The concept of ‘wellness travel’ prioritises your mental and physical health and well-being. It’s all about seeking nourishment for your body and mind so you return home feeling refreshed and relaxed.
From organic, farm-to-plate dining experiences to natural beauty treatments and rejuvenating activities, the scope of wellness travel is varied and promises a medley of benefits.
When we’re in need of a little TLC, we tend to steer towards awe-inspiring destinations that encourage disconnection, and in turn, a state of serenity conducive to optimal re-invigoration.
Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa
Venture off the beaten track on a road less travelled and discover the hidden treasures of Samoa with Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa’s ‘Signature Experience: Eco Trekking’.
Begin your adventure with a medicinal plant discovery trek along the lava cliffs of O Le Pupu’e Rainforest Reserve in search of the thunderous blow holes and hidden caves that have rested here for centuries.
Next, discover the Giant ‘Ma’ Trees and bird life buried within the heart of this unassuming jungle before making your way to Samoa’s only Carbon Offsetting site. Here, you will be given the opportunity to plant your very own native trees.
After contributing to the well-being of Samoa’s precious environment rest in the healing pools of Togitogiga falls as your final act of the day.
Vietnam’s golden luxury beachfront hotel, The Anam, offers two packages that have been specifically designed with detoxification and wellness in mind.
Choose between a three or five-day program comprising of daily yoga sessions, massages, body treatments, and detox juices.
Your package’s focus on relaxation is complemented by the five-star hotel’s lush grounds, serene seaside location and attentive service.
From its untouched location in a remote archipelago of Indonesia, to its fresh and organic menu and extensive list of nature-inspired treatments at Aura Spa and Wellness, absolutely everything about this resort screams wellness. In fact, the team pride themselves on working with you to try new and inspiring experiences on your personal journey to wellness.
The Bawah ‘Movement Experience’ is designed to relax, invigorate and rejuvenate both the body and mind. Held in the resort’s outdoor pavilion, surrounded by the tranquillity of nature, classes include gentle hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga, Pilates, relaxation and meditation.
Qamea Resort & Spa
Qamea’s romantic ‘Night of Decadence’ begins with a Fijian warrior escort from your bure to the resort’s spectacular Jungle Spa, where your private spa experience unfolds. Guinot Paris trained therapists will greet you with champagne and a tropical fruit platter. Your bodies will then be polished with a tropical sugar glow, leaving your skin refreshed, as your mind is soothed into heavenly island bliss. Following a sensual candlelit outdoor shower, you will both be treated to a Jungle Spa signature massage and specialised Guinot liftosome facial that will brighten and cleanse your complexion.
Further relaxation awaits you back at your bure, where you’ll enjoy a candlelit dinner on the privacy of your veranda. Your menu for the evening is a choice from the resort’s daily selection, however, we highly recommend sampling the divine lobster. Enjoy another bottle of champagne with your dinner while being serenaded by the in-house Qamea band.
Tailored to indulge each one of your senses, Nihi Sumba’s ‘NihiOka Spa Safari’ is a one-of-a-kind experience not to be missed. The day begins just after sunrise with a 90-minute trek through rolling hills, expansive rice fields and a traditional Sumbanese village where you have the special opportunity to meet the villagers and buy local crafts.
After the trek, a fleet of staff bearing cold towels and fresh coconuts usher you to a dining area cantilevered over a private coastline where a full breakfast is served. After breakfast your spa therapist will show you to your private cliff-side room.
Once settled, you may choose to enjoy a swim in the ocean or simply dive right in to your selection of treatments, which range from body wraps and scrubs to 90-minute massages and an organic facial. Ultimately the day is centred around you: your wants and your needs at whatever pace truly allows you to unwind. At the end of the day, you’ll be driven in open air vehicles back to the resort as the sun sets, having experienced both adventure and serenity in equal measure.
Vakkaru is a timeless sanctuary located in a breathtaking enclave within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of the Baa Atoll. A lush and secluded floating paradise of palm-lined beaches and powder white sand, the five-star resort epitomises barefoot elegance.
Find inner serenity with expert therapists at Merana Spa, featuring luxurious over water single and couple treatment rooms, a hair and nail saloon, spa boutique and outdoor wellness area featuring warm whirlpool, cold plunge pool, sauna and steam room.
Inspired by ancient rituals infused with quality ingredients from nature alongside modern skin and beauty advancements, Merana takes a holistic approach to treatments for rejuvenation, relaxation and overall mind, body and soul balance.
Soneva Kiri in Koh Kood, Thailand, embraces the SLOW life philosophy the leading resort group is famous for; including a mind-blowing list of unique, immersive experiences and the most extensive suite of dining options imaginable.
Hidden among the island’s wild jungle foliage, the resort is home to Six Senses Spa, where restorative effects of its natural environment along with invigorating facilities and holistic treatments are the key to a truly relaxing stay.
Your precious time is well spent here. Try locally-inspired treatments or kick-start your health with a three-day recovery program, leaving you feel rejuvenated from the inside out. One of the spa’s most popular services is the Wellness Screening, which provides a non-invasive reading of your body’s composition and bio-markers, and provides a personalised program based on the findings!