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by Alex Robinson

Asia—Wellness Destination Resorts


Song Saa

This idyllic private-island sanctuary in Cambodia’s Koh Rong archipelago is state-of-the- art-sustainable—the owners even created a local NGO to conserve the natural environment and partner with local villages. It is also as gorgeously organic as it getssongsaa.com


Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain

Six Senses Chengdu is less than an hour from the city center in China’s Sichuan province, and a beautiful hike up the Qing Cheng mountains. With a focus on healthy eating and longevity in the wellness programs, you can experience Tai Chi, traditional Chinese massage and Chinese reflexology. sixsenses.com


Ananda in the Himalayas Destination Spa

Located in the spectacular Himalayan foothills, Ananda Spa is truly one with nature. The Spa offers Ayurvedic wellness treatments under the eye of an Ayurvedic doctor using organically grown botanicals, and the Green Team has made a deep commitment to environmental sustainability. anandaspa.com

The Beach House

Since you can’t discuss detox without mentioning India’s ashrams and retreats, The Beach House, in Goa, offers an extensive list of all things wellness. After an initial consultation with an Ayurvedic specialist or one of the specially trained experts, participants get a full body analysis complete with pH balance, body composition, vitals and a chakra assessment. thebeachhousegoa.com

Soukya International Holistic Health Centre

Surrounded by acres of organic gardens,
the Soukya Centre is an oasis and wellness destination one hour from the city of Bangalore. More than a spa, this center is an “integrative medical treatment facility” based on Ayurvedic philosophies. soukya.com

Spice Village

The Spice Village draws on the essence
of a mountain tribal village, reimagined to modern standards. A breath of fresh air with a mountaintop climate, this wellness resort offers an on-site Ayurvedic spa and is sustainable on its own using organic gardens and fruit orchards.  cghearth.com

Vana Malsi Estate

This state-of-the-art wellness retreat in the beautiful Himalayan foothills earned Platinum certification and features a Tibetan Healing Center (which joins separate centers for Ayurveda, Yoga, Wellness, Spa, and Aqua & Fitness) for serious wellness and healing. vana.co.in

Vivanta by Taj Bekal

The excellent Jiva Grande Spa at the Vivanta by Taj Bekal features 165,000 square feet and offers guests Ayurvedic and Indian herbal treatments. Plus multi-week yoga, detox, Ayurvedic wellness and spiritual retreat programs and holistic experiences. healinghotelsoftheworld.com


COMO Shambhala Estate

Located near Bali, the Shambhala Estate is a “Retreat for Change” and provides a completely immersive, 360-degree well-being experience. Each program is designed for the length of stay and each delivers a comprehensive combination of meals, treatments and activities. comohotels.com


The Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort

Nestled in a tropical rainforest outside Kuala Lumpur and modeled after an 18th-century chateau, the award-winning organic spa is the first Euro-centric spa concept in Asia. The expert team of nutritionists, doctors and specialists will create a customized wellness program for you, in a luxurious and beautiful setting. thechateau.com.my

The Orchard

The Orchard focuses on a mindful approach to health. Experience wellness programs that draw on traditional treatments and modern medicine. Facilities include a Swiss steam room, far-infrared sauna, Kneipp foot bath, Himalayan crystal salt room and much more. orchardwellness.com

Sri Lanka

Santani Wellness Resort Sri Lanka

In a beautiful natural setting in Sri Lanka, Santani offers extensive wellness programming based on a global philosophy, including Ayurveda, and two essential components: revitalization of the body and education of the mind, to teach guests healthy habits for overall well-being. santani.lk


Chiva-Som International
Health Resort

Chiva-Som, the holistic destination spa on the Gulf of Thailand, offers an approach to wellness, based on integrating Asian and Western therapies with the goal of balancing mind, body and spirit. Enjoy comprehensive fitness programs, spa and light medical treatments. chivasom.com


Kamalaya’s philosophy is “nurturing into health” and it does so using the freshest locally sourced ingredients in its kitchen and wellness spa. This award-winning holistic spa resort and wellness sanctuary on the idyllic Thai island of Koh Samui is known for its detox program, which offers nutritional and herbal support, and more. kamalaya.com

Six Senses Samui

Set on the shores of the shimmering Gulf of Thailand, Six Senses Samui, in Kohf Samui, is an oasis of tranquility, with a focus on multi-pronged wellness. Or, you can just hike, snorkel and relax. sixsenses.com



At Amanoi, in Vietnam, the spa is heavy in mind-body offerings like guided meditation, Reiki, craniosacral therapy and acupressure (with kickboxing, circuit training and boot camp for those intent on sweating it out), and the Amanoi just opened two private Spa Houses, each sleeping four and including treatment rooms with hammam or banya (a giant sauna), Jacuzzi, plunge pool and outdoor deck. aman.com/resorts/amanoi

Asia—Resorts With Wellness Program


Six Senses Krabey Island

Temporarily closed through fall: Three miles offshore from Ream National Park in southern Cambodia, the just-opened Krabey Island was wild and untrammeled, until Six Senses Krabey Island built their sustainable retreat. With just 40 pool villas spread across 30 still lush acres, Six Senses Krabey designed its spa to be an enclave of healing and rebirth. The calm can be absorbed in one-off treatments or via multi-day wellness programs, which include options such as yogic cleanse, Ayurvedic reset, sleep therapy, meditation, aerial and local alchemy—all inspired by local herbs and rituals. Romantic picnics, jungle walks, visits to a local temple and nighttime iridescent plankton swimming add to the allure.  sixsenses.com/en/resorts/krabey-island


Sangha Retreat by Octave Institute

One of the most comprehensive integrative wellness offerings anywhere, Sangha Retreat by Octave is set on 47 acres west of Shanghai, and combines ancient Eastern wisdom with cutting edge Western technology, offering a comprehensive health and wellness facility and 65,000-square-foot spa, complete medical facility, a healthy dining option with a Michelin chef, and a full range of classes and group activities. sangharetreat.com


In a class by itself, the Songtsam boutique hotels, largely throughout Tibet, are as wellness-focused as it gets. The focus here is the inner journey to wellness, facilitated by connecting with nature, local cultures and communities. On offer: traditional Tibetan meditation, mindful yoga and physiotherapy, mountain hikes, and Tibetan medicated-baths and spa therapies to help heal and bring about well-being. songtsam.com



A beautiful wellness destination overlooking
the coast in remote East Bali, Amankila offers bespoke wellness programs that feature outdoor yoga, Reiki, myofascial massage, as well as traditional Balinese spa treatments in a beach bale, guest suite or secluded open-air spa pavilion. amankila.com

COMO Shambhala Estate Spa

Located near Bali, the Shambhala Estate is a “Retreat for Change” and provides a completely immersive, 360-degree well-being experience. Each program is designed for the length of stay and each delivers a comprehensive combination of meals, treatments and activities. comohotels.com

Four Seasons at Sayan

In the heart of Bali’s highlands, find your center with seven different chakra ceremonies or visit a Balinese healer. The Four Seasons Sayan offers full moon yoga, a wellness mentor and Balinese healing rituals. fourseasons.com/sayan

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

Nestled on the oceanfront, the Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay offers guided meditation, bamboo stretch classes and blessings of
Bali. Experience therapeutic treatments
from visiting wellness gurus and Jimbaran Waters Rituals, at the beautiful—and newly renovated spa. fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay

Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Mandapa is the third resort in the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Reserve collection. There are 60 rooms, all made with local materials. Guests can enjoy a candlelit dinner by the river or partake in a wellness program offered by the spa. Each wellness program is based on pillars: Balinese Spa, Detox and Nutrition, Alternative Therapy, Body Therapy and Healing. mandapareserve.com


Rosewood Luang Prabang

This 23-room resort is spread out over five lush acres complete with a gently flowing river and mini-waterfalls. Enjoy cultural wellness programs that connect you to the destination, then head to the tented riverside spa for treatments designed with input from a traditional healer with ingredients plucked from the resort’s gardens. rosewoodhotels.com


Spa Village at Pankor Laut Resort

In a rainforest on a private island off the
west coast of Malaysia, Pankor Laut Resort
is home to the award-winning Spa Village at Pankor Laut. The core programs reflect healing treatments from China, Japan, India, Thailand, Bali and Malaysia, with Chinese Herbal, Ayurvedic, and Malay treatments, in a stunning surround. Programs geared toward physical, spiritual and emotional health are stellar here. pangkorlautresort.com


Anantara Veli Maldives

The dedicated Balance Wellness by Anantara center at this adults-only Maldives resort features a mix of Ayurvedic, holistic and medi- spa services, as well as couples’ spa journeys, resident fitness experts, visiting masters and nutritional therapists. Choose from a la carte services or let the team create a personalized program. anantara.com

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this sustainable Maldives resort celebrates nature with marine education, fresh cuisine and a wide array of outdoor activities. Overseen by a team of Ayurvedic doctors, naturopaths and therapists, the AyurMa spa takes a four-pillared approach to wellness and conscious living. fourseasons.com

Niyama Private Islands

The water surrounding the Niyama Private Islands resort in the Maldives, is nothing shortof astonishing, and there’s something innately soothing about inhabiting such exquisite beauty, whether biking along the white-sand paths or lounging on the deck of your villa. Personalized wellness journeys are on offer, from yoga and Pilates programs to rehabilitative aqua workouts, to holistic spa treatments. niyama.com

Six Senses Laamu

Barefoot luxury is the theme of this relaxed Maldives island resort, which is home to an award-winning marine conservation program, organic gardens and array of sustainability initiatives. Enjoy Ayurvedic and natural treatments in the nine treatment “nests,” yoga and meditation in the open-air studio and personalized wellness and movement screenings. sixsenses.com


Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary

Featuring a truly immersive wellness and detox program, like The Rainforest, which offers 10 different hydrothermal experiences, each designed to soothe and revitalize different parts of your body; holistic beauty treatments and century-old massage therapies, to rebalance and recalibrate your wellness barometer. banyantree.com

Rosewood Phuket Asaya Program

Rosewood Phuket’s Asaya program is rooted in self-discovery and self-acceptance. A personal Wellness Concierge, local practitioners, on-site pros and visiting experts will help guests learn how to incorporate the practices from this program into everyday life. Complete the experience with skincare treatments, indoor and outdoor fitness sessions, and culturally authentic therapies.  rosewoodhotels.com

Six Senses Yao Noi

Six Senses offers a layered approach to wellness that unites the spirit with treatments that go beyond ordinary. At the Yao Noi, the spa promotes traditional Thai healing practices and incorporates the basic four elements to ensure the senses are balanced. sixsenses.com


Though Phuket is one of Thailand’s busiest beach destinations, you’d never know it once past the gates of Trisara. Outfitted with indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, the villas and stunning spa provide an idyllic setting for treatments that draw from both traditional Thai and hyper-local healing traditions. trisara.com


Anantara Hoi An

The Balance Wellness program recently introduced by Anantara offers a range of programs to help fulfill your wellness goals, all in a beautiful setting like this one in Vietnam. Focus on weight loss, detox, anti-aging, de-stressing or holistic healing, with programs that offer healthy cuisine, mind-body fitness, therapeutic spa treatments, wellness seminars and more.

Four Seasons Resort Hoi An

Inspired by the writings of a noted Vietnamese Zen master, this beachfront resort’s “floating” spa celebrates how we connect to the earth—body, mind and soul. Choose from a list of therapeutic treatments, rejuvenating rituals, bathing ceremonies, mindfulness activities, kids’ spa services and even anti-gravity yoga. fourseasons.com

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Tucked between towering mountains, a white- sand beach and the East Vietnam Sea, this resort gets you out into nature with jungle fitness circuits, outdoor yoga and meditation, kayaking, trekking and more. Enjoy personalized wellness programs, sleep health sessions and treatments that use ingredients like green coffee, marine flora and pure coconut oil. sixsenses.com/en/resorts/ninh-van-bay

Asia—Thermal & Mineral Springs & Healing Waters


The Ana Intercontinental Resort

Japanese wellness seekers know Beppu, on the country’s southernmost island of Kyushu, for its many natural hot springs, but it hasn’t really come onto the radar of international travelers until now. The InterContinental offers a compromise between traditional Japanese culture and international hospitality standards, but guests must still observe the customs at the public onsen, where nudity is de rigueur. For those who are too shy to bare it all in front of strangers, a private onsen can be booked for individuals or families. There, in the hot, mineral-rich water pumped in from the nearby hot springs, you can gaze out at the tranquil Beppu Bay and calm your mind and body. ihg.com

The Ritz-Carlton Nikko

Find peace among nature at this new resort in Japan, set inside the cedar-filled Nikko National Park, not far from serene lakes, towering waterfalls and a UNESCO-designated shrines and temples trail. This is the first-ever Ritz-Carlton to feature a traditional Japanese hot springs onsen, complete with soaking pools filled with mineral-rich geothermal waters and therapies that incorporate breathwork and visualization. ritzcarlton.com

Tobira Onsen Myojinkan Hotel

Set on wooded grounds, the tranquil hot springs of the Tobira Onsen Myojinkan Hotel are located near the Matsumoto Castle. A historical atmosphere provides guests with traditional bathing experiences in their standing bath and open-air bath, complete with healing amenities. tobira-group.com