The coronavirus lockdown has taken its toll on our mind, body and soul, so we're very happy to see a slow awakening of luxury wellness retreats in Asia, at least for local businesses. Here we list the Thai Wellness Retreat reopening dates and outline some of the health retreats that will be available to restore health, wellness, and balance after isolation.
To date, Thailand's borders are currently closed to international travel due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Chiva Som, Hua Hin is open
Chiva Som has reopened now to welcome customers again with an exclusive unique promotional offer "Thai Wellness Tourism". While welcoming international guests may take a little longer, if you are a Thai resident, you can take full advantage of this premier spa's fantastic health and wellness programs at the regular price. These mini-retreats include a “two-night wellness getaway” and full-day and half-day “wellness experiences”. Starts at just 12,000 THB (385 USD) per night for a newly refurbished stunning Ocean Room.
If you are planning your recovery after isolation, Wellness retreats in Chiva Som to consider are:
Spirit and soul
Chiva Som emotional wellness retreats - Anxiety has certainly increased during these uncertain times. Emotional Healing Retreats were on the rise before isolation hit and we anticipate a huge increase in requests for emotional healing vacations. Chiva Som's emotional wellness vacation offers a range of fitness activities, healthy eating, ancient yogic practices such as pranayama (balanced breathing), meditation, acupuncture, and yoga.
Natural renewal - This health and wellness retreat aims to balance emotions and address health issues. Expect a mix of personal training, anti-stress therapy, meditation, acupuncture, and healthy cooking.
Stress Relief Retreats in Chiva Som - With stress levels at an all time high, these tension release retreats include energizing activities such as Pilates, massage therapy, meditation, acupuncture and healthy cooking classes
Chiva Som Weight Loss Retreats - this sustainable weight management program encourages you to let go of your old eating habits and adopt a healthier outlook on diet and nutrition. The main goal of the health retreat is detoxification, fitness and general health improvement.
Chiva Som detox retreats - This personalized detox balances the body's macro and micronutrients with nutritional and herbal supplements, lymphatic drainage treatments and colon hydrotherapy. Cooking classes and fitness all aim to restore vitality.
Kamalaya, Koh Samui is open
Kamalaya in Koh Samui also reopened with an `` offer for Thai residents '' (valid from May 15 to August 31). Get 3 free nights and up to THB 80,000 credit for everyone currently in Thailand.
In the video below, Kamalaya co-founder John Stewart offers a warm welcome, explaining the foundations of this wonderful spa resort and the lasting benefits of a healthy vacation in nature.
Kamalaya retreats to consider are:
Spirit and soul
Kamalaya Emotional Balance Retreats - These healing vacations are one of our most requested for addressing emotional well-being. Entitled `` Embracing Change, '' this wellness retreat looks within and explores emotional habits, such as emotional eating, relationship issues, anxiety, and grief. You will return home with an emotional toolkit for solving any problems and leading a more balanced and joyful life.
Stress Relief Retreats in Kamalaya - Depending on your stress level, Kamalaya offers several stress management packages, ranging from "Relax and Renew" and "Asian Bliss" to Basic and Comprehensive "Balance and Revitalize". These aim to resolve burn-out problems through Ayurvedic treatments, anti-stress management consultations, fitness and therapeutic spa.
Kamalaya sleep improvement retreats - We often combine these sleep programs with other wellness retreats. Stress, anxiety, and weight issues can often lead to sleep issues that need to be addressed.
Kamalaya yoga synergy - Group and one-on-one yoga classes, Ayurvedic and Asian therapies, pranayama and meditation combine to provide a wonderfully holistic luxury yoga retreat by the sea.
Kamalaya Detox - Awarded for their fantastic detox vacation, Kamalaya Detox Retreat programs range from an “Introduction to Detox” for new detox participants to a comprehensive program for detox enthusiasts.
Kamalaya Fitness and Ideal weight - Basic and comprehensive fitness vacations in Kamalaya are tailored to the individual. Group sessions and personal training, massage, healthy cooking, aqua classes and stretching are part of this health retreat. If you have accumulated pounds during the lockdown, the Ideal weight program is for you.
Amanpuri, Phuket reopens July 1
The luxury resort Amanpuri in Phuket is scheduled to reopen on July 1. Privacy and holistic and highly personalized wellness retreats have always been at the heart of Aman Resorts' agenda. When they reopen in July, customers can once again enjoy exemplary service, a natural and spacious setting and tailor-made wellness immersions. Adapting to the needs of each one, our guests can choose between an original or intensive immersion. If you are concerned about privacy and space, consider one of our healthy Aman Resort vacations in Asia.
Spirit and soul
Amanpuri Life Reset - There has never been a time when a "life reset" resonates more. Hit the reset button after COVID-19 isolation to transform yourself mentally, physically and emotionally. Healthy eating, stress management tips and combating burnout are all part of this tailor-made luxury wellness vacation.
Amanpuri Self-healing and mindfulness - The stressful challenges of lockdown are upon us, so this healing vacation is a wonderful way to self-heal and restore emotional balance. Achieve a deep sense of relaxation through guided yoga, meditation, and holistic healing treatments such as Sacred Cranial Healing and Reiki.
Amanpuri weight management - Lose weight, gain muscle mass and investigate the root causes of eating problems. Fitness classes include fun activities such as Muay Thai boxing lessons, spa therapy with acupuncture and moxa, and a healthy diet.
Amanpuri Detox - With a non-purist approach, you won't be supposed to starve to death during these luxury detox retreats. Enjoy yoga, SUP, artificial respiration, and spa treatments such as lymphatic drainage.
In our next blog, we'll focus on Indonesia, with news on reopening dates and healthy vacations to come in Bali and beyond.
You may not be able to physically travel to Thailand yet, but we can definitely help you plan your dream health retirement!
We look forward to a healthy return to the wellness journey with you.
In health and happiness
Joanne and the Soul Sanctuaries team
Phone: HK + 852 81912707
Everyone seems to be a yogi these days, from your BFF to your co-worker to your aunt—heck, even dogs and goats are getting their zen on. But if you have yet to attempt Warrior II or Mountain Pose, taking your first yoga chic can be a little intimidating. What if your hands sweat and you fall off the mat ? What if you hate it ? What if you can’t do a single. damn. pose ?
Okay, rewind a second—there’s a reason so many people have hopped on a mat over the past few years. ' Yoga is a non-judgmental practice, ' says Claire Ewing, certified yoga instructor and studio marketing directeur for CorePower Yoga. It’s is a totally accessible way to unwind and break a sweat, so there’s nothing to worry about before checking out a chic.
But to help you feel a little more comfortable before you say your first ' om ' or ' namaste, ' Ewing has some yoga tips to answer all those questions floating around your head.
When in doubt, Ewing says opt for a vinyasa flow class, ' where you have the opportunity to explore the postures and fundamental principles of yoga. ' These are the genres of classes most of your friends probably do, and it’s a great form of yoga for beginners. But bien sûr, it never hurts to check out a couple different types of classes to see what feels best to you.
' Definitely go for something breathable and easy to move in, ' says Ewing. ' You will work up a sweat, so consider wearing something with moisture-wicking abilities. ' Oh and FYI : Yoga is a no-shoes kind of workout, so don’t worry about sporting your best sneakers to class.
Like with any workout, it’s totally a personal preference how much you mazout pre-yoga. But Ewing points out that yoga is a pretty intense workout, and fueling your body properly will help you get the most out of your practice. Keep it light, though, ' I usually start with a protein shake or bar knowing that the classes can physically take you in dynamic directions, ' says Ewing. ( A. k. a. don’t down that massive avo toast right before chic. ) If you’re just having a small pre-workout snack, you can probably do that about 30 minutes beforehand; but wait a full one to two hours before working out after a meal.
She adds that hydrating beforehand is also key, especially if you ever do attempt a heated flow. ' Drink a full glass of water about two hours before class—that way you have something to sweat out and you will feel better during chic. '
' Absolutely ! ' says Ewing. ' A regular yoga practice increases flexibility and strength in your muscles. It has you work your full range of motion in every joint of your body and build strong and long groupes de muscles. ' ( In fact, vinyasa yoga even made this list of the top calorie-burning workouts. )
This depends on the type of yoga chic you take—for example, a slow flow or hatha class may require you to hold a pose for an extended period of time. But in vinyasa, ' it comes down to the volonté of how the forme was designed, ' says Ewing. ' For example, balancing poses are held longer to benefit concentration and focus, while transition postures build strength while teaching fluidity in movement. '
For the most part, though, poses are held for three to five breaths during the first round to help them sink into your memory. Then they’re held for a single breath when you repeat the pose, to help amp up the cardio component of yoga.
Don’t stress ! No one expects you to master every pose your first go-round ( or really, ever—it’s a constant learning process ). Your yoga instructor should offer options for pose modifications, especially for the more challenging ones. ' Your breath is key in yoga, if you are losing sight of this, you may want to consider modifying or completely backing off, ' says Ewing. And don’t be afraid to ask your instructor for assistance.
Also, try to avoid comparing yourself to the other yogis in the room—all bodies are unique, and have varied strengths and challenges. Plus, every time you step on the mat, it’s going to feel a little different, ' for both your body and your mind, ' says Ewing. ' If there is one thing you can take away from the classroom, it is learning how to modify and create a practice that is fit for you. '