5 World-Leading Wellness Escapes

Written byLexy Thorne
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From the enchanting treetops of southern Sri Lanka to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan mountains, discover the restorative spirit and remedial power of nature with an escape to one of our world-leading wellness hotels.

1. Gangtey LodgeBhutan

Discover the essence of tranquility and embark on a spiritual journey like no other in Bhutan’s most charming and authentic hotel.

Peacefully nestled amongst the local farmhouses of the Phobjikha Valley, the sustainably-minded and multiple award-winning Gangtey Lodge hotel welcomes you to its charming and totally authentic Bhutanese hideaway. Surrounded by the breath-taking views of the spiritual Himalayan Kingdom, the open-planned settings and panoramic vistas offer a unique view of the valley’s awe-inspiring natural wonders while the 12 elegant guest-suites provide a cosy respite from the cold months of winter-time. Decorated to the most welcoming perfection, each of the 12 suites come complete with their own fireplaces and rolltop bathtubs, offering guests an ideal place to mentally and physically unwind. 

The ultimate destination for those looking to escape the stresses that arise in their home lives, simply entering this untouched part of the world offers an opportunity like no other to step back in time and enjoy a much simpler way of life. But should the natural backdrop of the Himalaya’s set against the warming interiors not already induce a calming and meditative state, Gangtey Lodge’s unique selection of traditional spiritual experiences and authentic wellness treatments have also been thoughtfully curated to help you reconnect to your inner-self.

From the forest bathing walks and fresh mountain hikes to the morning meditations at the local Shedra, guests can choose to join an early morning self-cleansing ‘Thrusel’ ritual with the monks of the local Shedra or say farewell to their suffering with the lighting of a traditional butter lamp at an ancient Bhutanese ceremony. After a morning or evening of spiritual experiences and nature-activities, be sure to come home to a herbal hot-stone bath or restorative massage and let your mind wander further into total relaxation.

2. The Ranch MalibuUSA

Recalibrate the body and mind with a bespoke, active and picturesque health retreat in the sun-lit mountains of Santa Monica.

Combining rustic luxury with a holistic and regenerative approach to health, The Ranch Malibu’s no-distractions hideaway has long been celebrated as one of the country’s most exclusive wellness retreats. Set on a stunning 200-acre historic working ranch, overlooking the glistening Pacific Ocean and the picturesque mountains of Santa Monica, this private retreat allows guests to take a break from their hectic daily schedule and kickstart a sustainable transformation of their bodies and minds.

With a mission to go back to nature’s basics and illuminate how our health is the most ultimate luxury in life, guests to The Ranch Malibu are invited to adopt a ‘no-options’ philosophy when it comes to their wellness, before joining an active daily schedule of properly ‘calibrated’ plant-based nutrition, low-impact exercise and consultations with health professionals. 

With ingredients for the delicious and low-calorie daily menus sourced from the Ranch’s own certified-organic gardens,  guests can expect to wake with the taste of Granola-topped Coconut Parfait bowls and the sounds of Tibetan wind chimes before embarking on that day’s revitalizing activities. From scenic mountain hikes and strength-training to water aerobics and evening yoga, notice the deeply energising results that arise from a detox in the fresh mountain air, before departing with a profound shift in personal awareness.

3. Fivelements Retreat BaliBali

Feel the deeply healing and magnetic energy of this mystical island with an authentic and restorative retreat to Fivelements Bali.

Founded on the principles of this mystical island’s very own philosophy for well-being, the Tri Hita Karana, the innovatively-minded and multiple award-winning Fivelements Retreat Bali is on a mission to inspire and restore harmony between us all. Perhaps the most true and authentic expression of the Balinese spirit one can discover, notice the profound magnetic energy that awaits inside this peaceful oasis whilst experiencing the deeply sacred properties of the Ayung River down below.

Inviting guests to enjoy a delicious daily menu of life-invigorating plant-based cuisine, expect to dine on the chef’s signature and award-winning dishes of Shiitake Mushroom Burgers and Tempe Teriyaki Sushi Rolls while cleansing the body through Fivelements superfood juices and smoothies. 

With the extensive selection of wellness treatments also inspired by the restorative benefits of the five natural elements, discover the dynamic and remedial power of the island’s various natural wonders, allowing a profound healing process to unfold. From finding relaxation through Fivelements’ traditional Balinese Healing Rituals for purification, balance and regeneration to engaging in a class of the Sacred Arts for inner strength, integrity and dedication, learn how a love and respect for life can reawaken the senses and restore our spirits to a state of inner-harmony. 

4. Tri Lanka Sri Lanka

Immerse in nature and reconnect to your inner self with a treetop escape at Tri Lanka

A tranquil hideaway on the banks of Koggala Lake, this uber-sustainable luxury retreat in the treetops of southern Sri Lanka offers an eco-wellness escape unlike any other. Seamlessly blending spirituality and sustainability into a luxury experience, this totally artistic and tropical haven is both inspired by and supports the landscape, utilizing solar power and harvested rainwater to nourish the land, while the Golden Ratio informs the design and shape of every building from the library and shala to the cinnamon-clad water tower at the center of the island.

With the essence of wellbeing and the concept of the inner journey ever-present and informed by co-founder Lara Drummond’s Quantum Yoga approach – a dynamic flowing exercise designed to balance one’s inner nature with a greater harmony to the environment – guests can expect their stay to be combined with spiritual practises, nourishing foods and a nurturing approach that encourage all to tread lightly on the earth while delving deeply within. 

After moving through the sequences of postures in one of Lara’s dynamic yoga classes, be sure to visit the treetop treatment rooms and find relaxation through a massage, before dining on a delicious assortment of Tri Lanka’s cuisine. 

With the menu inspired from lake to table and garden to plate, seasonal and organic dining remains a core celebration at Tri. Guided by the culinary concept of ‘fresh indigenous fusion’, creative Sri Lankan and Western dishes that are as delicious and they are nutritious and appealing await guests from the moment they arrive. Be it the authentic hoppers with kata sambal, the eggs benedict with smoked mahi mahi, or the Ayurvedic inspired smoothies, enjoy the abundance of fresh local produce on offer at Tri and experience the deeply nourishing benefits they bring to the body.

5. Tiger Mountain Lodge PokharaNepal

Discover the soul-awakening power of the Nepalese mountains with an escape to this luxurious Himalayan hideaway.

Once the hometown of the Buddha himself, ascend to your mountain-top haven amongst the stunning Himalayan landscape. Immaculately perched on a ridge outside Pokhara city in central Nepal, the consciously driven Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is an ideal place to relinquish your stress and sink into a deeper understanding of yourself and the natural world.

Beyond a spiritual retreat, the totally secluded lodges offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, which guests can choose to view from the privacy of their own spacious verandas or the waters of the incredible infinity pools. With an expansive range of active experiences to enjoy through the days, spend time in the fresh mountain air before coming home to a delicious array of Nepalese cuisine and a Shiatsu massage in the evenings. 

Promising to help you escape from the busyness of your normal day-life, understand why Nepal remains one of the most peaceful corners of the world while leaving inspired by the divine power of nature.

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