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Health Retreat Guide: Thailand

21 September 2017
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An inviting combination of sights, sounds and culture, Thailand is truly a destination for the senses. Among the many things to love, from its gleaming temples, pristine beaches to the warm friendly locals, wellness is an aspect that firmly solidifies its place in the world of tourism. Thai massage, indulgent spas and health resorts can be found across the country! For the ultimate experience, let our friends from Health and Fitness Travel take you on a journey of the best wellness, fitness, spa and luxury offerings.


Where to stay for overall wellness

Kamalaya: Centred on a cave once used by Buddhist monks as a place of meditation, this beachside escape is the perfect spiritual retreat. The tranquil coast of Koh Samui provides an idyllic backdrop for yoga, massages and holistic healing.

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand

Useful to know: The resort is located on the south of the Koh Samui and the most common route for getting to the island is via a connecting flight from Bangkok’s international airport. Kamalaya is then a short 30-40 minute ride from the Koh Samui airport.


Amatara: Wellness is a central offering of this five star resort. Tucked away on the stunning island of Phuket, Amatara boasts breathtaking sceneries matched with world-class spa facilities, including the world’s first Thai Hammam—a must try!

Location: Phuket, Thailand

Useful to know: Just a short 45 minute drive from Phuket International Airport, you can arrive and begin your healthy holiday with ease. All retreat programs include return luxury transfers.


Chiva Som: A benchmark in destination spas worldwide, this stylish health resort in Hua Hin continues to innovate with programs enabling guests to relax, detox and heal to achieve an overall sense of balance. It truly is the embodiment of its name, Chiva Som, meaning ‘haven of life’.

Location: Hua Hin, Thailand

Useful to know: The resort is exclusively for guests aged 16 years and above.


Where to stay for fitness

Phuket Cleanse: Following a wellness philosophy that promotes ‘active cleanse’, this health retreat believes in the power of movement and nutrition as a means to detoxify the body. Take part in every slated activity, from HIIT, Muay Thai, to yoga and meditation and refuel with a vegan feast that looks as good as it tastes.

Location: Phuket, Thailand

Useful to know: All transfers to the offsite activities, like the gym, Hot Yoga, are included and involve a short journey in an open-backed, shaded truck.


Thanyapura: Thailand’s prime sports and wellness retreat, this 23-hectare haven boasts the best in training programs and facilities, making it a favourite among Olympic and amateur athletes. Indulge in a range of pamper options and therapies that combines traditional and medical principles.

Location: Phuket, Thailand

Useful to know: Thanyapura has two separate wings, the secluded and newly renovated tranquil Garden wing and the Sports wing catering to guests on more active programs.


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Where to stay for yoga

Absolute Sanctuary: Famous for its world class yoga centre, it’s a go-to destination for yogis for all levels. Restore the natural balance to your body, with different practices like hot flow, Ashtanga and Hatha yoga, combined with Pilates, great healthy food and indulgent spa treatments.

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand

Useful to know: Absolute Sanctuary is just a short 5 to 10 minute ride from Koh Samui’s small and friendly airport.


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Samahita: If being a yoga guru is in your foreseeable future, Samahita is the retreat for you. With a dedicated yoga academy, you can go deeper into your practice and learn more about its principles. It also welcomes beginners and fitness enthusiasts with their signature program, YogaCoreCycle, which integrates classical yoga, cardio and functional fitness.

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand

Useful to know: The retreat is child-friendly, and has a kids club located far enough away from the yoga centre not to disturb.


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Where to relax

COMO Point Yamu: Witness what an ultimate luxury spa holiday has to offer with chic facilities, top-notch service and panoramic views of the famous Phang Nga Bay. The complete mind and body break, unwind with a range of COMO’s signature treatments on their luxurious two-floor spa.

Location: Phuket, Thailand

Useful to know: Free shuttle service is available to a beach on a local private island.


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Amanpuri: Literally a ‘place of peace’ by its Sanskrit translation, it’s hard to imagine a more relaxing island getaway. It’s the epitome of Zen living where you can unwind in seclusion in glamorous pavilion-style residences and enjoy a private stretch of the immaculate Pansea beach all to yourself.

Location: Phuket, Thailand

Useful to know: There’s a maximum of 8 guests at any one time taking part in the wellness immersion programs.


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Urban wellness find


COMO Metropolitan Bangkok: Luxury is in each detail of this stylish retreat in the cosmopolitan area of Bangkok. Boasting facilities including a 20 metre lap pool, gymnasium, movement studio and spa, it accommodates a wealth of pamper and leisurely activities, with an added perk of exploring the vibrant city of Bangkok at your own pace.

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Useful to know: Situated in the Salthorn district of Bangkok, this hotel offers a boutique, quiet location within easy reach of cultural highlights, shopping and nightlife. It’s just a 40minute transfer from the airport and 10minute walk to the delightful Lumphini Park.



About Health and Fitness Travel


Health and Fitness Travel is a global luxury wellness travel company that originated in the UK in 2010 and is committed to providing healthy holidays that enhance and change lives. Created by Paul Joseph, Adam Heathcote and co-founded in Australia by local Director Samantha Lippiatt as a result of their combined passion for health and fitness travel and offering bespoke holidays to improve people’s well-being to lead happier and healthier lives.


Health and Fitness Travel offers clients a tailor-made seamless service with the very best health and fitness holidays, handpicked by its expert team, together with exclusive and added value packages with the best deals. As leading specialists, Health and Fitness Travel have also created their own healthy holiday collections in various destinations which include Fusion Fitness and Discover Recover, offering clients the best value and holiday experience. For more information visit: Health and Fitness Travel or follow them on Instagram!


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