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Absolute Sanctuary is a serene Morocco-meets-Asia wellness retreat, suited to those with a little extra cash to spend who are looking to truly unwind by following one of their yoga, wellness, detox or fitness programmes.
The resort is positioned against a hill, overlooking Choeng Mon bay about a kilometre into Choeng Mon village itself and two kilometres in the other direction from Chaweng. So even though you can enjoy the serenity of the sanctuary, you’re not stuck in the sticks, and can easily venture out if you like.
Absolute Sanctuary offers 38 rooms: superior pool or sea view, deluxe pool or sea view, and suites, all with either queen or twin beds. Room interiors are calming, with concrete screed floors and walls, Moroccan rugs, window seats with scatter cushions, Moroccan fabrics and glass pendant lights. Each has a small terrace with those pool or sea views. Amenities include WiFi, TV, safe, fridge, and a good selection of body products. A huge swimming pool forms the focal point of the resort, with plenty of sun-loungers, as well as a juice bar. There’s a great spa, complete with steam room and infrared sauna, while the Love Kitchen restaurant offers healthy dishes. Archways, patterned tiles, coloured glass lights and rich textiles featured throughout the resort complete the Moroccan look.
But yoga is what Absolute Sanctuary is all about: Hot Yoga, Vinyasa, Yin, Detox, Restorative, Ashtanga, Hatha, Yoga Core, Hot Flow, and their signature yoga class, Absolute Fit, a yoga and cardio workout in one. Classes, open to both in-house guests and drop-in students, are held in one of three wood-floored, spacious and naturally-lit studios, with most classes taking place in the Jungle Studio, which fits 50 mats. As the name suggests, its windows look out to the jungle on one side, and mirrors on the other three walls reflect the foliage. The room is heated to 38°C for hot yoga classes. The Pool Studio can host 25 students, and overlooks the retreat’s beautiful pool, while the Ocean Studio of the same size boasts stunning panoramic sea views. Blocks and straps are provided as needed and the teachers we’ve had here have been both inspiring and friendly. Locker rooms with showers are available, mats and towels are provided, and complimentary ‘yogi tea’ ends off each class.
While this may not be a backpacker — or even flashpacker establishment — rates are reasonable for what’s on offer by international standards. Room prices — you can just stay here on a bed and breakfast basis — range from 4,600 baht to 8,200 baht for a superior pool room to 6,800 baht to 14,000 baht for a suite — that’s per night, inclusive of daily breakfast, and one wellness consultation during each stay. Most guests, however, will book one of the packages from an extensive list, which will include all meals, daily yoga, and various forms of treatment and pampering daily. There are too many options to mention here, but have a look at their packages on their website if you’re keen.
Even if you’re not staying here, it’s worth seeking out Absolute Sanctuary to try the delicious menu at Love Kitchen or to try out a yoga class — drop-in, weekly and monthly rates are offered.
By Rosanne Turner
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.