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October 23, 2018

Treat yourself to a timeout

Emma Goh suggests ways to relax your body and mind

Emma Goh

Life in the fast lane never seems to slow down, but even the most industrious workers and busiest social bees need to recharge to last the marathon of life.

Here are three retreats that are close to home and tranquil enough for the perfect escapade.

Health focus

If you want to do more than just chill out, turn your attention to your health and book yourself a holistic wellness retreat.

There are many options that offer a combination of fitness activities, meditation and massages to soothe your weary body and soul.

The LifeCo is a stone’s throw from Nai Thon beach in Phuket, Thailand.

Let your worries and anxieties melt away as you soak in the ambience from rooms overlooking a tranquil lake and garden.

During your stay, enjoy a nutrient-rich organic vegan diet, pamper yourself with spa treatments, take part in yoga sessions and even learn to prepare healthy food.

One of the centre’s star programmes is on water-fasting. For guests who prefer a periodic cleanse, it is best suited for those with chronic diseases, digestive disorders and stress.

The programme includes initial blood tests, weekly chemistry tests and a doctor’s consultation.

Visit for more information.

Say “Om…”

Why not find your inner zen through a laid-back and restorative yoga retreat, where you can do yoga by yourself, with an instructor or alongside friends?

Located just 2km away from the golden beaches of North Goa in India, Yogamagic Eco Retreat in Bardez is a cosy hideout where guests — novices or experts — can join yoga classes. Individualised spa treatments and meditation sessions are also available.

The wide variety of Indian cuisine is so popular at the retreat that a cookbook is currently in production. Cooking classes are available thrice a week too.

Eco warriors will appreciate the fact that its luxurious tented eco lodges are sustainably built from bamboo, canvases and mud, featuring solar halogen lighting and natural composting toilets.

Visit for more information.

Silence is golden

“Detox” your mind from chatter and prevent busy thoughts from flooding your headspace with a silent retreat.

Bali Silent Retreat, a sprawling sanctuary situated at the foot of Mount Batukaru amid lush rice terraces on the south-west corner of the Jatiluwih region, offers a restorative experience.

Unlike at other typical retreats, no one here will approach you to ask anything — whether it is your plans for the day, your meal order or how your stay has been.

There are daily yoga classes and various activities that can be enjoyed in solitude and in a reflective spirit, such as visits to hot springs.

Popular with guests is its labyrinth walking meditation exercise where they can meander back and forth, turning 180 degrees each time they enter a different circuit.

Visit for more information.

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