banyan tree.jpg (original size)Photo credit: Banyan Tree 

The last thing we need at the end of a holiday is to feel fatigue instead of refreshed. Unfortunately, that situation is all too familiar for those  who make the mistake of over-planning, to maximise a new destination.

Read also: The fitness habits of top leaders and CEOs

 Do yourself a favour on your next holiday: forget the tours and itineraries and allow yourself to truly immerse in a hard-earned break. Pick a ‘destina-zen’ that focuses on your wellbeing, like wellness retreats that rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.

 These are some of the most blissful wellness getaways we recommend, with holistic pampering services so comprehensive, you won’t dream of leaving the resort.

Alila Seminyak

Alila Seminyak - Spa Alila Treatment Suites.jpg (original size)Melt the stresses of work and modern lifestyles away through Alila’s newly launched Wellness Retreat program across its Indonesian properties. Alila Seminyak’s tranquil, panoramic ocean views are a refreshing scene to wake up to. The five-night retreat also includes a 60-minute daily signature treatment and daily, healthy gourmet breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments, and plenty of time to rest and reflect.

 Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary, PhuketBanyan Tree Spa Sanctuary Phuket.jpg (original size)

Step into this tropical paradise of a boutique resort and chase all urban worries away with a choice of six wellness packages at the Spa Sanctuary Pool Villas. Each package offers is tailored to physical, mental and spiritual health, starting with two wholesome lunches, two healthy dinners, body massages, and a four-night stay for two. If you need more, unwind with daily spa treatments or invigorating workouts, as part of their Sense of Rejuvenation packages.

 Bawah Island, SingaporeBawah Island_TreeTop Restaurant.jpg (original size)

Inspired by its cool and peaceful natural backdrop, this luxe retreat takes holistic wellness seriously with Aura, a wellness centre with spa and yoga facilities and mind and body programs to reawakens one’s state of mind. Guests will be spoilt for choice with personalised yoga, pilates, meditation and reiki sessions available from morning to evening.

 Nihiwatu, Sumba Island, Indonesianihiwatu Yoga Pavilion - Tree Pose.jpg (original size)

This off-the-grid property takes mind-body wellness to another level, with year-round fitness programs and Barefoot Luxury Retreats to look forward to. Enhancing the experience is  an annual Wild & Free yoga program and multi-level, specialist yoga. A unique Nihioka Spa Safari whisks guests away on a journey of soothing treatments, healthy cuisine and yoga, amidst views of the sea and paddy fields.

 Westin Hotel Kuala Lumpurwestin wesrf-186579-SuperFoodsRx Breakfast in Bed.jpg (original size)

This hotel  takes you in full circle, with offerings for the senses, mind and body. Their innovative programs indulge you with scrumptious and wholesome nourishment from exclusive SuperFoodsRx dishes. To sweat it out, pick from a leading WestinWORKOUT program, such as cardio, strength and stretching. Afterwards, unwind in a Heavenly Bath and blissful slumber on the Heavenly bed, featuring luxury sheets and pillow-top mattress.

Photos courtesy of respective hotels. 

With so many healthy food trends, what's best for us? Elaine Ho of Chopstick Diner digs in to the truth. 

Tags: Spa, Banyan Tree, Health, Fitness, Nihiwatu, Alila, Bawah Island, Wellness Getaway, Westin Hotel, Wellness Retreat