Hello, mum. You survived. Birth, breastfeeding, baby’s cries, the terrible twos and threes, another preschool year, primary school balloting, tests, exams, work, and everything above, below, and in-between. You survived all that, and you thrived. And now it’s time for a holiday, to detox — physically and mentally — from all that you’ve been through. No time yet? It’s okay. Keep these places in mind, then make time, grab a #bff or two, and go. You deserve it, mum.
For Yogi-Mums: Bali, Indonesia
You are an asana queen. Your IG feed is filled with pictures of a Lululemon-clad you in poses that would not look out of place on a Cirque Du Soleil stage. Your perfect detox vacation place? Bali, Island of the Gods.
The Yoga Barn in Ubud
Located in the peaceful, artist enclave of Ubud up in the mountains, The Yoga Barn comprises a 10-room guest house, yoga studios, a healing centre, an Ayurvedic massage and treatment centre, restaurants, and juice bars.
If you’re looking for a structured programme, try the personalised yoga retreat or a juice cleansing retreat. Alternatively, you can simply attend yoga classes (there are over 15 classes each day to choose from). If your goal is to strengthen and tone your muscles, a traditional Hatha or Vinyasa class will be up your alley. For stress relief and relaxation, try the Tibetan Bowls, Sound Healing, or Restorative Yoga classes.
Muscles aching after all that yoga? Head to the Ayurveda spa for a Grounding Hot Stone Shila Massage, and let heated river rocks placed at specific energy centres purify and stabilise your body. https://www.theyogabarn.com
REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts
For the ultimate health and wellness experience, check out REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts. Nestled in Bali’s dense tropical rainforest and set against the backdrop of the vast Indian ocean, this is where you can soothe your spirit and rejuvenate your body through yoga, pilates, energy arts, meditation, and holistic treatments.
The resort has a range of signature retreats that you can choose from. These range from stress management to weight loss, detox, and even one for mothers-to-be. The resort’s new NutriFit programmes takes bespoke wellness to another level, using DNA testing to develop an individually tailored programme just for you. https://www.revivoresorts.com
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For Detox and Cleansing: Koh Samui, Thailand
You love the famed Thai graciousness and friendliness, and you could live on Thai food forever. But shopping? Nah. You’d rather sit back, relax, rejuvenate, and replenish your inner energy in a little island of the Land of Smiles.
Kamalaya Koh Samui
Kamalaya is an award-winning wellness sanctuary and holistic resort built around a spiritual ancient cave that Buddhist monks used for meditation. Here you will find a range of retreats and wellness programmes that integrate healing therapies from East and West.
This is where you can learn to get more shut-eye too. According to Fitbit’s 2017 report, most Singaporeans get 6.56 hours of sleep per night. This makes us one of the most sleep-deprived nations in the world. If you haven’t been getting enough rest lately, try Kamalaya’s Sleep Enhancement Program. This is designed to address sleep issues and imbalances, and help you achieve healthy and restful sleep.
If you’re constantly feeling sluggish and bloated, a detox will suit you perfectly. Try Kamalaya’s three-night all-inclusive Intro to Detox program. You’ll be taking part in fitness classes, enjoying massages, and having wellness consultations. The programme also comes with three meals per day. https://www.kamalaya.com/
For the Fitspo-mum: Phuket, Thailand
Parts of Phuket, Thailand, are shuddering, soul-shaking nightlife enclaves. Other parts offer beautiful cerulean waters and one of the best sports resorts in Asia. If you love keeping fit, and your idea of a good time is taking part in fun sports and activities, book that trip to Phuket, stat!
Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort
Thanyapura is an all-in-one resort that boasts some of Asia’s finest sports facilities alongside a health and wellness centre. The resort utilises a three-pronged approach to growth and development, placing equal emphasis on the body, mind and soul.
Opt for a Health (Detox, Vitality, Rehabilitation) or a Sports package such as the Triathlon Getaway or the Weekend Warrior bootcamp. Alternatively, you can simply stay as a guest and make use of the sports facilities.
For overall wellness, start with Thanyapura’s Vitality Programme. This includes check ups and fitness assessments to identify how your hormones and other risk factors affect your body.
The Weekend Warrior programme includes a 60-minute private fitness session, and group classes like Muay Thai, HIIT, Dance, Yoga. Sweat it out, then reward yourself with some Pad Thai and Chang beer under a glorious sunset. https://www.thanyapura.com
For Body and Beauty: Batangas, Philippines
The word “Philippines” conjures up images of smog, pollution, and traffic jams. But venture outside of Manila, and there are whole new worlds to explore. Take Batangas, for instance, a province approximately four hours away from Manila, and home to one of the best luxury wellness resorts in Asia.
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The Farm at San Benito
Set against a backdrop of mountains and lush forests, and occupying a whopping 48 hectares, The Farm at San Benito has over 40 international awards under its belt, and is one of the best luxury wellness resorts in Asia.
Here, you can do yoga and Qigong, play golf, or try out one of the resort’s signature programmes such as the Beauty & Anti-ageing programme, which includes dermatologist consultations, facials, aesthetic needling, and collagen boosts. Under this programme, you will also be pampered with daily detox meals and nutritional juices specially prepared by the resort’s resident chef.
If too much of a sedentary lifestyle has led to unwanted spread in unwanted areas (you know what we’re talking about), try the Slimming & Body Contouring programme. This offers fat-busting treatments such as I-Lipo and Lymphatic Drainage Needling, all the better to help you fit into pre-baby clothes again (hopefully!). In addition, if you opt for the six-night package, you’ll also get a massage, facial and colon hydrotherapy session thrown in. https://www.thefarmatsanbenito.com
Header and Feature images: REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts