Tired of the pace of city life? We focus so much of our energy on our work, daily life and family, that sometimes we forget to have a little “me” time and just plain relax. With various relaxation practices available out there, it can be difficult to choose the right one for you. Rejuvenate both the body and mind in time for 2016 with one of the getaways below. Whether you opt for yoga, meditation or a simple massage, you know it’s high time for you to get in touch with your zen side.
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
Tucked away in the outskirts of Ipoh, this exclusive retreat is the gem of Perak. Surrounded by impressive landscapes, limestone hills, a rainforest, geothermal hot springs and more, you can fully immerse yourself in the serenity and beauty of nature. Rejuvenating yoga classes are held indoors and outdoors but the star will have to be the Crystal Cave. The walls and ceiling of the Crystal Cave are lined by amethyst and quartz crystals, known to promote metaphysical healing. It is the ultimate escape for peace, tranquillity and indeed a sight to behold. After a restoring session, take a dip in the geothermal hot springs or experience enlightenment in the Meditation Cave.
Zen Resort Bali
This holistic and wellness sanctuary is located in Desa Uma Anyar, Buleleng. Whether you are a beginner or advanced yoga student, the Zen Yoga offers classes that can be tailored to suit individual needs, either privately or in groups. The Avani yoga pavilion is a specially designed floral haven surrounded by nature, overlooking rice fields, vineyards and the alluring Bali Sea. But if you’d just like to meditate, Zen Resort also has it’s own tree-tops meditation terrace, or pick from the numerous secluded locations in the tropical gardens. Special meditation classes can also be arranged with their Yoga master at the resort.
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Blooming Lotus Yoga Retreat
Tucked away in the lush forests of Koh Phangan, this tranquil retreat is actually a yoga studio overlooking the sparkling waters of Haad Yuan Bay. Blooming Lotus Yoga allows yogis to really get away from it all. Guests can indulge in daily group yoga classes, in-depth workshops, Thai massage, steam baths and healing treatments to restore body and mind. They are also given the freedom to relax and explore the beautiful island at their own pace, offering the perfect opportunity to unplug. For accommodation, there is a wide range of rustic bungalows and hotels in the surrounding area to cater to different budget types.
Fivelements Puri Ahimsa
Sitting on the banks of the tranquil Ayung River, Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa, focuses on the ancient traditions of Bali, promoting authentic healing and spa rituals to rejuvenate from within. The award-winning eco-conscious wellness retreats believes in living well and gets in touch with physical, emotional and spiritual levels to allow a natural healing process. Explore the nature of Ubud, indulge in raw cuisine and practice yoga to your heart’s content.
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