If you’re seeking a transformative wellness experience on your next holiday, Thailand has you covered. When we talk about meaningful wellness, it isn’t just about spending time at a luxury spa (as lovely as that may be). Meaningful wellness extends beyond physical health to include mental health. It involves mindfulness and cultivating a sense of connection to yourself and others. We are all individuals and meaningful wellness acknowledges that each of us has unique needs and desires. To support your overall well-being, a wellness program that is tailored to you will encourage self-reflection and self-care practices.
Each region of Thailand offers something different in terms of landscapes and culture. From city escapes to seaside retreats, we’ve picked out a small sample of the many meaningful wellness experiences waiting for you in Thailand.
RAKxa describes itself as, “Asia’s first fully integrated wellness and medical retreat.” With a riverside location in leafy Bang Krachao (known as the ‘Green Lung’ of Bangkok), RAKxa has established itself as one of the best health and wellness centres in the Thai capital.
Personalised wellness treatments cover physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Although RAKxa employs cutting-edge technology and modern medicine, it does so alongside traditional healing practices to facilitate a holistic and innovative approach to health and wellness.
Chiang Mai: Aleenta Retreat
Chiang Mai is renowned for its wellness facilities. For both locals and tourists, the northern city and surrounding area is home to some of the best health services in Thailand. Aleenta Retreat Chiang Mai is a fine example of the world-class wellness facilities to be found in this corner of the country. Aleenta focuses on ‘Ayurah’ which the resort describes as a “sustainable path to happiness.”
On arrival you will be gently guided through a personal consultation that will ensure your wellness program is best-suited for your individual needs and goals. Through meditation, yoga, tai-chi and healthy eating, Ayurah can help you not only physically, but can also help realign your mental attitude. In addition to Chiang Mai, Aleenta also has resorts near Hua Hin and Phuket.
Khao Lak: Thai Life Wellness & Meditation Resort
This boutique resort in Khao Lak is managed by the same couple who built it. The family ethos means that the resort is managed in a way that allows guests to experience authentic Thai living. The land here was previously used as a farm for growing cashew nut trees. Farming has been incorporated into the resort with water buffaloes, an organic garden, lake and coconut trees. With an expanse of greenery, easy access to the beach and welcoming local staff, this resort is ideal for a meaningful wellness retreat.
Thai Life adopts a balanced approach to wellbeing that encourages harmony between body, mind and spirit. While relaxing amidst the peacefulness of nature, guests can enjoy yoga, meditation and healthy eating.
Khao Yai: InterContinental Resort
Situated to the north-east of Bangkok, Khao Yai is not only a national park but also part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Whether wellness is normally your thing or not, this area is a delight to explore.
The luxurious InterContinental Khao Yai Resort offers unique train-themed accommodation that makes for a memorable stay. Spa treatments take place in an upcycled train carriage and with a team that includes massage therapists, health consultants and an in-residence healer, this is a wonderful choice to recharge body and soul. Farm-to-table fresh local Khao Yai produce used for every meal and locally sourced 100% natural organic products are used for all of the therapy treatments.
Being amidst the nature of Khao Yai is soothing for the soul and the resort offers a range of tours to allow guests to experience the best of this region.
Ko Chang: The Spa Resort
Over on Thailand’s East Coast, the island of Ko Chang is home to a welcoming wellness retreat. The Spa Resort Ko Chang is renowned for its detox treatments, but also offers a variety of other services to help improve physical and mental well-being.
Located on Ko Chang’s quiet east coast and close to Salak Khok Fishing Village, staying here is also an opportunity to sample local life on the island. The resort offers the Ko Chnag Explorer package, a 6-day eco tour that will show you another side to the island beyond the beaches. Walk, cycle and take boat rides as you visit local villages, temples, and waterfalls.
Ko Samui: Kamalaya
We’re firm believers that when it comes to holiday destinations to boost body and soul, Ko Samui is hard to beat. And the wellness approach at Kamalaya epitomises that.
Kamalaya’s philosophy is that healing comes from acceptance and not resistance. To help achieve this, over 50 certified wellness professionals are on hand. The Kamalaya team includes life transformation experts, naturopaths, nutritionists, fitness specialists, yoga and meditation teachers, and registered doctors and nurses.
Everything at Kamalaya is geared towards improving mental and physical health. Although the luxury resort offers a range of comprehensive wellness programs there is no compulsion to book one. Instead, guests can take advantage of the complimentary wellness consultations and daily holistic classes.
Phuket: Amatara Welleisure Resort
Located in the south-east corner of Phuket, Amatara Welleisure Luxury Resort provides some of the best wellness programs on the island. The term “welleisure” aptly describes the combination of wellness with pleasure with guests able to stay in luxury suites and villas while enjoying the all-inclusive wellness retreat programs.
Personalised wellness and leisure activities help you achieve your individual wellness goals while still being able to enjoy a wonderful holiday. And when your holiday is over, the healthy habits from Amatara can be carried over to your daily life.
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