Well­ness Re­treats

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Thai­land has long drawn weary trav­el­ers look­ing for holis­tic well­ness so­lu­tions. Whether it’s de­tox and weight loss or a dose of mind­ful­ness and re­lax­ation, the coun­try of­fers plenty of re­treats to re­ju­ve­nate mind and body in bliss­ful sur­rounds.

Here, you can sim­ply sit and ab­sorb the bu­colic scenery or you make the most of daily yoga, med­i­ta­tion, and heal­ing ses­sions

prac­ti­tion­ers, avail­able to pro­vide in­te­grated ser­vices com­bin­ing natur­o­pathic and con­ven­tional medicines. In the north­ern prov­ince of Chiang Mai,

Muse­flower Re­treat & Spa ( muse­flow­ere­treat.com) is a place to slow down, recharge, and learn how to re­con­nect with your­self again. Here, you can sim­ply sit and ab­sorb the bu­colic scenery, emerg­ing from your room to in­dulge in de­li­cious veg­e­tar­ian food pre­pared us­ing or­ganic in­gre­di­ents from the on-site gar­den. Or, you can make the most of daily yoga, med­i­ta­tion, and heal­ing ses­sions—the com­pre­hen­sive sched­ule of ac­tiv­i­ties is just as fo­cused on phys­i­cal health as it is on self-dis­cov­ery and in­ner awak­en­ing, with spir­i­tual work­shops led by tal­ented holis­tic teach­ers. In Phuket, San­tosa Well­ness Cen­ter ( san­tosa

phuket.com) crafts holis­tic pro­grams and re­treats around the in­di­vid­ual needs of its guests. Well­ness here is not one-di­men­sional—when you check in you’ll be primed to pro­mote your health on mul­ti­ple lev­els, us­ing re­search-based ther­a­pies, treat­ments, and nu­tri­tion as guid­ance. San­tosa spe­cial­izes in de­tox re­treats, with the goal of all pro­grams to bring back true bal­ance to the body, mind, and spirit. New to the mix is the Emo­tional De­tox, com­bin­ing holis­tic health prac­tices, en­ergy work, well­ness ther­a­pies, coach­ing, and restora­tive ex­pe­ri­ences to sup­port you in find­ing bal­ance and re­newed pur­pose in life. FROM THE SERENE BEACHES OF ITS south to the lushly forested moun­tains of the north, Thai­land seems al­most pur­pose­fully de­signed as the ideal back­drop for rest and re­cu­per­a­tion. And not sur­pris­ingly, there is any num­ber of world-class re­treats that cater to so­lace-seek­ing guests.

Take Ka­malaya ( ka­malaya.com). Perched on a steep out­crop above one of the most tran­quil beaches in Koh Sa­mui, this beau­ti­ful prop­erty is un­like any­where else. It’s part lux­ury re­sort, part holis­tic well­be­ing re­treat, with just the right mix of in­dul­gence and heal­ing. Into the usual spa menu of mas­sages the com­pany has stirred a blend of Eastern and Western ther­a­pies: TCM, home­opa­thy, natur­o­pathic treat­ments, hi-tech di­ag­nos­tic pro­ce­dures, Pi­lates, qi gong, pranayama, and many oth­ers. It’s paired with nu­tri­tion­ally bal­anced cui­sine and a daily fit­ness sched­ule but if the mood doesn’t strike, you can just book in for a fa­cial and mas­sage if you wish.

Reg­u­larly voted one of the world’s best re­treats for find­ing in­ner peace, Chiva Som ( chiva­som.com) is all about un­der­stated lux­ury by the beach. The goal is to cre­ate a tai­lored re­ju­ve­na­tion pro­gram based on your ob­jec­tives and cur­rent state of health, and com­pre­hen­sive pro­grams touch on ev­ery­thing from diet and ex­er­cise to rest and re­lax­ation and the treat­ment of emo­tional and phys­i­cal ail­ments. What sets Chiva Som apart from other Thai re­treats is its stel­lar ros­ter of well­ness ex­perts, rang­ing from con­sult­ing doctors and natur­opaths to fit­ness in­struc­tors, spa ther­a­pists, and al­ter­na­tive health

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