HANDY TO KNOW
Airport Transfer Time: 35-40 minutes by car
Local Currency: Thai Baht
Credit Card payments are accepted at the resort
Best time to go: Dec-June are the best weather wise but its still gorgeous at other times. Oct/Nov are the rainiest months but not too torrential then!
Eco conscious: *****
Children: Yes with strict parental supervision
Tips: Bring mosquito cream and light, comfortable clothing. Long sleeved light tops are super for evenings. Chic yoga pants, light kaftans and comfy light linens. Classic tropical luxury.
Kamalaya Yoga Retreats
Koh Samui, Thailand
Yoga Retreats in Thailand - luxury Yoga and Spa holidays in Koh Samui
There are so many yoga retreats in Thailand, that it can be difficult to decide which is best suited to you. At Soul Sanctuaries we’re all about authenticity with a large dash of luxury. Set on the quieter side of Koh Samui, Kamalaya was envisaged by Karina and John as luxury holistic wellness centre in which guests to really begin to feel life’s potential.
Yoga retreats in Thailand may all take place in tropical locations but we felt that Kamalaya held a special energy. Long ago, the location of an ancient meditation cave, the resort oozes spirituality. Meditation, yoga, ayurveda and nutritional wellness all form part of the offering at Kamalaya. They also take a refershingly humanistic approach to wellness so you won’t be expected to stick to a rigid regime if you or your wellness guide feel like another approach is in order.
Yoga holidays are a way to escape the high paced speed and stress of everyday life and allow you to reconnect with yourself through the body and soul. For us, Kamalaya qualifies as a true Soul Sanctuary in their dedication to individual wellness through both Western scientific and Eastern traditions. Traditional Chinese therapies , Ayurveda and Spiritual practitioners are all available to assist in self healing and transformation.
We also loved the varying levels of luxury suites and villas, dotted down the hillside toward the sea. If you’re on entry level, gift yourself a sea view, it’s worth it!
We know Thailand really well and usually Koh Samui wouldn't be our first destination on the 'must visit' map but you know what, Kamalaya is a total holistic jewel on this island. It's perched on a hillside, amongst the tropical palms and overlooking the ocean on the islands Southern coast which is by far less touristy.
Why is it a Sanctuary
Kamalaya has a semi open yoga pavillion with a stunning view over the ocean! They also have a huge air conditioned yoga room too. Owners John and Karina Stewart both have rich histories of experience in Asian philosophy, Traditional Chinese medicine and Holistic healing therapies. Their vision combines Western scientific knowledge with ancient Eastern practices which work to promote healthy long term lives for those who visit.
You have the choice of joining a yoga synergy package, a specific yoga retreat or simply joining the daily schedule of programs at Kamalaya. The yoga classes are for all levels and you can also book personal yoga instruction (they have a lovely private studio for that!). We loved that you can combine yoga with meditation and Asian holistic wellness treatments.
How can food which sounds so healthy taste so good? Low allergenic, low glycemic, high energy cuisine is in order at Kamalaya. The meals are nutritious and filling so don't worry about feeling hungry and enjoy your new found energy levels! The restaurant has a lovely peaceful ambience too so eating at a leisurely pace post yoga is an absolute pleasure!
Who is it for
Kamalaya yoga holidays are for those who want to explore both their spiritual side combined with nutritional health and holistic wellness. If you're a beginner you're off to a great start combining asanas with meditation and holistic wellness or if you're a seasoned yogi, you'll enjoy Kamalaya's visiting practitioners in spirituality and holistic wellness.
Kamalaya Yoga Programs
This Yoga package in only 5 nights
Yoga Packages are 3-7 nights, please inquire
5 night’s accommodation in a Hillside Seaview suite
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 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 Massage
1 x 60 mins Kati Vasti
Specific treatments / components as listed in the package descriptions
Use of steam cavern, swimming, plunge pools & fitness centre
Complimentary attendance to scheduled daily holistic fitness activities
One Wellness gift pack
4 x 90 minute Private Yoga Session
1 x 60 minute Indian Head massage
17% Government tax and service
*Prices are converted from Thai Baht to USD and are subject to change