Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, Koh Samui

Whether it’s pounds or programming you’re looking to lose, feel the weight drop as you take in the blue jewel tones of the Gulf of Thailand through swaying palms at Kamalaya Koh Samui. Voted ‘2018 Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year’ at the World Spa & Wellness Awards (for the second year running), Kamalaya melds eastern and western healing therapies, beautiful island vistas, and delicious healthy cuisine to deliver a one-of-a-kind holistic lifestyle experience.


All the details have been considered at Kamalaya, down to the lemongrass ice cubes in your traditional Thai iced butterfly pea flower tea on arrival. Guests start their stay with a complimentary wellness consultation that includes bioelectrical impedance analysis, which measures your body composition and cellular vitality to guide treatment and activity recommendations. While it’s possible to stay at Kamalaya just for the food and daily group classes and purchase treatments a la carte, we highly recommend booking a wellness package to structure your stay (which will include a 20% built-in discount on food, beverages and treatments as well as roundtrip airport transfer). What you do and how much or little of it is completely optional, and if you’ve purchased a package and don’t want a certain included treatment, it can be exchanged for another of similar value.

Kamalaya’s overarching goal is to rebalance guests, and given that most of us are overly stimulated, the focus is more on doing less than on rigorous fitness, with detox, relaxation and weight loss programs particularly favored. Packages run for 3, 5, 7, or 10 days (or longer if you choose) and range from three tiers of detox programming (introductory cleansing to more ascetic regimes for experienced detoxers), the Balance & Revitalize program to address adrenal burnout, and the ‘Asian Bliss’ program, which is exactly what it sounds like – pampering heaven combining Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and traditional Thai mind-body therapies. Those seeking a more active experience can tailor an Optimal Fitness personal training program with the help of a Kamalaya fitness expert, who will guide the selection of complementary treatments such as massage and infrared sauna sessions as well as individual yoga, stretching and aquatic classes. Many programs include nutritional and herbal supplementation to aid in detoxification and restore balance. Kamalaya also offers a Sleep Enhancement program as a standalone or add-on option to any package. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, you can work with a Kamalaya health advisor to design a program for your specific needs.

It’s worth mentioning Kamalaya’s ‘Life Enhancement’ and ‘Embracing Change’ offerings, which finetune the resort’s overall emphasis on releasing negative experiences and thought patterns and cultivating mental-emotional expansion (several members of the Kamalaya team are former monks and spiritual teachers). ‘Life Enhancement’ involves mentoring and stress management with experienced personal coaches that help participants explore their emotional habits and respond more effectively to challenges. This program includes a group component (with a maximum of 12 people) and presents a new perspective on mental and emotional flexibility each day. ‘Embracing Change’ provides guests with support in making life changes and getting through situations such as relationship break-ups, work related difficulties, anxiety and grief, as well as for targeting behaviors like emotionally-driven eating.