The spa building at the COMO Shambala Estate in Bali.
Whether you want a pampering week of massages and facials or a serious boot camp where you’ll lose the 10 pounds you gained over the festive season, book now and kick start your New Year’s resolution to look after yourself.
COMO Shambala Estate, Bali
If the idea of going to a spa in an exotic location and having to fast gives you the horrors then book into the Shambala Estate in Bali where you’ll balance mind, body and spirit, but without the difficult bits. A 15-minute drive from the inland town of Ubu, this luxurious health retreat is set in a jungle-covered riverbank, and its three main spa facilities use water from the Source, a natural spring locally revered for its healing properties.
Before arriving at the estate, you’ll be sent a questionnaire so that therapists there can suggest an itinerary that best suits your needs. You’ll eat well, but healthily, enjoy a wide range of well-being treatments and can engage in a wide range of activities from gentle yoga and meditation to Pilates, Qi Gong, morning walks, guided hikes, cooking demonstrations and specialist learning seminars.
Price: Room rates might sound expensive, but with a package, this five-star luxury spa experience is made much more affordable from $2,204 US for a full-board, seven-night Rejuvenating package, including Wellness consultations, five facials, two 60-minute massages and two 120-minute body treatments as well as airport transfers and the services of a personal assistant.
How to get there: The Estate is a 90-minute drive away from Bali’s Denpassar Airport.
Spa beach at Spa Samui, Koh Samui
If you can bring yourself to go to Thailand but not enjoy any of the delicious food there, then you can benefit enormously from a stay at Spa Samui.
The beginner’s fasting retreat week here is only for the strong-willed: You’ll start with yoga and meditation from 7:30 a.m., followed by endless enemas to flush the toxins from your system and cleanse your digestive system and liver.
You’ll exist on a diet of gruel, and you’ll grow weak with hunger, but it’s worth persisting; make it through the week and a brand new you will be revealed at the end, with a slimmer waist, more energy and shiny eyes and hair.
You’ll also have learned lots of healthy habits that you will hopefully incorporate into your everyday life back home, including the spa’s Five Habits System To Longevity — cleansing your body, breathing, correct food combining, daily exercise and meditation.
Price: The spa’s first-timer seven-day “Clean-me-out” program costs $300.
How to get there: Fly from Bangkok Airport to Samui, then by “limo” van to Lamai Beach.
Atreatment at the underwater spa at Huvafen Fushi, Maldives.
Huvafen Fushi, North Male Atol, Maldives
Set in its own lagoon, this outrageously handsome and fashionable resort is home to the world’s first underwater spa.
Some of the 43 simple but luxurious bungalows sit on stilts over the water, so you can delve into the azure ocean before breakfast. Treatments include the latest techniques in haemaview live blood analysis, iridology, reiki, shirodhara, reflexology, and naturopathic facial therapy.
Admire the fishes through a glass floor while you have a massage in one of the six over-water treatment rooms, or have 360-degree aquavision in the underwater relaxation room. Treatments start at $110 for 30 minutes.
Price: from $800 per room per night, based on two sharing a luxurious Beach Bungalow with private plunge pool.
How to get there: Fly to Male International Airport, where staff will deliver you by speedboat or seaplane to Huvafen Fushi for an additional fee.