18 May, 2012

Sassy’s Travel Guide: Wellness Retreats

18 May, 2012

We all know that life in Hong Kong operates at one speed – fast! The intensity and vibrancy that we all love about the city does start to take its toll; running down cobbled hills in our high heels from an intense work day… then straight to dinner with the girls… staying out far later than we anticipated and drinking one or two cocktails too many, often results in frazzled worn-out women in need of some “me-time”. That’s where super hero Sassy comes to the rescue!

We have rounded up the top four wellness retreats in Asia; the perfect spots for heading to either alone or with a girlfriend and giving yourself that indulgence, relaxation and pampering that you so desperately deserve! Check out our reviews and choose the one that is right for you… and because we care so much about your wellbeing, to incentivise you that little bit further to carve some time in your hectic schedule to take care of number one, we have gotten hold of some fantastic Sassy deals exclusively for you.


Kamalaya Wellness Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand
A holistic sanctuary located on a beautifully serene hillside overlooking the sea, Kamalaya’s very essence radiates wellness and relaxation. Combining all the luxury of a 5 star hotel with one of the most well-researched range of wellness programmes around makes it the perfect spot to restore your sense of health and peace. Whether you are looking to take part in their detox, stress relief, weight loss or relaxation packages you will return a changed woman. The perfect spot for someone needing a complete escape for body and mind.


See our full review of Kamalaya here.

SASSY DEAL: Exclusive to Sassy readers, book a 3 day intro to detox programme and only pay for 2 nights, as well as receiving a complimentary hand massage. To redeem the offer, simply quote SASSY on booking. Kamalaya are offering the following packages on any programme booked:

–        Stay 4, 5 or 6 nights and get 1 night free

–        Stay  7 or 8 nights and get 2 nights free

–        Stay 9 or 10 nights and get 3 nights free

For full details on packages and what they include, check the website. Valid from May 14-December 16.

Kamalaya Koh Samui, Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, Thailand +66 (0) 77 429 800



Chiva Som, Hua Hin, Thailand
A favourite retreat for A-list celebrities, Chiva Som has grown a loyal following for those looking to escape from their city existences and carve out some time for personal indulgence. This impeccably designed resort houses luxurious bedrooms and facilities that offer an instant escape. Combine this with the wide range of wellness breaks on offer, whether you’re looking for yoga, detox or any other type of relaxation, and you have found yourself a little slice of heaven. They take the effort out of relaxing by limiting the use of technology and offering up sumptuous but healthy spa cuisine. It’s hard to believe an escape this idyllic and restorative is such a short flight from HK.

See our full review of Chiva Som here.

SASSY DEAL: Mention SASSY HONG KONG when booking to receive a complimentary credit of THB3500 per person to redeem against Health & Wellness treatments at Chiva-Som during your stay. The offer is valid until 30 September 2012, and on stays for two people of at least 5 nights in any room. Email reservation@chivasom.com or reserv@chivasom.com to book!

Chiva-Som, 73/4 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand. Call 032-536 536, email reservation@chivasom.com or book online here.



Shreya’s Retreat, Bangalore, India
Located in a peaceful part of Bangalore Shreya’s is widely regarded as one of the world’s top destinations for spa and yoga retreats. Head back to the country where Yoga originated from and immerse yourself in a luxury vegetarian resort that quite literally, practices what it preaches. Wake when the sun rises and spend your days in truly tranquil yoga classes, meditating to clear your mind or slightly more indulgently, enjoy their award winning spa treatments. This wellness retreat is all about spiritual healing and is the perfect destination for all yoga bunnies who have ever dreamed of escaping from the city and partaking in their own Eat, Pray, Love journey.

See our full review of Shreya’s Retreat here.

SASSY DEAL: Quote Sassy Girls Special and received a complimentary 60-minute Rejuvenation Massage!

Shreya’s Retreat, call +91 80 2773 7102 or book online here.



Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui, Thailand
The name really does say it all, as Absolute Sanctuary has created a pocket of heaven on their little corner of Koh Samui. Their most popular wellness programme is the detox which they tailor according to your demands; there are strict fasting detox programmes for instant results or more gentle vegetarian or raw food versions if broths and smoothies seem a bit too intense. If your idea of a wellness retreat involves a little more indulgence, then opt for a rejuvenation programme which promises to mend broken hearts, calm overactive minds and ease overworked bodies with delicious food, luxurious settings and divine spa treatments and yoga classes.

See our full review of Absolute Sanctuary here.

SASSY DEAL: Just quote SASSY when making your booking to enjoy the below deal!

–        Get 1 extra night FREE for every 3 day or 5 day wellness holiday package bought

–        Get 2 extra nights FREE for every 7 day or more wellness holiday package bought

The booking period valid is until 30 June 2012.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Extra night(s) does not include breakfast and the Extra night(s) must be used with the trip booked. The Extra night(s) is non transferable, non exchangeable for cash

Absolute Sanctuary, Reservations: +66 77-601-205, bookings@absolutesanctuary.com



So, block out some time in your diaries, pack your bikinis and yoga gear and make 2012 the year of looking after yourself with one of our fantastic range of wellness retreats!

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