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An escape plan

Audrey Simon
Audrey Simon • 4 min read
An escape plan
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From mind, body and spirit detox to high-adrenalin adventures on a cruise ship, the choices out there are many and varied to suit your holiday style

Explore ancient ruins
Cambodia welcomes fully vaccinated international holiday-makers. Explore the old French Quarter in Siem Reap, take a walk among the ancient ruins, shop for handicrafts and meet the local makers and artists. When your day is done, where better to rest than at the FCC Angkor by Avani, a heritage hotel situated in the heart of history.
Take advantage of the Reopening Package that includes a full-day tuk-tuk tour of the temples of Angkor, a blessing ritual with Buddhist monks, and a choice of lunch or dinner for two at the resort. At the end of the day, guests can cool down in a shaded swimming pool and dine on authentic Khmer, Asian, and fusion cuisines that overlook the herbal garden at The Mansion. Or unwind at the Scribe Bar a popular spot that is known for serving highly imaginative beverages and also a great place to meet other holidaymakers to share travel tales.

Find your balance
Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand, is the go-to place for those seeking a balance in life as the award-winning retreat that is committed to an innovative, holistic approach that balances mind, body and spirit.
Specifically designed to address the challenges of Covid-19, Chiva-Som recently launched four new wellness retreats, adding to its already comprehensive offering. The “Immune Resilience” retreat incorporates nutrient-rich cuisine, detoxifying treatments, and mindful exercise to naturally boost the body’s defences while “Gut Health” consists of a personalised meal programme that places natural ingredients, probiotics and fibre at the forefront to restore the integrity of the gut microbiome. “Nature’s Embrace” emphasises the healing effects of nature, with outdoor activities to rebalance the body and mind while “Senior Wellness” builds on gentle exercise, a nutritious diet, and quality sleep enhancement to increase energy levels, cognitive function, stability and mobility.

High seas adventure
Everyone is waiting for the cruise industry to reopen and when it does, get ready for an action-packed adventure on the high seas onboard Royal Caribbean International’s Spectrum of the Seas. This is Asia’s largest, newest, and most innovative ship, for spectacular three- to four-night Ocean Getaways. For that length of time, here is a summary of what you can expect:
• Sky Pad: a virtual bungee trampoline adventure where guests can strap in, put on a headset and enjoy some virtual fun.
• SeaPlex: An indoor active space that features bumper cars, laser tag, fencing, archery, and more.
• A World of Flavours: Feast at any one of the 19 dining options that offer a variety of cuisines, including Hot Pot; Teppanyaki; and Sichuan Red, a new specialty dining experience tailored just for Spectrum, where diners can savor a bold tapestry of spices and Sichuan flavours. Signature classics include imaginative cuisine at Wonderland, American steakhouse Chops Grille, and authentic rustic fare and handmade pasta at Jamie’s Italian.

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Dance and detox

The Six Senses invites everyone to dance, breathe deeply, eat mindfully, and crave the need for community and connection. Through a programme called Retreat Season guests to enter a playful and friendly space to detach daily life, blow the lid off stuck behaviours, and make some long-lasting and meaningful changes.

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Each has a specific focus but all are guided by experts to encompass wellness, personal growth, nutrition, relation- ships, self-care and more. Everyone works as a group so even if guests are traveling solo, they are not alone. There’s time to absorb these lived experiences away from the usual rush. Beautiful locations such as the 19th-century Six Senses Douro Valley wine estate in Portugal and newly opened Six Senses Ibiza on the white isle’s northern tip provide a peaceful backdrop surrounded by the healing power of nature.

For the spring Retreat Season, guests will be staying in a Quinta Deluxe room, most of which are complete with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the beautiful wood- land or vineyard as well as a comfortable reading and relaxation area.

The Six Senses Spa has a steam room and fitness centre, along with a weekly schedule of complimentary activities including yoga, meditation, fitness, sound healing, hiking, and additional extras, according to the programme.

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