5 Soulful Waikato Wellness Spots And Their Locations
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The Filipino life is indeed a hectic and stressful one; it’s full of ups and downs that sometimes, it takes a toll on the well-being. The traffic is also frustrating so there are times when a Pinoy just wants to flee the city for a while and experience a quiet and rejuvenating retreat for the mind, body and soul. At the edge of New Zealand’s Waikato region is the Waikato River and the idyllic countryside has the magic to refresh, replenish and give a unique peace of mind that no other place can.
Te Atawhai is situated on the foothills of Mount Te Aroha and Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park. The tranquil place dates back to the time when a Kiwi fashion designer pondered on the bad effects of modern life. In the beautiful retreat, guests will enjoy whole food diets and its natural hot springs. Three Ms will also be experienced by valued guests; mindful practice, meditation and massage.
The old-fashioned equestrian town of Cambridge is the home of wellness retreat hub Sakura (named after cherry blossom trees. The design was based on old Hindi Vastu Shastra architecture teachings. There’s a wellness program along with useful fitness workouts at Sakura. There are also local celebrity chefs who hold workshops on nutrition and food exploration and life coaching, journaling seminars and a lot of outdoor activities.
Solscape is an award-winning resort near the black beaches of Raglan which is considered as surfing mecca by patrons.Travelers are going to have a feast on the different accommodations of the resort; tents, tipis, earth domes and self-contained eco-baches (a small holiday home). There’s also an upcycled caboose. Workshops on permaculture, home gardening and self-development for people who want to stay indoors are also being taught at Solscape. There are other activities like kayaking, horse riding, rock climbing for the more adventurous souls and a surf school nearby.
Sur Dames in Whale Bay is kicking all the boys out with their women-only hideaway. The place only caters to the queens. It lies in the middle of Mt. Karioi and the ocean. Trained instructors and lifeguards are always present to ensure the safety of everyone and to serve as guides on the beach. The place treats their female guests well with facials, body wraps, mani, pedi and massages. There’s also the Lava Lounge where the girls can enjoy happy hour cocktails. The perfect day is also ended with the perfect night by end-day yoga or surf-fitness which they can avail of the day after if they’re extending their stay.
The Narrows Retreat
Meditation can often do wonders for the tired mind, body, and soul. It gives relief to anxiety and depression and stimulates better cognitive function. Learn the techniques to combat stress and improve relaxation methods through New Zealand’s first Ananda Yoga Centre. Ananda overlooks the Waikato River. It is the “joy that lives within and found through regular deep meditation” and guests will surely find it as they spend time in Ananda.
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