A State of Bliss–Our Definition of Wellness in Asia

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Travel elevates and enhances all our senses as it frees our mind from the stress of daily life and helps us relax in its promise of new exciting experiences. Asia’s culture in balancing the mind, body and soul has long been one of the cornerstones of its society, be it in the form of wellness or more spiritual approaches.

The diversity of wellness options across East and South-east Asia is as diverse as the destinations the region has to offer. From mountain and island retreats with nothing but the elements as your companion to exclusive hideaways, which force you to take a step back just to enjoy the moment. In our quest to enrich your well-being while traversing our Asia we have gathered a selection of some of the finest examples of wellness into packaged travel ideas, which are not limited just to spas. Our balanced selection comprises health-improving programmes with local encounters for authentic cultural experiences.

4 Days | 3 Nights Revitalisation and Rejuvenation around Inle Lake

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Inle Lake in Myanmar’s Shan State is famed for its tranquil surroundings and the Inthar people, known as the ‘one-legged rowers’. The temples and pagodas, markets and floating fruit/vegetable farms are also popular. Beyond these attractions Inle is the ideal destination for wellness to increase one’s well-being. 

Asian Trails Myanmar’s programme includes visit to a mediation centre where a resident monk gives insight into this art and benefits to mind, body and soul. There are also traditional massages and spa treatments. In between is exploration of the lake’s sights and opportunity to witness the daily life of the local people.

4 Days | 3 Nights Quy Nhon, centre of wellness culture

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Quy Nhon, a coastal city in Bình Định Province in central Vietnam, is known for its spa and wellness culture, its long shoreline as well as fresh seafood. The Asian Trails Vietnam’s programme brings you to this charming town to revitalise and re-energise with treatments and healthy cuisine.

The wellness team at your accommodation will guide you through the menus on how to maximise your time spent with treatments and related activities. These include the signature Mind and Body Balance Ritual and a Tibetan Singing Bowl Awakening. There is also time to explore Quy Nhon and enjoy its local fare.

Full Day Holistic Excursion in Luang Prabang

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This day-long experience from Asian Trails Laos is a mix of sightseeing and holistic activities in the ancient town of Luang Prabang in northern Laos. It starts with the trip to Kuang Si waterfalls, a three-level waterfall south of the town, popular with tourists. A stop is made at Carpe Diem Restaurant where a yoga instructor awaits to start a 30-minute meditation session followed by an hour of yoga.
The experience ends at Burasari Spa with more wellness activities including the Suite Purification Ritual, followed by the Singing Bowl, a healing tradition from Tibet, and a 120-minute oil massage.

3 Days | 2 Nights Detoxing at Phuket’s Cape Panwa

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Cape Panwa, located on the southern side of the Thai island of Phuket with panoramic views over the Andaman Sea, is the perfect place to detox and destress. Detoxing allows the body to ‘clean house’ by resting the digestive system and supporting the major organs of elimination such as the bowels and lymphatic system.

Asian Trails Thailand, in collaboration with a leading wellness centre in Phuket, is offering a 3-day detox programme to improve your well-being. The retreat includes airport transfers, accommodation, health check and nutritious meals. Options are available to extend the wellness retreat to 5 or 7 days.

4 Days | 3 Nights Wellness Retreat at Alila Koh Russey

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The unspoilt island of Koh Russey, less than 15 minutes by boat from Sihanoukville’s sprawling coast with stunning power-sand beaches, is naturally made for relaxing and rejuvenation.

The all-villa Alila Koh Villas Russey on the island, with its 1.2km-long beach front, is the perfect place for tourists seeking to unwind and reinvigorate amidst tranquil surroundings. Activities in Asian Trails Cambodia’s wellness retreat at the resort include yoga and meditation sessions with an in-house teacher and relaxing to treatments at Alila Spa. There is also a day for sightseeing with a trip to mainland Sihanoukville and explore Cambodia’s southern destinations.

4 Days | 3 Nights Spa Indulgence in Nanjing and Shanghai

Immerse in a two-city spa experience with Asian Trails China, as the team shows guests what bustling Nanjing and Shanghai have offer in a combination of wellness and sightseeing.

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The 4 days of spa indulgence starts in Nanjing, the former capital of the Chinese Middle Kingdom, and home to the famous thermal baths. Visit the spa at the overnight hotel to enjoy the various treatments. Transfer to Shanghai is on the bullet train that reaches speeds of 300km per hour. After exploring the city’s famous sites it’s time to relax with massages and spa treatments to soothe mind and body.


Full Day Exploring the Five Elements in Bali

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Bali in Indonesia is a top destination for wellness programmes. The Balinese principle of of Sekala-Niskala focuses on healing and maintaining a balance between the spiritual and physical world. According to holistic beliefs, the Five Elements in a human body must be balanced to achieve a state of tranquillity.

Asian Trails Indonesia takes you to a holistic centre for a day of spiritual cleansing and relaxation. Explore the balancing of the Five Elements with massages, vegan meals and meditation. Spend the afternoon relaxing at a riverfront pool lounge. A 3-course gourmet lunch is served at the Sakti Dining Room.