12 Asian Detox Holidays to Clear your Body and Mind
Escape to detox paradise with these wellness retreats.
1. The LifeCo
Good news to stressed-out urbanites! Turkish wellbeing and detox center The LifeCo, home to a huge celebrity fan base, finally launched its first Asian outlet in Phuket earlier this year.
Hidden away in a luscious hillscape, The LifeCo Phuket is the perfect escape for those who are tired of the hustle and bustle of city life and need a heavy detox. The wide array of personalized Well-Aging Therapies, which inject a range of health-boosting chemicals into your bloodstream, is one of the signature treatments of the facility. Say yes to the Chelation Therapy ($1,040) for a cleansing experience to remove your dietary intake of heavy metals every day; or go for a glass of Immune Cocktail to perk up your day with its high concentration of vitamin C. Spas, saunas and yoga sessions are also included in each therapy to give you a holistic remedy of body and mind, or as The LifeCo puts it, “a new recipe for life.”
75 Moo 3, Tambon Sa Koo Thalang District, Phuket, 83110, Thailand, (+66) 76-328-467
2. Como Shambhala Estate
Flee from all the stress and traffic of the city and embark on a detox journey in Bali’s clean air at Como Shambhala Estate. Backing oriental healing traditions with advanced scientific methods, the expert therapists are there to guide to achieve balance in your inner elements.
For city trotters constantly living in a pressure cooker, the Ayurvedic Program, a holistic medicinal practice that started in India a thousand years ago, will wipe out the toxins lurking in your system. Before you dive into a fulfilling routine of detox, diet and yoga, the Ayurvedic doctor will first evaluate your current state in order to design a treatment plan for you.
Feeling too sluggish for morning jogs? The Be Active Program will get you up and running after a series of intensive fitness training and dietary routines, as well as a tailor-made workout plan consisting of yoga and pilates. You will leave the resort feeling ready for an active lifestyle back at home.
Como Shambhala Estate, Banjar Begawan, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia, (+62) 361-978-888
3. Museflower Retreat and Spa Chiang Rai
Set against the picturesque backdrop of green paddy fields and a clear lake in northern Thailand, the Museflower Retreat and Spa Chiang Rai will sweep your feet off with its vegetarian cleansing excursion.
Be amazed by the healing power of water in the world’s first Hado counseling outside Japan. The two-hour program ($797) kicks off with a scan of your bio-energetic state by the Hado Kaizen (Improvement) Program, a computer program that detects and analyzes negative vibes. Then, you will be given a bottle of Hado water, which is said to balance your body’s energy on the subconscious level. Want to be knee-deep into this green and health-conscious lifestyle? Just book a room, which is inclusive of three lacto-ovo vegetarian buffet meals per day and daily fitness classes.
Explore the nearby area of the resort, which is dotted with some of Chiang Rai’s famous attractions like the Black House, a museum that showcases works by a Thai national artist.
59/1 Moo 1 Ban Samanmit, Tambon Donsila, Amphur Wiang Chai, Chiang Rai, Thailand, (+66) 52-029-823
4. Song Saa
Nestled in a virgin natural habitat southwest of Cambodia is the award-winning Song Saa Private Island Resort. The “A Journey to Wellness” package, available through October 31, offers three spa treatments for you to choose from, depending on the restorative effect you want to achieve, whether if it’s a rejuvenating facial or a detox Himalayan salt body wrap. You can also get a kick out of the many activities in the resort: Rent a kayak or snorkeling gear for an adventure in the cobalt waters, or practice sunrise yoga to find peace.
Rates starting from $55,862 for five nights. Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia, (+855) 23-886-750
5. Alila Seminyak
Have your fill of the Bali staple of beaches and spas at the new Spa Alila at the beachfront resort Alila Seminyak on one of the island’s untouched patches. Dedicated to local fresh ingredients only, Spa Alila is listed as one of the “Must Spa” experiences in Bali by the Bali Bible this year. With the Yoga Massage treatment, you can experience the combination of these two relaxing words, in which the therapist presses on your acupuncture points and stretches your muscles in yoga postures in order to sustain the balance of your inner elements. Bring back the healthy glow to your skin with the 150-minute Beauty and Balance Signature Treatment, which uses the the triplet of cocoa, coffee and coconut to give you a deep cleansing and moisturizing makeover.
Jalan Taman Ganesha No. 9, Petitenget, Kerobokan, Bali, Indonesia, (+62) 361-3021-888
6. The Temple House Chengdu
If frittering away your time in a sun-drenched beach sounds too mundane, we can assure you that The Temple House in Chengdu is quite a different genre of luxury hotel in China. Stripped of any lavish decorations, the hotel instead weaves simplistic modern architectural aesthetics into the historical heritage in a city full of stories. Its newest spa, Mi Xun Spa, is erected where the mulberry garden of the Daci Temple once sat, retaining much of the original Western-Sichuan architecture. Each therapy in the signature series, Mi Xun Autographs, is designed to cater to a particular wellness goal. Turn back the clock with the Diamond Infused Facial by Natura Bissé, or give your skin a good ol’ detox with the Rhassoul Treatment’s Moroccan glove scrub brimful of minerals. Stop by the tea house afterwards and sip on a cup of freshly brew tea, selected for their Chinese medical benefits to top off your spa treatment.
81 Bitieshi St., Jinjiang District, Chengdu, China, (+86) 28-6636-9999
7. The Reverie Saigon
Lauded as one of the world’s best spas by CNN in May, The Reverie Saigon is the ideal cradle for those looking for nothing more than luxury pampering.
Good things come in threes, especially with the hotel’s newest “Haute Ho Chi Minh” offer, where you can revel in three spa treatments, and go on a three-hour shopping spree afterwards with one of the expert guides from Trails of Indochina. Take your pick from five renowned massages, each designed for a different curative purpose. Since you’re here, why not have a whack at the Classic Vietnamese, a circulation-boosting fusion of Vietnamese cupping and massage routines? After the deep tissue loosening, ferret out the city’s homemade fashion brands and local artisanal crafts—don’t miss the antiques that date back to the 1800s French colonial period.
Rates starting from $12,850. 22-36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, 57-69F Dong Khoi St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, (+84) 8-3823-6688
8. Ritz-Carlton Macau
If you don’t have the time to travel far, The Ritz-Carlton Macau might just be your paradise close at hand. With the summer sun steaming over our heads, why not go for a family getaway at their spa ESPA to simmer down? Book the Family Memories package ($2,719 for four), from now to August 31, and enjoy free access to the pool and ESPA heat facilities. As you watch the kids splash around the pool, sip on free-flow smoothies and munch on some light snacks by the water. The kids, apart from receiving a 45-minute foot massage, will be learning facial skills from the experts at ESPA. Bring home a refreshed mind... and two little trained massage therapists! Jack up your spa routine with a 90-minute Organic Indulgence ($1,340), starring organic coconut as its main ingredient, to drain every last drop of tension from your body.
Galaxy Macau, Estrada de a Baía da Nossa Senhora da Esperança, Cotai, Macau, (+853) 8886-6868
A Mix of Both
9. The Residence Maldives
For those looking to hang loose entirely in the middle of nowhere, the Yoga Retreat package at The Residence Maldives in the uncorrupted island of Falhumaafushi is your ticket to heaven. Their new package Yoga Retreat gives you a chance to sample all sorts of yoga and meditation within a minimum stay of four nights. Master the art of breathing with a half-hour Pranayama session, where you regulate your breathing patterns to improve the flow of vital energy throughout your body. You cannot call yourself a yogi without completing the 30-minute Yoga Nidra, commonly known as yogic sleep, where you ooze out every ounce of stress from your system as you linger between consciousness and sleep. Simmer down even more with the 50-minute body massage and a 30-minute neck and shoulder massage at the Spa by Clarins, which quietly nestles on a jetty looking out on the sapphire waters of a lagoon.
$36,000 for two for four nights, through Dec 31. Falhumaafushi, Gaafu Alifu Atoll, Republic of Maldives, (+960) 682-0088
10. The Siam
If “om”ing away your holiday proves too dull, bring some spice into your detox at The Siam, an urban retreat against a culturally rich neighborhood of temples and palace. Become the next Tony Jaa at the resort’s chic black-and-white boxing ring, which holds muay Thai boxing sessions taught by Olympic trainer Kru Yim. Renowned as the “art of the eight limbs,” muay Thai makes sure every inch of your body is trained with its intense punches, knee strikes and elbows. When you’re exhausted from all the kicking and grappling, the Opium Spa by Sodashi is here to help you unwind with its signature 90-minute Thai Herbal Compress massage. The masseur’s rhythmic hot compresses, together with aromatic herbs and spices, boost blood circulation and relieve your strained muscles. And if all these don’t already sound exciting enough, getting inked at the Sak Yant tattoo studio (starts from $6,595) will definitely spice things up. Tracing back to ancient Cambodia, the sacred Sak Yant tattoos, which often feature intricate geometric symbols of Buddhist prayers, are said to possess magical powers that could protect or bless its wearer.
Weekend package starts from $8,397 per night. Accommodates two, includes breakfast, dinner and a massage therapy in Pool Village Courtyard or Pool Villa Riverview room. 3/2 Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal, Dusit, Bangkok, Thailand, (+66) 2-206-6998
11. Cheval Blanc Randheli
Stray from the tourist-packed beaches of Maldives and wander off thebeaten path at Cheval Blanc Randheli in the virginal Noonu Atoll, a heaven of bliss located at a 40-minute seaplane ride from the city of Malé. Set out on a one, three or five-day Wellness Journey ($3,802, $7,681 and $15,440 respectively) for a physical and mental restoration with daily spa rituals at Cheval Blanc Spa, or in the privacy of your own villa. Foot reflexology therapy, which enhances your whole-body lymphatic circulation from your soles, is just the elixir for ladies who wear heels every day. After your breather at the spa, give those worn out limbs a stretch in the Sunrise Yoga classes, or break out from your sedentary lifestyle with core muscle training in a few Pilates sessions. No treatment is complete without the bespoke culinary cures from the maison’s chefs, who can cook up just any low-sodium or vegan meal program according to your dietary needs.
Noonu Atoll, Maldives, (+960) 656-1515
12. The Datai Langkawi
From its architecture to a wildlife ambience of rainforests and mangroves, to the fusion of homegrown spices and herbs into its dishes, “nature” seems to be the heart of The Datai Langkawi, a resort lying on the mysterious Langkawi Island. Answer your “call of nature” with one of their nature excursions like the UNESCO Geopark Cruise, where you will burrow through limestone hills to meet kingfishers and fiddler crabs. Go on a guided rainforest trekking tour for a peek into the thriving fauna and flora at the very core of this enigmatic jungle. If you’re more of a water person, the Kayak and Swimming Adventure will give you a taste of rowing along the tides of Kubang Badak River. After a day of blazing sunlight, cool down at the Datai Spa wrapped in an ambrosial rainforest. Relax as the masseurs hands move according to the cicadas hums in the background during their signature Indulgent Oriental Rituals (starting at $1,652).
Jalan Teluk Datai, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, (+60) 4-9500-500