Here’s where (and how) you can bliss out virtually
While domestic travel is becoming a reality, it may still be a while before jetting off to your favourite international wellness retreat is a reality.
Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand
If you’ve been to this applauded wellness retreat, you’ll no doubt be longing to go back. If you haven’t, now’s your chance to do so – for free. The resort’s online wellness series offers unprecedented access to guided meditations, fitness sessions, healthful cooking classes, and seminars on topics like the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine.
Chiva Som, Hua Hin, Thailand
This Thai health haven offers one of the most comprehensive wellness programs in the world, with dozens of specialists on call to offer advice on everything from naturopathy to neurodynamics. Now you can access their services through online video consultations, which means one-on-one metabolic breathing sessions, functional exercise classes and meditation moments. The cherry? Free healthy eating ideas and self-massage guides.
Escape Haven, Bali, Indonesia
Dreaming of your next Bali holiday? Popular women’s-only retreat Escape Haven has developed a six-week virtual getaway, delivering everything from invigorating workouts to meditation, workshops on Ayurveda, healthy cooking classes and self-care rituals you can indulge in – you’ll also get access to the brand’s extensive library of wellness videos, interviews and workbooks.
Aro-Ha, New Zealand
Australians may soon be able to seek out serenity across the ditch in New Zealand. Until that becomes a reality, keep your physical and mental health in check with Aro-Ha’s inspiring virtual programs. Among them is the new podcast Adventures in Wellbeing, led by global experts in mindfulness, nutrition and self-care. The brand is also looking at launching virtual retreats, designed to bring the health resort to your home.
The Farm at San Benito, Philippines
Known for its holistic approach to wellness, The Farm has partnered with the Naluri coaching app to provide all the tools and support you need to build long-term healthy habits. Sign up for personalised around-the-clock access to doctors, psychologists, nutritionists and fitness coaches, as well as nifty tools to track your behaviours as they change over time.
Ananda in the Himalayas, India
While there’s nothing quite like being at Ananda in person (surrounded by soaring mountains overlooking Rishikesh and the Ganges River Valley), the next best thing is connecting with the retreat’s specialists through its daily Wellness Diaries. Learn how to make a pineapple face mask, try a session of hatha yoga, whip up an immunity boosting elixir or get tips on calming ways to start your day.
COMO Group, Global
In pursuit of greater wellbeing? Brand new COMO Shambhala By My Side brings together the holistic expertise honed across the entire COMO group of hotels and resorts. Think, a comprehensive range of thoughtfully created wellness experiences led by a panel of internationally accredited specialists in easy-to-follow video tutorials. For more in-depth or specific needs, you can also book private consultations with nutritionists, naturopaths, physios or a life coach.
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