Mention the word ‘retreat’, and we often think of spa resorts, massages, aromatherapy sessions and all things zen and comforting. But of late, retreats have taken on a different meaning for fitness fanatics, or anyone interested to stay fit or kickstart a clean and lean regime while on vacation. We take at a look at some fitness retreats in Asia that you ought to consider exploring.
1. UFIT CHICKFITREAT, Bali, Indonesia
UFIT is Singapore’s largest independent fitness community that offers a range of fitness classes such as Bootcamps, Crossfit, Boxing and female-only sessions known as SHEFIT.
Their CHICKFITREAT is open only to ladies, and takes place a few times a year in the lovely island of Bali. The retreat consists of different activities, from fitness classes, to yoga, massages, and even surfing. Time is also set aside for you to enjoy some of the best food, and the sights and sounds that Bali has to offer.
The retreat offers a great opportunity to relax and enjoy the lush surroundings while working on your personal fitness regime. Do take a look at the UFIT website if you are keen to find out more information on their fitness retreats.
2. COMO Shambhala (Bali, Phuket, Bhutan)
If running around in the sun is not quite your thing and you prefer a more traditional wellness retreat to explore, then look no further than what COMO Shambhala has to offer.
Part of the COMO Group that is based out of Singapore, which includes luxury retailer Club 21, COMO Shambhala prides itself on being a leader in luxury wellness, and offers signature classes and spa treatments to its patrons.
Be it in Bali, Phuket or Bhutan, COMO Shambhala’s quality is guaranteed, and you can be sure that their retreats and other wellness offerings are in line with their award-winning accolades.
Their recently-concluded Qigong and meditation retreat is a great example. Held at Uma by COMO, COMO’s private mountain resort in Bhutan, the six-day itinerary offered participants a good mix of meditation, fitness and leisure time to sight-see in the hermit kingdom.
Be sure to check out their website for more details on upcoming fitness retreats from the COMO Group.
4. Thanyapura Phuket, Thailand
Ever wondered how Formula 1 drivers prepare and acclimatise to the tropical weather ahead of the annual Singapore F1 race? The answer is Thanyapura in Phuket.
Known as Asia’s premier sports facility, Thanyapura is familiar ground to the likes of F1 driver Jenson Button and tennis superstar Maria Sharapova, among many other big sporting names. Operating on a 23-hectare space in Phuket, Thanyapura has an on-site hotel, restaurants, and fitness and wellness centre, which offers a huge range of sports activities such as tennis, swimming , Muay Thai, to even having access to a physiotherapist or chiropractor.
A standard room is priced at approximately 4,000 THB (approx. S$155) a night, and this will also give you free access to their facilities. So if you’re keen to do some celebrity athlete spotting while working out, then consider heading to Thanyapura in Phuket, which is only a 90-minute flight away from Singapore.
5. Flight Centre Sports and Events (regional)
For those who prefer to have a more tailored retreat, do consider checking out Flight Centre Sports and Events, an arm of the Australian based travel agency, Flight Centre.
Catering to the needs of people who travel far and wide for overseas sporting events and providing guaranteed entry to sold-out events, the company also offers the opportunity for individuals and groups to plan and customise their sporting holiday adventures.
So if running marathons overseas or taking part in triathlons are not your cup of tea, and you prefer a scenic trekking type of break, the company will be able to offer you several options to consider in Asia-Pacific such as walking the Great Wall of China, or checking out the Twelve Apostles in Australia.
One added benefit of booking such sporting breaks with them is that they have a lowest airfare guarantee offer for customers, since they are a travel agency. So no excuse now for not planning your next trip and infusing some fitness into it!