As we transition into the new year, step into a realm of unparalleled well-being with HOT Magazine’s top picks for Health and Wellness Retreats. Embrace the “New Year, New You” ethos at exclusive destinations like RAKxa Integrative Wellness, The Original FX Mayr, Soneva Stars, The Residence Maldives, Aman, and more.
Each destination is handpicked to deliver transformative experiences that extend beyond the physical, rejuvenating not only the body but also nurturing the mind and spirit. In an era where well-being takes centre stage, our recommendations promise a harmonious blend of tranquillity and holistic enrichment.
RAKxa Integrative Wellness: Your Path to Wholeness in Bangkok’s Holistic Oasis
Discover an extraordinary wellness experience at RAKxa Integrative Wellness, awarded “Best Holistic Heaven” in the Condé Nast Traveller Wellness and Spa Awards 2023 and the T+L Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2023. Situated in the serene ‘Green Lung’ of Bang Krachao in Bangkok, RAKxa seamlessly integrates cutting-edge medical science with holistic practices. Central to RAKxa’s philosophy is their commitment to guiding individuals toward wholeness.
At the core of their offerings lies the ‘RAKxa Rebalance’ program, a carefully crafted 6D5N
experience that blends traditional and medical treatments, featuring mindful exercises, energy healing, Ayurvedic massage, acupuncture, and more. Rooted in diverse wellness traditions, the program fosters a profound body-mind connection through practices like Tai Chi and modern therapies such as oxygen therapy. Complemented by anti-inflammatory cuisine, this program ensures not only physical rejuvenation but also imparts profound health insights. Beyond the ‘RAKxa Rebalance’ program, a variety of expertly curated treatments and programmes including Detox, Destress, Weight Management, and others aim to provide a comprehensive, personalized wellness experience tailored to help individuals achieve their unique health goals.
The Original FX Mayr, The Pioneer of Gut Health and Modern Mayr Medicine
Situated in Carinthia overlooking Lake Wörthersee in Austria, The Original FX Mayr stands as a global leader in modern Mayr medicine, offering advanced medical diagnostics and holistic healthcare. Renowned for its famous Mayr ‘cure,’ the clinic focuses on detoxification, strengthening intestinal health, and enhancing the immune system to restore balance and inner peace. Pioneering the Mayr cure as the first residential clinic, it believes in giving the digestive system a break to enable profound healing throughout the body. Today, the clinic continues to evolve, incorporating enhanced diagnostics, emotional coaching, and advanced therapies within a progressive 360-degree approach to health. With fasting and nutrition at its core, The Original FX Mayr boasts a 50% repeat guest ratio, testament to its outstanding care, superior comfort, and beautiful lakeside setting.
Soneva’s Wellness Odyssey with Soneva Stars
Delivering on their promise to inspire rare and unique experiences for their guests, Soneva introduces the Soneva Stars program, featuring sporting legends, and renowned therapists. This December, indulge in a lavish well-being journey with resident Soneva Stars Gregory Beale at Soneva Kiri and Paweennuch Soisongsee at Soneva Jani. With 15 years of expertise, Beale offers personalised treatments alleviating chronic pain and enhancing athletic performance. Meanwhile, drawing on over 20 years of healing experience across continents, Soisongsee empowers through Reiki and sound healing, fostering profound physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. For more information on the upcoming Soneva Stars, please refer here.
Well Living with Aman
Since 2016, Aman Wellness has been committed to preserving traditional practices and integrating them into a forward-looking approach, consistently fostering positive change in eachguest’s well-being. Aman introduces an evolved Well-Living methodology with advanced programs and retreats to enhance guests’ potential.
A Centre for Longevity in New York: Aman New York, taking inspiration from the Sanskrit
word for ‘peace,’ serves as a Center for Longevity within the Aman group’s portfolio of 34 global resorts. Aman New York boasts a 25,000-square-foot urban sanctuary, featuring exceptional wellness facilities such as a Fitness Centre, Cryotherapy Chamber, and a 65-foot heated pool.
The Spa Houses redefine the landscape of wellness in Manhattan, offering steam rooms, saunas, double treatment rooms, spacious living areas, and outdoor terraces. Aman New York distinguishes itself by providing tailored Wellness Solutions and Immersion Programmes, overseen by experts like Dr. Robert Graham. These programmes focus on personalised, multidisciplinary plans that leverage advanced body composition analysis to address a variety of wellness goals.
Aman Japan Wellness Journey: Aman Tokyo seamlessly blends Tokyo’s rich history, art, and cuisine, creating a serene Zen oasis. On the shores of Ago Bay, Amanemu embraces tranquil seclusion, while Aman Kyoto offers glimpses into the imperial past of the ancient capital. The Aman Japan Journey enables guests to tailor their wellness goals. Beginning with assessments in Tokyo and followed by recommended sessions at Amanemu and Aman Kyoto, this ensures a harmonious alignment of cultural enrichment with health objectives for a revitalised return home.
Discover the Benefits of Ayurvedic Habits with ÀNI Sri Lanka
ÀNI’s wellness philosophy is one of simple truth, that wellbeing stems not from striving, but
through balance in all things. This is very much in line with the principles of Ayurveda, India and Sri Lanka’s ancient healing system meaning ‘the science of life’. Incorporating Ayurvedic treatments and culinary lore, ÀNI Sri Lanka’s wellness offering encompasses movement, relaxation, nutrition, and nature’s life-giving presence, giving a true sense of life-enhancing equilibrium.
Indulge in DIOR on Royal Scotsman, A Belmond Train
In homage to Christian Dior’s love for Scotland – where he famously hosted his much-acclaimed fashion show in 1955, the Dior Spa Royal Scotsman is housed in one of the train’s plush carriages. Dedicated to wellness, the carriage features two lacquered treatment rooms adorned with Dior’s iconic burgundy toile de Jouy motif. A cocoon of serenity on the rails, Dior Spa Royal Scotsman offers guests a tranquil space to unwind and rejuvenate as the train snakes through Scotland’s awe-inspiring peaks and dramatic valleys.
The bespoke wellbeing menu includes three tailor-made treatments by the French Maison’s
experts, offering a truly immersive Scottish experience. The D-Travel body massage aims to purify and release tension, the D-Elements treatment combines natural beauty with hot stones for relaxation, and the D-Highlands facial draws inspiration from Kobido techniques, sculpting features with the Dior Prestige line. The collaboration of Dior and the Royal Scotsman provides guests with a holistic beauty experience, complementing outdoor wellness activities for overall well-being.
A Journey to an Inner Wellbeing with Banyan Tree Veya Phuket
Banyan Tree Veya Phuket, a wellness-focused resort within the Banyan Tree Group, crafts
bespoke well-being journeys based on the eight pillars of well-being. Located in Laguna Phuket, the resort’s 23 villas offer an intimate setting with exclusive access to a Wellbeing Centre, featuring Thailand’s inaugural White Room for sensory detox. Certified hosts expertly guide guests through a three-step protocol, ensuring a personalised journey. A stay includes accommodation in Veya Pool Villas, a private well-being assessment, a tailored itinerary from the group activity calendar, daily rituals, and mindful practices. Guests can use Flexible Veya credits for preferred private sessions, spa treatments, retail purchases, and outlet dining, providing a truly empowering experience.
As we usher in the new year, these Health and Wellness Retreats, meticulously curated, beckon you to a journey of rejuvenation and self-discovery. Each destination, from the tranquil oasis of RAKxa in Bangkok to the pioneering Original FX Mayr in Austria, the culturally-rich Aman Japan, and the holistic Banyan Tree Veya in Phuket, offers more than just a getaway; they promise a transformative experience. These retreats are not mere escapes from the daily grind but are sanctuaries where wellness is woven into every aspect, ensuring that you return not just refreshed, but also enriched and inspired.