Close

Quick Flights from Hong Kong: 5 Wellness Retreats to Reset for the New Year

1 / 5

Museflower Retreat & Spa, in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Perfect for getting away from the crazy ‘work hard, play harder’ lifestyle of the 852, Museflower in Chiang Rai combines yoga, meditation spa and eco-consciousness into one peaceful wellness retreat.

The all-inclusive packages include: meals, yoga classes, meditation sessions and other activities, and you certainly don’t need to be a pro yogi to enjoy the benefits of getting away from it all here. Don’t go expecting five-star luxury, as Museflower is all about paired back living and getting back to basics, you won’t even find a TV or Wi-Fi in your room! A welcome change for us Hong Kongers who are constantly glued to our phones, you’re sure to return home to the city refreshed and ready to take on the world anew.

Read more: Museflower Retreat: Reconnect & Recharge in Chiang Rai

Fly To: HK Express flies to Chiang Rai International Airport twice a week (Mondays and Fridays)
Flight Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes
How much: 3, 5 or 7-night yoga or spa retreats start from 16,480THB (approx. $3,950) – all packages include 3 vegetarian meals per day
Best For: A reasonable wellness option in terms of price, with everything included in your upfront cost

www.musefloweretreat.com

2 / 5

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

What could be better than escaping it all and reveling in total relaxation on a private island? The award-winning Song Saa Private Island is a conservation-based luxury island in Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago, which works to improve local livelihoods and preserve the region’s marine life and rainforests.

Its ‘spa with no walls’ is not your typical resort spa. Made up of ‘sanctuaries’ dotted around the island, treatments take place nestled in nature and its practitioners are trained in everything from traditional Khmer therapies, yoga, reiki, meditation and more. Fresh, seasonal and organic ingredients are used in all dishes created on the island (with vegan and veggie options available), so all that’s left for you to do is take in the ocean breeze and enjoy the feeling of sand in between your toes… 

Read more: What to do in Cambodia: Backpacking Siem Reap and Koh Rong Island

Fly To: Phnom Penh International Airport
Flight Time: Between 2 hours, 25 minutes and 2 hours, 45 minutes, plus a 3-hour drive (and a short speedboat ride to the island)
How much: From USD $890 a night (based on two-person occupancy room)
Best For: A major splurge to totally get away from it all

www.songsaa.com

3 / 5

Ryokan Sawanoya, Tokyo, Japan

It may not be your typical spa retreat, but you haven’t known true relaxation until you’ve bathed in a Japanese Onsen. Found all over Japan, these traditional hot spring baths may seem a little daunting to Westerners (no swimsuits here!), but once you get over the fear, it really is worth it – we promise.

Typically housed in a Ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn), your experience will be clean, comfortable and authentically Japanese. Although these are found throughout the country, Ryokan Sawanoya is a great choice as it is easily accessible from either airport in Tokyo, meaning that you can explore the bustling city streets, and escape to an oasis when you need a little rest and relaxation. The rooms are no frills, with sliding paper screens, futons to sleep on unrolled nightly, and all guests provided with cotton yukata robes – a charming and quaint experience that every should try at least once. The Ryokan is also located very close to Ueno – which is beautiful during Sakura season!

Read more: 24 hours in Tokyo: What To See & Where To Go In Just One Day

Fly To: Tokyo Haneda Airport or Tokyo Narita International Airport
Flight Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes (to Haneda), 4 hours, 25 minutes (to Narita), plus train ride to Ryokan Sawanoya
How much: Room rates range between 5,400 yen (approx. $380) and 16,200 yen (approx. $1,130) per night
Best For: An authentic Japanese Onsen experience
Sassy Tip: The Ryokan only has 12 guestrooms, and only two of these have private bathrooms, so it’s worth booking in advance if a private bathroom is essential!

www.sawanoya.com

4 / 5

The Farm at San Benito, Manila, Philippines

Easily accessible from Manila airport, you’ll feel worlds away from it all at The Farm at San Benito, set in the midst of an eco-friendly coffee and coconut. The focused and transformative retreats here range from five days to four intensive weeks, with all programmes individually tailored, and options to include: medically guided detoxes, emotional retreats and all-round healing. Alongside the blissful escapist surroundings, with luxurious and exclusive facilities, the resort also serves an all-vegan menu to help detoxify your body.

Read more: Boracay Bound: Your Guide to the Most Famous Beach in the Philippines

Fly To: Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Flight Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, plus a 90-minute drive (approx.)
How much: Room rates start at USD $200 per night (based on two-person occupancy room)
Best For: A vegan wellness retreat set in its own natural private paradise – the only one of its kind in the Philippines

www.thefarmatsanbenito.com

5 / 5

KARE Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat, Pune, India

Okay, this one may be a little further away, but as the home of Ayurveda, we could hardly not include a wellness retreat located in India. The perfect place to rejuvenate, KARE is set amidst beautiful landscape, atop a mountain besides Mulshi River in Pune district of India. With a unique blend of traditional Kerala Therapies, Iyengar Medical Yoga and Ayurvedic Diet on offer, the practices here are intended to help you back to your optimum well-being, and balance your mind, body and soul.

Fly To: Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Flight Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes, plus a 3-hour drive (approx.)
How much: Room rates start from 3,450 INR (approx. $418) per night; treatment packages range from 6,545 INR (approx. $794) to 7,945 INR (approx. $964)
Best For: An authentic Aryurvedic experience for relaxation and rehabilitation

www.karehealth.com

You've finished this slideshow!
Back to article
Back to top
#SoSassy
*Giveaway alert* Enter today’s countdown to Christmas giveaway for a chance to win a Portrait of Calm Facial and an Aquatouch Treatment from luxury global skincare brand ÉLÉVATIONE HK. Head to the link in our bio now to enter.

The winner will receive: -A Portrait of Calm deep cleansing and brightening facial, using ÉLÉVATIONE's 3 step 3DKit. -An Aquatouch Treatment. This treatment uses gentle, non-invasive exfoliation to deep cleanse pores using a water pressure vacuum system, leaving skin hydrated and healthy. 
#sosassy #elevatione
The journey is the destination. What's on your travel bucket list for 2019? Comment below 👇 Epic bike riding by @kopi.cat #sosassy #homekong #explorehongkong #igworld #hkig #instahk #sassytravels #travelgram #travelgoals #instatravel 📷 @kopi.cat
How are you spending New Year’s Eve? *The Best Parties and Events to Ring in 2019* is up on #sassyhongkong 🎉 #sosassy #homekong #explorehongkong #igworld #hkig #instahk 📷 @amyshamblen
*Giveaway alert* Today’s Countdown to Christmas prize, courtesy of @chaling.teacosmetics.hk, is a collection of their anti-oxidant and anti-pollution face and eye masks, made with ancient forest Pu’er tea cosmetics. The winner will be issued a voucher to redeem their prize at the Cha Ling store in Causeway Bay. Head to the link in our bio to enter. 
One winner will receive a voucher for: -1 Spring Mask 50ml
-1 Summer Mask 50ml
-1 Autumn Mask 50ml
-1 Winter Mask 50ml
- 5 x Relieving Eye Mask

Product image is for reference only.

#chalingskincare #sosassy #sassyhk
*Giveaway alert* Today’s countdown to Christmas prize is a gift that keeps on giving. 🍷 Head to the link in our bio for a chance to win a Sassy Christmas wine box, courtesy of @winemomentshk, plus a three-month subscription to their Mixed Wine box delivered to your door each month. Your wine rack will be stocked well into the new year!

The winner will receive: -The  Sassy  Christmas  Wine Box, one bottle each of red, white, rosé, and sparkling wine.
- 3 months of the Mixed wine subscription box: 3 different wines delivered to your door each month. -The subscription also comes with a tasting card, for your own at home wine tasting.

#winemomentshk #sosassy #sassyhk
*Giveaway alert* Enter today’s Countdown to Christmas giveaway for a chance to escape to Rio with Uma Nota’s monthly Carnaval Brunch, which is inspired by Brazil’s annual festival, Carnaval do Rio. The winner (plus 3 friends!) will enjoy this immersive afternoon brunch experience, complete with free-flow cocktail jugs, DIY caipirinhas, a feast of Brazilian street food favourites, and live entertainment. Head to the link in our bio to enter, and start thinking about who you’ll take if you win!

The winner will receive:

4 x Tickets to Uma Nota’s Carnaval Brunch on 12th January 2019, 12pm-4pm.
We eat Christmas for breakfast 🎄. What are your favourite festive snacks? Comment below 👇 #sosassy #sassyhongkong 📷 @naturally.jo
*Giveaway alert* Enter today’s Countdown to Christmas giveaway for a chance to win not one, but two, styling sets from @ghdhairhk, plus a free hair styling tutorial to help you have a good hair holiday season. Head over to the link in our bio now to enter.

The winner will receive: - ghd platinum+ healthier styling gift set - ghd long lasting curling wand gift set - Free hair styling tutorial service at ghd counter

#sosassy #sassyhk #ghdhairhk #ghdunderthetree #goodhairday #ghdplatinumplus

#SoSassy

@SASSYHONGKONG