REJUVENATE TO ACCUMULATE
The ultimate spots for wellness, relaxation and meditation
Dream a dream
Regarded as the premier wellness resort in the country, Navutu Dreams offers therapies as diverse as chakra balancing, reiki and traditional Chinese acupuncture from its striking property in rural Siem Reap. With retreats, yoga breaks and detox programmes hosted on site, as well as the hotel's excellent in-house spa and studio, you'll have no excuse but to pamper mind, body and soul.
navutudreams.com Stretch yourself
Set in a charming house on a quiet and leafy suburban street, Yoga Phnom Penh offers a range of classes led by experienced tutors hailing from across the globe. Centre yourself at the regular vinyasa flow sessions or, for something different, sign up for fly fit or fly yoga, where students use long swings suspended from the ceiling in their practise.
yogaphnompenh.com Enter the cocoon
Calming music envelops guests into the comforting ‘cocoon' that is Bodia Spa. Known for its use of natural ingredients – coconut milk, lemongrass water, ginger and turmeric all appear on the treatment menu – Bodia celebrates the restorative power of Mother Nature. And with branches in both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, decorated in rich red tones and swirling weaves, patrons across the country can emerge from the proverbial chrysalis transformed.
FROM SILENT MEDITATION RETREATS TO THE SIMPLER PLEASURES OF A RELAXING MASSAGE, VISITORS TO CAMBODIA ARE WELL CATERED FOR WHEN IT COMES TO PAMPERING AND WELLNESS
Mind over matter
Vipassana is an ancient Indian meditation technique that can be loosely described as self-transformation through self-observation. For those looking to delve deeper, Dhamma Latthika offers ten-day residential courses at its base in the northwestern province of Battambang. Be aware, however, that sessions are intense. Vipassana students observe silence in body, mind and speech, and can meditate for up to ten hours each day.
latthika.dhamma.org Fragrant relief
The much-loved Frangipani Spa in Siem Reap embraces the elements, with earth, water, wind and fire represented in its sumptuous sanctuary in Kandal Village, a shopping area close to the old French Quarter. Putting a clear emphasis on the quality of its treatments, therapists can apply facials and scrubs that are as fragrant as the spa's name, but for true relaxation we recommend the 90-minute hot and cold stone massage to soothe and detoxify the body.