When it comes to destinations where you can rest and revive, does it get much better than Thailand? From Phuket to Koh Samui, here are some of our favourite Thai health and wellness resorts
Found in beautiful Cape Panwa, Phuket, Amatara’s idyllic location is steeped in tranquillity with breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea. But it’s not just the scenery that Amatara is known for, with six signature wellness packages and ten overall health and wellness programs on offer, guests of the resort will have guests feeling rejuvenated in just a matter of days.
Wellness packages include programs such as the Amatara Detox, which removes toxins and replenishes balance; Spa Revive, a relaxing full pampered spa treatment; Holistic Vitality, which combines integrative medicine and spa treatments and Bespoke Wellness, which is a personally tailored retreat for individual guests’ unique health needs.
Wellness Consultants are also available to guests, guiding them through the experience and helping to ensure exceptional results, and beautiful accommodation ensures a restful sleep in luxurious surroundings is a certainty each night. Opt for a three, five or seven-day treatment for the ultimate pamper journey towards your most vibrant self.
On the southern coastline of Koh Samui, built around a cave that served as a place of meditation for Buddhist monks, Kamalaya offers guests a multi-award-winning wellness experience. With five specialised treatments on offer that include detox and yoga sessions, you won’t have any trouble finding the wellness option for you, but the resort’s immersive, tailor-made programs are where Kamalaya truly shines. Work with a health practitioner to design a treatment that is completely unique to you, and then embark on a program of daily classes and treatments spanning anywhere from three days up to two weeks.
The much-lauded Chiva-Som is located just a few hours from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok at the seaside city of Hua Hin. Meaning “Haven of Life”, Chiva-Som is one of Thailand’s most luxurious health and wellness resorts, and focuses on programs that unify mind, body and spirit, helping guests to establish balance in their lives. Retreats, treatments, activities and nutrition serve as the four corners of the Chiva-Som experience, with the first three designed and delivered by expert health practitioners. The cuisine, meanwhile is crafted by talented chefs whose speciality is bringing each and every guest meals that encourage vitality.
Programs are created with guests’ personal goals in mind and are based on six wellness modalities including spa, holistic health, fitness, physiotherapy, nutrition and aesthetic beauty. On top of personalised treatments, guest can also choose from over 10 wellness retreats suitable for hard-core retreat junkies. Cell Vitality, for example, was created by experienced Naturopathic Doctors specifically to support those who are in remission or have recovered from cancer. Other programs target chronic health problems; high stress, anxiety and burnout; and weight management.
All 54 rooms at Chiva-Som have recently been renovated to enhance the guests’ overall wellness experience and now include warm natural décor, tranquil gardens, personalised pillow scents and oil burners.
Layana Resort and Spa
Located in the lush mangroves of island Koh Lanta Yai, travellers will find Layana Resort and Spa. An adults-only resort designed for complete rest and relaxation, the journey begins from the moment you arrive at your very own villa, with stunning rain forest and mountain slopes the ultimate nature backdrop. Head to the award-winning Linger Longer Spa for more zen moments, where therapists use a blend of wellness techniques from both the East and West.
The spa is equipped with six indoor treatment rooms, two outdoor foot massage locations, a hydromassage pool, salt spa, sauna and shock shower. Tailored treatment packages feature yoga, meditation and personal training, and you can choose from traditional aromatic massages, scrubs, body treatments and facials.
The first resort by acclaimed luxury hotel brand Aman and home to the flagship Aman Spa and Holistic Wellness Centre, 30-year-old Amanpuri spearheaded the 2016 launch of Aman Wellness. The first to offer the services of a certified medical team from the Thanyapura group working alongside Aman’s experts in ancient healing techniques and alternative therapies, Amanpuri’s open-minded holistic ethos and state-of-the-art medical diagnostics combine in the resort’s results-driven Intensive Wellness Immersions.
Packages include sustainable weight loss, mental awareness and physical fitness, among others, with packages including an in-depth consultation with a specialist resulting in a personalised program of healing therapies, spa treatments and tailored exercises. Amanpuri offers both individual wellness immersions and group wellness retreats that feature two different cultural treatments over three, four, or 14-day programs.