Travel the world in health and wellness whilst making a positive impact on the environment, as Health and Fitness Travel, the leading experts in tailor-made wellness holidays worldwide, shares their top wellness retreats worldwide that have adopted the #betterinbamboo philosophy to enhance guests’ well-being experiences.


Try Bamboo Dancing at Karkloof Safari Spa, South Africa
Take a trip to this eco-friendly wellness safari retreat in the naturally beautiful Kwa-Zulu Natal region with a chance to encounter stunning ingenious wildlife. Karkloof Safari Spa integrates local traditions into their programmes including a night of Bamboo dancing. This quirky tradition sees dancers jumping between bamboo sticks which are stuck together and close to the floor, with a beat that’s bound to get you off your feet. Traditionally known as “Magunatip,” Bamboo dancing was traditionally a warrior dance that was performed to welcome home hunters, and is now commonly seen at festive and social events.

Enjoy Hot Bamboo Massage at The BodyHoliday, St Lucia
St Lucia is the island of spectacular landscapes and unspoilt rainforests, where The BodyHoliday has incorporated its natural surroundings into its world class wellness retreat. The indigenous hot bamboo massage is an innovative substitute for the traditional deep tissue massage, and uses warm hollow bamboo sticks to roll over muscular trigger points and relieve tension. Bamboo is also used to create the room balcony reclining chairs, and is commonly recognised for its durability, strength and earthy look.

Practice Yoga in Bamboo Caves at The Banjaran, Malaysia
Journey to The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Malaysia, a tropical jungle sanctuary surrounded by limestone hills and rolling cliffs. This back-to-nature holistic escape combines well-being with its natural surroundings, where guests can practice yoga inside bamboo caves, providing a truly unique eco-friendly wellness experience. Bamboo was used to control the climates in these karst caves due to their sturdy material, and has allowed for the retreat to utilise this scenic space for yoga classes.

Relax in the Open-air Bamboo Treatment Room at Kamalaya, Thailand
Kamalaya is a world-renowned award-winning luxury wellness resort with exquisite features set amongst lush vegetation and crystal-clear waters. Creating innovative experiences for their guests, this tranquil Thai retreat provides indulgent treatments within their open-air bamboo treatment room. The hollowness of the bamboo blocks out all surroundings noise, where the cooling gentle sea breeze sweeps your skin, making it the ultimate relaxing spot.

Retreat to the Bamboo Floating Village in Samahita Retreat, Thailand
Nestled along the quieter coast of Koh Samui, Samahita Retreat is known locally as the bamboo floating village, a name given due to the reliance on bamboo to build its yoga shala, the walls of the villas and main building and the flooring. The use of this beautiful wood gives a sense of serenity as you are guided on your way to wellness.

Wear Bamboo at Fusion Maia, Vietnam
Boasting one of the world’s most tranquil beaches, Fusion Maia is a paradise sanctuary offering an extensive list of luxury wellness treatments. Located close to the UNESCO town of Hoi An, this luxury escape has incorporated the use of its beautiful surroundings in its wellness concept, with each room featuring a pair of breathable Bamboo slippers which can be worn throughout your stay.

Dine in a Private Bamboo Tree Pod at Soneva Kiri, Thailand
Nestled within palm fringed hills, experience the uniqueness of Soneva Kiri’s eco-friendly approach. Exclusive to the retreat, dine in “sustainable style” in the bamboo-made tree pods, were you’ll enjoy breath-taking views of the secluded bay as you’re suspended 6 meters above ground. Receive your food in style, as your personal waiter swings to your bamboo pod via a zipline – a truly unforgettable experience.

Unwind with Bamboo Fishing at The Farm, Philippines
Built around the famed mango tree said to possess healing powers, The Farm at San Benito is a tropical holistic paradise set in the fruitful region at the base of Mount Malarayat. Exclusive to the resort is bamboo fishing, an alternative to using a normal fishing rod, where you can learn the local way of securing the catch of the day!

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About Paul Joseph:

Wellness Travel Specialist and Entrepreneur, Paul Joseph, is the co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel, a global leader in wellness holidays worldwide. Always ahead of the curve in pioneering new health programmes that revive the soul, boost fitness or address serious health issues, the worldwide wellness tourism industry has now become a multi-billion sector, growing faster than travel in general. Paul has a wealth of PR, Marketing, Sales and Management experience in the health and tourism industry, consulting leading hotels on their wellness strategy and contributing regularly to broadcast and media interviews.

About Health and Fitness Travel:

Health and Fitness Travel is a global luxury wellness travel company that originated in the UK in 2010 and is committed to providing healthy holidays that enhance and change lives. Created by Paul Joseph and Adam Heathcote as a result of their passion for health and fitness travel and offering bespoke holidays to improve people’s well-being to lead happier and healthier lives.

Health and Fitness Travel offers clients a tailor-made seamless service with the very best health and fitness holidays, handpicked by its expert team, together with exclusive and added value packages with the best deals. As leading specialists, Health and Fitness Travel has also created their own collection of trademark healthy holidays in various destinations which include Fusion Fitness™ BodyBreaks™ and Discover Recover™, offering clients the best value and holiday experience. For more information visit:

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