International Women’s Day was on March 8, and we’re marking the occasion by recommending our favourite wellness retreats for women around Asia-Pacific.
Bali’s first women’s only wellness-retreat provider, Goddess Retreats has been welcoming guests on ‘magical journeys’ since 2003. Each seven-day retreat includes meals, unlimited spa treatments and activities such as meditation, cultural outings and spiritual ceremonies, with the option to focus on yoga, surfing, fitness, and even skiing or snowboarding at Goddess’s lodge in Hakuba, Japan. Solo travellers can be paired with roommates for added value.
Established in 2012 to provide women a nurturing space to focus on their health and well-being, Resolution Retreats offers a wide range of packages targeting everything from weight loss to goal setting. A passionate team of women delivers a holistic programme that includes daily training sessions, health advice, life coaching, and make-up and styling sessions. Retreats are held at a purpose-built health resort in picturesque Karapiro, New Zealand, and can range from three days to three weeks. See the website for upcoming dates.
Billed as ‘the most luxurious women’s retreat in Bali’, Escape Haven offers surf, yoga, fitness, detox, Pilates and Ayurveda retreats as well as customised packages. Guests can enjoy unlimited yoga and spa treatments at its two sanctuaries in Canggu, or join a luxury yacht voyage to Komodo National Park. Accommodation ranges from private suites to three-bedroom pool villas, with retreats running from Saturday to Friday every week throughout the year.
Bliss Sanctuary for Women
At its three properties in Bali, Bliss aims to provide a personalised escape from the everyday. Its standard package includes unlimited food, yoga, massages and sightseeing, to which guests can add activities such as surfing, Crossfit, meditation and even a visit to the healer featured in Eat Pray Love. The flexible approach means guests can choose their own dates and work with staff to create their own itinerary.