The world’s most expansive and populated continent is, unsurprisingly, home to some of the world’s top luxury wellness retreats. From island paradises to luxurious private sanctuaries in lush tropical locations across Central and South East Asia, the choice is seemingly endless, but we’ve tried to help you narrow down the search for the ultimate luxury wellness resort. In no particular order, check out Compare Retreats top picks of the best luxury wellness retreats in Asia vetted and verified by certified fitness professionals for a five-star experience unlike any other.
1. Ayurvedic Retreat at Como Shambhala Estate
Near tranquil Ubud in the upper echelons of the island of Bali is COMO Shambhala Estate, an exclusive luxury resort offering an array of wellness programmes for fitness-savvy travellers. Its renowned among health-conscious celebs and wellness travellers alike as one of the best luxury wellness retreats in Asia, and with good reason. The Ayurveda programme is customisable in length from three to 14 nights and includes a consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor once every seven nights, and hour-long private yoga therapies every three nights. All meals are included in the retreat and tailored using a prescribed nutritional menu, while guests have access to the property’s wellness activities throughout their stay.
2. Mind, Body & Soul Wellness Immersions at Amanoi
From now until March 2020, guests at the Aman’s Vinh Hy Bay resort can opt to partake in a Mind, Body and Soul wellness immersion, with three different pathways: longevity and rejuvenation, movement and mindulfness, or approaches to weight loss. The selection of seven-night wellness programmes are designed to leave guests feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, and are inclusive of breakfast, accommodation and a wellness consultation on arrival, as well as a special session. Guests also benefit from access to daily movement sessions, plus use of the spa and hydrotherapy treatment areas.
Prices start from US$9,305 | Book now on Compare Retreats
3. Cleansing Retreats at MesaStila Resort & Spa
Situated in central Java, Mesatila is one of the region’s top luxury wellness resorts and spa. Taking relaxation seriously, its Cleansing Retreats are inclusive of spa wraps and cleansing treatments, as well as the provision of a gentle detoxifying diet to aid cleansing from within. Guests at this South East Asian resort will also benefit from a hammam steam bath and 50-minute daily massage.
4. Spa Revive Package at Amatara Wellness Resort
The island of Phuket is seemingly saturated with retreats banking off the latest fitness fad. But there are those that set themselves apart: Amatara Wellness Resort is one such luxury retreat centre. Offering Spa Revive packages which last between three and seven nights in length, retreats are inclusive of organic facials, body wraps and mani-pedis – proof that pampering is serious business. With a signature massage and daily yoga classes, guests also benefit from wellness consultations on arrival and departure, and a physical analysis to ensure a tailor-made approach to health and wellness.
5. Revive Retreat at Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
A tropical, private island sanctuary – sound too good to be true? Think again. This luxurious South East Asian retreat is just that – a private island oasis off the coast of Cambodia with a focus on sustainability and environmental conservation. It offers guests a five day Revive retreat, which includes a range of healing treatments, massages, yoga and meditation, as well as a blessing by local Buddhist monks to aid your spiritual journey. If that’s not enough to help you leave the stresses and pressures of daily life behind, then we don’t know what is.
6. TCM Spa Programme at Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain
Six Senses hosts some of the best luxury wellness retreats in Asia and the world, but it’s this particular property that has our attention. Nestled in a UNESCO World Heritage and Natural Culture site near Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province in China, Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain combines careful landscape with stellar spa programmes to offer an indulgent, five-star experience of holistic Chinese culture. Tea scrubs, bamboo massages and Gua Sha treatments on the spa menu reveal the Taoist influences, while the traditional tea room, farm-to-table restaurants and organic juice bar offer plenty of fresh nutrition.
7. Lifestyle Optimisation at Chōsen Experiences
Renowned for offering wellness wanderlusters a carefully curated and highly customised programme in stunning locations, Chōsen Experiences Bali provides a luxury tropical getaway with equal parts physical fitness and holistic healing. Hosted in a luxurious private villa in Canggu, the six-night ‘Lifestyle Optimisation’ programme has a 12-person limit and includes beach workouts, canyoning, surfing, nutrition classes, goal-setting exercises, and Chōsen’s signature functional movement programme, as well as daily yin yoga and massages.
Prices on request | chosenexperiences.com
8. Rebalance Retreat at Ananda in the Himalayas
True to its name, Ananda is a wellness oasis nestled into the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range just beyond Rishikesh, India. For true luxury and elegance, its Rebalance retreat programme (available for either seven or 14-night packages) adopts an Ayurvedic approach to wellbeing. Packages are inclusive of an Ayurvedic consultation, fitness analysis, and debriefing sessions. After feasting on nutritious spa cuisine, guests will take part in cooking classes – proof that the lessons learned on healthy holidays can last a lifetime.
Prices start from $805, anandaspa.com
9. Yoga Experience at Nihi Sumba
Not just one of the best luxury wellness resorts in Asia, but also voted the world’s best hotel by Travel + Leisure for two years consecutively, Nihi Sumba knows a thing or two about creating perfect wellness escapes in paradise. The seven-night Nihi Yoga Experience is the ideal way to spend a week in this eco-hotel, with unlimited classes in a variety of yoga styles, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Pranayama, Sumba Warrior… and did we mention chocolate yoga. Where do we sign up?
10. Deep Relaxation Retreat at V Integrated Wellness, Malaysia
Just 30 kilometres from Langkawi International Airport lies V Integrated Wellness – an island paradise that emanates luxury and exclusivity in equal measure and is recognised as one of the top wellness retreats in South East Asia. The resort’s Deep Relaxation Programme, which runs for five days and four nights, includes scrubs, wraps, massages, facials, yoga and personal training sessions, among its luxurious activities. Guests can also opt into any of the scheduled daily activities to engage both body and mind throughout their stay.
Prices start from $792, vintegratedwellness.com
11. A Taste of Chiva-Som at Chiva-Som
For over two decades, Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand, has been leading the way in functional fitness and optimised wellbeing, garnering a well-deserved reputation as one of the best luxury wellness retreats in Asia. The aptly named retreat – A Taste of Chiva-Som – invites guests to do just that. Sampling the very best the wellness resort has to offer, first-time visitors have a tailored wellness experience after a comprehensive consultation, identifying their needs and just how to get the most from a health retreat at the Hua Hin property. Ranging from three to 14 nights in duration, for an added air of luxury, guests can take their pick from the resort’s wellness menu for their daily treatment.
With over 20 locations in Asia and some of the best luxury wellness retreats in the world, it would be easy to have an entire list of Aman properties alone. With relatively few luxury wellness retreats in Japan though, Amanemu stands out. The ryokan-influenced retreat is located in the hot spring UNESCO trails of Mie Prefecture, and now offers three focussed wellness immersions, like the three-night Health, Beauty & Anti-Ageing Wellness Immersion, which combine cultural therapies and rejuvenating treatments—plus, guests get access to Amanemu’s 2,000-square-metre Japanese spa and two huge onsen bathing pavilions.
Prices from US$6,970 | Book now on Compare Retreats
13. Escape Haven Retreats, Indonesia (Bali)
This women’s only retreat on the island of Bali boasts elegance and luxury in a safe and welcoming environment for kindred spirits. Their six-night retreats—Refresh (yoga), Revive (surf), Renew (fitness), and Ayurvedic (healing)—include daily spa treatments, yoga and meditation, with a customised menu and itinerary dedicated to your chosen focus. If you’re looking for one of the best luxury wellness retreats in Asia, look no further: these small group retreats also include butler service, luxury accommodation and a chauffeur to take you around Bali in style.
Prices start from $2,195, escapehaven.com
14. REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort, Indonesia (Bali)
New kid on the block REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort only opened in March 2018, but it’s quickly become one of the best luxury wellness retreats in Asia, and one of our personal favourites. Located in Bali’s upmarket Nusa Dua area, the resort offers comprehensive bespoke three-day retreats like the De-stress and Relax programme which is perfect for a weekend escape to avoid burnout.
15. The Farm at San Benito, The Philippines
Recognised as one of the best luxury wellness retreats in Asia with more than 40 prestigious international awards, The Farm at San Benito offers holistic healing programmes created and run by a team of world-renowned health and medical professionals. The seven-night Detox and Cleanse retreat is one of their top programmes, which includes five days of medically guided fasting followed by two days of light detox diet from the excellent Alive! plant-based restaurant.