Nowadays, it’s common to be bombarded with influencers’ photos of face masks, high-ticket shopping trips, and indulgent desserts in the name of self-care. However Instagrammable the concept may seem, self-care isn’t skin-deep. As much as those things do provide a temporary feeling of calm and elation, there are other ways to look after yourself on a deeper level. One of those methods may even surprise you: travel.
Breaking free from all things associated with stress (bye, traffic!) can work wonders for the soul and body. Anxiety-inducing factors of travel aside, such as planning itineraries and navigating a new setting, traveling allows you to immerse in nature, eat better, build physical strength, clear away unhealthy thoughts, and so much more. The list of benefits and possibilities a trip can offer are practically endless.
Think of it this way: self-care is less about ticking boxes off your checklist than it is a journey to a better you. In the long run, daily life can even become easier to take on as you equip yourself with the knowledge of how effective a getaway can be for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Plus, it’ll give you something to look forward to as you file your leaves and start counting down the days ‘til departure. Need some inspiration? Below are 6 local destinations for your next self-care vacation.
If you’re serious about tapping into your inner self, you can unburden your mind and strengthen your body with a yoga retreat. Offering a ‘start any day’ program, Lotus Shores is a destination made for meditation and working on your daily yoga practice. Through this immersion, you will learn to listen to your own thoughts, set intentions for the future, and foster healthier habits for your mind and body. Plus, you’ll get to supplement your progress with plant-based meals provided for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Let the protein-packed eats fuel you for the island exploration between sessions, which will definitely leave you wanting to see more of Siargao.
Purok 5, Poblacion
General Luna, Surigao Del Norte
0998 569 6928
Focusing on health doesn’t have to mean physical exercise. It can also mean rejuvenating the body from within, whether through better food choices or restorative treatments like a soothing massage or lymphatic therapy. Get A-list guidance on your self-care journey at The Farm at San Benito. Its professional staff is equipped with the knowledge you need to progress through life with less sick days and a refreshed outlook. Best of all, this idyllic getaway—only a stone’s throw from the city—provides the perfect backdrop for wellness with its landscaped gardens and tranquil spots made for contemplation and simply being.
119 Barangay Tipakan
Lipa City, Batangas
(02) 8884 8074
(0918) 884 8080
Harness the healing properties of the sea at beachside medi-spa and resort Aegle Wellness Center. Located on the picturesque Balesin island, the sought-after destination is widely known for being one of the few in Asia that offers Thalassotherapy, a variety of seawater-based treatments designed to benefit the skin and immune system, and even relieve aches and pains. It’s especially targeted to those suffering from chronic illnesses, which can be detrimental to daily life. Intersperse your sessions with poolside lounging, walks along the beach, and delicious yet nutritious meals.
Mykonos Village, Balesin Island
(02) 8737 0077
(0917) 821 9795
(0949) 889 6237
For a more traditional approach to wellness, make your way to nearby Tagaytay. Offering soothing hilot massages, foot spas, and facials, Nurture Wellness Village will have you relaxed and ready to take on anything in a matter of hours. Choose to spend your time bundled up in the comfort of your room post-massage or communing with the great outdoors in a glamping tent. Either way, by the end of your retreat, you’ll discover that this bucolic hideaway is the quintessential meeting of nature and nurture that recharges your body, mind, and soul.
Barangay Maitim II West
(02) 8710 9786
(0918) 888 8772
(0917) 687 8873
If simple and quiet moments are all you seek, find them Agape Log Cabin and Restaurant tucked in the serenity of Sagada's sprawling mountains. The peaceful trip is made even more worthwhile with views that will revitalize even the weariest of souls. Meet the sunrise at Marlboro Hills and end the day with a sundowner at Sagada Cellar Door. No matter the time of day, the climate is perfect for reflection and collection of thoughts—no specific itinerary needed. In fact, you might even take this time to slow down each day, savoring each sip of coffee and breath of fresh air.
South Road, Dagdag
Sagada, Mountain Province
(0939) 750 7270
The beach also makes for the ideal slow-paced vacation. It’s a respite for those looking to soak up some sunshine, take in warm seaside air, and look inward. With options for surfing and even yoga, Kahanamoku Bed and Breakfast in Baler offers your choice of a chilled-out stay complete with delicious vegan breakfast options. Just imagine yourself having the most satisfying meal, walking to the beach, laying down a fuzzy towel and catching up on some reading. Alternatively, you could head to Dicasalarin Cove for a short hike up to its famed lighthouse to marvel at one of Baler’s most scenic views, the sublimity of which bears a much-needed reminder that everything will be okay—all you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.
Cemento Beach, Barangay Zabali
(0998) 857 4851
(0917) 833 9615
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