Feeling burnt out, stressed, and overworked is common in Hong Kong. The 'work hard, play hard' mentally that often leaves us exhausted by Friday, only to be faced with a weekend of brunches and overtime at work, is the norm for most of us. This is why it is so important to pencil in some downtime in your jam-packed schedule, where you can let your body recuperate, catch up on sleep and give your mind and body some much needed TLC. We are spoilt for choice for Health & Wellness retreats in our neighbourhood, from the beautiful beaches of Thailand, to the lush rainforest in the Philippines, there is something for everyone's taste and budget. The best part, they can tailor make the program to cater for your needs personal objectives to help you reach your individual goals.
Flight Centre's Health & Wellness specialist travel team has drawn up a suggested list of the top retreats in the region.
Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui
For the yogis, look no further than Absolute Sanctuary, an affordable yet stunning Moroccan-inspired boutique hotel on Koh Samui's beautiful beaches. With renowned yoga gurus running classes, programs, workshops and events each month, you're in expert hands to get that core strengthened in no time!
MesaStila, Central Java
For the fitness-fanatics, MesaStila offers an outdoor jungle gym like no other, with the backdrop of central java's magnificent volcanes and tropical jungle. Their cycling camps are a great way to explore the local villages, tea plantations and surrounding volcanic slopes.
The Farm, San Benito Philippines
For the detox dieters, visit this retreat which is conveniently only an hour drive outside of Manila, and flush out all the toxins with colonics, liver cleanses, colema's, strict vegan-eating or extreme juice-fasting in this lush green sanctuary. Besides leaving a few kilos lighter, you will leave with a newfound appreciation of how tasty and filling vegan food can really be.
Shreyas Retreat, Banglore India
For those in need of some serious 'me' time, head for Shreyas Retreat where they offer a 'silent retreat' designed to help you take a step back, re-prioritise and realign your life goals and introspectively find that sense of calm. You will leave with a Zen attitude once you get the balance back into your life.
Chivasom, Hiua Hin Thailand
To help combat the year that was, this award-winning retreat in Hua Hin, offers an "Eternal Youth" retreat, which involves non-invasive laser treatment, micro-invasive cosmetic surgery and anti-aging medicine. No needles here!
By Matet Lester