These days it seems like everyone we know has tried a detox of some kind. Why not take it to the next level and immerse yourself in a detox retreat that will leave you feeling ready to kick-start your new, healthy lifestyle, as well as providing an opportunity for utter indulgence. And a detox doesn’t need to be complex; sometimes it’s as simple as distancing yourself from daily distractions, switching off your electronics and finding time to really focus on what matters. Then there are the times when working towards your health and fitness goals requires, discipline, physical exertion and self-deprivation. The travel experts at KAYAK.com.hk have put together a list of the top 5 detox retreats across Asia that are the perfect destinations for either approach, or a dash of both. Take a step back and treat yourself to a mind and body cleanse.
Manila, Philippines – The Power of Coconut Oil
When visiting Manila, take a sidestep from the daily grind. The Farm at San Benito is a stunning destination for a detox jaunt outside the city. Amidst a picturesque eco-friendly coconut plantation, The Farm is the only wellness sanctuary of its kind in the Philippines and offers guests a medically guided mental and physical detox experience, accompanied by vegan and raw food restaurants. The pure extra virgin coconut oil used in the spa treatments and cuisine is sourced on site, and even better, part of the profits from the coconut oil go to support the local community and environment.
How to get there: Return flights from Hong Kong to Manila from $773*
Where to stay: Nightly rate at The Farm at San Benito for a double room from $1718*
Bali, Indonesia – A Mix of Science and Tradition
At COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali, you can take your detox outdoors, with a range of hiking and climbing activities that truly take advantage of the breathtaking landscape. Indoors you’ll find a state-of-the-art gym, massage therapies and beauty treatments, and of course, Yoga. A nice mix of age-old techniques and modern science make for a well-rounded approach to the detox phenomenon. The nutritionally balanced cuisine and range of accommodation options mean you can take your whole family or make a weekend out of it with friends.
How to get there: Return flights from Hong Kong to Denpasar from $1584*
Where to stay: Nightly rate at COMO Shambhala Estate for a double room from $4416*
Bangalore, India – More than Yoga
True Yoga enthusiasts will surely already have a pilgrimage to India on the cards. Why not combine a visit to the birthplace of Yoga with a detox aimed at redefining your lifestyle? Shreyas Yoga Retreat in Bangalore, combines the traditional practices of Ayurveda and Yoga into an extensive program of organic body and beauty treatments, along with a strict vegetarian approach to cuisine. The holistic experience is topped off by minimal yet luxurious accommodation, designed to complement the natural landscape.
How to get there: Return flights from Hong Kong to Bangalore from $3170*
Where to stay: Nightly rate at Shreyas Yoga Retreat for a double room from $3882*
Koh Samui, Thailand – Target Your Weaknesses
Select a detox programme at Kamalaya in Koh Samui and you can target whatever ails you – stress, weight gain, lack of general fitness or wellbeing. Built around a sacred monks’ cave, this luscious sanctuary overlooks the ocean, with beachfront and pool-side villas to help you relax after a hard day of, well, relaxing. On the serious side, experienced naturopaths are at your beck and call, to help kick your bad habits once and for all. Never fear though, it’s all about moderation here, and you’ll find a selection of wine and desserts on the evening menu.
How to get there: Return flights from Hong Kong to Koh Samui from $3726*
Where to stay: Nightly rate at Kamalaya for a double room from $1613*
Bukit Tinggi, Malaysia – True Indulgence
You can tick all the boxes at The Chateau Spa & Organic Resort in Bukit Tinggi, Malaysia. The world’s first organic spa and wellness resort, this is an all inclusive experience focussing on wellness, detox and weight loss, recreation, dining, and above all, opulence. While you may want to leave behind your vices, including caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes, the upside is you get to do it in the lap of luxury. And you get to eat guilt-free, with everything on the sumptuous menu sourced locally from organic producers. Choose a tailor-made spa programme to improve your well-being and let the on-hand consults teach you how to incorporate your new, amazing fitness regime into your everyday life.
How to get there: Return flights from Hong Kong to Padang from $2051*
Where to stay: Nightly rate at The Chateau Spa & Organic Resort for a double room from $1154*
*Prices for flights and hotels are based on deals found on KAYAK.com.hk on Thursday, 8 October, 2015 from Hong Kong to the indicated destinations abroad for travel dates Sunday, 23 January – Friday, 29 January, 2016. Airfares are based on a return flight in economy class for one adult. Hotel rates are based on the nightly rate for double occupancy. Prices are subject to change, availability may be limited and offers may no longer be available.
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