The Asean region is peppered with places to enjoy pure, blissful relaxation.
A HOLIDAY is an opportunity to kick back, relax and shoot the breeze. This could mean vegetating in your room and getting pampered. Or perhaps lying on the beach watching the sunset or reading a good book.
Relaxation comes in many forms. Here’s a look at some tranquil escapades.
There is perhaps nowhere better for a weary soul to rest than on the beautiful island of Bali. With its sun- soaked beaches, sacred sites and majestic mountains, its landscape is a feast for the eyes and the perfect place to re- energise the soul.
Bali is also a fantastic destination for a yoga retreat. You can relax mind and body to the soothing sound of ocean waves along the coast. Candi Dasa, on the east coast, is one such place. Guests can have their retreat at Ashram Gandhi Chandi, which houses simple guest cottages and offers daily yoga workshops.
In the peaceful village of Canggu on the south coast, guests at Desa Seni can stay at a beautiful luxury hotel, converted from traditional wooden homes, while attending daily yoga classes to feed their soul.
Those who wish to escape deeper into the heart of this beautiful island will feel at home in the central province of Ubud. Here, amidst the mountains and lush green padi fields, the journey towards tranquillity can be found at locations such as The Yoga Barn, Intuitive Flow and the smaller and more intimate Taksu Yoga.
The Bali Spirit Festival – an annual festival of dance, music and yoga – seeks to nourish minds and souls. Check out the happenings at various locations in Ubud from March 29 to April 3.
Indonesia is blessed with abundant hot springs fed naturally by the geothermal activity found throughout the country. Mount Batur, also in Ubud province, hosts several such locations. Why not relax with the whole family, and enjoy the sacred hot springs at Banjar, Singaraja, northern Bali.
If your idea of relaxation is something more private, then a personal retreat might be the choice for you. Malaysia is home to lush jungles, awesome mountains and beautiful golden beaches. Retreat to any of those to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Just an hour from Kuala Lumpur, nestled in the greenery of Jelebu in Negri Sembilan is the private retreat of Awanmulan.
Alternatively, why not take in some stunning, sweeping views of Penang from the Malihom Private Estate. The luxurious hilltop retreat near Balik Pulau, on the southwest of the island, is also conveniently located for a trip to the calming waters of Titi Kerawang Waterfall.
Then there’s Terra’s Tree House, in Cameron Highlands. This charming escape offers a more basic retreat, removing guests far from the modern world and putting them in touch with nature.
Trying to decide on the best retreat can be a tiring affair. You can soak in an invigorating hot spring to warm your body and soul. Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is a wellness and spa centre near Ipoh, Perak. With a range of relaxation treatments beside the hot springs, you’re sure to find something to suit you.
Mud brings a whole new dimension to tranquillity. At Puning Hot Spring, at the base of Mount Pinatubo, near Angeles City in the Philippines, visitors can enjoy getting a little dirty, with a cleansing mud and hot sand treatment. One might feel a bit claustrophobic, though!
If you want to dive deeper into the tranquillity of relaxing mud treatments, head on to I- Resort, Thap Ba Hot Springs or any of the hot spring resorts of Nha Trang, Vietnam. The warm water pools can get crowded on weekends as visitors vie for the hot mud baths that can be so very relaxing.
this article is courtesy of GOASEAN, the first multi- platform channel on all things Asean. For more information, go to www. goasean. com, Astro channel 737 and theStartV. com.