8 wellness resorts to check into for a spiritual and uplifting holiday experience

These vacation spots will have you already dreaming about your next holiday.

We know its only February, and the next long weekend is more than a month away.

If you’re getting vacation fever from the envy-worthy posts all over your feed, you’re not alone. We’ve gathered eight different vacation spots around the globe to inspire you for your next relaxing getaway, from a restful retreat at a wellness resort in Bangkok, to a nine-day pilgrimage hike in Japan.

These wellness resorts and experiences set every plan out for you, so all you need to do is to be there, be still, and recharge.

1. Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort in Bangkok, Thailand

Khao Pad Rodfai
Charcoal grilled grouper and red chilli paste
Beef short ribs that are steamed for three days

Even the biggest shopaholic will get exhausted from Bangkok’s endless number of malls and roadside shops, and Movenpick BDMS Wellness Resort has the answer for you! Described as an urban oasis, this greenery-filled, relaxing resort is situated in the middle of Bangkok’s most prestigious shopping district, so you can conveniently retire and relax your aching feet after a long day of scoring deals.

Specialising in authentic Thai cuisine, the newly launched Khum Hom restaurant uses only the freshest local ingredients to create Thai food with a contemporary twist, that will be both delectable and good for the health. Starting at THB210 (SGD9.25) for an ala carte dish, and THB1990++ (SGD87.68) for the taster’s menu, Khum Hom also offers vegan-friendly options that are only plant-based and gluten-free, so everyone can enjoy their meal at the resort.

In addition, the resort has an in-house BDMS Wellness Clinic that offers various programs such as their Weight Management Program that includes an assessment, followed by appointments with dietary and fitness experts, so you end your holiday looking better than before!

Book your stay at this urban oasis here.

2. Ember Beach Club, Malaysia

Check out Malaysia’s newest beach club, which is the height of luxury for individuals seeking an exciting getaway filled with live music by DJs and expertly prepared cocktails.

At Ember Beach Club, exhilarating activities like wakeboarding, kayaking, and water-skiing are available for the adventure-seekers, and outdoor movies are screened if you’re looking for more peace and quiet. End of your fun-filled day with sunset viewing, while enjoying a freshly caught seafood and prime meats prepared by critically-acclaimed Chef Andrew Walsh.

Book your retreat at One&Only Desaru Coast’s website, from 23 March 2020.

3. X25 Villas, Thailand

Nestled among thickets of trees and facing the turquoise Andaman sea are the four individual private villas at X25, each with a private infinity pool, and a spacious master bedroom and living area.

Perfect for a romantic getaway with your partner, or just to have a luxurious vacation with a group of friends, you can choose to book one room at USD1068++ (SGD1491.68), or the whole villa at USD4271++ (SGD5965.16).

Besides swimming in the pools and soaking in the tub, which gives you unparalleled views of the sea, there are many activities available to keep you entertained: Yoga sessions taught by a yogi, Pilates, or even a spa treatment at the award-winning Cool Spa.

Check out the A-list celebrity favourite vacation spot at Sri Panwa’s page.

4. REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts, Indonesia

Searching for a mindful and peaceful retreat into nature? Look no further: join the Nyepi Silent Retreat at REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts, Nua Dusa held from 23-29 March 2020, where all forms of communication (including with other guests) are discouraged. Instead, take this time away from your busy life to clear your mind, reset, and meditate, while reconnecting with Mother Nature.

Inspired by the ancient Balinese tradition of observing 24 hours of silence on Nyepi day (25-26 March this year), the Silent Retreat starts from USD655 for a person, and USD1012 for two people in a Garden Suite, with a minimum of a three nights’ stay.

Book this unique experience at REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts’ page, available from now till 26 March.

5. Capella Ubud, Indonesia

For another silent retreat to consider, luxury hotel Capella Ubud offers a spiritual experience at SGD4100 for a three-night stay in a lush forest camp.

You’ll undergo ancient practices like a water purification ritual at Wos River Temple, and observe the purification of Ogoh-Ogoh (Balinese paper maiche monster dolls). Then, relax and feel all your worries drift away with the 60-minute Nocturnal Meditation (try not to fall asleep!), as well as a 90-minute Auriga Wellness’ signature treatment, followed by a private in-tent dinner on the evening of Nyepi. You’ll return feeling refreshed and mentally clear till your next vacation!

Try out this ancient tradition out by booking your visit here.

6. Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage, Japan

If you’re looking to splurge, try this walking pilgrimage trip in Japan that will take you from Kyoto to Ise over nine days! Follow your guide as they take you on ancient trails through thick forests, soak in onsens, and reside in traditional temples and inns, while you forget about your everyday worries.

Best suited for individuals who are comfortable with walking four to six hours a day, this restful pilgrimage trip will set you back about SGD4758, and is only available from March to May 2020, and September to November 2020.

Book your trip here.

7. Tamassa Bel Ombre, Mauritius

For a family-friendly trip, head over to Tamassa Bel Ombre in Mauritus over the Easter weekend! While children attend a meet-and-greet with an Easter Bunny, or unleash their creative streak by painting Easter eggs, parents can take time off at a Zumba session or attempt water aerobics, and then recharge over a barbeque meal or a fun tea break.

Relieve yourself from the heat by splashing about in the Family Foam Party, or take a exhilarating ride down the water slides, and make your night an unforgettable one by soaking in the music by the on-site DJs.

Reserve your family trip at Tamasa Bel Ombre here.

8. SALA Samui Chaweng Beach, Thailand

Ever heard of a moon-themed hotel? The chic Samui Chaweng Beach resort in Thailand features elegant arcs and circular architecture, as seen in the Moon Pool and the outdoor bathtubs in Pool Villas or Suites, making it perfect for a quick, quiet, and chill couple’s getaway.

In addition to the gorgeous interior and decor, there are a variety of food options like fresh seafood, Thai cuisine and Western food at the in-resort restaurants, The Tent, Treehouse Restaurant + Bar, and the Beach Bar, to choose from.

Book your stay at the resort at SALA’s page here, from SGD335.31 per night for a Garden Deluxe Balcony room.