HAVENS OF WELLNESS IN ASIA WITH SECRET RETREATS
In recent years, the wellness industry has offered us a myriad of wonderful options to recharge our batteries and invigorate our souls, with everything from ancient martial arts as fitness regimes to detox cocktails and incredible diets. Once you start on a path to wellness you do not want to break from those good habits when you travel, so people with a healthier lifestyle are often determined to take their healthy habits with them. And thankfully it is quite easy nowadays with the wide array of resorts and spas available, all equipped to help people achieve their wellness goals while travelling through spa treatments, detox, and the freshest healthy dining options.
Asia has some of the best spa resorts and wellness retreats in the world. With beautiful surroundings, many immersed in tropical warmth, on breathtaking beaches, and a whole rich and ancient culture built around soothing mind, body, and soul, it is difficult to find a better area of the world to improve your wellness than in Asia.
If you need a retreat to relax, a sanctuary to unwind, and a place to escape from the busy humdrum of daily life, these Secret Retreats spa resorts should be top of your list.
Muang La Lodge
Muang La, Laos
Positioning on the banks of the Nam Pak river has allowed the retreat to create secluded corners offering moments of relaxation and meditation based around a traditional ritual: a hot bath! A candle-lit traditional Lao sauna where we mix the steam with carefully selected fragrant herbs. Perfect after a day’s trek in the mountains!
With magic fingers, the masseuses (trained in a school in Vientiane) offer a mix of Thai and Chinese massage focused on relaxation and vitality. To the sound of the river, they will ease away any stresses and strains to leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Hening Swarga, meaning “heavenly silence,” the Hening Swarga spa invites the Indian Ocean breeze into its temple of healing along with a subtle hint of incense and tropical flowers. Enjoy head-to-toe treatments facing the ocean. The spa comes complete with giant Jacuzzi bathtubs and a magical rooftop yoga and meditation platform boasting 180-degree views of the ocean views and surrounding palm trees. Select from Pijitan eastern massage or ancient Keputrenan treatments that were traditionally practiced in the private quarters of the Indonesian royal families.
Luang Prabang, Laos
Built in 1904 Satri House was the childhood home of Prince Souphanouvong, who became the first President of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The French colonial style home now has 28 guestrooms and 3 suites that feature handcrafted wood furniture, oversized balconies, and spacious bathrooms. Facilities include a restaurant, garden bar, library, outdoor swimming pools, and spa.
The Spa is facing the main pond and offers a large Jacuzzi, a cool plunge pool, a herbal steam room, and several private treatment rooms. Each ritual starts with a cooling lemongrass and lime infused foot bath.
Built 260 years ago by a wealthy Qing Dynasty silk merchant, Jing’s Residence is set right in the centre of the ancient medieval walled town of Pingyao. Each of the 15 meticulously renovated guestrooms and suites reflects the residence’s unique character. Decorative features range from ancient carved wooden window frames and timber structural elements to bamboo flooring, and rice paper ceilings.
The Spa at Jing’s Residence offers a stunning complement of therapeutic and rejuvenating face and body care treatments, using only the best products with the finest ingredients, from Thailand. If you are looking for pure indulgence and total relaxation, Jing’s Residence can provide you with a haven where you will find the most incredible and unique sensations, where the mind, body & spirit converge to form an unforgettable and deeply pleasurable experience.
Gangga Island Resort
This resort not only offers unparalleled scuba diving experiences where you can get up close and personal with a remarkable diversity of marine life from both the Indian and the Pacific Oceans. It also offers a traditional spa and many activities to explore and enjoy the destination above water.
The Pasung Spa, with “Pasung” meaning “Beautiful” in Manadonese, is the ideal place to relax and unwind tired muscles after diving, trekking, or exploring Gangga Island. The spa menu includes traditional treatments passed down through generations of the Minahasan people of Gangga Island, as well as other therapies such as reflexology and traditional Balinese massage.
Pasung Spa therapists will use these techniques to aid in the healing of your body and maintain beautiful skin as well. The resort’s therapists are also trained in the art of aromatherapy, using tropical plant extracts to create healing aromatic essential oils. This ancient technique of balancing mind, body and spirit will rejuvenate and help you maintain your physical and emotional wellbeing.
Brij Rama Palace
Brij Rama’s Kaashi Wellness is rooted in the wisdom of the Vedas and combined with contemporary techniques to create treatments that are designed to provide lasting wellness.
Offering a holistic treatment enhanced by the Vedas heritage, the spa offers effective and non-invasive ways to unlock your natural beauty and boost your health and general wellbeing. Natural and time trusted ingredients with modern day and anti-ageing techniques will take you on a sensorial journey; where you leave your stress and worries behind you and allow a truly calming experience to take over.
Visit a true oasis of calm, Neeleshwar Hermitage, overlooks a gloriously unspoilt beach stretching as far as the eye can see in both directions. Experience genuine Ayurvedic treatments in the traditional way, in collaboration with the Sahayadri Foundation, one of India’s only 100% organic herbal medicine manufacturers. Nourish your body, mind and soul from inside out with different packages ranging from blissful 4-day retreats to 7- and even 28-nights detox packages, all complimented with customized yoga programs and stress-busting massages.
The Rajbari Bawali
This 300-year-old Boutique Heritage hotel, once the grand home of the Zamindars of Bengal, has been superbly restored. The property is reminiscent of both the British Raj and the feudal lifestyles of Bengal’s Zamindari landlords. It is the ideal place to experience centuries old architecture, opulent lifestyles, Bengal’s traditional performing arts and learn the history of this fascinating region of India.
The Rajbari Bawali’s Mantra Spa offers Bhutanese healing treatments. The spa is set within a fresh and soothing environment amongst the trees and adjacent to one of the natural ponds on the property. The range of therapies offered will ensure that you experience exactly the mood or feeling your mind and body craves for, from rejuvenating reflexology to cleansing scrubs and relaxing massages. The skilled therapists here use only natural oils which are then blended with an array of locally sourced and organically grown herbs designed to leave you feeling soothed and refreshed.
The Island Lodge
Mekong Delta, Vietnam
The Island Lodge is set on a small island in the Mekong Delta. The airy main building houses a comfortable bar and lounge, a French-Vietnamese restaurant, and a patisserie. Showcasing Mekong River views, eight guestrooms are located on the first floor and with two 2-bedroom pavilions nestled within the tropical garden. The lodge also features a 24-metre long swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and an outdoor bar area completes this ideal and quiet setting perfectly placed for exploring the Mekong Delta.
The spa, La Cochinchine Sérénité, is a space dedicated for relaxation, offering massages, sauna and beauty treatments. When the sun barely rises on the Mekong River, gather around the pool for a gentle muscular awakening where the skilled massage therapist will work their magic to awaken and revive your body after a busy day exploring the delta.
Immerse into a sensory heaven with Sanak Retreat’s selection of signature massages, scrubs, flower baths and their healing rituals as performed by magic Balinese touch.
Set in north Bali near Munduk, Sanak Retreat is set within an ancient rural landscape, surrounded by paddy fields and enjoys scenic mountain views. This relaxing getaway features 11 spacious wooden bungalows each with a private terrace or balcony overlooking the beautiful tropical landscapes.
Sanak’s spa is the perfect place to pause, receive, seek, smile, contemplate and feel whatever you please. Working with blended ancient potions, natural spring waters and healing rituals, the therapists here share the secret to Balinese beauty inside and out with guests.
Surrounded by the lush greenery of their own rice paddy fields, the breathtaking views invite and promote relaxation. Mathis Retreat is the perfect gateway to Ubud’s vibrant art, dance, dining and culture. All 21 rooms and bungalows feature an elegant mix of contemporary design and Balinese architecture. Located just 5 minutes by car from the centre of Ubud, Mathis Retreat immerses guests in nature in a relaxing setting, replete with a swimming pool and restaurant.
Enjoy birdsong and cool breezes off the rice fields as you unwind with traditional Balinese massage in the spa’s open-air pavilion set amongst the rice fields.
Mesa Stila is an experience not to be missed. A heritage property that is now a wonderful boutique hotel the property enjoys spectacular views of Java’s volcanoes. With their own coffee plantations, the verdant rural setting relaxes guests on arrival. Perfectly located for enjoying the best of Java, Mesa Stila is one of those properties though that is hard to leave! A stunning home, the team works closely with the local community and supports the traditional Javanese arts. With so much stimulation a good spa is a must! Their Hammam Spa is the only luxury and authentic Hammam Turkish Steam Bath offering a variety of cleansing treatments. Along with yoga, the spa also celebrates distinctly Javanese experiences including traditional Pencak Javanese massage, scrubs and beauty treatments with jade, coffee scrubs and using locally sourced plants, Silat martial arts, and a rich menu of organic, healthy Javanese fare to nourish you from the inside out.