The top 5 wellness retreats around the world
Wellness retreats don’t just give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a variety of stunning destinations around the world, these days they also offer holistic, evidence-based therapies that allow you to recharge, rejuvenate and help you turn your entire lifestyle around for the better.
From health education and cooking sessions to restorative yoga and meditation classes, wellness retreats offer world-class, all-inclusive accommodation and dining experiences, and provide you with extensive health-related resources and an expert support network to assist you in making better life decisions, which can help you achieve a true sense of relaxation and inner peace. Here is our pick of the top five wellness retreats around the world.
Lumeria Maui, Hawaii
Channelling the true essence of Hawaii, the Lumeria Maui is an off-the-beaten-path retreat for the mind, body and spirit, which embraces the culture and heritage of Maui’s North Shore with its mindful yoga sessions, wellness programs and educational experiences.
The retreat has 24 unique and individually designed guestrooms that feature Hawaiian-inspired local artworks, luxurious linens, organic bath products and complimentary continental breakfasts.
Tropical rainforests, refreshing alpine regions and sun-drenched beaches … all are within a short distance of Lumeria’s doors, where you can enjoy hiking, cycling, whale watching, horseback riding and a myriad of watersports.
The retreat’s Wellness Centre offers pampering treatments administered by expert therapists and healers, or you can garner daily inspiration from a variety of meditation, yoga, or mindfulness classes. Prefer something a little more active? The retreat also offers sessions on ecology, horticulture and even Bollywood dancing!
With a climate that produces an abundance of fresh food year-round, Lumeria Maui has its own on-site restaurant that offers sustainable garden-to-table menus daily and happily accommodates a variety of nutritional needs including catering to vegan and paleo diners.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
Perched dramatically upon a set of impressive rock formations overlooking the East Vietnam Sea, the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is surrounded by towering mountains and whiter-than-white beaches, which adds to its sense of being intimately at one with nature.
Accommodation has been designed in the traditional Vietnam style, and includes hilltop villas with plunge pools and private entrances, beachfront villas with handcrafted wooden bathtubs and direct beach access, and water pool villas that are set directly on the edges of the calm, lapping waters of Ninh Van Bay.
On-site facilities include tennis, volleyball, yoga pavilions and a steam, sauna and fitness centre, or you can simply bliss-out in the retreat’s sumptuous day spa and enjoy a traditional Vietnamese massage, rejuvenating oxygen facial or customized detox program. Venture further afield and you’ll find a range of mountain walks, watersports and island-hopping opportunities either on the Bay or at nearby Nha Trang.
After a day of adventuring or rejuvenating, relax on a day bed with a drink from the ‘wine cave’, while you contemplate the evening’s gourmet delights supplied fresh from neighbouring Dalat, including organic produce and the best of the area’s local seafood.
Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand
Thailand’s award-winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa resort, Kamalaya, is centred around a breathtaking cave that once served as a spiritual retreat for Buddhist monks.
Set amongst Koh Samui’s coconut groves, palm-fringed beaches and dense mountainous rainforests, it features a range of accommodation including garden suites with water features and stunning ocean views, luxury villas with private courtyards and secluded outdoor pools, and superior suites that feature outdoor showers and large open balconies that overlook the azure Gulf of Thailand.
Kamalaya’s wellness programs offer solutions for detoxing, stress and emotional balance with the help of their Life Enhancement Mentors, and its team of naturopaths can also work with you to create a personalised healthy lifestyle program from their extensive range of spa, holistic medicine and healing therapies.
Guests can also focus on their preferred modality including yoga, Ayurveda, Naturopathy or Traditional Chinese Medicine, or indulge in a small group retreat where you are guided by results-oriented experts who maintain an integral wellness concept that integrates the mind, body and soul.
Opening its doors in 2010, Fiveelements, Bali has been recognised with eighteen international awards spanning the hotel, spa, wellness, culinary and sustainable design industries. This eco-wellness retreat combines the wisdom of traditional healing cultures with innovative wellness concepts, and has earned a position as an innovative leader in programs, plant-based innovative cuisine and wellness hospitality worldwide.
Tucked away on 10,000 square metres of riverfront jungle outside of Ubud, its nine exclusive sleeping suites are inspired by traditional Balinese building methods, and are constructed from recycled timbers, traditional Balinese textiles and a Biosave water treatment system. Each is housed in a private, spiralled pavilion embellished with healing alfresco baths and spacious terraces overlooking Bali’s sacred Ayung River.
Programs feature meditation, yoga, Balinese ceremonies and healing rituals, or you can undertake an invigorating detox retreat where you will come to understand the power of plant-based, raw vegan ‘living foods’ to cleanse and heal the body, mind and spirit.
The resort’s dining room is situated in an eco-luxurious setting with organically based, locally sourced menus that are designed to “let Mother Nature’s cuisine shine with all of its exciting tastes, textures, vibrant colours and pure flavours”.
Aro Hā, New Zealand
Offering a “next-level wellness experience”, multi-award winning Aro Hā condenses optimal living practices into spirit-lifting wellness adventures. Located in New Zealand’s ethereal Southern Alps just 40 minutes drive from Queenstown, it is set on eight hectares of sub-alpine terrace and surrounded by expansive views of Lake Wakatipu.
Each of its eight zen-inspired eco units are purpose-built with unique, secluded aspects and furnished with recycled timbers, organic cotton linens and New Zealand wool floor rugs.
Guests can enjoy hiking in the World Heritage surroundings, an on-site Vinyasa yoga class or deluxe spa treatment, or take part in one of the retreat’s world-class results-oriented programs.
At Aro Hā you can also indulge in a rainbow of vegetarian cuisine, join in one of their ‘un-cooking’ classes and experience the benefits of building health from the inside out.
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