Relaxing retreats from around the world

Posted on 13. Jun, 2013 by in Fitness

Want to return from your vacation revitalized in body and soul? Find your OM away from home at one of these remarkably reasonable retreat centers, resorts and spas.

Relax Bay Resort – Koh Lanta, Thailand

The name says it all – an island paradise designed exclusively to release tension and invigorate spirits! Set out from your fully-equipped bungalow for classes held at the yoga sala, go down to the beach cabana for a Thai massage or refresh yourself in the pristine waters of Kohl Anta. Dine on fine cuisine at the romantic Manoa Restaurant, sip cocktails at the Viva Zapata Beach Bar, hang around the landscaped swimming pool or just swing on your front porch hammock with your hat pulled down.

Relax Bay

President Solitaire Hotel & Spa – Bangkok, Thailand

Highly recommended by reviewers at by travelers wanting to keep up their fitness routine, these luxurious, fully-equipped apartments come with access to an in-house fitness center. Detox in the steam rooms, chill out at the outdoor pool (featuring underwater music) and regenerate with a full beauty salon/spa treatment. You can choose from a menu of healthy dishes served in their dining room or delivered to your room. Get lost in a good book from the reading library in the lounge.

President Solitaire

Spa Hostel Khaosan Beppu – Beppu City, Japan

Retreat from the hustle of big city life at this small town sanctuary with its own onsen (hot springs soaking tub!). The friendly staff welcomes guests to their crisp, clean, air-conditioned rooms by inviting you to enjoy a complimentary drink in the lounge to make new friends. Hop on a free bicycle to ride to the beach or explore the surrounding wilderness. Courtesy PCs (with headphones for Skype) let you check in with the “real world.”

Beppu Khoa San

Spa Hostel Khoasan Beppu

Mandala Hostel – Budapest, Hungary

Prepare to be enchanted by this spiritually-correct hostel with cozy accommodations named the Mush-room (decorated with fairy lights) the Zen-room (with contemplative posters) and the Domino-room (complete with hookah). Close to Budapest attractions yet off-the-beaten-path, this hostel exudes a hippie-freak atmosphere that encourages patrons to congregate for parties, excursions and family-style Hungarian meals. When it’s time to come back from Nirvana, the friendly staff will serve you a free espresso!

Mandala Hostel

Riad Karmela – Marrakech, Morocco

Delight in the old-world charm of this intimate hotel where comfort, relaxation and downtime are the norm. The air-conditioned apartments have separate bedrooms and the raised patio/solarium is an awesome place to meditate. After a steam in a traditional Turkish bath, indulge in a massage and then dive into the refreshing plunge pool.

Ganga Vatika Boutique Guest House – Rishikesh, India

Expect to absorb some serious serenity at this facility run by the Yogalaya Ashram monks where you’re invited to join them for daily yoga and meditation classes. Super-clean and safe European style air-conditioned accommodations have free Wi-Fi and personal coffee/tea stations. Savor your bliss from your peaceful terrace overlooking the Ganges River.


Hotel Himalaya Yoga – Kathmandu, Nepal

Relish some peaceful vibes at this former Buddhist meditation center that’s morphed into a lovely hotel with spacious, brightly painted apartment-style rooms. Free yoga and meditation classes are held in the mornings and the quiet ambience helps you maintain your peaceful center. Enjoy a free movie in the lounge on Mondays and savory vegetarian fare at their in-house restaurant.

Hotel Himalaya

Solscape Eco Retreat – Raglan, Raglan, New Zealand

Get back to nature without sacrificing creature comforts at this eco-friendly lodge with a communal atmosphere that renews your faith in it all. Make a pizza in the earth stove (with fresh veggies from the on-site garden) or just enjoy the spectacular sea view. Spend your days taking yoga classes, enjoying a massage or learning to surf. Cozy up around the outdoor fireplace before retreating to your energy-efficient earth dome, tipi or eco-bach (cabana).

Solscape Eco Retreat

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