Be warned: Like Sirens luring you in from the sea, Thailand has a way of drawing you back in. This vibrant kingdom of Southeast Asia paints a mystical picture with its spectacular temples that offer a quiet solace away from the noise of tuk-tuks, bustling streets and commotion of the major cities.
Thailand is a favorite among yoga enthusiasts because of its deep connection with traditional healing treatments, most popular of which is Thai massage, which combines acupressure with yoga-like stretching techniques.
But where do yoga retreat regulars go when they want some of the best wellness experiences in Thailand? Here are four luxurious retreat destinations worth giving a try.
Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand’s award-winning wellness sanctuary and holistic spa resort, is a favorite among well-heeled guests. Aside from its spectacular architecture that blends modern design with touches of Asian flair, the resort’s crowd-pleaser feature is an on-site monk’s cave, which was once a place of meditation and spiritual retreat for Buddhist monks. Guests seeking a quiet space to meditate are welcomed to enter the monk’s cave.
The outdoor landscaping inspires guests to pause and take in all of nature’s beauty, while a circuit of swimming and plunge pools give guests every reason to unwind under the sun. A herbal steam cavern, tea lounge and wellness spa sanctuary are just some of the luxurious amenities available at the resort.
Rates vary depending on your choice of retreat and accommodation type, but the most affordable rate for a seven-night Personal Yoga Synergy Wellness Program in October is THB 124,998 (single occupancy). This package includes Hillside Garden View accommodation, a Wellness gift pack, three full meals per day, healthy beverages, roundtrip airport transfers, wellness consultations, Body Bio-Impedance Analysis (BIA), a 90-minute Vital Essential Oil Massage, a 60-minute Royal Ayurvedic Massage, Kati Vasti, and holistic fitness activities.
Morocco in Thailand? Yes, it’s possible! Absolute Sanctuary is a Moroccan-inspired boutique wellness resort in Thailand, making it a unique resort when marked against a heavily saturated Asian-themed resort market. It offers different types of holiday programs, including Detox, Spa, and Yoga. It’s Detox and Weight Loss program is considered one of the best, earning Condé Nast Traveller’s “Best Value for Weight Loss.”
Because different guests have different health goals, Absolute Sanctuary offers four Detox routes for guests to take. Beginners, for instance, may opt for a MLD Detox Program that includes wellness consultations, nutritional supplements, liver flush drinks, far infrared sauna, spa treatment, unlimited yoga classes, and group Pilates classes.
Yoga devotees who want a strongly yoga-focused program may opt to join the Five-Night Absolute Sanctuary Yoga Retreat at THB 52,777 for a single occupancy in its Sanctuary Superior room. Aside from accommodation, this rate covers airport transportation, wellness consultation, full meals with daily fresh juices or smoothies, a complimentary pilates reformer or core suspend class per stay, and unlimited yoga classes (up to 25 yoga classes in a variety of styles are conducted per week).
Hard-core yoga devotees are avid fans of Samahita Retreat because the centre focuses heavily on yoga. Even better, guests can come at anytime to experience a retreat – whenever their schedule suits them. With the exception of the peak month of July, Samahita Retreat offers All-Inclusive Flexi-Date and Fixed Date options.
YogaCoreCycle – a blend of fitness-core and cardio – is Samahita’s all-inclusive Flexi-Date holiday package. At THB 13,746, the package includes a Share Two-Bedroom Loft accommodation, choice of YogaCoreCycle classes, three full meals per day as well as full use of facilities like the herbal steam room and salt-water pool.
For guests who want dedicated yoga sessions without the cardio infusions, Samahita has Fixed Date Yoga Retreats scheduled throughout the year. Since the centre is located near the beach and Koh Samui’s temples and markets, don’t leave without checking out everything the local area has to offer. The resort offers complimentary snorkeling, exploration of Bophut Fisherman’s Village, and Lamai market tours.
A favorite among European celebrities and affluent travellers, Chiva-Som is a luxury health resort that sits in the seaside village of Hua Hin, south of Bangkok. Within seven-acres of tropical gardens, the beachfront resort tastefully mixes the different styles of the East and the West, and has suites that offer spectacular views of the Gulf of Thailand.
Guests are spoiled with luxurious amenities like an expansive bathing pavilion with indoor aqua-aerobics pool, male and female water therapy suites with multi-level steam rooms, saunas and a kinesis room. For those who can’t get enough of the water amenities, the resort also offers hydro pools and Jacuzzis, and a Watsu pool, plunge pool and beachfront swimming pool.
Chiva-Som’s selection of retreats is extensive and includes Cranial Relief, Cell Vitality, Emotional Wellbeing, Tension Release, and Sustainable Slimming, to name a few. Yoga devotees are particularly loyal to Chiva-Som’s Yoga for Life Retreat. At THB 120,000 for a single occupancy Ocean Room, this five-night yoga retreat includes daily spa treatment, three Wellness Cuisine meals per day, three 80-minute yoga classes, a pranayama session, meditation, mood mist and a yoga strap.
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