From meditating on a boat cruise to acupuncture sessions, here are seven new wellness retreats in Asia, each with something new and exciting to offer on your wellness journey.
Kapuhala, Koh Samui, Thailand
Farm and Training Retreat
3 Days or more
Go on a ‘Farm and Training Retreat’ in the lush green forests of tropical Koh Samui. Ecotherapy is definitely one of the top wellness trends to look out for in 2020. This retreat at Kapuhala boasts a life-enhancing experience, with endurance-focused courses such as Spartan and personal training, as well as sunrise and sunset yoga. Their on-site farm supplies their restaurant with the freshest organic ingredients, ensuring that each guest would get their plant-based meals at their best. Relax in a tented villa or a dip in the pool after a hard day of working out.
See also: Koh Samui Wellness Guide
REVIVO, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda Sea, Kaimana, or Alor, Indonesia
Diving and Mind Training Retreat
7 Days/6 Nights
Explore the tropical seas with a luxury wellness cruise. Aboard this activity-packed wellness retreat (minimum of 6 nights), travellers take part in ‘Diving and Mind training’. As your vessel traverses the Pacific Ocean, help yourself to water activities such as diving and paddle boarding, and mindfulness activities, like yoga and pilates. Most importantly, you are the captain of your own ship. REVIVO tries to accommodate for both the weather conditions and your requests whenever possible. In other words, expect impromptu beach excursions and a tailor-made food menu! Wrap up your day with a soothing spa treatment as the sun sinks below the horizon.
Sangha by Octave Institute, Suzhou, China
Ancient Chinese Wisdom Program
4 Days/3 Nights or 7 Days/6 Nights
Reap the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine with Sangha’s 4-Days/3-Nights ‘Ancient Chinese Wisdom’ program. This retreat seamlessly blends traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Western medicine into a holistic wellness experience. Based on the ancient Chinese medical text Huangdi Neijing, which encompasses more than 2,000 years of medical wisdom, Sangha offers a choice of acupuncture or cupping session, and a cooking class with a TCM doctor. It also includes mindfulness classes, such as yoga, tai chi, and guided meditation. Finish with a healing spa, or relax in a salt cave in Asia’s most comprehensive hyperthermal conduit.
See also: Best Wellness Retreats in China
Bawah Reserve, Anambas Archipelago, Indonesia
Journey of Calm or Journey of Vitality
3 Days or more
You are your own boss on this 3-day (or more) wellness journey. Each guest may choose between a ‘Journey of Calm’ and a ‘Journey of Vitality’ in this tropical sanctuary. Perhaps you’d like to destress in Mother Nature with floating meditation, garden-to-glass health tonic class, and a journal session on the beach in ‘Calm’. Perhaps your soul and body call for a challenge with a kayak and private movement class, and a treasure hunt that sets you off exploring in ‘Vitality’. Both journeys are premeditated with a heart-to-heart coaching session to figure out a personalized action plan, ensuring your journey to wellness here is a productive one.
Anantara Bophut, Koh Samui, Thailand
All-inclusive Five-Day Wellness Package
5 Days/4 Nights
This comprehensive retreat from Anantara is perfect for those who want to both work up a sweat and be pampered. All five days will be packed with activities to re-energize your mind and body. Enjoy a soothing Thai herbal steam or a detox massage in between meditation and muay thai sessions. Recharge with nutritious meals and detox juices.
See also: 2020 Bucket List Destinations
Rascal Voyages, Komodo, Indonesia
Komodo Wellness & Health Retreat
5 Days/4 Nights
Explore the mystical land of the Komodo dragons on a well-furnished yacht. Aside from daily spa treatments, your onboard nutritionist and chef will make certain your plant-based meals are fresh and nourishing. Dive down to see the diverse underwater ecosystem, and be awed by the animals of Indonesia. Some of the possible inhabitants you might see include: komodo dragons, monkeys and even manta rays if you’re lucky! Between yoga, trekking and diving (optional), treat yourself to a a big glass of detox juice before nodding off in your own floating villa.
Blue Karma Secrets, Bali, Indonesia
Yoga and Authentic Culinary Retreat
4 Days/3 Nights
Foodies take note! This 4 Days/3 Nights ‘Yoga and Authentic Culinary’ retreat combines the best of both worlds. Learn the secrets of healthy Balinese cuisine, and enjoy daily yoga classes. In this retreat, you will learn to make a traditional healing turmeric tonic ‘Jamu’ (reserved in advance), sample the menu at Botanist restaurant in Blue Karma Nestling Ubud, and learn colourful plant-based recipes from Blue Karma’s very own executive chef. Nourish your soul and body by focusing on the senses, and note the way food rejuvenates your body through yoga.
See also: Top 10 Wellness Retreats in the World