As we start to approach the end of 2017, it’s time to start thinking about your plans for 2018. If your New Year resolutions usually consist of eating healthy, exercising and travelling, we have a perfect vacation idea for you – yoga retreats! We list out the top five yoga retreats in Asia for your complete physical and mental detox. We assure you that you will not come home tired from this vacation but with a fresh mind, a fit body, and a warm smile on your face.
1. Ananda In The Himalayas, India
At this serene wellness retreat by the foothills of the majestic Himalayas, you will be welcomed with warm smiles, a string of rudra (holy beads strung together), a refreshing drink and all things that are the peak of Indian hospitality.
There are various programmes designed specifically for individual goals such as detox, fitness, de-stress, weight loss, rejuvenation and anti-ageing. Those seeking answers to the fundamental questions of life can participate in daily interactive Vedanta (veda means knowledge and anta means end) talks conducted by senior disciples of Swami Parthasarthy.
Revitalising treatments including sensuous aromatherapy, pressure points and tension release work through reflexology, healing Tibetan Kuu Nye and much more. When you are taking time off, don’t miss the spectacular Ganga aarti just a short trip away in Haridwar.
2. Samahita Retreat, Thailand
A beautiful beach, spiritual environment, relaxing massages, rejuvenating yoga, healing therapies and healthy food – Samahita Retreat is the perfect vacation for your body and mind. They have a range of programmes such as YogaCoreCycle, detox, wellness spa, weight loss and de-stress. To make sure you achieve your goal, you will have a dedicated teacher.
All the packages include complimentary snorkelling tour, Bophut Fisherman’s Village walking street and Lamai market trips. If you are wondering how can you take this much-needed wellness break with kids, don’t worry. Samahita Retreat offers babysitting for young children and care with supervision for older ones.
For your health and environment, Samahita Retreat is a smoke and alcohol-free retreat centre.
3. Floating Leaf Eco-Retreat, Bali
This eco-retreat is a perfect combination of traditional Balinese wisdom and modern luxury. Floating Leaf offers yoga, spa services, healthy cuisine, deep cultural experiences, traditional Balinese healing, and holistic relaxation for body, mind and soul.
The massive yoga deck here offers sweeping views of Holy Mt. Agung as well as the Indian Ocean and Bali’s outer lying islands. You can even participate in the sunrise and sunset yoga sessions held on the serene beach!
They have an excellent spa, a healing pool and organic dining too! Apart from the welcoming and ever-smiling staff, owners Mikaku and Putu will make sure you are comfortable. Walk in, float out!
4. The Farm at San Benito, Philippines
If you have a baby and need a break (we can almost hear you scream “Yes!”), this is the right place for you. We say this as this is among the few wellness retreats which offer infant massages. Apart from special post-natal massages, there are infant massages which can be done in tandem with a massage for the mother.
Yoga sessions are held in a pavilion overlooking the lush green tropical forest. Other activities you can participate in include meditation, aqua aerobics and Tai Chi. They also have golf facilities and special programmes for children. Don’t miss spotting the free roaming ducks and peacocks when there!
If you have a DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card, you can forget all the hassles that come with planning a journey, for you have access to your very own personal concierge service 24/7.
5. Hariharalaya Meditation Retreat Centre, Cambodia
Eat. Pray. Love. This centre, set in a traditional Cambodian farming village, is the ideal place to find your inner self and be real. Their retreats are based on integral yoga & meditation, community, creativity, healthy & delicious vegan food, and connection with nature.
The course programme includes daily classes, health & wellness, dharma talks, community activities, and free time. To keep your body fit, they have an outdoor gym; and for the mind’s fitness, there is a library. The lounge pool, spa, bicycles, open-air cinema, art studio, reading room and games room will enhance your stay further.
A great companion on these travels can be a travel credit card that can give you all sorts of benefits ranging from air miles, which can translate into discounts on tickets, to travel insurance, which can come in handy when things start going a bit wrong.
So, it’s time to leave the bustling city behind and enter the serene spiritual life in the quest of finding your inner self.