1. Kung Fu Shaolin Warrior Taster Course, Thailand
Nama-slaying your warrior yoga poses, but want to upgrade? This one might be for you.
Four hours north of Chiang Mai is the Thai town of Pai, surrounded by scenic waterfalls and natural hot springs. Do not let the tranquillity fool you. It is here that you can live, eat and train in a real martial arts school, dedicated to teaching the skills of Shaolin Kung Fu at the Kung Fu Shaolin Warrior taster course.
Over three days, you will learn the basics of Sum Chien, the famous Shaolin internal strength routine, as well as the Tong Ling Chi Kung routine (for health, relaxation and energy), among others. By training your body and senses, you will leave feeling in control of your emotions and with a refreshed mindset.
2. Silent Retreat, Bangalore, India
Whether it is noisy neighbours, gossiping co-workers, beeping traffic or deafening construction, it is all too easy to get waylaid by daily distractions.
Shreya’s seven-night Mouna Retreat (time spent in silence) has been curated to help calm your mind and re-prioritise your goals in life.
On arrival, you will be given a notebook to record your emotional journey and to communicate with staff if needed. Days two to five are spent in silence while enjoying Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) sessions, the extensive library of books, walking meditation and nature-based exercises – fuelled by ayurvedic vegetarian cuisine from the organic gardens.
On the sixth day, guests break the silence, interacting with a wellness consultant to discuss the experience.
Photo: Shreya Retreat
3. Bike-Packing, Taiwan
Forget backpacking – saddle up for 2018’s freshest spin on the carefree vacay.
With two wheels becoming increasingly popular among Singaporeans, the humble bicycle is getting a new lease of life.
Change your pace and perspective and challenge your body and mind to a cycling holiday around Taiwan, while experiencing the natural beauty of the island.
More accustomed to the spin studio than the great outdoors? Do not worry: Fox Sports and the Taiwan Tourism Bureau teamed up to launch Taiwan on Two Wheels – an online hub to help leisure cyclists research and plan their trip, with guided routes, packing tips and must-see picturesque spots.
With no glass window between yourself and the open road, your mind is free to be immersed in mountains, lakes and coastlines at the tip of your handlebars.
Photo: Taiwan On Two Wheels
4. Sleep Retreat, Thailand
Last year, Fitbit released a report showing that Singaporeans are among the poorest sleepers in the world, clocking in an average of just 6.56 hours of sleep a night.
Does that sound like you? Sleep deprivation has been blamed for a multitude of sins, including affecting the body’s immune system, memory, concentration and daily functioning.
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa offers a sleep enhancement programme, designed to re-establish healthy and restful sleep while addressing sleep issues and imbalances, not only during the retreat but also for the long term back home. Through a combination of naturopathic treatments, traditional Chinese medicine and massage, the programme encourages a healthy sleep cycle.
Photo: Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary
5. Well Woman Hormonal Health Programme, Bali
Are you planning for the patter of tiny feet this year, wanting to address fertility issues or simply want to get your biological health in check? Then Well Woman could be the holistic retreat for you.
Nestled near the spiritual haven of Ubud, Bali Vitality’s programmes have been formulated by health professionals in the wellness and nutrition fields, with a combined knowledge and experience of more than 30 years.
Its specialised integrated hormonal health programme has been designed for women of all ages with various issues – from polycystic ovaries to menopause mayhem. The package includes a health consultation with a naturopathic doctor and traditional Balinese healer, spa pampering, plant-based meals, infra-red saunas and even a dedicated mind programme.
Photo: Well Woman