holiday destination where they can optimize their lives and lifestyle.