Rest and rejuvenate your soul with a holistic break
Round up a friend or partner to accompany you on a spiritual holiday of a lifetime, to the picturesque Tao Garden of Thailand. With its luscious, green surroundings you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled upon a spiritual oasis at this paradise-like resort. Falling before the foothills of the sensational Himalayan mountains, Tao Garden is a celebrated Taoist retreat centre and integrated holistic spa, conveniently located in the lush countryside of Northern Thailand.
As well as being the spiritual home of well-known Grandmaster Mantak Chia, the residence is also surrounded by one of the country’s most diverse habitats, making it one of Thailand’s best kept secrets. We’re offering one lucky Soul & Spirit reader and their guest the chance to escape the bustle of every day life and indulge in a exciting retreat for two.
Most of the spacious rooms boast a veranda and modern features; affording spectacular views of sunrises and sunsets over the mountains. Plus, guests can breathe in the fresh mountain air while settling down to an elegant dinner in the evening. Each tasty, organic meal is carefully created to cater to visitors’ every culinary delight.
Spiritual newbies and experienced Taoists alike are all welcome at the garden, with it’s friendly motto being: ‘Good air, good food, good chi’. From the salt water pool, to the herbal steam bath and home cinema, there are plenty of activities to keep guests busy. But, if you’re looking to pamper yourself then the holistic clinic will really hit the spot. With all the subtle luxuries you’d imagine from a Thai spa, there’s an array of eastern and western treatments on offer, including the spa’s signature Chi Nei Tsang massage – sounds heavenly!
To make the most of the location, why not hire a bicycle, stroll into the nearby village and temple or venture further afield and book an excursion to the city? Curious travellers can explore the busy heights of Chiang Mai, visit the nearby silk factory or take a tour through the forest on an elephant, soaking up jungle culture and Thai tastes.
Those who like holistic hols with a large measure of relaxation will want to check out the private grounds and meditation hut, which overlooks the still pond. The Lao Tzu hut offers daily meditation sessions and guests are invited to try morning Qigong classes and evening yoga to help align mind, body and spirit, and balance chi, or ‘life energy’. Regardless of what’s on offer, you’ll be free to do as little or as much as you want during your 12-day stay to the spiritual heart of Thailand. See taoyoga.co.uk for more information
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