For the perfect spa getaway, it’s hard to beat Southeast Asia. From the palm-fringed beaches of southern Thailand’s islands to the lush jungles and rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia, every corner of this tropical region seems tailor-made for an Edenic holiday centered around rest and relaxation. In your hunt for an unforgettable spa holiday, try one of these Southeast Asian wellness resorts.
This surf resort turned wellness retreat on Indonesia’s Sumba Island owes its new reputation for R&R to Australian yogi Chelsea Graham. Nihiwatu offers daily classes and private sessions amid both jungle and beach settings. For the spa proper, the journey is half the fun here. To reach your treatment pavilion, you’ll first make the coastal trek through a local village. It’s an entrance you won’t soon forget. Once you’ve availed yourself of the menu, enjoy a sunset horseback ride on the beach.
Malaysia: Four Seasons Langkawi
Limestone cliffs tower over the romantic private pavilions of the Four Seasons Langkawi, Malaysia’s haven of dramatic luxury. A rhythmic taksu kasih massage by the serene Andaman Sea is sure to lull you into a mind-numbing state of relaxation. If rejuvenation is your preferred daily special, the Four Seasons is an idyllic gateway to the UNESCO Geopark and a prime base for kayaking or windsurfing off Langkawi’s mile-long beach. Use of the resort’s equipment is complimentary, or you can enjoy a more personal adventure on a Jalan-Jalan resort walk with Four Seasons’ resident Naturalist.
Philippines: The Farm at San Benito
Deep in the Filipino rainforest, The Farm’s name gives a savvy hint to its back-to-the-land style of rejuvenation. Wholesome vegan cuisine and all-natural spa treatments from organic ingredients make this San Benito retreat a sought after spot to detox, improve heart health, or simply unwind from the stresses of everyday life. Everything from sunrise yoga to peppermint foot baths seeks to help guests embrace their natural energy.
Thailand: Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary
Once a meditation cave for Buddhist monks, this paradisiacal slice of Koh Samui combines the best in practice of Western naturopathy, Chinese medicine, and ayurvedic healing. Take an icy dip in the plunge pool before sweating out your toxins in the steam cavern. Indian yogis lead meditation sessions while skilled therapists offer soothing hand massages. Wellness goes beyond basic R&R amid the clear palm-lined streams and rustic Asiatic suites here. The dining room dishes out healthy dishes like Kamalaya’s trademark pumpkinseed bread, and guests can choose from a number of specialty programs focusing on detox, weight loss, or improving sleep.
Vietnam: Fusion Maia Da Nang
Facials and body wraps for up to 90 minutes are just the beginning at this spacious set of pool villas. Fusion Maia includes two spa treatments per day in its room rates. If you can manage to tear yourself away from your massive four-poster bed and sunken stone bath, a day of Mindful Energy therapy and holistic scalp massages will be your just reward for making the long flight to Da Nang. If you prefer a solo soak, private pools and gardens accompany Fusion Maia’s low-slung suites.