Be warned: Like Sirens luring you in from the sea, Thailand has a way of drawing you back in. This vibrant kingdom of Southeast Asia paints a mystical picture with its spectacular temples that offer a quiet solace away from the noise of tuk-tuks, bustling streets and commotion of the major cities.
Thailand is a favorite among yoga enthusiasts because of its deep connection with traditional healing treatments, most popular of which is Thai massage, which combines acupressure with yoga-like stretching techniques.
But where do yoga retreat regulars go when they want some of the best wellness experiences in Thailand? Here are five luxurious retreat destinations worth giving a try.
Set on the tropical island of Phuket, Thailand, overlooking the tranquil waters of Phang Nga Bay, Phuket Cleanse is the doorway to wellness. Whatever your goals, whether it be improving your overall fitness and health, undertaking a deep detox and cleansing program, recovering from illness or deepening your mind-body connection through meditation and yoga, Phuket Cleanse’s staff will guide you with care and experience.
The scope of experiences at Phuket Cleanse is exceptional, with intense cross-fit-style training, yoga for all levels, raw food cooking classes and indulgent spa treatments available for your wellness vacation.
If you’re looking for an active escape, try the 7 Day Phuket Cleanse Fitness, Detox & Yoga Retreat. During these 7 days, the cardio sessions will keep you on your toes with plenty to offer from HIIT training, Beach Bootcamp, Spinning, AquaFit and Muay Thai Cardio taught by Phuket’s best trainers. The schedule features daily strength and conditioning sessions plus plenty of outdoor action with SUP boarding, snorkeling, swimming and cycling all set amongst Phuket’s luscious scenery.
If 7 days doesn’t sound like enough, try the 10 Day Phuket Cleanse Fitness, Detox & Yoga Retreat.
Through its range of programs, treatments and a delicious raw vegan diet, Phuket Cleanse will bring you back to your body’s natural state – clean, healthy, vibrant and strong.
Because different guests have different health goals, Absolute Sanctuary offers four Detox routes for guests to take. Beginners, for instance, may opt for the MLD Detox Program that includes wellness consultations, nutritional supplements, liver flush drinks, far infrared sauna, spa treatment, unlimited yoga classes, and group Pilates classes.
Yoga devotees who want a strongly yoga-focused program may opt to join the Five-Night Absolute Sanctuary Yoga Retreat . Aside from accommodation, this package covers airport transportation, wellness consultation, full meals with daily fresh juices or smoothies, a complimentary pilates reformer or core suspend class per stay, and unlimited yoga classes (up to 25 yoga classes in a variety of styles are conducted per week).
Hard-core yogis are fans of Samahita Retreat because the centre focuses heavily on yoga. Even better, guests can come at anytime to experience a retreat – whenever their schedule suits them. With the exception of the peak month of July, Samahita Retreat offers All-Inclusive Flexi-Date and Fixed Date options.
YogaCoreCycle – a blend of fitness-core and cardio – is Samahita’s all-inclusive Flexi-Date holiday package. This package includes a Share Two-Bedroom Loft accommodation, choice of YogaCoreCycle classes, three full meals per day as well as full use of facilities like the herbal steam room and salt-water pool.
For guests who want dedicated yoga sessions without the cardio infusions, Samahita has Fixed Date Yoga Retreats scheduled throughout the year. Since the centre is located near the beach and Koh Samui’s temples and markets, don’t leave without checking out everything the local area has to offer. The resort offers complimentary snorkeling, exploration of Bophut Fisherman’s Village, and Lamai market tours.
Overlooking the breathtaking shores of Koh Samui’s south coast, Zen Retreat Samui is one of Thailand’s leading health and detox resorts. Combining rejuvenation and wellness practices for mind, body and soul, the experienced team at Zen Retreat incorporates physical exercise, yoga, delicious plant-based cuisine, meditation, pampering spa treatments and holistic practices to bring all facets of your being into alignment.
Zen Retreat’s diverse collection of escapes offer the perfect solution for everyone. If you’d like to tackle your personal health and fitness goals head-on, try the 7 Day Zen Fit Burn Program. The program focuses on clean exercise to burn fat and get fit! It also aims to reduce stress and teach you how to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle (also available for 10 days or 14 days).
If you are wanting to simply relax, unwind and indulge, try the 5 Day Zen Beauty Escape. Experience Zen Retreat’s face yoga program, which is an excellent way of reducing and minimizing wrinkles (it’s also known as a natural face lift!). The combination of face yoga and eating raw healthy food, helps you not only look amazing, but also remain youthful and vibrant in your everyday life.
If discovering healthier practices for lifelong wellbeing sounds like what you’re looking for, then the 10 Day Zen Yoga Eat Healthy Holiday is for you! The balanced diet you will enjoy aids in digestion, absorption, assimilation and more – helping you to realize that a balanced whole food diet ensures good health and happiness. During this retreat also enjoy daily yoga to help you de-stress and invigorate your entire mind and body.
It’s not over after the retreat! Each Zen Retreats package empowers you with bespoke classes, lessons and skills to continue your wellness journey long beyond your departure, including cooking classes, private fitness training and one-on-one yoga classes.
For those who feel stressed, disconnected and tired, Museflower Retreat & Spa provides a place where you can slow down, recharge, and reconnect to your true self. Museflower is an all-inclusive cozy retreat center in peaceful Chiang Rai, Thailand that offers healing, learning, and natural living practices.
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