Photo: Afternoon light on Big Buddha Beach.

Ko Samui is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Samui as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Samui’s different areas.

Detox programmes

While the touristy areas of Ko Samui can be known for their partying, the island is also popular for its detox retreats. Here are a few to choose from.

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary

Detox the mind too with this view.

Detox the mind too with this view.

For those wanting to brush shoulders with the rich and famous, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary in Ko Samui’s south is the place to be. It’s pricey, but if you’ve got the cash, you’ll be exceptionally well looked after by caring staff here and the facilities, accommodation and views are fantastic. The yoga studio offers the best view at the retreat, so whether you’re staying in the cheapest or priciest room you can enjoy it. Several packages are available, focusing on for instance detox, yoga, weight-loss, sleep or tailor-made options. Packages are generally all-inclusive and include several spa treatments.

A seven-day comprehensive detox package will set you back around 136,000 baht, including accommodation, all meals, drinks, supplements, as well as a few consultations and spa therapies. The resort is beautiful and serene, with great attention to detail. Although it’s not compulsory, guests tend to stay in at Kamalaya for the extent of their detox programme. (102/9 Moo 3, Laem Set Road, Na-Muang; T: (077) 429 800;

Absolute Sanctuary

Just chill by the pool, or exercise. Up to you... as they say in Thailand.

Just chill by the pool, or exercise. Up to you… as they say in Thailand.

If you’d prefer to be on the north coast, Absolute Sanctuary offers accommodation on a room and breakfast basis, plus yoga or detox packages. The retreat is well known for its yoga teacher-training workshops, and the food at its Love Kitchen is delicious and healthy, with options for those on detox. Here you’ll find a great spa, a huge pool and three yoga studios. An eight-day comprehensive detox package will set you back 105,000 baht to 123,000 baht in low season, depending on room type selected. All meals are included, as well as consultations, a yoga and fitness class daily, use of the steam room and a few massages. Absolute Sanctuary is well located between Chaweng and Choeng Mon beaches. (88 Moo 5, Choeng Mon; T: (077) 601 190;

Spa Samui Resort

Forget fancy.

Forget fancy.

Those on a budget and keen on the beach will appreciate Spa Samui Resort. What you lose on swish and sophistication, you make up for with quaintness and a great hippy, laidback vibe. Located at the northern end of Lamai beach, this was Thailand’s first destination health spa, opening nearly 20 years ago. A second resort, The Spa Samui Mountain Retreat, opened in 2002 , and a shuttle service connects them to the beach resort as well as Lamai village. Both retreats offer detox cleansing, yoga, raw food classes and free meditation classes. It’s possible to stay on a room and breakfast only basis at either retreats, and enjoy delicious, healthy and cheap meals at the beach resort’s Radiance Restaurant, but it’s the wellness packages that most guests sign up for.

If you’ve never tried detoxing before, the ‘First Time at the Spa Seven-day Clean-me-out’ programme is a good choice. You’ll need an eight-night stay to cleanse and rejuvenate your entire system. The package includes a steam bath and various pills and potions. Most newbie detoxers are anxious about the twice-daily colon cleansing sessions, but a demonstration video and the privacy of self-administration helps — we at Casa da Travelfish have done these detox programmes numerous times (though not yet here ourselves). This programme costs 14,000 baht, excluding accommodation, which ranges from 950 baht to 3,500 baht across the room types (excluding private villas). (Lamai Ring Road; T: (077) 230 855;

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Last updated on 4th June, 2015.

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