Updated: Apr 4
It is common for holidays to associate with overindulgence. However, it doesn't always have to be that way. TIA Wellness Resort in Vietnam rewrote the narrative about healthy eating while on vacation. Various wellness initiatives, including a creative F&B offering emphasising plant-based cuisine and healthy cooking classes, were made to help guests who wish to eat better or cleanse their bodies.
Situated on a stunning beachfront featuring elegant private pool villas, TIA Wellness Resort combines holistic well-being with refined luxury. Integrating progressive wellness into each stay revolutionises the resort's spa Wellness and Retreat. TIA encourages guests to explore their creative potential for a self-discovery journey to liberate them from routine. Though learning to breathe to regulate their system and move to better manage stress, along with the resort's new food concept to upgrade their diets, guests return home refreshed and renewed.
The key component of TIA’s new food concept, Eat Light, Feel Bright, is rooted in eating natural, real food and the science behind its benefits. Healthy alternatives for particular ingredients and culinary methods are an essential factor. In lieu of white flour and refined sugar, the culinary team focuses on using fresh produce and nutrient-rich carbs. To help guests gauge how a meal choice may affect them, the resort uses a scaling system. There are different scores for each item on the menu, and meals with five or lower points are considered light meals.
Ramon Imper, General Manager, explained, "This visual reminder helps guests to make better food choices and, as a result, still feel satisfied but also feel more vibrant and not heavy or sluggish."
Retreat-inclusive guests follow a plant-based meal plan, where multi-course meals change throughout the day. The biggest meal of the day is breakfast, and guests can choose the recommended Green Breakfast from TIA's a la carte. The dish is a balanced serving of tofu scramble, avocado, sautéed spinach, pickled cucumber, roasted chickpeas and crispy shallots. Protein Smoothie Bowl is a tasty banana, papaya, dragon fruit, and nut and seed butter blend. Guests can also take in the unique buffet at the main restaurant, The Dining Room. Approximately half of what is on offer is suitable for vegetarians. TIA also offers customised, detox and regenerative meal plans.
"We never want our menus to feel restrictive," added Ramon. "We want to create inventive, flavourful, and delicious cuisine that shows how fun healthy eating can be and how much your mind and body will thank you for it."
Guests not following a particular retreat programme are encouraged to consider choices through the Eat Light, Feel Bright ranking system. For example, Banana Blossom Salad, packed with grilled shiitake mushrooms, carrots, onion, and peanuts and seasoned with chilli and basil, receives a two on the scale. Tender pork belly cooked in a clay pot with shallots and salted caramel sauce on steamed rice, on the other hand, comes in at a ranking of six. Desserts are also ranked, and the resort has rolled out an entirely plant-based and sugar-free dessert menu at the Ocean Bistro, one of the property's dining outlets near the waterfront.
"We want healthy food choices to be sustainable for our guests," said Ramon. "That's why we have a completely organic and biodynamic wine list, not a fully vegan resort. We want to inspire our guests to eat healthily, not dictate it, and we want that inspiration to continue long after they leave our property."
TIA recently launched healthy cooking classes to empower guests to continue their healthy eating path after their vacation. Two cooking classes are offered at TIA: Signature Wellness Breakfast and Vietnamese Favorites. Signature Wellness Breakfast class is a plant-based-only breakfast cooking class that covers a selection of popular dishes from the property's abundant morning buffet, such as a tropical smoothie bowl, lemon and poppy bliss balls, coconut granola, cashew cheese and vegan pate. During the one-hour class, guests can choose to create items. The Vietnamese Favorites class introduces guests to popular dishes with TIA's wellness spin, such as spring rolls and Vietnamese pancakes. Participants can go for strict plant-based or meat-and-seafood-included creations.
If you wish to heal your body on vacation or change your way of eating, TIA will help you achieve your goal.
TIA Wellness Resort
Reserve: +84 2363 967 999 Website: https://tiawellnessresort.com/
Location: Vo Nguyen Giap Street, Khue My Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang City