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Wellness Resorts and Yoga Retreats in Vietnam — Your Holistic Reset

Vietnam is emerging as a top destination in South East Asia for wellness resorts and yoga retreats. With its unique healing traditions and stunning landscape, well-being is just a way of life in Vietnam.

Vietnam is also known for its tasty and healthful cuisine. Many wellness destinations use fresh seasonal and local ingredients too. Some even have their own organic gardens.

Wellness stays are not just about tranquil resorts in Phu Quoc, Danang, and Nha Trang. You’ll find yoga in Hoi An or detox programs in Dalat. Alternatively, Hue has meditation retreats with Zen houses and peaceful pagodas.

The bustling cities of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi have countless affordable day spas. Another popular choice is 5-star treatments at award-winning city hotels.

Wellness Resorts and Yoga Retreats on the Rise in Vietnam

Wellness Resorts and Yoga Retreats on the Rise in Vietnam
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The Covid-19 pandemic has deeply affected physical and mental well-being for many. This has also impacted travel and tourism trends. In response, many hotels now have exclusive wellness offers.

There is a greater demand for wellness stays, immunity-boosting retreats, spa holidays, and fitness camps. Travelers can now focus on restorative and health-fortifying escapes.

Ever-changing travel restrictions and pandemic-related uncertainty are other influencing factors. However, as travel and tourism experts forecast, the demand will keep growing.

Wellness Resorts and Yoga Retreat Programs In Vietnam

Wellness means different things to different people. For some, it’s an adventure-filled holiday. Others prefer mindfulness and yoga programs, or even cultural immersion. Read on to discover more about these diverse programs across Vietnam.

Eco-Cultural Wellness Retreat

Lak tented camp
Lak tented camp
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Enjoy an eco-cultural experience away from the bustle of the city. Dak Lak in the Central Highlands has mountains, forests, waterfalls, and coffee plantations. Their ethnic minorities trace their roots and culture back to the Champa Kingdoms.

Dak Lak, as one good choice, also has active holidays for adventure enthusiasts.  Explore village life, trek to waterfalls, or go on biking tours. Alternatively, visit the Lak Tented Camp for an eco-friendly holiday in the lap of nature.

Beach Wellness Resort and Yoga Retreat in Vietnam

Mud Bath at Thap Ba Spa
Mud Bath at Thap Ba Spa, Nha Trang
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Nha Trang and Phu Quoc are popular destinations for a wellness getaway by the beach. Activities can include spa therapies, mineral mud baths, and snorkeling excursions. In addition, many hotels offer yoga and meditation retreats, along with recreational activities such as cooking classes.

Mindfulness, Yoga, and Meditation Retreat in Vietnam

Meditation with sound bowls
Meditation with sound bowls
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Mindfulness retreats can include a combination of sound bowl meditations, yin yoga, and writing as therapy. A mindful writing retreat helps achieve calmness and clarity. This leads to emotional, mental, and physical release.

One such retreat takes place at a boutique resort halfway between Cua Dai beach and the Hoi An Ancient Town. For more information on the organizers and the retreat visit wellnessvietnam.com.

Cultural Exploration for Wellness in Vietnam

Cultural Exploration for Wellness in Vietnam
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Exploring heritage and engaging Vietnamese culture is a sensory journey in itself. Hue and Hoi An offer the best in cultural immersion. Heritage tours may include fun and wellness-focused activities. This way, you can enjoy a replete getaway and refreshing immersion in a different world.

Resorts and Retreats in Vietnam for Overall Wellness

Group Yoga class
Group Yoga class
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Wellness retreats and resorts often have a full spread of programs. These can include yoga, mindfulness, detox, and unique spa treatments. Weight or stress management management are also popular programs. While luxury resorts offer a one-of-a-kind experience, there are also budget-friendly stays. Furthermore, there are short (3-day) and long retreats (up to 30 days).

The Best Luxury Wellness Resorts in Vietnam

Luxury hotels often have outstanding and even unique programs. Read on for our top recommendations as well as 5-star holistic wellness experiences in Vietnam.

Amanoi by Aman Hotels – Vinh Hy Bay

Amanoi Vinh Hy Bay
A luxury wellness resort surrounded by greenery
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Amanoi is a luxury resort on the southern coastline of Vinh Hy Bay. The spa has a nice selection of Vietnamese and international treatments. They offer top-notch wellness in a scenic setting.

In addition to in-house therapists, the hotel also brings in global holistic health experts. The spa’s personalized offers include both half and full-day programs. These focus on weight management, immunity, healthy eating, and spiritual connectedness. All activities are for overall well-being and longevity.

The Amanoi spa also has two hydrotherapy suites. These private spa villas come with therapists and inclusive treatments. Each villa has a steam room, jacuzzi, a private pool, or even a banya or hammam. It’s a singular wellness experience.

Key Notes:

  • Two lake view hydrotherapy suites
  • State of the art fitness center
  • Extensive spa
  • Pilates and yoga studio
  • Floodlit tennis courts
  • Two private wellness villas

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Tia Wellness Resort, Danang

Tia Wellness Resort
Mindfulness and meditation at Tia Wellness Resort
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Tia Wellness Resort is on a scenic beachfront in Danang. With elegant pool villas, it’s a relaxing escape. The wellness resort has a popular package that’s customizable (Creative Possibility Retreat). It includes breathwork, lifestyle tai chi, active yoga flow, and creative workshops.

Guests also get a personal wellness guide and enjoy plant-based meals. They even have an excellent mindfulness program called ‘Stillness’. This focuses on a sense of belonging, sleep, clarity, and peace of mind.

Key Notes:

  • Personalized wellness guide
  • Mindfulness program
  • Yoga and tai chi workshops
  • Creative workshops (collage, drawing, and painting)

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Four Season Resort Hoi An (The Nam Hai)

Four Season Resort Hoi An

Four Seasons Nam Hai is a 30-min drive from Danang airport. It’s a gateway close to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The closest is Hoi An, then My Son Sanctuary, and Hue. Four Seasons is a 5-star with elevated vacation experiences.

From reconnecting to unwinding in luxury, the resort offers overall well-being. Some highlights include private yoga and meditation sessions. The Nam Hai Earth Song treatment using sound healing through eight alchemy bowls is unique.

You can also learn signature spa essentials (healing oils, scrubs, tea), and take nutritional cooking class.

 Key Notes:

  • Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Unique Crystal Singing Bowl Therapy
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Anti-gravity yoga
  • Nutritional Cooking Class

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Six Senses Wellness Resorts in Vietnam

Six Senses wellness focuses on overall well-being. This includes the right nourishment, proper sleep, and locally inspired spa treatments. You can enjoy sessions with holistic wellness, fitness, and mindfulness experts. In addition, both Six Senses Ninh Vinh Bay and Con Dao have some unique programs.

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

A private sanctuary on a hilltop with an oceanfront, The Six Senses Ninh Van Bay wellness program includes yoga, spa relaxation, fitness, and detox programs.

Key Notes: 

  • Private Consultation
  • Spa and Fitness Center
  • Steam and Sauna
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Yoga pavilion
  • Jungle Gym Circuit (Outdoor)
  • Meditation

Six Senses Con Dao

Six Senses Con Dao
A private session with a wellness expert

The spa has lush tropical gardens and views of Lo Voi Mountain. Some popular programs include — immunity-boosting, sleep-enhancing, and anxiety relief. It was also acknowledged by Huffington Post as one of the ten best spas (2014).

Six Senses Con Dao has unique recreational activities for complete relaxation.

Key Notes:

  • Spa 
  • Yoga 
  • Meditation
  • Coconut Oil Workshop
  • Fitness Center
  • Recreation

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Other Wellness Resort Experiences in Vietnam

The resorts listed below are primarily standalone hotels with exceptional wellness programs. There are great packages and short or extended retreats.

Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort

Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort
Cooking healthy meals with farm-fresh ingredients
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Located in Hoi An, Almanity is all about a life-enhancing wellness journey. Their Mai Chi Spa is the largest on the central coast of Vietnam. Wellness offers include daily spa treatments, yoga classes, tai chi, and other activities. Furthermore, Almanity is eco-friendly with sustainability-focused initiatives.

The resort also has an organic garden. Fresh seasonal produce makes healthy farm-to-table meals. Complimentary activities for relaxation and recreation include fish feeding, herbal tea meditation, and art appreciation. Wellness facilities include a gym, steam room, and sauna.

Some well-being retreats at the resort focus on the EQ, and workshops include interactive sessions for sustainable happiness. In addition, the resort recently introduced color therapy and has 7-colored well-being days.

Key Notes:

  1. Inclusive daily spa journeys
  2. 100% natural local spa products
  3. 40 treatment rooms
  4. Private spa suite
  5. Beauty services
  6. Yoga retreat package

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Best things to do in Hoi An

Naman Resort

Aqua Yoga
Aqua Yoga
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Naman retreat and residences is a beachfront sanctuary between two of the finest golf courses in Danang — Danang Golf Club and Montgomerie Links. Naman resort is popular for wellness holidays.

Holistic wellness includes yoga and detox programs for cleansing and purification. Detox treatments include spa treatments, healthy meal plans, colon hydrotherapy, and outdoor fitness activities.

Key Notes:

  • Spa therapies with healing rituals and Shiatsu
  • Body wraps and beauty treatments
  • Fitness center
  • Yoga pavilion
  • Customized spa packages

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Best Things to do in Danang

Alba Wellness Resort By Fusion

Relax at the Onsen
Relax at the Onsen
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Alba wellness is by a natural hot spring, 30km Northwest of Hue. From being a pioneer of wellness-inspired hospitality, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience. Wellness initiatives at the resort include healthy dining and a choice of recreational facilities.

Taking advantage of the healing properties of the hot spring and their unique “water meditation” program. Other popular wellness activities include indoor yoga and outdoor yoga at a Zen garden. There are also Tai Chi, forest meditation, walking meditation, and breathing classes.

Key Notes:

  • Japanese Onsen and spa
  • Reflexology treatments
  • State of the art fitness center
  • Indoor and outdoor yoga
  • Healthy dining choices
  • Fresh produce of the Alba farm

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Best Things to do in Hue

Azerai, Can Tho

Pilates Studio at Azerai
Pilates Studio at Azerai
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Set in an islet on the Hau River, Azerai Can Tho is very scenic with landscaped gardens. Skilled therapists offer personal consultations and use age-old Vietnamese healing rituals. They also have a Mekong-inspired outdoor afternoon tea with healthy refreshments.

The resort has Hath Yoga classes and meditation sessions. While the Pilates studio has the latest allegro reform equipment. The resort’s recreation facilities include a tennis court by the river.

Key Notes:

  • Spa offering full-body treatments
  • Yoga studio
  • Pilates studio
  • Meditation sessions
  • Tennis court

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Crown Retreat Quy Nhon

Crown Retreat Quy Nhon
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Crown Retreat is a beachfront resort in Quy Nhon. The spa at the resort is known for relaxing treatments inspired by Vietnamese traditions. However, the highlight at Crown Resort is the recreational activities. These include fishing, surfing, on-site water sports, and off-site diving. The resort also has hiking and biking tours.

Key Notes:

  • Beachfront relaxation
  • Traditional spa
  • Recreational activities
  • Water sports
  • Pool overlooking the beach

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Yoga and Meditation Retreats in Vietnam

Yoga practice has gained immense popularity, and so have retreats offering exclusive experiences. Listed below are a few popular yoga retreats in Vietnam.

Sivananda Yoga Resort and Training Center

Spiritual healing by the hills
Spiritual healing by the hills
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Set along the mountains of Dalat, this yoga ashram offers retreats and training programs. Activities include yoga practice, meditation courses, and chanting rituals to uplift and reconnect.

Sivananda retreats improve physical, emotional, and spiritual health. It has daily yoga practice, but retreats are for a minimum 3-days or more.

Meal plans are vegetarian with a focus on local produce with limited dairy. The retreat does take special requests for dietary needs. However, meat, fish, eggs, black tea, tobacco, and alcohol are not allowed.

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Vietnam Yoga, Sound Healing, and Detox Retreat 

Meditation session with a singing bowl
Meditation session with a singing bowl
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Omandala Vietnam organizes this retreat in Dalat and Ho Chi Minh City. Suitable accommodation for single travelers, couples, or families is available.

The experience of this retreat is sound healing for chakra balancing, daily yoga, and interconnectedness inspired by local culture. The retreat can also include a visit to an organic coffee house and an organic farm.

The organizers, Omandala, have a specific detox menu, depending on nutritional and dietary requirements. There are also gluten-free, vegan, and keto meal options.

Omandala Vietnam is a sound healing center that provides private sessions, wellness events, and retreats in Vietnam.

For more information on the retreat, visit Omandala Vietnam.

Best Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Best Things to do in Dalat

Four Day Mini Yoga Retreat at Cassia Cottage

Mini Yoga retreat at Cassia Cottage
Mini Yoga retreat at Cassia Cottage

Cassia Cottage in Phu Quoc was once a spice merchant’s private retreat. Today, a boutique resort, it’s a meditative sanctuary overlooking a pristine beach. Resort guests get two complimentary yoga classes daily (6 days a week).

Cassia Cottage is a calm oasis to rejuvenate through daily meditations. It also has regular yoga practices of Vinyasa, Hath, and Yin yoga. One must also try the relaxing Aqua yoga at the resort. Other wellness features include traditional Vietnamese massages and healthy meals.

For more information on mini and full yoga retreat packages, visit Cassia Cottage.

Best Things to do in Phu Quoc

Bonus Tip — Red Dao Herbal Bath, a Healing Tradition

Red Dao Herbal Bath at Topas Eco Lodge
Traditional Red Dao Herbal Bath at Topas Eco Lodge
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Wellness enthusiasts would not want to miss the healing herbal baths of Sapa. Embedded in Vietnam’s wellness culture, it’s a traditional therapy typical to an ethnic minority in Sapa.

The Unique Red Dao Healing Tradition

Every Red Dao family has its herbal bath recipe. It’s a secret passed from mothers to daughters. Traditionally, herbal baths are prepared for women post-child delivery for better healing.

Some benefits include relief from aches and pains, and cold. In modern wellness terms, it’s a blend of hydrotherapy and aromatherapy. It helps increase blood circulation, calm the mind, and reduce pain. The herbs in the bath detox pore and also soothe the skin.

Essential Ingredients of the Wellness Bath

Typical ingredients for the bath are elderberry, Vietnamese balm, fig leaves, wild pepper leaves, bur-reed, tropical dogwood, and cinnamon. The stems and leaves of these herbs are dried in the sun and boiled for hours.

It produces a sweet-smelling, wine-red mixture. Even the handmade bathing tubs are unique and made from Pơ mu — a type of cypress wood. The wood adds an earthy fragrance to the hot water.

Red Dao baths are set up in small, enclosed rooms to inhale the steam from the herbs. The herbal baths can also have lime leaves, star anise, and orange peels added for aroma. For the herbal bath, the water has to be at 35 degrees Celsius. One must soak for 15-25 mins for best results.

Best Places to try the Red Dao Herbal Bath

There are places in and around Sapa to try a traditional Red Dao Herbal bath. Topas Riverside Lodge, overlooking the Nam Cang River is one. You also have tubs with mountain views at Sapa NaPro in Ta Phin Village, a 40-min drive from Sapa town. Alternatively, Dao’s Care partners with Red Dao women for traditional herbal baths and massages at a day spa in Hanoi.

Best Things to do in Sapa

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