Retreat living isn’t all detoxes and lounging by the pool (not that we don’t enjoy a little bit of that from time-to-time). For those who can’t sit still, CompareRetreats.com has rounded up some of our favourite active holidays in Asia, for those who like their relaxation with a side of adventure. Just a flight away, they’re perfect for restless wellness travellers looking for an active Easter escape – or a way to work off that extra Easter egg.
Active Escapes: Maldives
This Australian company caters to guests from all over the world, though for those of you coming from the East, a flight to Bali or the Maldives won’t eat too far into your holiday schedule. With a whole host of activities in the stunning blue waters of the Indian Ocean, guests can choose from snorkelling and surfing around the resort to a boat trip for the more adventurous.
At an additional cost, the resort can also arrange classes in windsurfing, scuba diving and kayaking. When you’re not getting out and active, the beachside accommodation suits guests and solo travellers, guaranteeing seven nights of sound sleep and a week well spent. Prices start from $3,800.
Blue Karma Jungle Adventure: Bali
If you like your active holidays a little more on the natural side, there’s perhaps no better location than Blue Karma’s Ubud resort, in among the rice paddies and rich tropical forests. The three-night Jungle Experience takes you on a cycling tour or white water rafting, on a trek of Mount Batur to bathe in natural hot springs, and on a trek through Tamblingan Lake rainforest to swim in wild waterfalls. With access to yoga, meditation and spa facilities, you’ll also have time to unwind in between activities. Prices start from $600.
Thanyapura Sports & Leisure: Phuket
Thanyapura’s sprawling 23-hectare facility offers everything you would expect and more of a sports hotel. The health and fitness centre in Phuket boasts a 10-day package holiday that will have you fighting fit in no time at all. The programme is designed by famed triathlete Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack: with on-site physiotherapy, chiropractic practice and sports masseuse, the programme includes open-water swim training, cycling routes through the quiet surrounding areas and track running. Video analysis will also be conducted on your swimming to improve your technique and skillset, and you’ll also be treated to a healthy breakfast to kick start each day. Prices start from $640.
Atmantan Fitness Challenge: India
Take your fitness to the next level at Atmantan, where active holidays are a luxurious affair. Whether you’re already an athlete in training or just beginning your wellness journey, the five-star resort from Nikhil Kapur and Sharmilee Agrawal will get you on the right tracks. The five, seven or 10-night programme will help you push yourself to your limits with a fitness consultation, personal training sessions, and daily workout activities. And of course, there’s time to relax too – daily massages, yoga, and spa treatments will ensure that your body feels its best. Prices start from $3,210.
Chōsen Experiences: Bali
Chōsen Experiences employ a combined focus on the senses to make your retreat work for you. Each week has a different emphasis, and while there are several different locations on offer, Bali’s beaches are only a short flight away – meaning easy access and instant relaxation.
Their yoga programme is a particularly blissful experience, with yin yoga, mindfulness coaching, massages and a series of beachside fitness activities by your private villa on Canggu beach. Featuring Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Michael Klim and a whole host of delicious nutritionally balanced meals throughout your stay, this sounds like just the thing to have you happier, healthier and stronger with a positive outlook to take back home. Single occupancy prices start from $6,900.
Tao Garden Get Fit Quick: Chiang Mai
Working with professional athletes, Tao Garden is ready to get you fighting fit with their five, seven or 10-day programme. Their personal trainers will help customise a programme to your needs, and unlimited access to the fitness centre, tennis and badminton courts, ping pong table, basketball courts, and a jogging path will leave you no shortage of pulse-raising activities to entertain you during your stay.
Fitness Holiday Asia: Koh Samui
Affiliated with The Spa in Thailand’s Koh Samui, this boot camp programme splits your workout into three key areas of focus: upper body, lower body and the whole shebang with rigorous circuit training (including the ever-dreaded burpees, but they’re worth it, we promise).
In your downtime, make sure you take full advantage of your stunning surroundings, kayaking and paddleboarding on the high seas, or hiking around the beautiful mountainscapes. This all-inclusive active holiday offers full room and board, a minimum of four hours of exercise each day, and roundtrip airport transfers, though we’re sure you won’t want to leave. A seven-day package for a single traveller starts from $1,296.