Where wellness meets nature

Updated: March 02, 2016 11:20 AM

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort has launched a new wellness programme that allows guests to completely immerse themselves in nature with many unique activities for a holistic healing experience

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Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort has launched a new wellness programme that allows guests to completely immerse themselves in nature with many unique activities for a holistic healing experience

Guests can expect a new holistic wellness experience in the remote and tranquil hills of northern Thailand. Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort is where wellness and wildlife converge to create a holistic experience that remains in memory forever. Infusing the mesmerising vista across the hills, the fresh jungle air and the soothing connection with one of nature’s most gentle and soothing animals, the new programme at Anantara Golden Triangle – part of Balance, Anantara’s innovative signature wellness concept – is designed to take the stress out of everyday life and leave you feeling completely at one with nature.

‘Where Wellness Meets Nature’ is extremely flexible – a key feature of the Balance concept – and allows you to devise your own fitness programme by choosing from unique activities immersed in nature such as ‘Walking with Elephants’, Mahout training, jungle trekking, riverside cycling and elephant yoga. After meeting the the expert chef upon arrival, a personalised healthy menu is created to ensure every element of a guests’ culinary journey is fully covered. After an invigorating and rewarding day in the hills, they can indulge in the brand new bespoke spa experiences that re-energise and detox them from head to toe. The healing properties of the jungle and surrounding three countries vista perfectly complement the wellness experience.

Guests’ can wake up to invigorating mornings inhaling the fresh three-country air as the mist rises across the hills of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. As the day breaks, they are invited to walk into the jungle accompanied by the dawn chorus to fetch the gentle giant. Elephants have long held a place in ancient ritual and meditation for both the Brahmin and local Buddhist traditions due to their calm nature, rhythmic pace and unhurried breath.

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After an early morning al fresco yoga session either in the jungle pavilion or aboard the elephant, a healthy, nutritious picnic breakfast is laid out on the grass, while the new elephant friend enjoys theirs amongst the shrubbery.

The programme’s other options are refreshingly diverse. Choose from the Healthy Thai Cooking Class that includes a trip to the market in the local village, a visit to a 1,000 year old temple to give merit to the monks and a picnic breakfast in the spiritual surrounds. Head out on a trek through the jungle on foot, through untrodden paths to reach the hilltop for undisturbed views and a perfect meditation spot. Grab a bike and cycle through the tropical terrain, along the banks of the mesmerising Mekong, through Thai-Loas border rice paddies, stopping at temples and silk weaving villages along the way and finishing at Chiangsaen Lake wetland area for tropical bird watching. Or stay in the peaceful surrounds of the resort, using the fitness centre, playing tennis or squash or simply unwinding with the sights and sounds of nature all around you.

Launching this year is also the resort’s private Thai boxing ring. Guests can take a starter lesson with our resident expert and become familiar with this ancient art for which Thailand is renowned. After a tough but rewarding work-out, guests can unwind and re-energise with two brand new 90 minute spa rituals created especially for this new Anantara Golden Triangle journey. Drawing on the science of Ayurveda, the first is a soothing massage that clears the mind and relieves tension, the second will leave them feeling recharged by the power of nature and holistic techniques.

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