Pandemic aside, Hong Kong can be a tough place to live at the best of times – it’s expensive, crowded, and the pace of life here is incredibly fast. Putting time aside for yourself is vital, whether it’s a 20-minute meditation session every morning, weekly yoga, or a monthly pampering session at the spa. The team at Little Steps has put together this handy list of fun and unique ways to unwind and recharge, with everything from silent retreats to flying yoga suspended above one of Hong Kong’s most beautiful beaches!
Unique Wellness Retreats In Hong Kong
Fivelements Habitat is a one-stop shop for all things wellness located in the heart of Causeway Bay. Offering integrative wellness programs to inspire self-exploration and bring about mental and physical health and well-being, the center also provides a delicious and nurturing plant-powered menu.
Programs focus on various practices such as yoga, mindfulness and meditation, tea ceremony, sound, movement, and core conditioning. The Wellness Sanctuary offers personalized programs from massages and mud baths to wellness consultations and Ayurvedic Chakra balancing.
Packages start at HK$1,788 per month for a minimum of 3 months to HK$1,388 per month for a yearly plan. Membership gives you unlimited access to daily classes, signature products, and services, as well as access to the Fivelements Retreat in Bali.
If you're looking to escape from the stressors and stimulation around you, if only for an hour, head over to Float Co. on Caine Road. Guests lie in pods containing 10 inches of water with 500kg of Epsom Salts dissolved in it, allowing you to float without effort on the surface. Due to the natural buoyancy of the water, the forces of gravity that weigh you down day to day disappear entirely. With nothing to distract you, your nervous system stops reacting to external stimuli and instead focuses on preparing and rejuvenating the body from the inside. Emerge from your pod calm and zen, if not a little weary of rejoining the outside world!
Pricing starts at HK$800 for a single float (60 minutes) or HK$500 per float with a package of three. Lifestyle Membership Programs are also available.
Sign up for a four-day meditation and healing immersion surrounded by nature on a 100,000 square foot organic farm in the New Territories. At a Bliss Body Retreat you will take part in daily yoga and meditation sessions, talks on spirituality, and breathwork classes, all the while being fed healthy and innovative gourmet vegan cuisine. If you're looking to get away from it all for a few days, this is the place to be!
If you're looking to do something slightly different than yoga, check out the movement class with Ikigai. There are 3 movement classes to choose from, Gymnastic Rings for Beginners, great for developing upper body strength, body awareness, and control. The Generalist Movement Training experiments with movements like handstands, flowing, dance-inspired movements, animal locomotion, and even juggling! And lastly, Mobility Basics, a gentle class that gets you doing unusual movements such as bodyweight squats, hip hinging, crawling, and rolling on the ground.
What's more! Ikigai's intro offer gets you your first 3 classes for the bargain price of HK$300.
If you're looking for a new and exciting yoga challenge, have a go at Bamboo Yoga. Classes take place on Sai Wan Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the city. Bamboo Yoga is similar to aerial yoga, however, you're suspended above the sand on a bamboo tripod. Bamboo Yoga was the brainchild of Founder Aleksandra Milewicz, who wanted to take her aerial yoga practice and bring it into nature in a unique, safe, and creative way.
Bamboo Yoga offers full or half-day workshops in Hong Kong. The full-day courses are suitable for beginners and start with aerial basics at the Yoga Bam Bam studio in Central, followed by a hike to Tai Long Wan and a session spent flying over the ocean. If you're an aerial pro, sign up for the half-day course on the beach.
ReTribe is a vibrant community of individuals in Hong Kong who have banded together to create a safe space that supports and encourages self-exploration, connection, and learning. Events are taught by creative and dynamic teachers who help their students to pursue mindfulness through spiritual and physical practices.
Events take place in the form of yoga, meditation, sound meditation, mindfulness painting, breathwork. They also offer longer retreats and wellness workshops. ReTribe is designed to forge a deeper connection with people, nature, and oneself.
If the noise and clutter of everyday life are starting to wear you down, a 3 day/2 night Cheung Chau Silent Retreat could be just what the doctor ordered. Organized by Vata Yoga Retreat, the design of the retreats is based on Ayurveda wisdom and encourages you to connect your mind and body in a safe (and quiet!) space in nature. The silence will begin on the first evening and last to the final morning, and it's a complete digital detox as well, so be prepared to leave the phone at home. Yoga is practiced every day and is suitable for all levels. All lessons begin with a breathing exercise, Tai Chi, and a sequence designed through Ayurveda principles.
Retreats are held at the Christian retreat house on Cheung Chau island, overlooking the sea and just a 20-minute leafy walk from the pier. Rooms are simple but clean, and meals are simple yet delicious vegetarian fare.
Cheung Chau Silent Retreat, https://vatayogaretreat.com/cheung-chau-silent-retreat/
Instead of the usual staycation, ditch the routine and elevate your experience with a Discover Asaya One-Night Wellcation at Rosewood Hong Kong. The program includes one 60-minute guided session from a list of therapies, including Expressive Arts Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation, and Active Isolated Stretching, amongst others. Guests can also choose a 60-minute treatment such as an aroma session, detox ritual, or men's facial. The program also comes with a three-course lunch from Asaya Kitchen, a healthy breakfast, and access to Rosewood's wellness facilities such as the pool, gym, and daily Well-Being classes.
Prices start at HK$8,000 for a single guest staying at one of the two Asaya Lodges and HK$6,050 for a single guest staying at the Rosewood Hotel.
Asaya At Rosewood Hong Kong, 6/F Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 3891 8588, www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hong-kong/wellness/asaya-offers/discover-asaya-wellcation
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