Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa

Koh Samui, Thailand

Features

  • Detox
  • Retreat
  • Wellness

Spa

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Pool
  • Thermal Facilities

To Do

  • Bootcamp
  • Cycling
  • Gymnasium
  • Hiking/walks
  • Personal training
  • Pilates
  • Pool – Outdoor
  • Snorkelling
  • Watersports
  • Yoga

At Thailand`s award-winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa resort, you can experience a life-enriching healthy holiday. Wellness programs offer solutions for detox, stress and burnout, healthy lifestyle and yoga. If you are looking for a more personalised wellness experience, a team of international naturopaths can work with you to create your own health program from an extensive range of holistic medicine, spa and healing therapies.

Centred around a monk’s cave that once served Buddhist monks as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat, Kamalaya’s essence is expressed in its name, ‘Lotus (kamal) Realm (alaya)’, an ancient symbol for the growth and unfolding of the human spirit.

The Spa

The spa at Kamalaya is set amongst an abundance of nature. Treatment rooms overlook the beach and the therapists and specialists offer everything from stress management to Reiki – each carefully handpicked for their skills.

Facilities include lap and plunge pools, infrared saunas, foot massage stations and Ayurvedic treatment rooms.

Spa Facilities

  • 7 BIA and general consultation rooms
  • 7 TCM rooms (consultations and treatments)
  • 2 Ayurvedic rooms for Shirodhara
  • 1 Thyroid assessment room
  • 4 foot massage stations (manicure and pedicure)
  • 25 general treatment rooms (3 of which have private steam room)
  • 3 colonic rooms
  • 1 lap pool (25 m) & 4 plunge pools
  • 2 steam rooms
  • 3 far infrared saunas
  • 1 yoga sala for 10 persons
  • 1 yoga pavilion for up to 30 persons
  • Shakti Fitness Centre with latest equipment for cardio, resistance, strengthening, weight, Pilates, TRX training and more

Spa Products

To Stay

Hillside Rooms are cosy retreats simply designed and accented with natural furnishings. Nestled amidst magnificent boulders and trees, these rooms are minutes away from the hilltop Yoga Pavilion and Yantra Hall.

The Two Bedroom Pool Villa overlooks Kamalaya beach. With two private bedrooms, and a private pool that overlooks the ocean, it is an ideal choice when you’re travelling with family or friends.

To Eat

The food at Kamalaya is a strong reminder that healthy food can be delicious!

The ‘Detox’ plan for example takes a more holistic approach. Organic food that excludes the usual suspects of dairy, meat, fish, poultry, egg and wheat are served up in the restaurant, in you room or on the beach.

The breakfast buffet is a smorgasbord of delicious superfoods.


Facilities and Activities

  • Kamala boutique – A variety of local handicrafts, inspirational books, resort wear and essentials
  • Yantra hall – concerts and seminars
  • Art gallery
  • Library and TV lounge with internet facilities

Getting There

Kamalaya Koh Samui Na Mueang Surat Thani Thailand

+66 (0) 77 429800

The resort is situated 45 minutes (approx 25 km) from Koh Samui Airport, which has direct flights from Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore and Phuket, amongst others.

Amanda ByramBy Amanda Byram

Kamalaya (translation Lotus Realm – a symbol for unfolding life’s potential) is a game changer. Truly. The brainchild of John and Karina Stewart, a former traditional yogi monk and a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, respectively, this is one hotel where you know you’ll be in great hands. Set in magical surroundings amongst ancient granite boulders and a spiritual old Buddhist monk cave, Kamalaya is more than just a hotel and spa. It is hard to pinpoint exactly what it is, as it is so many things, but primarily it is a health resort. Words like Reconnect, Rejuvenate, Discover, Explore, Enrich, Pause, Integrate, Meditate, Nurture and Heal are thrown around like a tennis ball at Wimbledon.

It is clear from the language here, that this is a place to renew your mind, body and soul. It is a fitness and ideal weight retreat, offering programmes that focus on the correct exercise and nutrition, with a top class brand new fully equipped gym, and knowledgeable trainers. It is also a detox retreat. But you won’t find intense master cleanses and clay drinks here – rather cleansing the body through food. Nothing is imposed too heavily here, the choices are yours and that mentality makes you want to immerse yourself into it completely.The staff here rule. Always accommodating, friendly and full of character.

The Spa

The spa at Kamalaya is set amongst an abundance of nature. Treatment rooms are little thermoses overlooking the beach. Evening treatments are a bonus as they allow you to watch the sun set over the ocean just as you open your weary eyes to reality again. Kamalaya’s main focus is on your mind, body and soul.

The therapists and specialists here are carefully handpicked for their special skills. Everyone from stress management therapists (Sujay is my new best friend) to the Indian Reiki experts made a serious impression on me, and I am not easily pleased!

The Treatment

During my treatments I had two out of body experiences, one with reiki and one with Shidohara, one of my favourite Ayurvedic treatments – it involves a gentle pouring of warm oil, continuously, over the forehead (the third eye) – used to treat a variety of conditions including stress, memory loss and insomnia – it left me walking on air, literally.

Other Treatments

Traditional Thai Massage with herbal compress, Traditional Indian Head Massage, Traditional Asian Hand Massage, Royal Ayurvedic Massage.

The Programme

Programmes here include ‘Relax and Renew’, ‘Asian Bliss De-stress’, ‘Balance and Revitalise’, ‘Sleep’, ‘Detox – Intro/Basic/Comprehensive’.

I chose the Balance and Revitalise as I was suffering from adrenal fatigue, but I would highly recommend any of the programmes. The international naturopaths and nutritionists, stress management experts, and experts in every field imaginable, can work with you to create your own health programme from the wide range of holistic medicine and healing therapies.

The programme is designed to counteract the stresses of contemporary lifestyles and prevent adrenal burnout. Upon arrival you begin with a personal Balance and Revitalise Consultation and bio-impedance analysis to determine your specific health and wellness needs so that the program can be tailored for maximum effect and comfort.

Restorative and healing treatments include Royal Ayurvedic Massage, Shirodhara, Vital Essence Oil massage and more. Personal consultations in Naturopathic Lifestyle, Nutrition and Anti-Stress management support you to achieve a more balanced approach to your life.

Standard inclusions for all Basic Balance & Revitalise packages include:

  • Accommodation (7 or 14 nights)
  • Full board (3 Kamalaya meals per day, à la carte or set detox menu)
  • All beverages, excluding imported drinks and alcohol
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Tropical welcome drink upon arrival
  • 1 x Balance & Revitalise consultation
  • 1 x follow-up Balance & Revitalise consultation
  • 1 x Body Bio-impedance Analysis (BIA)
  • 1 x 60 minute nutritional guidance
  • 1 x 90 minute Initial Stress Management consultation
  • 1 x 60 minute Naturopathic Lifestyle consultation
  • Complimentary attendance to scheduled daily holistic fitness activities
  • Wellness gift pack

To Stay

Kamalaya is a retreat surrounded by an abundance of nature. And the sleeping arrangements melt beautifully into the scenery. There are a range of room types which feature a minimalist décor and natural colour scheme throughout.

Choose from ‘hillside rooms’ nestled among majestic boulders and outdoor showers which make you feel as though you are completely at one with nature. The Suites with Sea View offer simple, stylish natural design and you can lounge under a magical canopy of stars on your private balcony.

The Villa sea view, which is home away from home, with oodles of space on a private balcony with daybed should you feel the urge to stay in your room all day (and trust me this is a tempting option). If you’re traveling with the family, there are ‘two bedroom villas’ which overlooks the tranquil Kamalaya beach. They house two en suite private bedrooms and a private pool that overlooks the ocean.

All rooms come fully stocked with beautiful toiletries wrapped in handmade paper and an abundance of beautiful shower products made with organic natural ingredients, just like Kamalaya itself.

To Eat

The food at Kamalaya is soooo tasty, it is a strong reminder that healthy food CAN be delicious! The ‘Detox’ plan for example takes a more holistic approach. Organic food that excludes the usual suspects of dairy, meat, fish, poultry, egg, soy, wheat, corn, potato, peanut, sugar is used. What is unusual is, just how darn tasty the food (especially the desserts) are without these ingredients!

Try the Roast pumpkin and sunflower seed dumplings, or the mung bean pasta, pumpkin curry with a side of kale slaw. Kamalaya is a hotel and spa where anyone can come to relax and take in the beautiful island, without the “detox” menu. The à la Carte menu is equally healthy and equally delicious. Try the slipper lobster with avocado salad, baked black cod with cucumber avocado mash and watermelon mustard, and the raw chocolate and avocado pear cake. The best part is, that there are no strict rules here. You can have a glass of wine or a coffee if you want it. But trust me, you won’t even want to!

The breakfast buffet is a smorgasbord of delicious superfoods, buckwheat pancakes, nut and dairy milks, vegetables and fruits and smoothies and juices. There is a juice and smoothie list as long as your newly toned arm which you can indulge in anytime of day, knowing you’re being healthy. Detox Papaya Bee (nut milk papaya and bee pollen) Roller Coaster (wheat germ, cayenne, mint, coriander, pineapple, carrot and lime) and Coco Loco (coconut water and flesh, banana, tahini, vanilla and cinnamon).

My favourite part about Kamalaya is, that if you are on a programme, you don’t have to worry about cost. Your treatments are included, as is your food, and you can order your breakfast lunch and dinner as and when you please in the restaurant or to your room or the beach.

Facilities and Activities

Each week there is a different schedule of group holistic activities at Kamalaya. Daily options include various styles of yoga suitable for different levels of experience, tai chi, Qi gong, pranayama, meditation, Pilates, fitball, stretching, suspension exercises, aqua aerobics, aqua yoga, beach power walks, cooking classes, traditional tea ceremonies, temple tours and more. Most activities are complimentary for all guests, whether on a programme or not.

Don’t Miss

Take one of Kamalaya’s brilliantly organised excursions. In particular the Sunset Cruise where you spend the day on an incredible yacht, with Kamalaya staff on board and exquisite food made by the Kamalaya chef, and a masseuse to top it all off! Rent a moped for about £6 a day and discover the island!

Get used to sleeping to the sound of frogs, being amongst tree-houses, peace and quiet, sea views, showering outdoors and feeling generally awesome! The staff are ace. The food is exquisite. The vibe is awesome. The scenery is to die for. They say here “Feel Life’s Potential”. I felt it then, I feel it now. Just as Kris on the beach said, “It’s the same time as it was this time yesterday”. Time really stands still here at Kamalaya. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Basic Optimal Fitness

Basic Optimal Fitness is a personalised program designed to help people achieve their fitness goals. Personal instruction and guidance from a Kamalaya fitness expert allows the program to be adapted, making it suitable for those wanting to begin a fitness program as well as regular exercisers who wish to focus on specific goals or develop the intensity of their workouts. Whether it is to increase upper body strength, develop cardiovascular fitness, improve body shape and tone, develop regular fitness habits or some other goal, the one-to-one instruction allows for optimal results. With holistic spa therapies and nutritious cuisine included, guests will experience improved health on all levels.

Choose from 5, 7 or 10 night programs.

Includes:

Accommodation (5, 7 or 10 nights)

Full board (3 Kamalaya meals per day, à la carte or set detox menu)

All beverages, excluding imported drinks and alcohol

Roundtrip airport transfer from Samui Airport

Tropical welcome drink upon arrival

1 x Wellness Consultation

1 x follow-up Wellness Consultation

1 x Body Bio-impedance Analysis (BIA)

1x 60 mins Holistic Fitness Evaluation

1 x 60 mins Traditional Asian Foot Massage

Specific treatments:

3 x 60 mins Personal Training Session

1 x 60 mins Myofascial Release Therapy

4 x 30 mins Far Infrared Sauna

1 x 90 mins Vital Essence Oil Massage

1 x 90 mins Traditional Thai Massage

Use of swimming and plunge pools, steam caverns, fitness and yoga facilities

Complimentary attendance to scheduled daily holistic fitness activities

One Wellness gift pack

From THB 94,486

Offer expires: 31st December 2019


Sleep Enhancement

The focus of the Sleep Enhancement program is to re-establish healthy and restful sleep while addressing sleep issues and imbalances, not only during a guest’s time at Kamalaya, but also for the long term back home. Sleep difficulties are addressed through a combination of core treatments and therapies drawing from naturopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, massage therapy and mind-body balance. Incorporating treatments such as Shirodhara, acupuncture and foot massage, this therapeutic and preventative program addresses life’s stresses and strains, as well as body imbalances which deplete sleep quality and impact health.

Available as a stand-alone 5, 7 or 9 night program and also as an add-on to some other programs.

Includes:

Accommodation (5, 7 or 9 nights)

Full board (3 Kamalaya meals per day, à la carte or set detox menu)
All beverages, excluding imported drinks and alcohol
Roundtrip airport transfer from Samui Airport
Tropical welcome drink upon arrival
1 x Wellness Consultation
1 x follow-up Wellness Consultation
1 x Body Bio-impedance Analysis (BIA)
1x 75 mins Traditional Chinese Medicine
1x 60 mins Naturopathic Lifestyle Consultation
1x 60 mins Royal Ayurvedic Traditional Massage
Herbal and nutrient remedies
Specific treatments / components as listed in the package descriptions
Use of swimming and plunge pools, steam caverns, fitness and yoga facilities
Complimentary attendance to scheduled daily holistic fitness activities
1 x Sleep Enhancement Gift Pack
1 x 60 mins Traditional Chinese Medicine
2 x 60 mins Mind-Body Balance
2 x 90 mins Traditional Asian Foot Massage with Herbal Foot Soak
1 x 60 mins Shirodhara
1 x 60 mins Personal Meditation OR Personal Pranayama OR Reiki OR Personal Yoga session

From THB 110,248

Offer expires: 31st December 2019


Ideal Weight

Designed to help identify areas of physical imbalance and related emotional or mental patterns, this structured program guides you towards achieving your optimal weight and maintaining your balance within and without. This is not a ‘fad’ diet designed for rapid weight loss, but a healthy lifestyle approach for long-term weight management and improved wellbeing. Dietary recommendations and guidance from holistic practitioners in nutrition, naturopathy and Traditional Chinese medicine are included, in addition to therapies such as Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage, acupuncture and infrared sauna, along with Personal Fitness training.

Choose from 7, 9 and 14 night programs.

Includes:

Accommodation (7, 9 or 14 nights)
Full board (3 Kamalaya meals per day, à la carte or set detox menu)
All beverages, excluding imported drinks and alcohol
Roundtrip airport transfer from Samui Airport
Tropical welcome drink upon arrival
1 x Wellness Consultation
1 x follow-up Wellness Consultation
1 x Body Bio-impedance Analysis (BIA)
1 x 60 mins Holistic Fitness Evaluation
1 x 60 mins Nutritional Guidance
1 x 75 mins Traditional Chinese Medicine
1 x 90 mins Traditional Asian Foot Massage with Herbal Foot Soak
Specific treatments / components as listed in the package descriptions
Use of swimming and plunge pools, steam caverns, fitness and yoga facilities
Complimentary attendance to scheduled daily holistic fitness activities
One Wellness gift pack
3 x 60 mins Personal Training Session
1 x 60 mins Traditional Chinese Medicine
6 x 30 mins Far Infrared Sauna
3 x 60 mins Chi Nei Tsang (Taoist Abdominal Massage)
1 x 75 mins Oriental Detoxifying Scrub and Wrap
1 x 90 mins Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

From THB 139,644

Offer expires: 31st December 2019


Intro To Detox

This program is ideal for people new to detoxification and cleansing. A great starting point for many health goals, this simple and effective program features Kamalaya’s delicious and healthy Detox cuisine as well as a range of holistic therapies for cleansing the body, mind and spirit. You can expect improved health on all levels including internal balance and increased energy and vitality. Less intensive than the Basic and Comprehensive Detox & Rejuvenation, this program is ideal if you want to combine your detox with other a la carte Wellness treatments and therapies.

Choose from 3 or 5 night programs.

Accommodation (3 or 5 nights)
Full board (3 Kamalaya meals per day, à la carte or set detox menu)
All beverages, excluding imported drinks and alcohol
Roundtrip airport transfer from Samui Airport
Tropical welcome drink upon arrival
1 x Wellness Consultation
1 x follow-up Wellness Consultation
1 x Body Bio-impedance Analysis (BIA)
1 x 90 mins Vital Essence Oil Massage
1 x 60 mins Traditional Asian Foot Massage
1 x 60 mins Traditional Asian Hand Massage
Specific treatments / components as listed in the package descriptions
Use of swimming and plunge pools, steam caverns, fitness and yoga facilities
Complimentary attendance to scheduled daily holistic fitness activities
One Wellness gift pack
2 x 60 mins Chi Nei Tsang
2 x 30 mins Far Infrared Sauna
1 x 90 mins Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

From THB 64,112

Offer expires: 31st December 2019


Relax & Renew

This program is designed for people in need of the time and place to step back from their life and recover balance, relax, renew their energy and replenish their spirit. Experience a range of therapies drawn from diverse healing traditions and a variety of holistic activities to de-stress, replenish depleted energy levels and boost the immune system. Optional complementary and alternative medicine treatments and private sessions may be recommended, dependent upon your individual needs. The least intensive of all our programs, Relax and Renew is ideal for people looking for a gentle, relaxing wellness holiday.

Choose from 3, 5, 7, 9 and 14 nights programs.

Accommodation (3, 5, 7, 9 or 14 nights)
Full board (3 Kamalaya meals per day, à la carte or set detox menu)
All beverages, excluding imported drinks and alcohol
Roundtrip airport transfer from Samui Airport
Tropical welcome drink upon arrival
1 x Wellness Consultation
1 x follow-up Wellness Consultation
1 x Body Bio-impedance Analysis (BIA)
1 x 75 mins Lotus Scrub & Wrap
Specific treatments / components as listed in the package descriptions
Use of swimming and plunge pools, steam caverns, fitness and yoga facilities
Complimentary attendance to scheduled daily holistic fitness activities
One Wellness gift pack
1 x 60 mins Vital Essence Oil Massage
1 x 30 mins Traditional Asian Hand Massage
1 x 60 mins Traditional Asian Foot Massage
1 x 60 mins Traditional Thai Massage
1 x 60 mins Indian Head Massage
1 x 30 mins Chi Nei Tsang (Taoist Abdominal Massage)

From THB 64,551

Offer expires: 31st December 2019


Basic Balance & Revitalise

This program is designed to counteract the stresses of contemporary lifestyles and prevent adrenal burnout. Upon arrival you begin with a personal Balance and Revitalise Consultation and bio-impedance analysis to determine your specific health and wellness needs so that the program can be tailored for maximum effect and comfort. Restorative and healing treatments include Royal Ayurvedic Massage, Shirodhara, Vital Essence Oil massage and more. Personal consultations in Naturopathic Lifestyle, Nutrition and Anti-Stress management support you to achieve a more balanced approach to your life. If required, additional medical tests are available following your consultation. Extra charges will apply.

Available as a 7 or 14 night package.

Includes:

Accommodation (7 or 14 nights)
Full board (3 Kamalaya meals per day, à la carte or set detox menu)
All beverages, excluding imported drinks and alcohol
Roundtrip airport transfer from Samui Airport
Tropical welcome drink upon arrival
1 x Wellness Consultation
1 x follow-up Wellness Consultation
1 x Body Bio-impedance Analysis (BIA)
1 x 90 mins Nutritional Guidance and Naturopathic Lifestyle Consultation
1 x 90 mins Initial Stress Management Consultation
Specific treatments / components as listed in the package descriptions
Use of swimming and plunge pools, steam caverns, fitness and yoga facilities
Complimentary attendance to scheduled daily holistic fitness activities
One Wellness gift pack

From THB 144,163

Offer expires: 31st December 2019


Personal Yoga Synergy

The Kamalaya Personal Yoga Synergy offers private one-to-one yoga sessions with customised instruction along with complementary treatments, including Ayurveda therapies from our experienced Indian therapists. This personal yoga and wellness retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced yogis alike, as the daily yoga sessions are tailored to the individual’s skill level and goals. The customised instruction includes asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing) and meditation. Instruction can be adapted to fulfil a range of goals, such as addressing physical limitations, developing a regular home practice or deepening and intensifying existing practice.

Choose from 3, 5 or 7 nights programs.

Accommodation (3, 5 or 7 nights)
Full board (3 Kamalaya meals per day, à la carte or set detox menu)
All beverages, excluding imported drinks and alcohol
Roundtrip airport transfer from Samui Airport
Tropical welcome drink upon arrival
1 x Wellness Consultation
1 x follow-up Wellness Consultation
1 x Body Bio-impedance Analysis (BIA)
1 x 90 mins Vital Essential Oil Massage
1 x 60 mins Royal Ayurvedic Traditional Massage
1 x 60 mins Kati Vasti
Specific treatments / components as listed in the package descriptions
Use of swimming and plunge pools, steam caverns, fitness and yoga facilities
Complimentary attendance to scheduled daily holistic fitness activities
One Wellness gift pack
2 x 90 mins Private Yoga Session

From THB 61,664

Offer expires: 31st December 2019