Let’s not kid ourselves. Living in Bangkok with its constantly cool happenings and vivid social scenes can be exhausting. The city has plenty to offer and much to love thereby, yet there are times even the conscientious city-dweller will admit they’re one Sun Salutation away from losing the plot. Yet they don’t. And do you know why? They’ve cracked both code and muscles and gotten hold of these secret two words: spa resorts.
Spa resorts in Southeast Asia are no recent discovery. We flourish in wellness on this side of the globe, between traditional Thai massages and ancient Ayurvedic practices. It’s something the region is particularly good at (besides food, culture, and shopping, though we digress), and it’s something that makes up a big part of our lives. After-work massages are a thing in Bangkok. Oil treatments and yoga are the norm in Vietnam. And you can’t really say you’ve been to Bali if you didn’t come back at least internally more beautiful.
Regardless, it can be difficult and sigh-fully time-consuming to know and plan just where to head, or even where to start. Therefore, we’ve taken it off your busied list and put together a host of spa resorts in Southeast Asia for you to check out every month. From rainforest to beachfront retreats and secret hideaways, unwind with a capital ‘U’ and practise the art of relaxation at these haunts. Inhale the wellness. Exhale the worries. And then definitely thank us later.
There’s no denying that a good night’s sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle. And yet, armed with at least 8 daily hours blue screen time in one hand and unhealthy caffeine habits in the other, good quality sleep is increasingly becoming a thing of rarity. But it need not be this way. Aiming to grip disrupted sleep and sleep deprivation issues by the root, Cape Panwa’s Amatara resort is hosting a Sleep Optimisation retreat this month. It will focus on getting those quintessential 6+ hours of catching zzz’s every night, by way of nutrition, exercise, and expert-approved treatments. You’ll undergo a sleep test and get consultation from a neurologist, as well as (you guessed it) limited your iPhone time to sunlight hours only. Consider it a much-needed rest and reset button in many senses of the word.
The Sleep Optimisation retreat is available for a minimum of seven nights, and is available year round. Prices start from THB 13,400++ per night.
Amatara Wellness Resort, 84 Moo 8, Sakdidej Rd., Tambon Vichit, Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand, +66 7631 888.
Whilst its name may sound like a wellness retreat only for those who have recently suffered from heart break, we are assured that eco-chic resort Navutu Dreams’ Heal Your Heart Package is open to anyone and everyone looking to heal, recharge, and rejuvenate. Located in serene Siem Reap, the package includes daily organic meals, yoga classes, spa treatments, and a choice of two holistic healing treatments, ranging from Reiki and Pranayama to Shiatsu or acupuncture. Tying hearts together with even more warmth, guests will also get the chance to partake in a community tour to visit ancient pagodas and local villages, as well as a special monk blessing. Between charming Southeast Asian architecture and bright interiors, consider it a little like a Khmer take on a Eat Pray Love kind of retreat.
The Heal Your Heart Package is available year round, and is priced at approx. THB 28,103 from 1 April to 30 September, and at approx. THB 32,414 from 1 October to 31 March.
Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat, Off Angkor High School Rd., Siem Reap, Cambodia, +855 921 416 94.
Situated atop a beautiful coral beach, the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay has unveiled a refreshed new look of its spa sanctuary, inviting guests to the intimate pool-villa-only resort to enjoy a selection of revamped services. Beyond renovated treatment rooms and a freshly minted fitness centre, new additions include a tranquil meditation sala as well as an indoor flying yoga (yup) studio. With a view of the lush tropical jungle just outside, and the trickling of cascading streams, it’s no secret why and how the Six Senses name lives up to its reputation for wellness. What’s more, guests can now also head to the in-house Alchemy Bar, and learn how to blend local ingredients and create scrubs, masks, and wraps that are used in treatments. An eco-friendly and useful new skill to acquire indeed.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Ninh Van Bay, Ninh Hoa, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam, +84 258 3524 268.
When it comes to wellness weekends, there’s no place like Bali. This month, we’ve got our eye on The Royal Purnama Art Suites & Villas, a boutique ‘12-years-old-and-up-only’ resort offering a wide range of holistic treatments in the heart of rural southeast Bali. The hotel is made up of private villas ranging from 1-2 bedrooms, and located in gardens or on the oceanfront. This July, go for the Healing Package, which includes twice daily yoga sessions, nutritious gourmet meals, massages, buried black sand treatments, water healing treatments, and a Balinese blessing ceremony to top it all off. There’ll also be a wellness consultancy to get you back on track of things, and an endless supply of coconut water to sip the goodness into your system throughout.
The Healing Package is available year round, and is priced at approx. THB 84090 for singles, and at approx. THB 59,575 per person per couple. A minimum three-night stay is required.
The Royal Purnama, Purnama Beach, Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, +62361 849 3706.