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  • Barb Conley

Wellness Excursions at Hotels Around Asia


Finding Stillness in Vietnam with Mindful Experiences in Sacred & Cultural Sites

A holistic resort in Da Nang is taking wellbeing out of its wellness center through a handful of curated experiences for mind, body, and soul at nearby points of spiritual and cultural significance. TIA Wellness Resort, situated along Da Nang’s picturesque coastline, has drawn on its four core wellness pillars to reimagine excursions to local sites, bringing in a wellness twist. These include: Breathe - a meditation practice at Linh Ung Pagoda and the towering Lady Buddha statue; Flow - a hike in the sacred Marble Mountains and Tai Chi by the tranquil caves up top; Nourish - An organic village excursion and healthy cooking class, and Create - A traditional and mindful Vietnamese calligraphy experience.

Each TIA tour is from VND 1,500,000++ per person and they are offered daily, subject to availability.

Wash Away Negativity with a Water Purification Ceremony in Bali

Melukat, the water purification ceremony, is a core element of Balinese life. This ritual is for the Balinese what confession is for the Catholics. For visitors it’s a chance to explore the spiritual side of the Island of the Gods with a cleansing ritual believed to wash away bad spirits and purify the body and soul. Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, guides guests through the process, assisting them with the correct attire (a Balinese Kebaya and sarong) and then performing the ceremony within the sacred temple grounds within the resort. Guests are guided through the purification ritual by a local priest and accompanied by their butler.

Prices start at IDR 650,000 ++ per person with a minimum booking of two persons.

Take in Tokyo by water, bike or foot with guided city jogging and kayaking tours

The five kilometer moatside run alongside the Imperial Palace gardens has garnered a reputation as the one must-do run in Japan’s capital and while active guests at Palace Hotel Tokyo don’t need to venture far to enjoy this picturesque route, it’s always nice to have some company. Through the hotel’s limited-time “Sustainable Tokyo” package that encourages guests to engage with the city in a more eco-conscious manner, visitors can book a privately guided, two-hour jogging tour or three-hour cycling tour around the iconic Imperial Palace running route, as well as several other areas of the city. Looking for a more novel way to take in Tokyo? Another option through the hotel is a private 90-minute kayaking excursion along the Sumida River, revealing Tokyo’s origins as a city borne of water.

Breathe in the Forest around Krabi, Thailand

With a bountiful and beautiful variety of flora and fauna in adjoining Khao Ngon Nak National Park, including a panoramic viewpoint offering stunning views of the surrounding islands in the Andaman Sea, Banyan Tree Krabi is the ideal jumping-off point for for a hike up Naga Mountain. Banyan Tree’s half-day Forest Bathing walking tour includes ample time for birdwatching, soothing your feet in a waterfall pool, and wallowing in the tranquility and splendor of a tropical forest. “Leave your phone in the villa for one morning and come with us into the forest,” said Sustainability Manager Thepsuda Loijiw.” It’s suitable for all ages, and you’ll never regret spending time with Mother Nature.” The national park is open from 5am to 2pm every day.

For bookings, contact Thepsuda and her team at:, or call +66 75 811 888.

Take ‘A Day for Yourself’ on Vietnam’s Cam Ranh peninsula

Alma resort’s new excursion, “A Day for Yourself,” offers guests a daylong combined wellness and cultural immersion. The tour, provided by local partner Zazen Travel, includes a visit to a popular wellness destination in southern Vietnam that is renowned for its healing mud bath and revitalizing hot spring with Chinese herbs. The tour also includes a relaxing and invigorating massage. The day continues with a visit to the famous Truong Son Handicraft Village, where guests can see – and buy, if they see something that strikes their fancy – artworks by skilled local artisans. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. The day concludes at a healthy fresh fruit shop where guests can sample exotic tropical fruits including durian, mangoes and more.

Renowned Wellness Resort in Central Vietnam Offers Excursions into Nature

Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion, known for its healthy dining and multi-day wellbeing retreats in central Vietnam, recently introduced a new “Healing Yourself Retreat,” with 4-day and 6-day options, encouraging guests to spend meaningful time in nature, nurturing their mind, body and soul. The retreat includes a soak in a natural hot spring and Japanese onsen baths, in addition to adventure activities such as a zipline and high-wire course. Excursions into the surrounding forest include hiking, bicycling and a rejuvenating session of forest bathing — taking in fresh air and the wonders of nature. The package also includes mindful yoga sessions, meditation (including water meditation, walking meditation, chakra healing meditation and rainbow shower meditation) and qigong, in addition to special spa treatments.

Journey to a Sustainable Organic Farm in Chiang Mai Promotes Healthy Eating

Meliá Chiang Mai ushers guests onto a nearby 250-acre gourmet organic farm, to meet local farmers and learn more about sustainable farming and healthy eating. Under the hotel’s ‘360° Cuisine’ program its kitchen works closely with SEED Sustainable Farm in San Sai District, sourcing ‘farm to plate’ organic produce that travels only a short distance before ‘plate to farm’ food waste returns to the farm as fertilizer. To learn more about the journey their food has made, as well as who has been a part of that journey, guests are encouraged to embark on a day trip to the scenic farm that includes a picnic lunch. Participants have the chance to feed the animals, walk through the farm with a guide to learn about the cultivation of Meliá Chiang Mai’s fruits, vegetables and herbs as well as SEED’s Pharm traditional herbal medicine garden, and rummage through a garden maze.

The ‘Melia Farm 360 Degrees Journey’ is priced at THB 3,000 for two people inclusive of the farm experience, picnic lunch and round-trip transfer from Meliá Chiang Mai to the farm.

Experience the Wonders of Angkor Wat… While Running a Marathon

The Angkor Wat International Marathon wends and weaves through one of the world’s most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The luxurious Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, situated on the doorstep of the ancient Khmer archeological sites, is offering participants and their supporters a special stay package for one night only on Dec. 3, the day of the race. Priced at $295++, the “Siem Reap Marathon Stay Package” includes accommodation in a Landmark room, along with exclusive privileges such as Champagne breakfast at Cafe d’Angkor, a 30-minute foot massage at Raffles Spa (once per stay) and Sunday Brunch on Dec. 3 at Cafe d’Angkor. Terms and conditions apply. The historic Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor originally opened in 1932 and is considered a national treasure.


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