pause for peace & pho retreat, vietnam

Pause for Peace & Pho

A 12-day Rest & Restore, mindfulness retreat… Hoi An & Da Nang, Vietnam.

Our first four night stay is at La Siesta.  A sweet, boutique retreat, which is warm, comfortable, stylish and only a short walk from the historic ancient town of Hoi An.

The staff are so kind, attentive and bright, that you want to pack them in your suitcase and take them home with you.

Walk one way and you are looking over the Bon River and its bright green paddy fields.  Walk the other way and you immerse yourself in the former port city’s melting-pot, a mixture of eras and styles reflected in the wooden Chinese shop houses and temples; the colourful French colonial buildings; ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge.

Yes, there is shopping galore and the most gorgeous array of eateries….and the food?  Well, if you enjoy the light, delicate, nutritious Vietnamese cuisine, then you are in heaven!

However, in saying all that, my favourite resting place is the photographic gallery of Rehahn.  I have spent hours just sitting and looking at his glorious work.  We can visit him during our stay if you like. You will love it… I promise…

Then it is off to Da Nang and our stay at the Fusion Maia Spa Retreat.  Some of my loveliest memories and most creative concepts were born overlooking the stunning beachfront. I would luxuriously settle into a large, comfy couch, eat breakfast at 2.00p.m. (following yoga, meditation and a treatment) take advantage of the resort’s wonderful policy “breakfast anywhere, anytime”, and yes, it was table service.  Don’t you love it!  Beach waiter service!

The rooms are a range of elegant private pool villas.  Gloriously designed and so spacious.  Every tiny detail is covered providing each client with the most respectful and heartfelt service and refinement. 

The resort itself is serene, elegant, simply appointed and the cuisine quite frankly is some of the best I have experienced in the world.

Now, to the best part! You will receive two well-being treatments a day as part of your all-inclusive package.  Too many?  I don’t think so.  You no sooner finish one and then you find yourself looking forward to the next one.  From toes to crown.  The massages and related treatments are absolutely wonderful.  I promise that too! 

I would love to share this with you in February 2020.  Book early.  It is truly special!

WHEN:   To be Advised
(12 nights, 11½ days)

Some of these days will include:

  • Restorative Yoga Sessions
  • Pranyama
  • Meditation
  • Yoga Nidra (Deep Relaxation)
  • A series of well-being treatments/massages
  • A mix of Stunning Vietnamese & Western Tours to historic sites
    …and much more!

The retreats are themed and are based on ‘The Elixir of Breath’.

La Siesta Resort & Spa – Hoi An
Fusion Maia – Da Nang


Hoi An – less than 1 hour drive from Da Nang Airport – 4 nights
Fusion Maia – less than ½ hour from Da Nang Airport – 8 nights

Ideal for…

The restorative yoga classes, mindfulness sessions, deep relaxation sessions and meditation instruction are experiential and uncomplicated.

These simple classes are for men and women, for those you need and desire to simply chill out and to be nurtured and fully pampered. 

These methods are also for those who love yoga and practise it regularly and who wish to ‘deepen’ their already established yoga practice.

Beginners and people of all ages, body types, walks of life, professions and dispositions are most welcome.  There are no barriers to resting!

This experience is all about moving slowly, lying down often, eating nutritiously, finding space in the day and sourcing that deep sense of calm that lies within.

Tour operated in association with:

A typical daily schedule may look like this in Hoi An:

7.00am – 8.00am:Seated Mindfulness Meditation session
8.00am – 9.30am:A lazy Breakfast
10.00am:Explore Hoi An Tour/Cooking tour/Street Food Tour
Midday:Meet in old Hoi An for lunch
Afternoon:Relax by the pool at La Siesta
4.00pm – 7.00pm:Explore the shops and galleries in old Hoi An
7.00pm: Dinner in the old town or at the one of the lovely restaurants in La Siesta



A typical daily schedule may look like this joining Annemaree and also the Natural Living programme of Fusion Maia in Da Nang:

7.00am – 7.30am:Mindful Breathing with Fusion Maia or with Annemaree
7.30am – 8.30am:Yoga with Fusion Maia or with Annemaree
9.00am – 10.00am:Fusion Maia Natural Living treatment
Breakfast anytime anywhere
Afternoon:Sit by the pool or sea to rest, read, sleep
Late afternoon – Early evening:Fusion Maia Natural Living treatment or a class in Tai Chi
Early evening: Seated Mindfulness Meditation session or yoga by the sea
7.00pm: Dinner in Fusion Maiai or at the one of the lovely restaurants in Da Nang
Example of Fusion Maia treatments:• Stretch Release Massage
• Himalayan Heart Stones
• Balancing Foot Massage
• Warm Sports Compress
• Natural Aromatherapy Facial



Pause for Peace & Pho retreat package details

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Your package includes:

  • Accommodation twin share or single in 5-star resort and spa
  • Restorative Yoga with Annemaree
  • Mindfulness with Annemaree
  • Breakfast at anytime and anyplace at Fusion Maia
  • All spa treatments at Fusion Maia (16 treatments)
  • Daily Mindfulness – Fusion Maia
  • Tai Chi – Fusion Maia
  • Healthy Breathing sessions – Fusion Maia
  • All spa activities under Natural Living Program such as yoga, meditation
  • Welcome drink & cold towel upon check-in
  • In-room welcome amenity (choice of fresh fruit, chocolate, cookies, healthy treat)
  • Complementary two bottles of mineral water per room daily
  • Complimentary tea and coffee facilities
  • Complimentary bicycle in Fusion Café in Hoi An
  • Late check-out
  • Transfers airport/Hoi-An & Da Nang/airport

NB: Mats, blocks, straps are provided.  However, you will also need to bring your yoga mat.

Optional tours available:

These are examples of what we can do….

  • Hoi An Street Food Tour
  • Hoi An Walking Tour
  • Hoi An Foodie by Bike
  • Fusion Maia cooking class e.g. Spring Roll & Vietnamese Pancake Class
  • My Son Historic Site
  • Hue tour – Citadel, Tu Du Tomb, Perfume River & Pagoda

Pause for Peace & Pho retreat costings

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Fees for 2020:  $6,480 AUD per person twin share

(Land only available - please contact Cool, Calm & Collected for details).
(Single Supplement available: Upon application)

*Travel insurance is compulsory and additional.  Please discuss with your insurance provider.
*A Vietnam visa will be required. Apply online


  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the program
  • Does not include any alcoholic beverages

Assistance and/or advice on clothing requirements, yoga attire/mats, yoga etiquette and dress code will be forwarded closer to the retreat date.

*This retreat is strictly limited to ten persons, (five rooms), so please book early.

A booking form, booking conditions and deposit refund details will be forwarded to you upon registration.

NB:  A deposit of AUD1250 will be required upon registration to secure your place.

This retreat is being operated in conjunction with Creative Travel, La Siesta Hoi An and Fusion Maia, Da Nang directly.

These wellness vacations may also be booked exclusively for corporations as an incentive program and/or professional development programs.

Pause for Peace & Pho Retreat Vietnam

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