Cambodia is home to an abundance of spas and health and wellness retreats that will calm the mind, body and spirit. Here are five of the best.
Offering ongoing yoga and meditation retreats, Vagabond Temple is located in a peaceful beachside spot in Sihanoukville, where guests can choose how long they stay for – as long as it’s more than five nights. Regardless of whether it’s five nights or two months, experts work with visitors to create spiritual retreats based on individual needs. Each day has a full timetable of yoga classes, group meditations and dharma talks, with the option to tailor stays by adding a detox programme, reiki course or healing sessions. Accommodation is also included, along with three vegan meals a day.
Sangat 3, Independence Beach, Sihanoukville. T: +855 (0)88 349 8196
Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat
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. It’s therefore little wonder that the town is home to a range of wellbeing centres. Well established on the Southeast Asian health circuit, Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat offers a range of classes and programmes to help guests reach the perfect mind, body balance. Taking in yoga, detoxes, traditional Chinese medicine and holistic treatments, hitting the heights of zen is made easy here.
Navutu Road, Siem Reap. T: +855 (0)63 964 864
The Vine Retreat
Kep’s tranquil countryside is the perfect setting to rebalance and revitalise. The Vine Retreat is set on 35 acres of farmland, home to pepper plantations, paddies and tropical gardens, as well as a saltwater swimming pool, farmhouse accommodation and yoga centre. Various retreats are held throughout the year, including the Blissful Soul Yoga Retreat and the Yoga Pearl Retreat. Yoga equipment, such as mats, blocks, straps and bolsters are available, as well as the use of free bikes to explore the area.
Chamcar Bei Village, Pongteuk Commune, Damnak Chang Eur District, Kep. T: +855 (0)11 706 231
Hariharalaya Yoga & Meditation Retreat
The secluded rural setting of Hariharalaya Yoga & Meditation Centre, in the heart of the countryside surrounding Siem Reap town, instantly instils a sense of calm. Here, six-day yoga and conscious living courses steer guests towards a more mindful way of living, with programmes spanning yoga, meditation, dharma talks, communication classes and community activities. Throw in free time to appreciate the stunning setting, kick back in the reading room or get creative in the art studio – and it’s hard not to anything other than chill. Plus there’s no fear of being interrupted by a quick peek on Facebook, because no mobiles are allowed as part of a digital detox, in addition to silent mornings.
Prasat Bakong, NR6, Siem Reap. T: +855 (0)31 222 6570
Angkor Bodhi Tree Retreat & Yoga Centre
Meditation and yoga tailored to suit the level and experience of each individual is Angkor Bodhi Tree’s main aim. Offering experienced professionals, a range of holistic therapies and a serene environment to enjoy them all within, Siem Reap’s latest retreat is a leafy getaway to escape the stresses of modern life. Daily activities include monk chants and blessings, art and cooking classes, bike rides and tours of the surrounding countryside.
La Pax Lane, Siem Reap. T:+855 (0)88 606 5906