Which Health And Wellness Retreat Should You Go For In 2017? The Great Escape

Whether you’re an MMA practitioner, a loving mother to three kids, or someone who wishes to go on a self-discovery solo trip, there’s something for everyone here.

In today’s fast-paced world, we appear constantly busy, busy, busy. As a result, we inadvertently let our health and wellbeing fall by the wayside – even though these two should be at the top of life priorities. With 2017 approaching, there’s no better time than now to start planning a year of good health!

One great idea you can consider is to go on a health and wellness retreat. “Today’s travellers are seeking out more than what a ‘flop ’n’ drop’ beach break or a city escape can offer, ” says Matet Lester, Flight Centre Health & Wellness Specialist at Flight Centre Active Travel, a travel consultancy that provides customised travel experiences. “There is a growing desire for experiences that feed the soul, and wellness retreats offer just the opportunity to do so.”

Matet, who has personally been to 10 wellness retreats within Asia, believes travelling opens up the world for those who want to see it, but is quick to add that it is a privilege. “Travel is an amazing gift – to be a part of different cultures, languages, traditions, and ways of life first-hand – and one I feel should be encouraged, ” she says. “However, as with other life pursuits, it should be done without one’s means or we risk short-changing ourselves the chance of achieve self-fulfilment. Instead, the aspect of travel that should be celebrated is the idea of living in the moment, for it is these moments that will make life more meaningful.”

Here, Matet shares a few health and wellness retreat recommendations:

Fitness buffs who practice MMA

Thanyapura – It is affordable and just a hop away from Phuket. The 900-sqm air-conditioned fitness centre features high-performance training areas and studios with the latest fitness equipment from Technogym, plus an extended range of free weights and cardio equipment. Martial arts practitioners can get down and dirty with one-on-one classes or build camaraderie with group classes.

Family with kids

Amatara –  With the 2000-sqm Amatara Spa overlooking the endless seascape and open to the ocean breezes in Phuket, the resort is the ideal getaway for families looking to spend quality time together. There is also a kids’ club that’s catered to children from 4 to 12 years old, where kids can have fun through a series of customised activities conducted in a safe and supervised environment.

Fusion Maia – Tucked away in charming Hoi An, Vietnam, this resort is a trendy and relaxing base for you and your family to truly unwind. Families with toddlers need not worry about leaving the kids out from all the fun as there is a dedicated play area which has daily supervised creative activities at the Mini Maia – even your little tots can experience a foot massage, manicure or pedicure!


Ananda in the Himalayas – Situated in the foothills of India’s mighty Himalayas, Ananda’s natural setting deep in the peaceful Sal forests is a breathtaking wonder. You get to enjoy plush rooms with panoramic views and private balconies for quiet moments of contemplation, while a team of expert Ayurvedic doctors, skilled therapists, and yogis work together to create a truly immersive experience for you.

Absolute Sanctuary – If relaxation means balancing chakras, Absolute Sanctuary, a Moroccan-inspired boutique wellness resort in Koh Samui offers ancient yoga practices and techniques to help busy city folk rebalance their minds and souls.

Retired couples

Atmantan – One of India’s most luxurious resort, Atmantan is an integrated wellness destination spa located in Pune. Here, couples can choose from a wide range of activities from yoga, meditation, pilates, stretch, spinning, and even laughter therapy!

Young couples

Keemala – Tucked away in the lush woodlands at Kamala Village, Phuket, their retreats involve a combination of massages, wellness consultations and guidance, body enhancing exercises, and daily healthy spa cuisine. For couples, their Tree Houses are located up in the tree tops, offering rainforest views and plenty of privacy.

Solo travellers who are after peace and quiet (i.e. no mingling as much as possible)

Kamalaya – Built around an old monk’s cave, this retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand, is a sprawling resort overlooking the ocean and surrounded by lush foliage. With the vast space, there is plenty of room for a spot of quiet contemplation, meditation or simply curling up with a good book.

Solo travellers who are looking to make new friends

Chiva-Som – It is true when it is said, “Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport”. Relive these stories at this ‘Haven of Life’ in Hua Hin, Thailand, where they have a ‘Talk Table’ set up during every meal for those wanting to make new friends and share their experiences with other guests.

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With wanderlust flowing in her veins, Lili has always had grand dreams of travelling the world, escaping to exotic locales and experiencing different cultures. Whenever Life gets too much for her, she reaches straight for her earphones to tune out the world. More than just a temporary distraction, music has a profound way of taking her to places that stir the soul.

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