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Need to Detox? Go on a Wellness Retreat on this Private Island

by Annicca Albano
January 10, 2020

Once all the firecrackers have turned into ashes and the chuckles of merrymakers have faded out, the new year finally unwraps a few moments of sheer silence—a time to reflect on the decade that was and to make resolutions you can do for love, career, money, and of course, your well-being.

If the past has left you feeling overlooked, it’s time to focus on treating yourself better. Most people promise to bury the past and rise above negativity, some choose to surround themselves with kinder and more supportive people, others will commit to healthier habits and a gym membership, while a few may find a fresh start in something as simple as a vacation. Vacations, most especially health-centric holidays and wellness retreats, provide a change of scenery so you can decompress, re-energize, and reconnect with yourself and those you travel with. Luckily, the perfect place exists, if you just look a little closer to home.

Snuggled away off the eastern coast of Luzon, where honey-hued sunsets, wind-whipped sands, and clear malachite waters meet, is a 500-hectare exclusive island renowned for its members-only resort, palm-fringed beaches with luxurious amenities, world-class sports and recreational facilities, and perhaps one of the most upscale wellness hubs in the world: Aegle Wellness Center. If you’re part of the bunch who believes holidays are synonymous with healing, a transformative wellness retreat in Balesin may just be what you seek. Read on to discover everything you need to know about this sanctuary.

Each retreat is designed to heal you through immersive experiences in nature.

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For many people, the beach is the entire point of a getaway—a place to swim, sunbathe, read and dream in peace, and a safe haven to recover from the wear and tear of the daily grind. And at this private paradise cloaked in pure white sand, it’s easy to find a spot to mark the start of your seascape. Before you join the activities you’ve meticulously planned in your mind, immerse yourself in the depths of nature. Go for a meditative stroll in the sultry tropical jungle, fill your lungs with fresh ocean air, and let the island heat melt away your stress. Being in nature can help you rest, reflect, and remove all the bouts of urban fatigue so you can fully embrace the adventure that awaits.

At Aegle Wellness Center, you can have the perfect wellness program created for you.

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Once you step on the island, you immediately know that nature is the theme of your getaway, and at its core is Aegle. Equipped with high-tech medical facilities and an acclaimed medical team, this wellness hub offers comprehensive tests—from complete blood count to genomic analysis—that serve as checkpoints for your metabolic, hormonal, and nutritional health. The results will then guide their in-house doctors in providing proper medical care during your getaway and in mapping out your journey to a healthy lifestyle.

Here, you can experience “Thalassotherapy” and other holistic treatments to reboot the mind, body, and soul.

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If you’re the kind to book a massage to start or end your vacation on a relaxing note, be prepared for a remarkable pampering experience. Named after the Greek goddess of radiant good health, Aegle boasts an extensive treatment menu that puts the spotlight on nature’s healing power. It is known as the only facility in the Philippines with thalasso pools, which are filled with seawater to encourage graceful ageing, organic weight loss, stress reduction, and improved vitality. Fitness influencers and health enthusiasts also frequent the center to try the Colon Hydrotherapy, Intravenous Drip, or Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to purify their systems, nurture the vital organs, and revivify their bodies.

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While doing the treatments, relish the beauty of Aegle's location in Mykonos village—often defined as the island’s most photogenic corner. With its serene setting composed of white-washed buildings, blue-tiled roofs, and a sun-scorched beachfront like those of the Greek Isles, you’re guaranteed mental repose and luxurious indulgence that an ordinary massage can’t offer.

The island houses a massive sports center with an eclectic mix of activities to bring you closer to your fitness goals.

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At Balesin Island Club, you can keep your muscles and mind active with the trove of leisurely pursuits, both laid-back and adventurous. Break a sweat in the fully-equipped fitness center, try mixed martial arts and rock climbing, or venture out for a round of volleyball. Once you're ready for more action, go scuba diving, surfing, and wakeboarding. When you feel overwhelmed, get some headspace and inspiration at the art studio or the dance and yoga studio. Apart from improving your mood, exercising helps you recover from diseases, reduces sluggishness, and sharpens your focus so you’re at your best when it’s time to return to reality.

Their licensed nutritionist-dieticians can get your diet off to a good start.

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Exercise does your mind and body good almost instantly, but to feel a long-lasting boost, one must heal thy body with the right food. During your retreat, sign up for one of Aegle’s Nutrition Science programs, so you can get guidance on the specific diet that complements your daily workout and current lifestyle. With over 20 innovative dining destinations sprinkled all over the island, you’ll have plenty of places to apply your learnings and replenish your body with delicious yet nutritious gourmet dishes.

Guests can take a much-needed rest at villas inspired by international beach destinations.

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Finally, your hideaway. With seven themed villas, this tropical haven puts the most breathtaking places in the world within your reach. At Asian-inspired villages like Bali and Phuket, days begin with visually arresting sunrise views over the sea and slow down with the aid of afternoon cocktails (or a fruit smoothie, if you prefer). If you're longing for a more homey experience, tuck yourself in Balesin village, where you can spend hours marveling at its intricate Filipino design, wading in the main pool closeby, devouring a book inside a thatched gazebo, or indulging in a massage by the best beach on the island.

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But if you’re set for a European adventure, you'll be spoilt for choice, too. Get a taste of the French bar scene at St. Tropez or lounge lazily in the coastal town of Southern Span in Costa del Sol. Explore the open-air courtyard of the Italian region in Toscana or billet yourself in the romantic village of Mykonos. From the distinct architecture and landscape, to the masterful culinary offerings in each village, you're promised a dreamy vacation that will surely inspire the start of an exciting decade.

Ready to embark on a journey to a happier, healthier life? For a limited time only, you can avail of Aegle Wellness Center's special wellness retreats for Deal Grocer members—no Balesin Island Club membership required! Book a 3D/2N Package for 2 or for 4, which comes with a stay in a villa, roundtrip airfare, and selected Aegle diagnostics and detox treatments.

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About Annicca
Always the designated trip planner but never the navigator, Annicca loves crafting travel itineraries with a mix of city, island, and cultural exploration. At age 21, she authored an ethnography on spoken word poetry in the Philippines, the first of its kind in the country. Follow her Instagram @anniccalbn to know her whereabouts.

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