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Fitness Holidays

Get your heartbeat racing with an active holiday to raise your fitness and energy to new levels. Whether you prefer to follow a personal health regime with a trainer, or join a series of specialist classes. a fitness holiday is the perfect way to focus on achieving your goals, away from life's usual distractions.

Combine this with stunning landscapes, beautiful weather and an indulgent spa to relax in at the end of the day, these fitness retreats will certainly make you think of bootcamps in a whole new light.

Solo Sanctuary

Kamalaya, Thailand

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary has long been a magnet for solo guests attracted both by the tranquillity and the opportunity to pursue their own physical and emotional goals

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Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary has long been a magnet for solo guests, attracted both by the tranquillity and the opportunity to pursue their own physical and emotional goals.

Many solo guests choose to dine at the communal table at meal times, although this is purely optional!

With a more even split between the genders than is typical, both women and men will feel at ease during their stay.

You don't have to be single to enjoy the benefits of a stay at the sanctuary, but solo guests in particular do seem to appreciate the very special atmosphere at Kamalaya.

Choose from the full range of programmes on offer or contact us to tailor one for you.

Built at the edge of an idyllic lagoon, Kamalaya is a Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa lauded by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world. Centered around a cave temple that once served Buddhist monks as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat, all accommodation takes full advantage of the magnificent views and draws on its natural environs to create modern but comfortable interiors. The reviews from our clients are ecstatic!

Kamalaya has won 5 new awards in 2010: “Favorite Destination Spa International” from the Spa Magazine; SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards 2010; the Crystal Awards Asia Pacific 2010; TATLER UK Spa Awards 2010; and the Thailand Tourism Awards 2010. This is truly a place to restore, renew and rejuvenate at one of Essential Escapes hottest new retreats.

Accommodation

Choose from Hillside Rooms (cosy retreats near the Yoga Pavilion and Yantra Hall), Sea View Suites (with coastal views and private balconies), Sea View Villas (relax on a daybed on a large private balcony), Beach Front Villas (set on the beach front lawns, with separate living area), Rock Top Villa (two bedrooms + living room, incorporating natural rock boulders), Pool Villa (one bedroom + living room, with a private pool), or the Beach Front Pool Villa (one or two bedrooms + living area, private pool overlooking the beach and private open air bathroom).

Dining

Kamalaya's Soma Restaurant and Amrita Café feature sumptuous cuisine with sweeping views of ocean, sky, and outlying islands. The adjoining Alchemy Bar serves ambrosial tonics based on ancient Taoist, Thai, and Ayurvedic recipes. The chef behind the healthy cuisine sees nutrition as healing medicine, but even for those following a detox, there are many delicious indulgences available. In fact, guests from all programmes are often tempted by dishes on the detox menu. The hotel recently won the 'best concious cuisine' at the Crystal Awards 2011.

Facilities

Hill trekking, elephant trekking, cave and lagoon visits, prepared picnics, yoga, tai’chi, chi gong, meditation, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, life enhancement programs, diagnostic procedures, educational programmes and a conference centre

Location

45 minutes from the airport in Koh Samui in Thailand

  • Gym
  • Swimming Pool

Kamalaya's Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa offers an integrated approach to wellness that encompasses a diverse range of cultural and medical traditions. It promotes the harmonious development of the whole person - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Wellness Consultations with each guest establish a foundation for co-creating unique, customised programs leading you towards radiant health and a creative and joyous engagement with all life.

Optional Life-Enhancement Programmes focus on specific health and wellness issues, combining customised therapies, fitness, and nutrition to optimize wellbeing and synergistically restore a sense of connectedness to universal energies and rhythms - the ultimate source of all true healing.

There are a total of 36 treatment rooms including 9 indoor and outdoor couples rooms. Complimentary access to the Steam Cavern, swimming pool, plunge pools and Shakti fitness centre is offered to all guests plus attendance at the group holistic fitness activities is also complimentary.

Yoga and Pilates classes are available, both as a group or individually, as well as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Fitball, Cardio Combat and Ab Express. The yoga sala accommodates up to 30 guests and boasts a stunning hillside location with views over Samui's rugged coastline. This open air pavilion provides a perfect setting to feel at one with nature and inspire your practice.

Unique facilities include:

  • Herbal Steam Cavern - this is equipped with an interior waterfall and exterior natural rock wall. Three plunge pools with different temperatures are situated nearby for cooling the body after the steam session.
  • Far Infared Sauna - Far infared therapy provides deeply penetrating heat while maintaining and comfortable air temperature of 32-45 degrees Celsius. Use of Far Infared Sauna has many therapeutic benefits including: stimulating circulation, increasing metabolism and burning of calories, promoting detoxification to purify the body. 
  • The Shakti Fitness Centre is fully equipped with weight and fitness training assistance and there is an experienced team of personal instructors on hand to aid training
  • The spa offers a bio-impedance analysis, whereby your cell age is determined, as well as the cells' nutrient content. This allows the consultants to suggest the appropriate programme for guests to follow. It is not uncommon for guests to be steered away from more demanding activities if their cells are showing that more restorative recuperation is needed. 
  • The food at Kamalaya is one of the highlights with plenty of delicious diet menus and vegetarian dishes served. There is a communal table for guests who wish to dine with others.
Customer reviews & ratings (4)

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I am so delighted with everything about Kamalaya. It is such a fantastic place. I don't even know where to begin to express how fantastic it was!! All I can say it that Kamalaya does exactly what it say on the tin!! I went there with an open mind and a will to heal myself and even after 24 hours I was already feeling stronger and more positive. Now that I am back in the real world i feel like I'm on a mission to better myself and live a healthy positive life.

The service at Kamalaya was exceptional, from the moment i was picked up at the airport to the moment i was dropped off i was made to feel like i was the only person on the planet that mattered. It was so refreshing to have people running around after me because normally it is me doing all the running!! The food, the scenery, the rooms, the treatments, the classes, the staff... Everything was truly amazing!!

I will recommend you to my friends for sure!! Thanks for organizing everything for me!

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Kamalaya was absoloutely fantastic, well worth the journey and the money. We had a perfect holiday and have returned thinner, detoxed and very relaxed. We would highly recommend it to our friends and will be returning hopefully in the very near future.

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Kamalaya was fantastic! Eva Air was Ok. I will definitely be going back some time in the future. Thanks for organising this trip, it was seamless (I even got to meet Jason Orange).

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Kamalaya is not like any other spa I have ever been to and that is probably because it is not a spa but a retreat and it is quite unique. Kamalaya is a wellness retreat specializing in detox, rejuvenation, relaxation and burnout. Unlike other detox diets I have undertaken here they do not starve you or deny your body nutrition, which can cause your body to go into crisis. Instead they approach detox on a cellular level and want to nourish the cells rather than deprive them. Their approach is to promote healing & overall wellness through food. Guests can enjoy a large breakfast and 3 course lunch and dinner with drinks in between. Those that take other packages benefit from a healthy and nutritious cuisine and the all inclusive package means that unless you drink alcoholic drinks or take additional treatments, there is nothing to pay in resort.

The hotel provides their own comfortable transfers and you will be met at the airport and helped to the resort by their friendly staff. Upon arrival at Kamalaya we waited in the comfortable lobby to be shown our room and the peace and tranquillity were evident immediately, with a focus on sounds of water. The lobby is open air and a soft breeze drifted through, the style is traditional with a feature pond and a statue of Buddha. The retreat is very tropical with pathways winding through streams, waterfalls and rainforest vegetation. The resort is built into the cliff side so there are some parts with steeper climbs and those with walking difficulties should take care. There are a choice of rooms including hillside garden or sea view, please note these have shower only, suites which are more spacious with an open plan living and bedroom with an outdoor bathroom, there are also villas and villas with 1 or 2 bedrooms and their own pools.

We stayed in a Villa here which offered a great location close to the entrance to the wellness spa as well as being close to the main restaurant and pool. The Villa was very spacious and offered an ocean facing balcony with views across the canopies to the sea. It offered an outside seating area and 2 day beds for private relaxation and sunbathing. They boast a double bed, large seating area and a bathroom which has a rustic outdoor feel whilst actually being totally covered from the elements. These rooms have a shower only with vanity unit but in such a warm climate I did not miss a bath at all.

They offer a wide variety of fresh drinks, includingfruit and vegetable juices, smoothies and teas. Caffiene and alcohol are not forbidden although of course not encouraged for those that are cleansing. I especially liked sampling the different juices and smoothies and though that describing the benefits that the ingredients offer was a great touch and allowed me to drink the right option when I had a headache one afternoon. There is one restaurant for lunch or dinner and Amrita cafe for lunch which is only closed if the weather is bad, for the evening as well as a tea lounge.

After lunch we had our first treatment which was a 60 minute massage using oil. What a great way to start the wellness experience. The massage was wonderful, smoothing the knots in my shoulders from too much time sitting at a desk. Afterwards I felt relaxed and finished the experience with sometime in the sauna and a dip in the plunge pool. The staff at the wellness spa carefully plan the program of treatments that are included in the package and of course there is an al a carte menu to add on anything extra. We dined on the community table that evening which was a great experience as we got to chat to some really interesting people and pick up tips on the classes, treatments and cuisine.

It is also great for anyone travelling alone that is worried they will be lonely, I think it would be very hard to feel lonely here as there is so much going on and your day can be filled with treatments, activities and classes as well as simply relaxing by the pool or on the beach reading a book and meals can be taken alone or just join the group, it is so relaxed. All of the staff from the gardeners to the reception staff always greet you and the service is incredibly warm, friendly, efficient but it never felt intrusive. Throughout the day the resort offer activities such as Thai boxing, pilates, yoga of course as well mediation and pranyama. As they offer a holistic approach to wellbeing it is not just about the body and diet it is also about your mental and spiritual wellbeing as well. I am not saying that it is overly religious here, far from it. They just take the approach that unless you address all issues and problems you have with food or diet or stress may continue once you leave and you cannot fix just one area. The pranyama and meditation sessions offer a chance to focus your mind and learn breathing techniques for helping to deal with stress. The fitness classes also promote a feeling of wellbeing and the time spend here is time to focus on you and so many people say that they went as they were burnout and work and needed to cleanse and learn to deal with stress and they left with this and so much more. They had time to heal their bodies, minds and souls and had time to reflect on their values and felt they were leaving as changed people inside and out.

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