The past year has been filled with ceaseless stress, lockdown lethargy, and pandemic panic. Well-being has never been more valuable and sacred. Feeding your inner light and self care comes in many different forms. Whether you prefer setting aside time for yoga practice, taking part in meditation immersions, receiving healing spa treatments, or even simply taking in the great outdoors, reconnecting with yourself should be a priority.
Take a vacation for your mind, body and spirit with a wellness or yoga retreat, this can help you to change perspectives, find a new focus, and just relax.
Here are our 10 peaceful picks for wellness and yoga retreats in Vietnam.
1. Anantara, Hoi An – Yoga Retreat and Spa
Seek blissful seclusion at Anantara’s boutique luxury beachfront hotel. Located near to the historic ancient town of Hoi An, Vietnam, and shrouded by lush tropical gardens, it is one of the most peaceful places to practice yoga in Vietnam. Catering to the needs of both beginners and those well versed in the yoga philosophy, Anantara offers comprehensive wellness programmes that can be tailored to the individual. Each day starts with a riverfront yoga practice and a raw juice. Boost your mental health and relax at the spa or meditate by the pool.
2. Amanoi Wellness Pool Villa, Ninh Thuan – Holistic Retreat
Welcome to paradise. Amanoi in Ninh Thuan province is part of the Aman family of resorts, an exclusive collection of over thirty resorts across the world that have been meticulously designed to frame their natural setting. Softly embraced by the surrounding mountains, Amanoi’s selection of villas are created in harmony with Vietnamese subtle grace. Visit Amanoi for an exceptional, opulent, and luxuriant experience. Their two Wellness pool Villas have been especially designed for inward focus and total relaxation. With a personal integrated spa and wellbeing facilities, the Villas draw upon the healing power of water and sacred wisdom of trees. Leave behind daily life and relax your mind and your body.
3. Mango Bay, Phu Quoc Island – Yoga Classes
Mango Bay invites you to ‘live through your senses’. Rustic, laidback, and charming, Mango Bay is a luxurious collection of straw covered huts and rammed earth cottages sitting by the lovely warm waters of Phu Quoc Island – the largest island in Vietnam. The gently lapping waves and luscious tropical flora create a relaxing ambiance. At peace with its surroundings, Mango Bay is one with nature, and aims to be a sustainable resort with its conservation and recycling initiatives.
Greet the morning sun hello with a daily yoga classes held on the beach led by Mango Bay’s yogis. Yoga practitioners looking for a deeper experience, you can create your own retreat with tailor-made, private sessions. Occasionally, Mango Bay will also host special yoga retreats with a renowned yoga teacher. Guests will find this accommodation to be the perfect place for mindfulness.
4. Naman, Da Nang – Spa and Detox
Naman blurs the lines between resort and spa; from the moment you step inside this beachfront sanctuary, relaxation begins. Naman prides itself on being a pioneer in health and wellness retreats in Vietnam. To balance the mind, body, and soul, guests have the opportunity to visit Naman’s 15 luxury treatment rooms, and attend sessions at the yoga pavilion. Services provided also include ‘Detox Journeys’ that are specially crafted with spa visits, healthy meals, beachside meditation and more.
5. Full Moon Village Resort, Mui Ne – Spa and Yoga Retreat
The Full Moon Village is located at Mui Ne, the closet beach destination to Ho Chi Minh City. The Full Moon Village is dedicated to boosting your energy levels and helping you establish healthy habits. Personalised programmes are available for those looking for a tailored approach to nutrition and fitness. Explore what Mui Ne has to offer, take part in water sports or or simply enjoy the beautiful pool.
Saigon Om is also planning to host a 200-hour yoga teaching training programme in 2022 at the Full Moon Village, where they have held yoga retreats in the past. Consider adding this into your calendar as most yoga centers are in destinations a plane-ride’s journey away from Ho Chi Minh City, but with Full Moon Village, you can easily nip away from Saigon for a chill weekend with just a 4 hour drive.
6. Alba Wellness Valley, Hue – Meditation Sessions and Yoga in Vietnam
The sun gentle lowers into the night, wisps of mist drift into the green forests, while you luxury in the healing thermal waters of the Alba hot springs. A sanctuary focused on the healing properties of water, Alba Wellness Valley invites you to partake in a journey to achieve ‘a healthy body, a sound mind and a tranquil spirit’. Explore different movement therapies at Alba. Choose from daily yoga classes, water meditations, walking meditations Tai chi lessons, and more. With mindfulness at the heart of this accommodation, Alba is one of the best yoga retreats in Vietnam.
7. Gratitude Vietnam, Hoi An, Yoga and Meditation Retreats
A unique retreat centre founded in 2019, Gratitude Vietnam is run by Naomi, a reiki grand master, sound bowl practitioner, and retreat leader. Gratitude Vietnam has become one of the well known enclaves for hosting and attending yoga retreats, meditation sessions, and reiki sessions. A safe and welcoming space, Gratitude Vietnam has adapted to COVID-19 by offering a rolling meditation and yoga retreat, which can be booked at your convenience. Accommodation is also offered at Gratitude Vietnam, with eight en-suite bathroom guest rooms combining Vietnamese culture with Western comforts. Take a trip here to realign your mind.
8. K’lan Resort, Dalat – Yoga Retreats
Seeking pure relaxation, vegetarian Vietnamese food, and endless yoga? K’lan eco resort located by the romantic Tuyen Lam Lake offers it all. Come here to clear your mind and retreat from the chaos of the world. A cosy hideaway, K’lan offers European style villas nestled under a canopy of pine trees. A yoga retreat far from the heart of Dalat town, K’lan offers a quiet escape for yogis. Sivananda Yoga Resort and Training Centre Vietnam occasionally offers teaching training courses at K’lan
9. Orchid Cruises, Ha Long Bay – Tai Chi and Cooking Classes
Orchid Cruise is a beautiful way to explore the secrets the Halong Bay has kept for centuries. Let yourself be enveloped by the sea, the mountains, and the sky, as you cruise through the ancient trade routes of UNSECO heritage site Ha Long Bay. Allow the landscape of jagged limestone cliffs and emerald waters to take your breath away. If you are looking for something different from a yoga retreat, a holiday where wellness is a side element, albeit an important one, this cruise is for you. As the majesty of Ha Long Bay unfolds before you, partake in morning taichi classes, and indulge your senses with Vietnamese food cooking classes. Achieve a mindful balance and reset your energy in one of Vietnam’s most awe-inspiring surroundings.
Price range: High
10. Island Smiles Homestay, Cham Island – Nature Holiday
Looking for a rustic getaway that truly takes you from the hectic-ness of city-living? Island Smiles Homestay is the ideal destination; set alongside the gorgeous raggedy coastline, it offers a cosy accommodation with hearty home cooked meals. This homestay is located on Cham Islands, a chain of 8 small granite islands off the coast of Hoi An, part of the UNSECO World Biosphere Reserve. Usually a destination for day trippers, staying overnight allows you to really get in touch with the rustic way of life. There is little in the way of touristy entertainment, apart from traditional fishing villages and seafood eateries. Thus, you might have to set your own yoga itinerary, we think that finding the motivation to practice morning yoga asanas by yourself will not be too difficult with the beautiful seascape to inspire you. In the past, Yoga in Vietnam has held yoga retreats here, so keep watch for future sessions.
Vietnam: Yoga and Wellness
Mindful living and engaging in practices for good mental health is of course something we should try to do regularly. (Read more on mental health in Vietnam). A holiday focussed on wellness can help set us on the right track. With our top 10 list of wellness destinations in Vietnam, we hope you find the yoga retreat or mindful break to relax and rejuvenate.
While you are here, you may also like our ultimate guide to the most relaxing spas in Sai Gon or if you want a refreshing dip or just need a retreat from city life, you can check out these awesome rooftop swimming pool hotels, for some extended ‘me’ time…