The Best Natural Retreats in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia has long been known for its natural beauty and its ability to bring people closer to nature and closer to each other. As the spiritual mecca of the world, the dense jungle landscapes of the region are dotted with thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of temples and sites of worship that are meant to promote vitality and spiritual alignment.
These natural retreats in Southeast Asia will bring you closer to nature, closer to the people around you, and closer to yourself.
4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Tatai, Cambodia
The 4 Rivers Floating Lodge is an eco-resort on a small island in Cambodia. You’ll be, quite literally, “floating on a river of tranquility” by the Tatai River, as you find yourself surrounded by unspoilt rainforest. Far off the tourist trail, a natural retreat to 4 Rivers will give you the rare opportunity to connect with nature while enjoying the luxuries of a high end-resort.
The Sanctuary, Koh Phangan, Thailand
Far away from the madness of the infamous full-moon party is The Sanctuary, an aptly-named wellness and eco-retreat found beneath the canopy of a rainforest. Start a detox cleanse, practice your meditation, or just relax and enjoy your vacation. Either way, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for at The Sanctuary.
Permai Rainforest Resort, Borneo
Become one with the trees at the Permai Rainforest Resort. Sitting 20 feet above the ground and nestled right in between the treetops, the accommodations at Permai are simple yet divine. You’ll awake to the sound of the birds singing on your doorstep and the waves crashing against the shore just a short walk away. This is the real rainforest experience.
Muang La Resort, Muang La, Laos
Enjoy stunning views of the Nam Phak River—Muang La Lodge is positioned on the edge of a small local village in the heart of Northern Laos, surrounded by thick virgin rainforest. Far away from the groups of tourists, this resort by Secret Retreats is an idyllic getaway. The tranquility and the serenity of the mountain views will calm you at your very core.
Anahata Villas & Spa Resort, Ubud, Bali
Eat, Pray, Love has done wonders for tourism in Bali, with self-seekers arriving every day in search of something a little more meaningful. And more often than not, they find it. The Anahata Villas in Ubud were developed as a retreat for the mind, body and soul. Take a week’s vacation to just relax, do some yoga, and treat yourself to a massage or two—you deserve it.
There you have it, five natural retreats that will provide a relaxing retreat for your next vacation.
Jeremy Scott Foster
Jeremy Scott Foster is an adrenaline junkie, culture vulture and eater of dumplings. He has been traveling for many years, flying around the world, jumping off bridges and climbing volcanoes. You can check out his adventures on Travel Freak now!