The Luxe Guide: Wellness retreats for every need

If 2018 is running you ragged – and trust us, we know how you feel – one of the best ways to get back on track and feeling yourself is to book yourself into a wellness retreat. Picture this: a weekend (or a week, if you really need it) of self-care, energising workouts, nutritious, delicious meals and the chance to reset. Whether you need to recover from a summer of hard partying or a year of late nights at the office, a wind-down is in order. These are the best upcoming wellness retreats according to their purposes help you decide which you’d be best suited to.

#1 To sculpt your body

COMO Cocoa Island Maldives wellness retreat
A retreat with this view? Consider our souls healed. Photo: COMO Cocoa Island, Maldives

Where: COMO Cocoa Island, Maldives

What: Lean and Clean

When: 6 – 12 October 2018, accommodation included

Price: USD 6,598 (single occupancy), USD 10,086 (double occupancy)

Why you should go: Not only will you learn healthy eating habits from nutritionist Eve Persak, each workout conducted by fitness instructor Ole Eugenio is designed to target specific areas of the body to slim and tone, while improving your cardio, strength and balance. We can almost feel our bodies agreeing to this itinerary already.

#2 To lose excess weight and reshape your body

Nihi Sumba wellness retreat
Take in nature as you do yoga. Photo: Nihi Sumba

Where: Nihi-Sumba, Sumba Island, Indonesia

What: Nihi Reset

When: 27 October – 3 November 2018, accommodation included

Price: USD 800 per night (single occupancy) or USD 1,400 per night (double occupancy)

Why you should go: Fitness expert Tatiana Boncompagni Hoover is leading the week-long Nihi Reset, which will focus on helping you build strength and shed excess weight. Of course, you’ll need to maintain the routines you pick up to stay in shape. There will be yoga, weight training, cardio, hiking, meditation, horseback riding, dips in the Indian Ocean and one-on-one sessions with Tatiana. It’s a packed week, but expect to come out feeling stronger and more mindful of your body.

Read also: Four hydrotherapy treatments to renew body and mind

#3 To relax your mind

The Longhouse wellness retreat
It’s always a bonus when the villa at your retreat is this gorgeous. Photo: The Longhouse

Where: The Longhouse, Bali, Indonesia

What: 3D2N wellness package

When: Available until further notice, must be booked in conjunction with a villa booking at The Longhouse

Price: USD 240 per person for a minimum of 6 guests (groups of less than 6 will be charged differently)

Why you should go: Wellness retreats often involve a lot of physical activity, but if what you want is to give your mind a break, you’ll be happy to know that The Longhouse’s itinerary is very chilled out. Think yoga, meditation, Balinese water purification ceremonies and learning how to make and pray with the Canang sari (a traditional Balinese floral offering).

#4 To take a quick weekend off

Revivo Wellness Resorts
Sometimes, a little goes a long way. Photo: Revivo Wellness Resorts

Where: Revivo Wellness Resorts, Bali, Indonesia

What: Cleanse & Detox Weekends

When: Every Saturday and Sunday in July and August 2018

Price: Ranges from USD 45 to USD 140; USD 350 with 1-night stay in Garden Suite

Why you should go: We get it, sometimes you just want a quick retreat without having to commit to a multiple-day schedule. At Revivo, you can just drop by on the weekend for a cleanse and detox. Your lunch is taken care of, there’s a 1-hour lymphatic drainage massage (additional charge of USD 30) and you get a choice of yoga, pilates or meditation classes. Did we mention there’s cold press juice and Kombucha breaks throughout the day?

Read also: How to get most of out of Bali’s best beach clubs

#5 To revitalise your tired body

The Sanchaya wellness retreat
Feeling calm already? Same. Photo: The Sanchaya

Where: The Sanchaya, Bintan, Indonesia

What: Classes with visiting wellness expert Artur Zolkiewicz

When: 13 – 23 August 2018

Price: Complimentary for hotel guests

Why you should go: Another way to take it easy: you choose which classes you want to go for. Apart from teaching you various stretches, cardio exercises and breathing methods that aim to rejuvenate the body, Artur will also be available for one-on-one sessions to help address your specific wellness goals. The Sanchaya is also introducing a new menu of organic scrubs at its spa, so this retreat you’re planning? Perfect timing.

#6 To detox

The Farm at San Benito wellness retreat
Where we’d like to be, right now. Photo: The Farm at San Benito

Where: The Farm at San Benito, Batangas, Philippines

What: Detox D’Lite, 5D4N all-inclusive package

When: Available until further notice

Price: USD 1,744 per person on double occupancy (seasonal offer)

Why you should go: There’s nothing like being whisked away from your hectic life to motivate you to fast on pure vegetable juices and whole foods, while taking on exercises and treatments designed to eliminate toxins from your body. All for five glorious days. You’ll come out of the retreat feeling refreshed, if not also keen on incorporating a few healthy practices in your daily life.

Read also: Digital detox: Why you need one, beyond proper sleep

#7 To detox, again

Amatara Wellness Resort wellness retreat
Chi-clearing treatments, anyone? Photo: Amatara Wellness Resort

Where: Amatara Wellness Resort, Phuket, Thailand

What: Amatara Detox Retreat (3-night, 5-night or 7-night, all inclusive)

When: Available until further notice

Price: Make a request here

Why you should go: Amatara’s detox programme is a little more intensive and high-tech, with colon hydrotherapy being one of the treatments offered, alongside detox support supplements and three detox meal plans. This is balanced with a more traditional approach: a Taoist technique called Chi Nei Tsang is also employed to clear your chi, your body’s energy flow.

Andrea Tim

Andrea is a serial kopi peng drinker (for fun, not for the caffeine; coffee doesn't wake her up) and believer in keyboard shortcuts. She sees The Dress as blue and black, and hears both Yanny and Laurel. Make of that what you will.

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