Stop and smell the roses: Growing demand for wellness retreats

Wellness tourism was valued at US$639 billion (S$880 billion) across the world in 2017. PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO
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SINGAPORE - When financial services executive Geraldine Ding's life was rocked by a sudden personal setback two years ago, she decided to take a three-day vacation in Phuket.

But this was not a lazy few days with a book on a beach. The $1,300 trip to Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort came with a wellness coach, dietitian and doctor, as well as classes like yoga and kick-boxing.

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