Living in buzzing Hong Kong, it’s easy to get caught up in a constant cycle of noise and newness. When we feel the need to recharge, the answer is usually a holiday – but why not swap your usual adventures abroad for something a little less active? We’re talking about a silent retreat. Here, digital devices are swapped for personal meditation, giving you the time to reconnect with yourself and quieten your mind from the busyness of everyday living in the city.
So, save ski trips and deep-water dives for another time, and make this month the one you book in for some real R&R. Our friends at Flight Centre have picked out three of the best silent retreats currently on offer around the world.
Situated in beautiful Bangalore sits Shreyas India, a luxury yoga retreat which offers a seven-night package named Mouna (meaning ‘time spent in silence’). The Mouna package will be bookended with guidance sessions and personal consultations with the trained professionals on the estate, and the one-week experience is specially designed to help you regain focus and clarity through solitary contemplation.
Surround yourself with nature in Umbria, and dip your toe into the world of silence at the Eremito Hotel. Deep in the Umbrian hills, the monastery-type space rests within a protected natural reserve and seeks to offer travellers the opportunity to calm their minds. Less is more at Eremito – there is a spa and leisurely communal activities are the norm – but be sure to join the silent dinner for a truly reflective dining experience.
The jaw-dropping Alpina Gstaad hotel stands in the heart of the Bernese Alps of Switzerland – a stunning natural space in which to realign your emotional and physical self. Detox and spa packages are top of the line, and this luxury hotel also offers a ‘silent badge’ or ‘silent bracelet’ for guests to wear if they choose to exercise reflective silence. Total silence isn’t specified or expected, but wellness experts are on hand to help guide you to find the best way to unwind and recharge.