Global travellers these days are not just looking for another escape from their busy lives. They are looking for something that helps them get better, be it a few kilos lighter with a fitter body, stress management, even lifestyle changes. For many, gone are the days of overindulging while on vacation. Instead, they are seeking destinations good for mind, body and soul. Here are some of the world’s best luxury wellness resorts.
Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand
Located in the royal resort of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand and set among seven acres of breathtaking tropical gardens sits Chiva-Som. Its holistic approach uses Eastern and Western philosophies to guide guests along a personalised path to better long-term health and overall well-being. Since its launch 24 years ago, Chiva-Som is known to help guests develop healthy habits and lifestyle transformations. After an extensive refurbishment project, the resort has opened with new health & wellness area, bathing pavilion, a medi-spa and restaurant. Its Holistic Team has introduced two new medical testing services and three colonic hydrotherapy treatments. There is also a hydrotherapy suite with computerised spa massage baths, a unique floatation chamber for de-stressing, some 20 treatment rooms, reflexology, aromatherapy, body reshaping and toning treatments.
73 Petchkasem Road Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand.
Ph: +66 32 536 536
Como Shambhala Estate, Ubud, Bali
Billing itself as a “retreat for change”, Como Shambhala Estate does not only help you to detox and run away from the busy life. It helps you take more care of your wellbeing. Set deep within the forest overlooking the Ayung River, this resort sprawls across 23 acres and offers five multi-suite residence that are themed after nature’s element, with a variety of private villas in pristine setting. Upon arrival, guest will receive an initial wellness consultation that will developed into a plan of treatments and activities throughout the stay. Some of their targeted Wellness Programmes are Cleanse, Be Active, Ayurvedic or Bespoke. Resident’s experts including yoga and Pilates instructor, an Ayurvedic doctor and medicine masters in tai chi, qi gong, herbal medicine, acupuncture and meditation. Two restaurants on site, Glow and Kudus House, offer vibrant, health-conscious eats.
Banjar Begawan, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar 80571, Bali, Indonesia
Ph: +62 361 978 888
The Farm at San Benito, Philippines
This eco-luxury holistic health resort offers comprehensive, science-based, medically supervised health optimisation programmess and retreats based on five healing components: holistic integrative medical services; spa treatments and hydrotherapy water wellness; plant-based vegan cuisine; mindful movement and functional fitness; as well as a healing environment. Present on the facility is expert staff and licensed medical professional, nutritionist, living food experts, spa therapists, fitness coaches and yoga teachers. The Farm at San Benito also offers non-invasive beauty and anti-ageing services for those who wish to enhance their physical aspects through a holistic approach.
119 Barangay Tipakan, 4217 Lipa City, Batangas, The Philippines.
Ph: +63 2884 8074
Aro HÃ Wellness Retreat, Glenorchy, New Zealand
This resort is surrounded by the stunning Southern Alps and majestic New Zealand landscape. The programme is curated to revitalise body and mind and the intention to create connectivity with oneself, environment and the people around. Overlooking the lake Wakatipu, the accommodation extends to eight units and are eco-friendly rooms with breathtaking views that feature recycled timbers and luxurious bedding and linens designed to bring a sense of calm. Aro Hā combines multiple aspects of wellness into one packed experience, offering yoga, sub-alpine hiking, dynamic functional training, meditation, therapeutic massage and cleansing plant-based cuisine, among others. The all-inclusive getaway is also limited to maximum 18 guests, making it a personalised and intimate holistic wellness break.
33 Station Valley Rd., Glenorchy, South Island 9350, New Zealand
Ph: +64 3-442-7011
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is a medical health centre and therapeutic thermal spa that provides clinical and holistic health services in a luxury resort setting. The resort is built around the Tamina Gorge hot spring, a natural thermal water flow which runs at 36.5 degrees and was first discovered in 1242. Spreading over the grounds of two hotels (the Grand Hotel Hof Ragaz and the Grand Hotel Quellenhof & Spa Suites), the resort also offers seven restaurants and one signature culinary health brand that caters to those on specific healthy diet programmes. The heart of the resort is the 80,000 sq ft spa and medical health centre with diverse treatment programmes, which include everything from cosmetic surgery, neurology, psychotherapy to dental. The ‘36.5° Wellbeing & Thermal Spa’ offers two individually-tailored bathing programmes—‘Body Adaptation’ and ‘Body in Balance’—along with a huge range of thalassotherapy treatments, beauty rituals and holistic healing therapies.
7310 Bad Ragaz Switzerland
Ph: +41 81 303 30 30
Canyon Ranch, Tucson, Arizona
A pioneer in luxury wellness resorts, Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona was founded in 1979. It is known for its integrative approach to wellness that consists of a vast menu of health, fitness and pampering services with life-enhancing programmes that draw on a blend of Eastern and Western traditions. Set among desert canyons, iconic saguaro cacti and pine-topped mountains, the resort was once the heart of a large, working cattle ranch. There are more than 400 fitness, education and fun activities to choose from, including spa treatments, medical and alternative therapies, creative pursuits and spiritual wellness programs. Cuisines are gourmet spa cuisine using fresh, local and regional cuisine and prepared in consultation with nutritionist. Since its opening, the resort also opened another three branches across the US and is present on board 22 luxury ships.
Address: 8600 E. Rockcliff Road Tucson, AZ 85750, USA
Ph: +1 800 742 9000