After our recent trip to Thailand in September where we visited the hectic capital of Bangkok then went onto the relaxing island of Phuket (more about that on TLE soon) we got a real taste for spa expereicnes as you are never too far away from a massage opportunity in Thailand. So we thought we would ask our friends at Healing Holidays who are specialists in wellness escapes to pick out five of their top spa retreats from their Thailand collection. So read on to find out their recommendations for the perfect retreat in Thailand.
Kamalaya, Koh Samui
Nestled among lush greenery, this award-winning luxury health retreat with spa offers unparalleled views of Koh Samui and is known for its healthy, Asian-fusion fine dining offering.
Kimalaya prides itself on its reputation as one of the best life enriching wellness sanctuaries in Thailand and it’s easy to see why. Whether you’re looking to detox and lose weight, or destress and recenter yourself, Kimalaya has a combination of Eastern and Western therapies that can help, including yoga, pilates and meditation.
With many of the counsellors previously being monks and a number of visiting experts, why not book a wellness escape here to try traditional Chinese medicine, the latest spa treatments and to unwind in the 25-metre pool?
Chiva Som, Hua Hin
Known as a ‘haven of life’ on the Gulf of Thailand, Chiva Som is a luxury health resort that offers a wellness retreat in lush seclusion. With seven acres of tropical gardens and beach access, this upscale hotel and retreat has been providing lasting health benefits for weary travellers for over 20 years.
Whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple or in a group, the staff at Chiva Som can provide a programme of tailored activities through its fluid programme, including Tai Chi at sunrise or an afternoon kick-boxing class. Then lay back and relax in its elegant, recently renovated rooms.
Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui
It says it all in its name, Absolute Sanctuary provides a simple, peaceful wellness experience where you can cleanse your body and mind among Moroccan décor in one of the most serene parts of Thailand.
Absolute Sanctuary offers a number of different yoga classes, including Ashtanga Vinyasa, pranayama, and hot, and are known as gurus who train yoga instructors from around the world. But if yoga isn’t your thing, there is an extensive activity programme featuring pilates, boxercise and morning hikes.
If you so choose, Absolute Sanctuary also offers fasting programmes which will give your digestive system a break and clean out your system which will see you leave the wellness retreat with a true fresh start.
AmanPuri means ‘place of peace’ in Sanskrit and you will experience just that as you lounge in one of this wellness retreat’s pavilion homes on its coconut palm lined private Phuket peninsula.
This luxury resort overlooks the Andaman Sea and was the very first Aman resort – a name that has now become synonymous with style and luxury around the world.
AmanPuri acts on traditional Thai methods to offer its guests a holistic experience for a completely regenerative experience in luxury surroundings.
Soneva Kiri, Koh Kut
Soneva Kiri combines utmost luxury and environmentally friendly design among breath-taking scenery for unforgettable Thai experience.
Located on the unspoilt tropical island of Koh Kood, Soneva Kiri offers ultimate relaxation with a wealth of treatments, including mud massages, Thai herbal baths and Ayruveda oil therapy, as well as activities such as tree-pod dining, outdoor cinema and star gazing the observatory.
If you want a peaceful escape from modern life, there is nowhere better than Soneva Kiri on one of Thailand’s least populated islands.