Soul-searching along a Thai beach had long been on my bucket list and so, after two serendipitous recommendations from celebrity friends, I found myself in a tranquil corner of Koh Samui at the Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary. The holistic luxury spa and resort – later to become known as my peaceful, palm-fringed paradise – is tucked away in a hillside along the coast, and as soon as I arrived, I knew it was the best decision I ever made. I cried when I left and have been planning my next trip ever since.
Stay: Kamalaya lives up to everything you’ve ever heard about Thailand (yogi’s, reiki, plant-based diet), but here the programs are as meticulous as they are genuine and as such the gains are real. It offers a multitude of programs including Detox, Yoga, Ideal Weight, Optimal Fitness and Sleep Enhancement – lasting from three to 14 nights – run by a team of specialist in their given fields of therapy. Better still, the private villas are rustic and true to the beauty of Thailand – think flora and fauna at every window ledge and unwavering views of Koh Samui’s coastline.
Eat: Depending on the chosen wellness program, a naturopath will study eating habits alongside body composition before a detox program ensues. Thanks to Kamalaya’s organic (and rather tasty), menu of delicately flavoured cucumber gazpacho, pumpkin curry and baked snow fish, it’s hard not to go home having kicked bad habits.
Explore: Put simply, the aim of Kamalaya is to explore oneself. It utilises a range of wellness practices tailored to soothe stress and reverse the effects of burnout so that guests return home centred and re-energized. There’s Shirodhara, in which oil is poured over the third eye and Taoist, where abdominal massages performed to unblock and realign chakras. And then there’s Reiki – possibly the most powerful of all – where self-belief, confidence and strength are encouraged. Expect meditation under the stars, energy healing, a renewed sense of self-love and a suitcase - and heart- bursting with positive affirmations.
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