When it comes to holiday destinations to boost body and soul, there can be few better places in Asia than Ko Samui. From the moment you arrive at Samui’s delightful tropical airport, stress and worries begin to melt away. And with world-class wellness facilities to be found at locations across the island, Samui is ideal if you want to prioritise precious ‘me time’ on your next holiday.
Top up your ‘Vitamin Sea’ on Samui
Since the pandemic, wellness holidays have surged in popularity and it’s a trend which looks set to continue over the next few years. There is also growing awareness about the benefits of blue therapy; the concept that if you are in or near blue spaces such as rivers, lakes and the sea, it boosts your emotional wellbeing. The tropical island of Ko Samui is an ideal location to get some blue therapy and top up your ‘Vitamin Sea’.
Located in the north-east corner of Ko Samui between the beaches of Chaweng and Choeng Mon, Absolute Sanctuary is a haven of relaxation. Choose from a wide range of wellness and well-being programs including:
- Lifestyle change
- Weight management
- Yoga and Pilates
Absolute Sanctuary will focus on your specific needs to help you achieve what is most important to you. Whether that be healthy eating, fitness or mental health, the award-winning resort is one of the best of its kind in Asia.
While it may be tempting to never leave the wellness cocoon of Absolute Sanctuary, the resort does run a regular shuttle bus service to the nearby beaches of Chaweng and Choeng Moen.
The Banyan Tree philosophy is that wellbeing should be accessible to all. Choose from a range of experiences designed to boost body and soul.
Complimentary and private yoga classes are available with expert instructors helping you focus on your inner awareness via a series of breathing and stretching techniques.
Indulge at The Rainforest, Banyan Tree’s signature hydrothermal treatment which utilises the healing power of water. Relax further still with the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa experience. The resort even has a bath menu enabling your bathroom to be transformed to a private sanctuary with softly lit candles and the fragrance of flowers filling the room.
The luxurious Four Seasons Samui is another ideal choice for wellness treatments on the island. In addition to yoga, Pilates and meditation, guests at the Four Seasons can also enjoy the health benefits of specialist spa and massage treatments.
“Well-being of the mind is a priority as it manifests into every other aspect of your life.”– Kotchaphan Mekloy (spa manager Four Seasons)
Massage and spa treatments include Chi Nei Tsang, a Taoist therapy which focuses on the abdomen. This ancient treatment has a range of benefits including boosting your energy and digestive function and improving overall wellbeing.
The innovative Magnesium Wellness treatment soothes tired muscles. Cleansing mineral-soaked towels are used as you enjoy a pampering coconut and magnesium massage. As an added therapeutic touch, warm water cushions are also used.
If Muay Thai is your thing, you’ll already know about the advantages of a massage after a workout. At Four Seasons, this is taken to a whole new level with their Muay Thai recovery package. Replace lost energy and soothe aching muscles with this comprehensive treatment.
The philosophy that true healing comes from acceptance and not resistance is at the heart of the wellness approach at Kamalaya. There are no strict rules in place and guests are encouraged to open up with expert staff on hand to provide support and advice. The luxury resort has over 50 certified wellness professionals in situ. This includes registered doctors and nurses, naturopaths, nutritionists, life transformation experts, Ayurvedic and Thai therapists, fitness specialists, and yoga and meditation teachers.
Everything at Kamalaya is carefully designed to optimise your wellness experience; from the food to the architecture to the landscape. A cave in the heart of the resort provides a spiritual space to reflect. The sacred space was once used by Buddhist monks who practised meditation and guests can do likewise.
Although Kamalaya offers a number of wellness programs, there is no requirement to book one. If you prefer, you can just simply relax at the resort and take advantage of the complimentary wellness consultations and daily holistic classes. If you would like to book a wellness program, Kamalaya has a comprehensive menu of options to choose from. They also provide tailor-made wellness and well-being programs to target your specific needs. The benefits will continue after you leave Samui and return home with the resort able to provide you with online support if required.
Miskawaan Beachfront Villas
With a serene beachfront location on Maenam Beach, the luxury beachfront villas at Miskawaan offer the perfect opportunity to recharge mind and body. Whether you are travelling as a couple or with your family, the private pool villas provide everything you need for a memorable retreat. And with the onsite health clinic, Miskawaan benefits your body too.
Miskawaan takes a holistic approach to medicine with treatments tailored to the needs of the individual. Onsite doctors and medical professionals will listen to you and identify any triggers to discover the root cause of any health issue. The underlying causes can then be tackled using sustainable and health-promoting therapies.
The medical experts at Miskawaan Samui can also customise a healthy living plan for you. This will vary depending on the individual but may typically cover physical needs to include exercise, nutrition and sleep. In addition, mental and emotional needs will also be addressed.
If you’re a yoga lover, consider a stay at Samahita Retreat. Whether you are looking for a yoga holiday or would like to learn more about teaching yoga, Samahita is ideal.
Located on Laem Sor Beach on the southern coast of Ko Samui, Samahita Retreat was established in 2003. With a focus on yoga, breath-work and wellness, Samahita will help you increase your energy levels and boost your vitality. As part of the overall wellness and well-being philosophy, guests can practise meditation, enjoy nutritious food and enjoy the benefits of a beachside location.
Six Senses Samui
Six Senses resorts across Thailand have a well-earned reputation for wellness, Situated on the northern tip of Ko Samui, Six Senses Samui enjoys views over the Gulf of Thailand to help activate ‘blue therapy’.
Six Senses wellness experts can assess any health or lifestyle-related concerns. They will then recommend tailor-made treatments to help boost your immunity, improve sleep, and reduce stress. This will also include advice on foods to eat/avoid together with practical advice so you can maintain a healthy lifestyle after you depart from Thailand.
As part of their well-being treatments, Six Senses include mind-focused activities in addition to breathing and sleep support to boost your brain. And for the body, indulge in the healing benefits of a traditional Thai massage.
Six Senses Samui is one of a growing number of hotels and resorts in Thailand who support responsible and sustainable tourism. From recycling to beach clean-ups to helping local community projects, Six Senses Samui is a fine example of a responsible hotel.
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