Cambodia’s spiritual soul makes it a draw for those seeking to rebalance their chakra. From yoga retreats to meditation sessions, massage, reiki and much more, finding your zen is easy in the Kingdom of Wonder. Here are some of the best spots.
Home to Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is a hub of spirituality, with intimate yoga and meditation sessions often taking place around the temples and surrounding jungle. Therefore, it’s little wonder that Cambodia’s leading wellness retreat calls Temple Town home. Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat offers a range of classes and programmes to help guests reach the perfect mind, body and soul balance. As well as meditation sessions, guests can enjoy yoga, detoxes, traditional Chinese medicine and holistic treatments – all in sumptuous surroundings.
Whether you’re looking for a short-term retreat or feel the need for a longer spell of re-energising, Vagabond Temple is an idyllic spot to find your zen. Located in the heart of rural Kep, Vagabond offers ongoing yoga and meditation retreats, where guests can choose how long they stay – as long as it’s more than five nights. Regardless of whether it’s less than a week or two months, experts work with visitors to create spiritual retreats based on individual needs. Each day has a timetable of yoga, meditation and dharma talks. Detox programmes, reiki courses and healing sessions are also available.
Sâmata Health & Wellness Studio has been ensuring the capital’s residents’ life balance is in check for several years. Run by a French certified massage therapist and physiotherapist, the studio offers a range of treatments and therapies from professionally-trained staff. These include massage, Pilates, acupuncture, yoga, physiotherapy and Reiki. The studio also produces its own range of aromatherapy products, using natural ingredients, which are also supplied to several of the cities top spas and centres.
The combination of Siem Reap’s spiritual sense and pristine countryside provide the perfect secluded setting for Hariharalaya Retreat Centre. Here, six-day yoga, meditation and conscious-living courses steer guests towards a more mindful approach to life, with programmes spanning yoga, meditation, dharma talks, communication classes and community activities. There is also free time each day to relax, read a book in the library or unleash your creativity in the art studio. And there’s no chance of peace being interrupted by social media because no mobiles are allowed as part of a digital detox, in addition to silent mornings.
The quiet coastal town of Kep brings with it a soothing sense of calm, with The Vine Retreat nestled in the heart of its tranquil countryside – another perfect setting to rebalance and revitalise. Set on 35 acres of farmland, the rustic resort is home to pepper plantations, fruit and vegetable farms, paddies and tropical gardens, as well as a saltwater swimming pool, farmhouse accommodation, a yoga centre and meditation circle. It hosts various retreats throughout the year, including the Blissful Soul Yoga Retreat and the Yoga Pearl Retreat.