16 yrs +
Located on the southern coastline of Koh Samui in Thailand, Kamalaya is a multi-award winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa. Surrounded by lush gardens, the resort has been providing health-minded guests and retreat facilitators with unparalleled wellness experiences since 2005. Kamalaya integrates healing practices from both East and West and ensures every retreat is customised to your personal goals. Nutritious cuisine, superb spa facilities and experienced practitioners join forces to cultivate complete well-being at this healing hideaway. Kamalaya is the ideal wellness destination if you’re looking to host a private wellness retreat in Thailand.
After a great flight with Emirates to Bangkok and onward with Bangkok Airways, I arrived at Koh Samui’s most popular wellness sanctuary a little after 10am. I very much looked forward to immerse myself in a 3-night Relax & Renew program, and make the most of the resort’s scheduled activities.
Transfers to and from the airport are included in every wellness package, and my driver was waiting when I walked out of Samui’s tiny terminal. Located on the less developed Southeastern tip of the tropical island, the journey to Kamalaya takes approx. 45 minutes.
Koh Samui’s leading wellness resort offers healthy and healing cuisine that uses fresh, tropical and, where possible, organic ingredients. The menus provide low fat, low sugar and low sodium options, ranging from vegetarian dishes to seafood, poultry and lamb. In addition to private fitness sessions and scheduled group classes, the state-of-the-art gym and 25 meter outdoor lap pool form the ideal setting for a cardio work out. Treat your muscles afterwards with a soothing massage at one of the 25 treatment rooms.
Lifestyle at Kamalaya’s nature-rich surroundings is tranquil, informal and relaxed. To optimise a restful environment, use of electronic devices is restricted and should only be used in the privacy of your suite. The yoga pavilion and sala are available for peaceful moments to yourself so you can slow down and let go of any remaining stress. To further promote serenity and to ensure you are undisturbed by the pressures of the daily life you temporarily left behind, guest rooms are not equipped with TV’s. For a deeper holistic wellness experience, join one of the mindful group retreats led by visiting practitioners or participate in one of the daily scheduled yoga classes.
When Kamalaya was built, all effort went into preserving as much of the location’s natural environment as possible. A total of 150 trees were relocated to a nearby nursery prior to construction and brought back to the resort when building works were finished. All accommodation has been designed to allow natural air flow so use of air conditioning can be reduced to a minimum. Other sustainable practices are water and energy conservation, waste management and use of eco-friendly detergents.
Kamalaya’s architectural approach has ensured there are different landscapes within the grounds – sea, earth, open skies, hilltops, greenery and streams. The various themes embrace the natural elements that surround the resort, empowering you to reconnect with nature for the ultimate healing experience.
The resort’s flexible approach to wellness means you don’t have to choose a multi-day program to make the most out of your stay. You can simply have a healthy holiday in Thailand without committing to a structured package and benefit from Kamalaya’s restorative environment, lap pool, modern fitness centre and yoga platforms.
Complimentary group classes, cultural activities and a number of wellness workshops are available on a daily basis (see sample schedule). If you’d like to venture outside of the resort, Koh Samui has plenty of options to keep you entertained such as diving, trekking, golf and fine dining. Hire a bike and visit small villages, sandy beaches, ancient temples, lush coconut groves and beautiful waterfalls.
Built on a tropical sloping hillside amidst lush vegetation and with a private beach, the 75-room health resort forms a peaceful refuge for your well-being holiday. The 25 Villas, 26 Suites and 24 Hillside Rooms are designed in harmony with the surrounding landscape and offer serene interiors and captivating views from your terrace.
TV’s are not part of the standard room features and are available on request only. Instead, use your complimentary yoga mat and salute the early morning sun or practice some mindfulness for a good night’s sleep. Additional inclusions are iPod dock, beverages, fruits and snacks, a personal safe and WiFi, which is available at an extra charge.
These 35m2 cosy retreats are nestled against the trees, boasting an elegant decor and natural furnishings. The rooms are conveniently located next to the Yoga Pavilion and Shakti Fitness Centre for easy access to your morning class. Featuring a twin or king size bed and indoor bathrooms, most hillside hideaways have relaxing balconies with magnificent sea or garden views. A few of the rooms look out over the leafy trees and do not feature an outdoor area.REQUEST A QUOTE
This one-bedroom beach front villa is ideal for guests who are looking for a bit of extra privacy and seclusion. With easy access to Kamalaya’s beach, it comprises a well-appointed living area and semi open-air bathroom with shower and bathtub. Roll out your yoga mat on the spacious decking or enjoy a refreshing dip in your private plunge pool. The villa’s tranquil setting and stunning sea views will ease you into a long-lasting state of calm.
More room types available on request.REQUEST A QUOTE
Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Kamalaya, you’ll find these spacious and secluded sea view villas. Designed with your well-being in mind, each villa is a serene and nurturing private retreat and comes with either an indoor or outdoor bathroom. The large balcony has a blissful daybed for lazy moments and is the perfect place to take in the island’s natural beauty. Featuring a twin or king size bed, the room has enough space for an extra bed to be set up.REQUEST A QUOTE
Kamalaya fuses the words Lotus (Kamal) and Realm (alaya) in Sanskrit, symbolising the unfolding of your life’s potential to achieve optimal well-being. Their vision is to combine healing traditions with cultural and spiritual elements in a nurturing environment to deliver a harmonious wellness experience that nourishes body, heart, mind and spirit. Kamalaya offers over 70 treatments ranging from holistic therapies to blissful spa services. There are complimentary daily exercise classes as well as structured wellness programs tailored to your personal goals, including weight balancing, detox retreats, stress-management and yoga holidays.
Kamalaya is located on the south-eastern coast of Koh Samui, a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand. The resort sits on a private stretch of beach and borders Laem Set Beach, a small, tranquil lagoon.
The drive from Koh Samui International Airport takes 45 minutes.
The island has a tropical monsoon climate and it is warm and humid most of the year. The driest month is February whilst October to December see the heaviest rainfall. Throughout the year, rain showers never last long and compared to other Thai islands, Samui’s weather is relatively dry.
To get to Samui you’ll have to connect via Bangkok, although some airlines offer direct flights.
OPENING HOURS FACILITIES:
Wellness Sanctuary and Spa: 8 am to 8 pm
Steam Rooms: 8 am to 8 pm
Lap Pool: 7 am to 6 pm
Fitness Centre: 7 am to 8 pm
Kamalaya wellness packages carry a built-in 20% discount on all wellness and food and beverage services so cancellation of any packaged therapies will be credited at 80% of listed prices assuring that the credited amount is equivalent to the unused portion of the original package.
Kamalaya is a place to reconnect with oneself and spend time away from your busy life.
Free 24-hour Internet access is available only in the library. Wi-Fi is also available in your room to access with any of your devices. On arrival you will receive a voucher for a complimentary one hour of internet access, and further time needs to be purchased.
The facilities and services at Kamalaya are designed for adults who seek the time, place and expertise to improve their wellbeing. Kamalaya is not recommended for children and there are no child concessions available and no special facilities or services offered. However, Kamalaya intends to provide the possibility for parents who would like to do a wellness program and bring their child. Policies apply, please enquire.
Minimum of 3 nights throughout the year.
Minimum of 7 nights in peak season (20 December – 15 January).