It’s true, Christmas calories don’t count. But after a year of sleighing at the gym — er we mean ‘slaying’ at the gym — it’s easy to feel like you’ve fallen off the wellness wagon. Or perhaps it’s time to finally stick to your New Year’s resolution of getting healthier. It might even be just another excuse to flex your wanderlust, but these wellness retreats in Asia are practically calling your name:
Fusion Resort Phu Quoc in Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Best for: An endless supply of post-spa bliss
Why hit the spa just once on vacation when you can enjoy a couple a day, every day? Treat yourself to facials, massages, scrubs, and everything off the menu at the resort’s “all-spa inclusive” concept. A nice little extra is the “breakfast anywhere, anytime” option because it’s a vacation and you deserve to sleep in.
Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand
Best for: Whipping you into shape
Start with a colonic (because you know you could use one after all those carb-heavy Christmas meals), take a few health screenings for your optimal health, and give the gym all you’ve got. Training includes isokinetic exercises dynamic hip functional exercise, and FTM (Functional Training Movement). Recently refurbished, the resort now sports a more chic, earthy design.
REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort in Nusa Dua, Bali
Best for: Adjusting your tastebuds to a healthier palate
Surrounded by dense tropical rainforest and the Indian Ocean, REVĪVŌ has it all with wellness, but it’s their dining menu we love most. The food and beverage programme is called NŪTRIŌ which promotes fresh, wholesome, organic and balanced dishes. The belief is to serve food as close to its natural state as possible. But don’t worry, there’s a bar.
COMO Cocoa Island in the Maldives
Best for: Sun salutations with one of the best views in the world
100% bucket-list worthy, COMO Cocoa Island is oozing luxury with views of the sky melting into turquoise waters. Take deep, long breathes at the COMO Shambhala Retreat where the holistic practice of yoga is highly emphasised. There are daily classes, and a full-time yoga instructor for focused sessions.