Should Taiwan’s thriving cities prove a tad too vibrant, rest assured that the country is also home to some truly relaxing spots. And while the many national parks of Taiwan offer great opportunities for getting off the grid, there’s nothing quite like a retreat for a truly holistic experience. Here’s our pick of the best.
Origin Yoga & Wellness Retreat
Located in a one-time abandoned building with stunning views of the ocean, Origin Yoga & Wellness is a family-run center in an idyllic setting. Offering both full-day and multi-day retreats, this father, daughter, and son team aim to provide not only a calming environment for people in need of some downtime, but also the opportunity for their guests to see the real Taiwan – Origin Yoga & Wellness Retreat has partnered up with a number of local businesses to offer tours of the area and a real taste of local life, particularly for their foreign visitors.
The family prides themselves on providing everything on-site, sourcing local ingredients and preparing all meals in-house – they have even gone so far as to create their own signature kombucha. The oceanside setting plus the incredible efforts made to create quiet and calm space for their guests makes this a hugely popular option, not only for lone travelers, but also for teachers hosting private retreats. For a retreat that located close to Taipei City, this places checks all the boxes.
18 Haiwan Xincheng, Shimen District, New Taipei City, Taiwan, +886 930 061 233
The One Nanyuan
The One Nanyaun is actually owned by a hotel chain with three locations in Taiwan, but its Hsinchu County retreat is, without doubt, the most relaxing setting. Built in 1985 as the retirement home for Wang Tiwu, the founder of United Daily News, The One Nanyuan is an excellent example of modern architecture in a classic Chinese style. Counting Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev as former guests, this place is simply breathtaking in every aspect. Set in incredible lush greenery and featuring landscaped gardens, there’s no way that you can do anything but relax in the serene setting.
While the hotel doesn’t offer specific wellness retreats, its location within the quiet and serene Xinpu area, as well as the local flora and fauna certainly make for an idyllic setting. Add to that the incredible artwork and craftsmanship on display and an over-12 policy for guests, you can see why this place would make an incredible base for a few days of calm and relaxation.
32 Jiuqiong Lake, Xinpu Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan, +886 3 589 0011
Ananda Suruci Master Unit (Spiritual Eco-village)
As one of the best-known retreat locations in Taiwan, Ananda Suruci Eco-village is must for this list. The village plays host to a great number of events throughout the year that include yoga, meditation, and detox retreats, student camps, permaculture design courses, and a variety of seminars and spiritual retreats. Set in a small village in Tainan, the eco-village offers visitors the opportunity to get away from it all, while learning about sustainability and self-sufficiency. Here you’ll get the chance to help out on the organic farm, and can volunteer to work there for anything from three weeks to several months.
Of course, how involved you get in the goings-on in the eco-village depends entirely on the course or retreat that you’re there to attend, but with so many events planned over the course of the year, you’re sure to find one that suits your needs.
56-4 Sha Tien Village, Yujing District, Tainan County, Taiwan, +886 6 574 4144