Spiritual retreats in Asia: Vacations to heal your mind, body and soul
"Om" and away
Jetting off to a foreign country or some beach resort sounds ideal — but what if that's not enough to relieve our tired souls? More than just a vacation, spiritual retreats provide individuals with personal renewal and awakening. On that note, we round up these spiritual retreats in Asia that have just what you need.
Nestled in the beautiful kingdom of Bhutan and surrounded by some of the world's happiest people, COMO Uma Paro has rolled out a 'Himalayan Discovery with yoga' package that complements daily yoga and meditation with Bhutan's beauty and culture. Yoga sessions will be carried out by COMO Uma Paro's resident teacher as you experience Mother Nature through guided walks in Paro Valley and a pilgrimage to Tiger's Nest Monastery, Bhutan's national treasure. What's a trip without some shopping — part of the itinerary includes a visit to the capital Thimpu for sightseeing and perusing the local souvenirs.
Things are bound to be chipper at the Vikasa yoga retreat, located in the Land of Smiles. A dedicated yoga retreat specialising in Vikasa-style yoga and situated on a cliff side, this might just be the escape plan for the year. The day starts with morning meditation, before moving on to yoga sessions and organic meals to keep you moving all day long. You can definitely expect a strong focus on holistic health, set in an inspirational environment. We heard you can even wind down at their sky gym and infinity pool. Who needs MBS when you have one that's less populated and overlooking a winning view?
A collaboration between travel concierge WhyWander and Amanoi luxury resort brings you a 7-day spiritual retreat in Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam. Guided by Dr. Kate Tomas, a professional psychic, guests can expect lessons on deep meditation and how to tap into your own personal spiritual guides. Start your day with a yoga session, indulge in meals prepared by world-renowned chefs and be treated to a 90-minute massage at Aman's world-class spa. Under the guidance of Dr. Kate Tomas, it's all about the art of balance and aligning with your higher self — no matter where you are in the world.
Sprawled across Bali's Nusa Dua, you can find Revivo wellness resort and its new wellness initiatives: specifically the reshaping retreat. This involves intense activities such as cardio, functional training, and a TRX workout; but fret not, the intensity is balanced with restorative activities at the spa, where yoga and meditation classes take place in the evening.
Situated on the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia, Tanjong Jara Resort has rolled out the Sucimurni retreat — a Malay concept which highlights the purity of spirit, health and well-being. As you immerse yourself in the surroundings steeped in age-old traditions, be one with the local heritage by participating in a batik workshop and discover the secrets of Malay cuisine with a cooking class. Relax and rejuvenate with barre classes, a healing session and Sucimurni exercise by the beach.
Located in the tropics of Kerala, India, Bodhi Ayuverdha and yoga retreat is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in India. Housed at the Hinterland village, the homestay offers impressive views of the surrounding greenery. Focusing mainly on different types of yoga styles such as Hatha and Ashtanga, you'll be taught different postures ranging from primary to advanced sets. Forgo your meat-heavy diets and tuck into delicious vegetarian food and meals while taking in what the surrounding flora and fauna has to offer. Guided nature walks are carried out throughout the programme — perfect for those who enjoy their afternoon and evening strolls.