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Somebody pinch me. In less than a month I’ll be winging my way to Koh Samui, Thailand, to spend the good part of a week at a health retreat.
Absolute Sanctuary to be exact.
Now, the last time (and my first visit) I visited Koh Samui, it was our honeymoon – 10 and a half years ago.
Mr SY is far from impressed that I’m heading back there without him. I keep assuring him that there will be none of the Singa or Chang beer consumption that happened back then but still … KOH SAMUI.
It will be a time to really focus on myself and my wellbeing. A focus that will definitely have me spending quality time in the spa.
I’m so, so grateful for the opportunity.
The trip is all thanks to Female For Life and its incredible Love Your Body Competition.
And I’m excited to announce that one very lucky Styling You reader is coming with Female For Life designer and owner Melanie Becker and I:
Karen Curtin (NSW)
I don’t know about Karen but my thoughts have already turned to what to pack for a health retreat holiday.
Thankfully, knowing that most of my activities will involve yoga classes and exercising means that my suitcase will be filled with Female for Life active wear pieces.
Acclimatising won’t be so difficult as Queensland has refused to be dragged into this season they supposedly call autumn.
It’s going to be hot and humid. Ridiculously so.
The reason good active wear is worth investing in is that it is made from materials designed to draw the sweat away from your body and keep you cooler.
This is definitely the case for Female for Life active wear.
The other plus is that every piece is super comfortable to wear. The pants hold you in and support without any feeling of discomfort; and the tops vary from fitted to lovely and loose (my favourite as they skim the body).
My favourite pants for yoga are the recently added digital print pants. They are lighter than my others and make for supreme comfort when it comes to twisting and doing inversions while getting your namaste on at yoga.
I’m also a sucker for fun colours and prints to add personality to your workout wear.
The good news for you is that there is currently 40% off selected styles (plus scroll down for a special offer for SY readers for non-sale items).
Back to the task at hand.
What to pack for a health retreat holiday
1. Active wear to suit planned activities. I know I’ll be doing a lot of yoga so I’m taking all my Female for Life printed pants. They are comfortable for this activity and light for the climate. My lovely and loose tops will also take packing priority. I’ll also take some gym gear for walking – most probably in the gym where the humidity will be more to my liking – and my daily personal training session.
I’ll take enough to pretty much do me the whole week but will also take advantage of inexpensive laundering to have it washed during my stay too.
2. Swimwear. Two swimsuits should do the trick. One then will always be dry when needed. I’ll also take at least one sun-safe swim vest. I can also choose to do a training session in the pool – this very much appeals in an attempt to stay cool.
3. Cover-ups. A couple of cotton cover-ups will work for wearing around the resort when not taking part in activities.
5. Hats. A cap will work for any walking activities; a wide-brimmed hat will be ideal beside the pool.
4. Kaftans. A fancy kaftan or three will see me ready for any restaurant evenings. Even if my meal comes with a side of mineral water instead of champagne, I’ll still feel fancy.
5. Flat shoes. I’ve learned from experience on previous resort holidays that the chance of me wearing heels is pretty much non-existent. I may sneak in a pair of wedges though.
6. Key beauty products. This is still my packing downfall. I want all my products and potions with me. But I really need to get realistic. If I’m spending most of my time in active wear, I’m not going need a tonne of makeup. Maybe a little for dinners out but mostly I’ll be harnessing a BB Cream and sunscreen to see me through. I’ll also need lip balm, insect repellent, Arnica gel (for sore muscles), shampoo/conditioner, cleanser and night cream. I’ll also be taking a selection of Twenty8 aromatherapy synergy blends as I rarely travel anywhere without them.
7. An Asian power adaptor. I just take one as I also always take a small power board with me for re-charging all my devices. The adapter plugs into the power board and then into the wall.
8. An open mind. This may not take up any physical space in your luggage but it is an important thing to bring with you on a health retreat escape. I’ve only done weekend health retreats to date but I got a lot out of them as I was open to new experiences, food and conversation with others. I intend to do the same for this week.
Thanks to Female for Life, I’ve got one active wear outfit (one pair of workout pants and one top) to give away. To enter, leave a comment below answering this question:
What’s your number one healthy travel tip?
Entries open Thursday, April 2 at 4.45am (AEST) and close Thursday, April 9 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winner will be judged on originality and creativity (photos can be included and uploaded with the comment). The winner will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.
There is currently up to 40% off sale items at Female for Life. For the next week, Female for Life is offering SY readers a 15% discount on non-sale items. Enter the code nikkilovesffl at checkout. Offer ends April 9.