For your New Year’s resolution, maybe take some time to celebrate your body with a wellness retreat, go with or without the kiddos. Little Steps has sussed out the coolest detox and wellness resorts in Southeast Asia and around the region from the hills of the Himalayas to the beaches of Thailand and coffee plantations of Java and beyond. Start taking care of your body and soul. Here are the best detox retreats, yoga and wellness resorts, and surf camps for women too.
When it comes to your personal wellness, your experience should be, well, personal! Chiva-Som creates customized wellness retreats inspired by your own self-reflection on how you are, what motivates you, and what your goals are. Each resort is crafted by taking elements of Chiva-Som’s six wellness modalities: physiotherapy, holistic health, nutrition, fitness, spa, and aesthetic beauty. It’s all about you and what you need!
The Farm at San Benito, located an easy 90-minute drive south of Manila, features an award-winning spa and integrative medical center, gorgeous pools overlooking the lush green jungle and majestic mountains, an organic farm for the kids to explore, healthy veggie restaurant (meat eaters will love it - we promise!), beautiful accommodations, activities for kids, and so much more!
If you’re really looking to get away from the world, there’s no better place than a private island! Song Saa Private Island is a sustainable luxury getaway with a deep connection to the natural environment. There’s a wide range of activities on the island in the surrounding waters, from yoga and personal training to snorkeling and diving – and even the option for a night spa wellness massage under the stars! Go solo, with your girlfriends for a getaway, or bring the whole family along to reconnect with yourselves and with nature.
Nestled in the verdant foothills of the Himalayas, Ananda is an award-winning luxury spa and resort on the stunning grounds of a former palace that once welcomed Viceroys and now welcomes those seeking to slow down, relax, and be healthy. Yoga, golf, spa treatments, cultural programs, nature walks, white water rafting, Ayurveda workshops, and so much more are available.
Go green with this charming and environmentally friendly resort situated in a rustic village (a complete escape!). Vedana Spa is packed full of goodies including detox massages, Indochinese wraps, face acupuncture, baby massage, and traditional belly wraps. Activities include yoga (including kids yoga), Tai Chi, and healthy cooking classes.
Pilgrimage Village, 130 Minh Mang Road, Hue, Vietnam, www.pilgrimagevillage.com
Absolute Sanctuary is the place to go for some individual time out to get healthy. The all-inclusive resort offers tailor-made detox programs for the new and experienced, top-notch yoga classes throughout the day, a "bar" serving freshly squeezed juices and young coconuts, and great spa treatments (the alfresco Thai massage is a must!). Yoga teacher training courses are available year-round.
Located just outside Ubud, Como Shambhala Estate offers world-class facilities, a holistic spa, organic cuisine, and activities like yoga, nature walks, and more that will melt away your worries in no time at all. If the kids are in tow, book the 2-bedroom suite with all the amenities, including cots for wee ones. It's also great for babymoons and post-natal holidays!
Como Shambhala Estate, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 978 888, www.comohotels.com/comoshambhalaestate
Bali Goddess Retreats offers a boutique holiday for women of all ages combining health, fitness, culture, and lots of spa pampering! Created by women to be a safe and fun vacation for women traveling alone or with friends, Bali Goddess Retreats’ health and wellness programs will ignite your spirit and leave you feeling refreshed and renewed!
Bali Goddess Retreats by Surf Goddess Retreats, Jl. Laksamana, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, +1 858 977 0808, www.surfgoddessretreats.com
Located in Canggu, Bliss Sanctuary for Women welcomes women traveling from all over the world. At Bliss Sanctuary, Yoga Programs are tailored to suit each guest’s personal needs. Premier yoga instructors from around the world offer group, as well as private yoga sessions. Other packages like CrossFit Bliss or Women's Surf are also available.
Bliss Sanctuary For Women, Berawa, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia, +61 412 131 040 (text only), www.blisssanctuaryforwomen.com
Located in the hills of Ubud, ONEWORLD Retreats Kumara is by definition a yoga retreat center, where famous artists and writers have been known to have found peace and serenity, Elizabeth Gilbert, the famous author of the bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, to name one. This eco-friendly center offers retreats all year round. Treat yourself to one of their beautifully structured classes and enjoy the spiritual journey!
ONEWORLD Retreats Kumara, Jl. Suweta, Banjar Sambahan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 289 752, www.oneworldretreats.com