The 4 Best Retreats In Asia To Help You Destress

Flying out of town is optional


Feeling burnt out and in bad shape and health? It’s time for a break that will refresh and recharge you from the inside out.

If you’ve always returned from a vacay feeling more tired than when you set off for it, perhaps these retreats are what you should be signing up for instead. 

1. Chiva Som – Hua Hin, Thailand

Chiva Som is an award-winning luxury resort also known to be an expert in detox retreats. Its Art of Detox programme gives you the choice of either a radical or gentle dietary change and lets you decide how long you want the programme to last — from 5 to 14 days. In addition to spa services and yoga classes, colonic hydrotherapy is also available to those who are up for a, ahem, truly thorough cleanse.

2. Como Shambhala Urban Escape – Singapore

You don’t have to leave the country to get away from the stress. Sign up for the three-week Holistic Overhaul programme by Como Shambhala Urban Escape and Club 21 Style Services. It targets these four areas of your life — work, relationships, health and nutrition, and includes consultations with a naturopath, life coach, a Mind Body guide who can improve your energy flow with magnetising energy in his hands, and last but not least, a personalised wardrobe style session with a certified style coach. For more information, call 6304-3552 or email

3. Ananda in the Himalayas – Uttarakhand, India

Lose those extra inches with minimal stress and drama. This scenic destination spa offers a weight management programme that addresses the physical and emotional challenges of trying to shed pounds. Choose between a 14- or 21-night programme, which both include wellness and Ayurvedic consultations, a variety of spa treatments, yoga and meditation sessions, as well as lectures, workshop and excursions to inspire you in your journey to a fitter self.

4. The Farm at San Benito – Lipa, the Philippines

Arguably the most well-known medi-spa resort in the Philippines, The Farm is where you should check in if you’d like to leave completely refreshed from head to toe, inside and out. Whether it’s weight loss, detoxification or beautification that you’re after, you’ll find an amazingly wide range of treatments and professional staff (even qualified doctors) to get you to your goal. From cupping and acupressure, ozone therapy to blood analysis, everything can be experienced within the grounds of this luxurious haven of health.

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