Published/Last edited or updated: 24th September, 2016
While the touristy areas of Ko Samui can be known for their partying, the island is no slouch when it comes to helping people recover from too much partying, or improving their inner wellbeing thanks to a number of wellness and detox centres dotted around the island.
For those wanting to brush shoulders with the rich and famous, Kamalaya on Ko Samui’s south coast near Laem Set 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. Many packages are available, from fitness (five days from 81,000 baht) and detox (seven days from 103,000 baht) through to sleep enhancement (five days from 94,000 baht). See their detailed website for further information.
If you’d prefer to be on the north coast, Absolute Sanctuary is well located between Chaweng and Choeng Mon and 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 three-day detox package ranges from 43,900 baht to 79,400 baht depending on the room taken but there are longer courses of up to seven days available, and a 12 day holistic detox programme coming in at 137,300 in low season. They also run yoga retreats, anti-stress, and burnout packages.
Those on a budget and keen on the beach will appreciate Spa Samui Resort which, with over 20 years experience, is the original Samui detox practitioner with properties both on Lamai beach and in the hills behind. What you lose on swish and sophistication, you make up for with quaintness and a hippy, laidback vibe (which may not appeal to everyone). The two resorts are interconnected by a shuttle service and 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 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 Cleanse’ 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. This programme costs 14,000 baht, excluding accommodation.
Absolute Sanctuary 88 Moo 5, Choeng Mon; T: (077) 601 190; www.absolutesanctuary.com
Kamalaya 102/9 Moo 3, Laem Set Road, Na-Muang; T: (077) 429 800; http://www.kamalaya.com/
Spa Samui Resort Lamai Ring Road; T: (077) 230 855; www.thesparesorts.net/samui
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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