5 Zen Retreats To Reconnect With Yourself and Nature

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Explore our top five resorts to begin your journey to self-discovery. Amidst stunning natural landscapes, discover our favorite zen retreats that provide an ideal backdrop for those seeking to escape the virtual world and reconnect with themselves on a spiritual level.

Zen Retreats

1.     Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge, Nepal

Restore your body and soul at Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge. Perched 1000 feet above Nepal’s enchanting Pokhara Valley, this hilltop oasis is surrounded by one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes: the Himalayan mountains. With unobstructed views of the Annapurna, garden tours and strolls to the nearby village, it is easy to fall in love with this spiritual retreat. The lodge’s award-winning pool soothes as it reflects the white peaks in its water. Eliminate your stress with a relaxing yoga class or a guided meditation session. Masseuses also come right to your door and offer a wide range of Ayurvedic and shiatsu therapy. 

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2.    The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia

Amidst a 10 million year old forest is the tropical haven known as The Datai Langkawi. As the story goes, visionary Kerry Hill was so moved by the landscape’s natural beauty he decided to design the resort using only natural elements and sustainable practices. The architectural masterpiece lies on the island of Langkawi near the crystalline shores of the Datai Bay, named one of the top ten beaches in the world by National Geographic. The resort radiates healing energy. Immerse yourself with a spa treatment based on ancient Ramuan philosophy. Learn how to cook with freshly picked herbs in a Dapur cooking class. The Nature Centre’s lounge provides curated teas, herbs and spices that will satisfy your soul. And a trip to the Holistic Pavillion is a unique sensory experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and at peace.

Zen Retreats

3.    Tri Lanka, Sri Lanka

Tri Lanka marries sustainable design with the natural elements to create a resort that compliments the region’s landscape. Inspired by the Golden Ratio, this sensational island getaway includes spiral elements, living walls and green roofs that will put your mind at ease as it stimulates your senses. Take in the mangrove forests as you gaze across Sri Lanka’s glittering Koggala Lake. Tri Lanka encourages guests to ‘unplug’ from stressors and tune into themselves and the local environment with a restorative yoga session or spa treatment. A walk through the tropical island’s lush landscape or to the cinnamon-clad water tower will uplift your spirit for the ultimate zen retreat. 

Zen Retreats

4.    Kamalaya, Thailand 

Designed to enhance the body and mind connection, Kamalaya is a total wellness wonderland on Thailand’s coast. Crystal blue shores surrounding the verdant green grounds frame guests’ relaxation journey. Kamalaya creates tailor made wellness programs for all that stay, offering specialized detoxification, stress and burnout, weight loss, fitness and yoga programs to address guests’ goals. Luxurious beachfront accommodations are paired with tasteful furnishings to foster a sense of serenity. Nurturing staff, a calming atmosphere and healthy dining options make this zen retreat a heavenly spot to find harmony with nature.  

5.    Gangtey Lodge, Bhutan

Named one of the top zen retreats in the world, Bhutan’s Gangtey Lodge is where the healing power of nature and hospitality converge. This otherworldly retreat is located above the stunning landscape of the Gangtey Valley, part of which is a protected reserve for the ethereal Black-necked Crane. Just outside earth-toned lodgings you will find sweeping forests and two winding rivers, Nakay Chhu (black water) and Gay Chhu (white water). Amidst this secluded backdrop, Gangtey Lodge invites travelers to connect on a deep emotional, physical, and spiritual level with themselves and the environment.

Schedule a complimentary travel consultation with Regenerative Travel here to learn more about our top zen retreats and to begin planning your journey of self-discovery with our travel design team.

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