How many times have you returned to Singapore from a holiday feeling like you need another vacation to get over your vacation? Although many would beg to differ, a holiday away doesn’t necessarily mean you have to eat and drink everything in sight or push yourself to the limit with an excess of sightseeing, shopping, socialising, and sleepless nights. If you want to come back feeling refreshed, recharged, healthier and fitter than before you left, a yoga retreat is a perfect solution. So without further ado, let us introduce you to some of the best yoga retreats in Southeast Asia where you can catch some zen and strengthen your mind, body, and soul. Can you say relax?
Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort
Flush out toxins and promote good health at the Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort, where daily hatha yoga classes are combined with traditional ayurvedic health treatments like herbal medicines, acupuncture, and massage. When you're not cleansing the body and de-stressing the mind, bliss out on the golden sandy shores of the resort beach, we can't think of anything we'd rather be doing than swinging on a hammock underneath swaying palm trees **sigh**. Alternatively head into the nearby town of Galle to take in some fascinating Sri Lankan culture and arts.
Beruwala, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 34 22 76036
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With daily yoga and pilates classes, evening meditation sessions, spa treatments, healing therapies, and workshops, The Sanctuary offers the entire health package at its beautiful beach resort on Koh Phangan which can only be accessed by boat. Get your downward dog on three times a day or join other workout sessions if you'd rather; the amount of classes you choose to take is entirely up to you. For those who want something a bit more disciplined, The Sanctuary also offers intensive retreats and yoga teacher training courses.
Koh Phangan, Thailand
Tel: +66 012 713 614
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Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa
Nestled on the banks of the Ayung River just a few kilometres outside of Ubud, Fivelements is a holistic healing centre where the focus is on ancient Balinese therapies like massage and chakra cleansing, sacred arts like yoga, meditation, and somatic therapy, and healthy eating with raw living foods. The yoga classes here take place in a massive bamboo structure that is open to the breezes, and after class, you can stroll through the gardens, take a dip in one of the water healing pools, or chill out in your private riverside suite and listen to the wind rustle through the coconut trees. Sounds dreamy to us!
Mambal, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: +62 361 469 260
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This peaceful beach boutique resort offers intensive yoga classes, retreats, workshops and teacher training programs. However, you don’t have to be an experienced yogi to join in; there are plenty of options for beginners, amateurs, and experts alike. Each program is personalised to your unique needs, and you can combine your daily classes with healthy cooking classes, meditation, reiki, healing spa therapies, and excursions to the Buddhist temples nearby. As an added bonus, the resort has many eco-friendly initiatives in place like rainwater harvesting and solar power. Be warned: smoking and alcohol is forbidden on site.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Tel: +66 77 920 090
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Hariharalaya Retreat Center
Get in touch with nature as you find your balance on a five-day retreat at Hariharalaya Retreat Center in the Khmer countryside just a short drive from the ancient temples of Angkor. The retreat includes 10 yoga classes, two meditation sessions per day, three healthy vegan meals a day, accommodation, and course materials like the Hariharalaya Vegan Cookbook and the Foundations of Stillness by Joel Altman. Although you have a set daily schedule for practice, there is still plenty of free time to explore the surrounding area, lounge by the pool, or do some painting or sketching in the art studio on site.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Tel: (855) 071 463 6028
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The award-winning Kamalaya on Koh Samui is centred around an ancient cave that was once used by Buddhist monks as a spiritual meditation retreat. Here you'll find a range of wellness programmes that focus on the foundations for a healthy lifestyle, detox, stress and burnout relief, emotional balance and yoga. You can also get in touch with them to have their experienced naturopaths design your own personal programme based on your unique health and fitness goals.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0)77 429 800
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Situated just steps from the South China Sea in Da Nang, Fusion Maia was created with healthy lifestyles in mind. This all-villa resort includes complimentary spa treatments in the nightly rate, as well as daily activities like morning workouts, yoga classes, meditation sessions, beach walks and wellness consultations. They also offer vegan wellness retreats with bonuses like fresh plant-based cuisine three times a day, a dedicated spa concierge, three spa treatments daily, cooking classes, tai chi sessions, and excursions to historic Hoi An nearby.
Da Nang, Vietnam
Tel: +84 236 3967 999
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COMO Shambhala Estate
COMO Shambhala Estate call themselves a ‘Retreat for Change’, which is a pretty apt slogan considering it offers entirely immersive well-being experiences in a serene jungly garden setting just north of Ubud, Bali. Its wellness programmes include nutritious meal plans created by the resident dietician, holistic spa treatments, ayurvedic and oriental medicine, and fitness activities like daily yoga and pilates classes, cycling trips through the rice fields, and hiking trips up the slopes of volcanoes. Whether you’re looking to let go of stress, lose weight, or find a better mind-body balance, the wellness experts at COMO have got you covered.
Tel: +62 361 972448
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