Southeast Asia has long been the quintessential destination for spiritual nourishment. Whether soul-searching, spa pampering or simply broadening your horizons, there is still time to make this your year of self-discovery.
A Riverside Buddhist Retreat
One of the longest rivers in Asia, the Mekong is a locus of spirituality with many temples and shrines dotted along its banks. Take to the water on a one-of-a-kind experience.
Step aboard a private boat and meet your guide, a former monk. He’ll share his insights on Lao Buddhism and his life in the monastery as you begin your journey. Also joining you is a certified meditation instructor, who will lead you through mindful sessions as you glide along the still waters.
A stop along the riverbank takes you to the Pak Ou Caves, a magical holy site filled with thousands of Buddha statues. Here you may practice the art of ‘walking meditation’, believed to build concentration while invigorating, relaxing and boosting strength and stamina.
Available exclusively at Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao in Luang Prabang, this tour is arranged in partnership with local meditation company Your Mind Retreat. This personal, intimate experience will give you a practical insight into Buddhist life and a fresh perspective on temple sightseeing.
Soothing the Senses in Siem Reap
Escape to Cambodia and experience a day of soul-nourishing indulgence. Meet in Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor’s tranquil lotus pond as the new, fresh sun still sits low in the sky. Here, a local monk will guide you through a traditional water blessing. Known to bring good luck, ensure safe travel and pray for a long life, it’s the perfect spiritual start to your day of pampering.
Then, retreat to the Kong Kea Spa and experience complete rejuvenation. This deluxe spa specialises in tailored treatments to meet your individual needs, designed to recharge and balance both body and mind treatments using local organic products. Fine jasmine rice is blended with rose flower essential oil to nourish and tone your skin while improving circulation. Aloe vera based therapies soothe and rejuvenate. Rich ground coffee beans offer powerful antioxidant qualities. Evocative scented extracts and oils provide an array of holistic benefits to balance and revitalise.
Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor is located just heartbeats away from the Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom temple complexes and a host of other fascinating sights. This soothing, spiritual itinerary provides the perfect opportunity for recovery after a day of cultural discovery.
New Tides on the Ayeyarwady
Expand your horizons with an in-depth exploration of Myanmar—a rarely-seen land, barely touched by time. Discover life from the unique vantage point of the water with a luxury river cruise aboard Belmond Orcaella.
Setting off from the lively hub city of Yangon, you’ll uncover countless hidden gems as you venture along the mighty Ayeyarwady River. Lose yourself to the mystifying atmosphere surrounding the Shwesandaw Pagoda, an enchanting golden site that glimmers in the sun and is said to hold some of the Buddha’s hair. Step back in time as you tour the rustic Gwechaung village in a traditional ox-driven cart. Admire the sun setting across the temple-lined plains of Bagan with new eyes, opened to a world that until recently could never have been imagined.
Whichever experience you seek, now is the perfect time to start planning a transformative journey. Travel before 23 December and take advantage of our Aspects of Asia offer.