Published on Sunday, 09 February 2020 16:09
Written by Cheryl Teo
With avoiding large crowds at the top of everyone’s travel agenda at the moment, we’ve outlined a list of itineraries in Asia that would allow you to embark on an eye-opening journey of self-discovery this year, away from the hordes of tourists.
Alongside the increase in demand for authentic and immersive experiences, the search for spiritual travel is also growing exponentially in this day and age. Focusing on inner exploration which provides the space for travellers to examine themselves, spiritual travel experiences have become a form of personal investment.
1. A Spiritual Journey: Japan’s Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage
The Kumano Kodō is a series of ancient pilgrimage routes that crisscross the Kii Hantō, the largest peninsula of Japan. The routes are registered as UNESCO World Heritage and played an integral part of the pilgrimage process as pilgrims undertook rigorous religious rites of worship and purification.
Walking the sacred Kumano Kodo is a fantastic way to experience the unique cultural landscape of Kumano's spiritual countryside, offering an immersion into more than a thousand years of Buddhist history.
2. A Luxurious Escapade: Total Solitude in Ubud, Bali
Committed to maintaining excellence in the craft of hospitality, Capella Hotels & Resorts have launched Capella Curates. Carefully cultivated by the expert team in each locale, Capella Curates offer exclusive adventures, which incorporate interesting characters, whimsical traditions, and the opportunity to hone unexplored skills.
Capella Ubud’s Confined to Quarters
is a life-changing Capella Curates experience, whereby couples can escape the humdrum of daily life with 24-hours spent in total solitude within their uniquely styled tent.
The day begins with a traditional Balinese blessing ritual and yoga session, enabling guests to reconnect with one another and refocus. After a restful night’s sleep, made possible by the day spent in solitude, guests can take part in a sunrise purification ritual at the property’s Wos River Temple – a profoundly spiritual process designed to leave a lasting feeling of calm and positivity. Book your solitary respite here.
3. The Happiest Place on Earth: Cultural Secrets in Bhutan
Scott Dunn’s itineraries to Bhutan
capture the pure energy and spirituality of one of the last true unspoilt countries on earth. As a Himalayan Kingdom of stunning natural beauty, travellers will discover the awe-inspiring sights - from lush-green rice paddies running alongside fast-flowing glacial rivers to the endless forested-mountains and the snow-capped peaks beyond.
Bhutan carefully manages the numbers of tourists to the country in order to preserve its unique culture and traditions, and so a trip to Bhutan ensures a remarkable vacation with a first-hand, intimate look into the secrets of this extraordinary country.
A Week in Bhutan introduces the spiritual and cultural highlights, from experiencing the fascinating capital of Thimphu, home to Bhutan’s national animal in the Takin Preserve, to trekking towards Taktsang Goemba or the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro. Tailored to travellers who wish to be accompanied, all itineraries in Bhutan are escorted by a driver and specialist guide.