A Journey to Holistic Wellness - Located west of Shanghai in the culturally and historically rich city of Suzhou, SANGHA Retreat is a state-of-the-art, fully-immersive health and wellness retreat that combines the vast knowledge and wisdom of the East with the finest methods and technological advances of Western science. Part of the OCTAVE Institute, the 47-acre lakeside retreat, introduces a new approach to well-being designed to help guests find clarity, harmony, and a new level of consciousness and freedom through a personalized program of nutritionally balanced meals, healing treatments, and physical activities.
The mission at SANGHA Retreat is to provide guests with a clear path along their journey to well-being. A holistic approach combines medical expertise, proven treatments, and activities that nourish and enhance mind, body, and spirit. Through the offerings, expertise, and insight available at the AT ONE Clinic, AT ONE Healing Spa, and the activities and facilities of Living Habits, the SANGHA Retreat provides a comprehensive approach to wellness.
Accommodations - Harmony and Balance - Nature and architecture harmoniously combine at SANGHA Retreat. Spacious and modern, the accommodations are perfectly conducive to reflection, relaxation, and rejuvenation. The thoughtful design elegantly balances luxurious comfort with calming minimalism, complementing the retreat's wellness programs, and enhancing the guest experience. Every accommodation at SANGHA Retreat offers inspiring views of Yangcheng Lake, which surrounds the property.
Suzhou Venice of the East - Called the “Venice of China” by none other than Marco Polo, Suzhou has long been recognized as one of the country’s most elegant, culturally-rich cities. For centuries the location has attracted artists, scholars, creatives, and craftsmen, thanks to its peaceful canals, thousand-year-old temples, and ornate gardens. At SANGHA Retreat, guests can experience Suzhou’s many treasures, from UNESCO-listed sites that are awe-inspiring in their beauty, local shops filled with handcrafted items famous in the region such as silk scarves and ornate fans, to informative museums that will provide you with a deeper appreciation for China’s fascinating culture and history.
Landscape - The landscape of Suzhou is marked by beautiful waterways, enchanting stone bridges, and grand lakes. In total, 42% of the city is covered by water, creating a captivating atmosphere full of life and perfectly suited to reflection and transformation. The city is home to Tai Lake, the third-largest freshwater lake in China. The lake holds roughly 90 islands and is linked to China’s Grand Canal — a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the longest and oldest artificial river globally.
Gardens - The gardens of Suzhou are renowned throughout China and have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The two most famous are the Lingering Garden and the Humble Administrator's Garden, epitomizing classical Chinese garden design, aiming to create a flawless miniature landscape that illustrates man and nature's harmony.
Arts and Culture - Suzhou is one of the best places to experience China’s unique arts and culture. Two of its most elegant forms, Kun Opera and Pingtan, have rich histories here. Kun Opera is the forerunner of all Chinese operas and was developed here more than 600 years ago. Pingtan, meanwhile, is an ancient form of storytelling, where ballads are sung and accompanied by traditional stringed instruments.
The Art of Well-Being - ''Holistic programs'' - At the core of SANGHA Retreat’s offerings are three to six-night well-being programs designed to create lasting transformation. The East's vast knowledge and wisdom is combined with the finest methods and technological advances of Western science to create impactful, targeted treatment plans, to support guests in their journey to optimal health and a life more mindfully lived. A non-invasive, extensive wellness assessment informs the path each guest takes.
''Mindful Retreat'' - For those looking for a supportive, group environment in which to nurture good health, the Retreats throughout the year present the perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, as well as reconnect mind, body, and soul. Lead by resident specialists and internationally renowned thought leaders, subjects such as yoga, Ayurveda, and Qi Gong and their connection to continued well-being are explored through movement, nutrition, and interactive workshops.
''Rejuvenating at One Healing Spa'' - The 65,000 square foot AT ONE Healing Spa optimizes mind, body, and spiritual balance through treatments designed to restore and rejuvenate. Natural elements such as water, light, heat, sound, and energy are combined with state-of-the-art wellness technology to provide a holistic healing experience. Explore the exquisite menu of beauty treatments, massages, scrubs, wraps, and traditional therapies, as well as the extensive array of hydrothermal facilities.
''Advanced at One Clinic'' - The AT ONE Clinic provides a holistic approach to physical and mental well-being. Utilizing state-of-the-art, non-invasive technology, an extensive wellness assessment at the clinic underpins your stay at SANGHA Retreat. With a focus on preventative and treatments, it is here that a program for the duration of your stay is tailored to your personal needs, with the support of a full clinical team, including internationally renowned doctors.
''Nourishment - Health Through Taste'' - The exquisite culinary program at SANGHA Retreat provides a balanced, nutritional diet that will satisfy both your taste buds and your well-being. Fresh, sustainably farmed, local ingredients are showcased throughout the property’s menus, channeling the region's culture through its delicate flavors. You’ll be greeted each morning with a nourishing breakfast, perfectly designed to fuel your body and prepare you for the day. Throughout the day, SANGHA Retreat’s refined culinary offerings provide a wide variety of tempting dishes for you to savor.
The menus and restaurants are guided by Executive Chef Paul Then, one of Singapore’s most celebrated chefs. With over 30 years of experience, he has been an integral part of multiple Michelin-starred restaurants and has been featured in various television programs across Asia. He combines a dedication to French culinary traditions with an intimate knowledge of Asian ingredients and flavors. Thought for Food celebrates mindful eating and the roles food plays in the lives: Food as ritual, nourishment, a sensory experience, and a social connector. At SANGHA Retreat, food is approached as an offering of love - from heart to table.