by Judy Chapman

Thanks to the explosion in wellness travel, a detox vacation no longer has to feel like a life sentence. Afterall, pleasure also needs to be part of the cure. South East Asia, in particular, is home to several stunning detox retreats. Tell tale signs that it's high time for a detox retreat include bad skin, poor digestion, irregular bowel movement, constipation, bloating, allergies and muscular pain to name a few. Stress, caffeine, alcohol, food, water, the air we breathe, medication and even the products rubbed into our skin can overload our system with toxins.

Have you packed your bags yet?

Afterwards expect, higher energy, clearer thinking, and enhanced happiness. Weight loss, releasing unwanted emotional patterns around food and improved digestion are a few of the benefits.

Here are some of my favourites…

Chiva Som, Thailand

Chiva Som International Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand
Thailand’s rockstar retreat has just launched a series of 2007 ‘Ultimate Detox Retreats’ that are recommended for those who wish to experience deeper detoxification in five star Thai surrounds. Their seven-day detox program includes seven nights accommodation, all cleansing meals and juices, detox supplements, 3 colonic hydrotherapy sessions, 1 physical analysis and daily spa treatments as well as use of all fitness facilities. Price starts at US$3,850 for single ocean view room.
Read more about Chiva Som

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Australia
Regeneration happens on many levels at Australia’s only 100% organic retreat. Set on two hundred hectares (there are fourteen bushwalks), this is an exceptional place to return to optimum wellbeing. Their popular seven-day ‘Gwinganna Detox’ include 7 nights accommodation, organic meals, 4 spa treatments, daily fitness and yoga classes, 6 lifestyle workshops, 1 cooking demonstration and a personal health consultation and transfers. I departed feeling inspired to take my health to the next level. Prices start at AUD$2275 twin share.

The Farm at San Benito, Philippines
Considered one of the world’s best raw food destinations, celebrities like actor Woody Harrelson have stayed here. What distinguishes The Farm is that it offers a varying range of accommodation to suit all budges. Their 7-21 day detox retreats are composed of accommodation, Life Blood Analysis, lectures, wheatgrass juice therapy, Colon Hydrotherapy, high-enzyme raw vegetarian diet, moderated exercise, detox treatments, supplements and therapies as well as NLP Life Coaching sessions. Their team of allopathic doctors and complimentary practitioners offer traditional and cutting edge diagnostic consultations to inspire you to return to optimum health. Prices start at US$1995.00 twinshare

(Another one of our writers visited and wrote about The Farm at San Benito)

Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand

Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand
Lush green forests, streams and boulders overlooking an exquisite private cove make this one of the worlds most beautiful detox destinations. Stay in earthy but well-appointed villas with Naturopaths, Traditional Chinese Medical and allopathic doctors at your beck and call. Their seven-day Essential Detox Retreat includes 7 nights accommodation, transfers, all organic meals and juices, nutritional supplements, herbs and homeopathic remedies, 1 BIA analysis, 6 Infrared Sauna, 7 spa treatments, cooking classes, educational discussions, and cleansing and holistic activities. Prices start at US$2,195.

Spa Samui, Koh Samui, Thailand
An excellent option that is more affordable and still considered one of the best. Check into either their beachfront or jungle properties and embark on their seven day ‘Clean-me-out program.’ The course includes accommodation, cleansing juices and vegetable broths, colon cleansing, herbal remedies and supplements, steam bath, and educational classes. Prices start at US$300 for 71/2 days.

Judy Chapman, a former Editor-in-Chief of Spa Asia, is author of four spa books. For the past 15 years she has been exploring the spas of the Asia-Pacific region and is currently researching a book on global spa rituals. It will be published later this year.



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