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Unique New Wellness Activities in Southeast Asia

With Global Wellness Day on June 12 fast approaching, people around the world are being inspired to ask themselves: “How can I live a healthier and better life?” Throughout Asia, hotels and resorts are helping provide answers to this question with the introduction of a range of unique new wellness activities, several of which are spotlighted below.

Tanah Gajah Ubud Helps Guests Wash Worries Away

Tanah Gajah Ubud

The international yoga-loving community has long swooned to the spiritual heart of Bali at Ubud, where studios and vegan restaurants abound. Now, on the outskirts of this popular destination guests can find a more local way to distress and hit reset. The Balinese water purification ceremony, known as Melukat, is a cleansing ritual locals partake in when they are stressed or under pressure. This practice, designed to restore balance, is a core element of Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana’s latest offering, The Art of Renaissance. The two-night minimum package is designed to introduce guests to the local culture, while helping them release and refresh. Other wellness-focused inclusions are an indulgent two-hour spa therapy overlooking Bali’s iconic rice paddies, and a private farm-to-table dining experience, with the backdrop of the organic garden where the food comes from.

A State of Zen Descends on Alma Resort

Alma Resort

The 30-hectare Alma Resort overlooking Long Beach on Vietnam’s Cam Ranh Peninsula is launching a variety of meditation and yoga classes to calm the mind and strengthen the body. Following hour-long sunrise and sunset yoga classes from 6am and 4pm at Alma’s yoga room or at the beach, one-hour meditation classes will be held at the yoga room from 7am and 5pm. The meditation classes will focus on the chakra points to harness balanced energy. The yoga and meditation classes are open to a minimum of two people and a maximum of 10 people. Private meditation and yoga classes will also be available for guests. The yoga and meditation classes are among many wellbeing offerings at the resort, a Preferred Hotels member, ranging from spa treatments at 13-villa Le Spa to recreational pursuits such as watersports, basketball, and volleyball. For more information visit

Azerai Can Tho Introduces Multi-Day Yoga and Pilates Retreats

Azerai Can Tho

Azerai Can Tho in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta has introduced new monthly yoga and Pilates retreats, as the resort continues to embrace its growing reputation as one of southern Vietnam’s most unique wellness destinations. Located on a private islet on the Hau River that is accessible only by boat, Azerai Can Tho provides a peaceful natural setting for the retreats. Only three hours’ drive from Ho Chi Minh City, the resort is secluded but close to the city of Can Tho, and the campus is lush with greenery and mature banyan trees. Azerai’s new Pilates studio features the latest in allegro reformer equipment (six machines) in a sleekly designed, well-lit space with vaulted hardwood ceilings. The new Pilates retreats include a posture analysis, five Pilates sessions on reformers, and much more. Meanwhile, the four- and six-day yoga retreats include dynamic hatha yoga and status asanas sessions, in addition to a river cruise, healthy meals, live cooking sessions and more. Guests at all retreats can spend their free time bicycling around the islet, swimming in the resort’s pool or playing a game of tennis.

Banyan Tree Turns to Wellbeing Sanctuaries in a Post-Covid World

Banyan Tree

As the world leans more into wellbeing following the impact of the pandemic, Banyan Tree is redefining its hospitality experience. Throughout 2021, the brand will be launching Wellbeing Sanctuaries that combine club floors or resort wings, and dedicated dining and spa options, into one exclusive journey. Beginning in March, the first initiative was launched in China, and will progressively roll out in Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Thailand and Vietnam in the months ahead. Among the resorts included are the luxurious Banyan Tree Samui and newly opened Banyan Tree Krabi in Thailand, and the ever-popular Banyan Tree Lang Co in Vietnam. Each resort will individually prepare programs for guests based on their “8 Pillars” principle (good sleep; good diet; interaction; intimacy; physical vitality; cultivating the mind; learning and development; harmony with nature; and sustained practices).For more information, visit