Immersive retreats are all the rage and COMO hotels and resorts just dropped 5 for 2022
Put the phone down and walk away, slowly. You have this.
Travel has always had elements of escapism, but lately travelers are yearning to find deeper meaning and educational encounters while on vacation. Answering that call is a brand of luxury boutique hotels COMO Hotels and Resorts. The brand has just added four new immersive retreats to its 2022 calendar across Asia and Australia. From pure beauty and sound healing in Australia to boxing in Bali, the new COMO trips are inspired by the culture and qualities of the places of ownership while helping customers to have more complete experiences. Perfect for couples, small groups and solo travelers, each retreat combines education, spirituality and fitness with the opportunity to explore some of COMO’s best beach, city and mountain resorts.
Learn from the Clean Beauty Pioneer (August 26-28)
With Australia now open to international tourism, this wellness retreat should be on your radar, not to mention that Perth Como defines the ‘sanctuary within a city’ hotel category. Hot on the heels of her success in June, Megan Larsen, a thirty-year clean beauty veteran, wellness entrepreneur and founder of Sodashi, will host a second retreat at COMO The Treasure. She draws on her background in pharmacy, homeopathy and organic skincare to teach clients “all things beauty.” You’ll attend educational workshops like oil blending masterclasses and try treatments like facial acupressure, learning the techniques to continue your wellness journey at home. Guests will be accommodated on full board, including a special four-course tasting menu with wine pairing curated by the hotel’s Executive Chef, Kim Brennan, and Megan Larsen to boost the mood and nourish the soul . The two-night retreat starts at AU$1,925 (per guest, based on double occupancy) – to book reservations via email here.
Embrace the Changes in Womanhood (September 9-11)
Yes, there is more to being a woman than being young and dynamic. This retreat is for all ages and offers insight into the transitions experienced by women as they move from youth to maturity. This retreat will be co-led by yoga teacher, sound healer and art therapist, Renata Citrons, and naturopathic doctor and homeopath, Dr. Benita Perch, at COMO Point Yamu. Workshops designed to educate on the stages of life and teach the female cycle in relation to nutrition, hormones and fertility by Dr. Perch are alternated with sound healing sessions to cleanse the chakras, yoga sessions to improve posture and mandala art therapy to release mental tension. During your stay, you will dine in the nourishing and rebalancing COMO Shambhala cuisine in La Sirena’s Italian restaurant, facing the sea, and attend an interactive salad preparation class with the hotel’s chef and Dr. Perch. After the retreat and upon request, a private 70-minute session with Dr. Benita Perch can be arranged, to provide further recommendations and lifestyle adjustments to promote optimal long-term health. JThe two-night retreat starts at US$1,124 (based on single occupancy) – to book by email here.
Boxing in Bali (9-14 October)
Boxing stimulates the mind as much as the body, so why not train under the tutelage of a world champion in Bali? Exactly. This six-day boxing fitness camp hosted by former world champion Darren Barker and GB Boxer Ryan Pickard at COMO Uma Canggu, is the ultimate escape for those wanting to learn the basics of boxing in a friendly beachfront setting. COMO’s boxing experience aims to release stress, boost endorphins, learn techniques and strengthen strength. Made up of a mix of fitness activities, including Rocky-style circuits, morning mindset meditations, and classes to improve balance and timing, the challenging Bootcamp will leave you sore but satiated. As part of the retreat, guests will have the chance to train and fight at one of the most sought after martial arts gyms, Bali MMA. After a day in the boxing ring, relax on a volcanic beach, enjoy one of COMO’s signature Shambhala treatments or grab a handcrafted drink at COMO Beach Club. The two-night retreat starts at US$1,143
Capture the beauty in Bhutan (November 9-16)
If Bhutan has been on your bucket list ever since you watched a Yak in the classroom, then this retreat is your inspiration to book the trip. Reopening its borders in September, the Kingdom of Bhutan is a photographer’s dream, offering spectacular scenery and unique architecture. In November, COMO Uma Paro and COMO Uma Punakha will team up with renowned American photographer and Kodak Ambassador Michael Turek, to organize an eight-day expedition to learn the art of film photography. An immersive route covers the Paro and Punakha valleys, where budding photographers can soak up views of cultural and natural wonders. As analog photography encourages concentration and intentional shots, Turek’s teachings will not be limited to technical skills but will provide an opportunity for intense creative creation and self-awareness. Guests return from their daily outings for holistic wellness treatments and world-class cuisine at COMO Uma Paro and COMO Uma Punakha. The Retreat starts at US$11,464 (based on single occupancy) – to book reservations via email here.
Yoga with an artistic side (26-28 November)
Yoga and art in Thailand is like the sequel to Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Or the beginning of your memoirs. This November, join internationally acclaimed health and wellness consultant, Jolie Michelle Ow, at COMO Point Yamu to Phuket for three days of mindfulness activities, including an art therapy session to relax the mind and enlighten the mind. Designed to counter the physical effects of anxiety, stress and trauma, the retreat incorporates core practices such as yoga, meditation with aromatherapy, positive affirmations, immersion in crystal clear sound, movement classes based on alignment and art sessions. A peaceful sanctuary high above the Andaman Sea, COMO Point Yamu offers a true escape on Phuket’s secluded and peaceful east coast. COMO Shambhala Peak Retreat sits at the tip of Cape Yamu and houses treatment rooms overlooking the pristine ocean and limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay. For prices and to book, email reservations here.