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Ninh Van Bay Six Senses is a dramatic place to strike a pose by Herbert Ypma Take me there

For many, travel is a chance to recover from the stresses of everyday life and return energised, rejuvenated and ready for anything. Luckily, while Vietnam offers more than its share of hedonistic pursuits, it also has a number of wholesome options to soothe body, mind and spirit. Whether you’re hoping to get in shape, unwind or simply recentre, you’ll find more than a few ways to do so here.

Healthy living starts with healthy eating, which is why Vietnamese cuisine is a boon for wellness-minded travellers. Traditional dishes often rely heavily on antioxidant-rich fresh herbs and dried spices for flavour. Fresh or steamed vegetables are a typical accompaniment to most meals and while meat may be a staple of the local diet, it’s often used merely to accent a dish. A little bit of pork adds richness and a powerful boost of umami to sautéed greens with minimal fat, as do beef bones in a slow-simmered, anise-scented phở broth. Recent years have seen an influx of new restaurants catering to vegetarians, vegans and clean-eaters, making it easier than ever to adhere to a specific dietary requirements while travelling across the country.

Round off all that balanced eating with some mindful meditation at one of the dozens of yoga retreats scattered throughout Vietnam. Classes run the gambit from physically intense to spiritually soothing, with every option in between. You’re bound to feel especially Zen after saluting the sun on Côn Sơn Island or the striking shores of Nha Trang. Finally, a spa treatment or two is the perfect way to melt away tension. With options ranging from unlimited spa treatment resorts set on beaches, to customisable detox packages, to private spa pavilions and complimentary daily yoga sessions, the choice is yours.

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