Thailand’s lush Koh Samui island is bursting with wellness retreats: there’s something about the crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and verdant jungle that is automatically relaxing. So how do you choose between them?
Well, if you’re looking to lose weight, Absolute Sanctuary’s broad range of comprehensive wellness programmes have a distinct detox focus. CompareRetreats.com head inside to check out the luxe Moroccan-inspired design and their full wellness concept.
Located on the beautiful island of Koh Samui, Absolute Sanctuary is situated in the island’s northern region, five minutes from the airport. Nestled into a quiet hillside, the retreat has stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand on Cheong Mon Peninsula.
Blending Moroccan-inspired architecture with modern amenities, the rooms at Absolute Sanctuary (of which there are 38) are contemporary and chic. Polished concrete floors are offset by vibrant colour schemes and unique decorative details, adding to the retreat’s quirky vibe.
Accommodation falls under three categories: Sanctuary Superior (with a queen-size bed or two twin-size beds for double occupancy), Sanctuary Deluxe (with a king-size bed) and Sanctuary Suites (luxury suites with a four-poster king-size canopy bed and spacious lounge area).
Served in its ‘Love Kitchen’ restaurant, the cuisine at Absolute Sanctuary is a health-lovers dream. Carefully created to support those on detox programmes, dishes are packed with nutritious ingredients including a delicious variety of superfoods. Produce is locally hand-picked and organic where possible. Along with a range of exotic drinks, cleansing juices and energy-boosting smoothies, the restaurant also serves tasty but light traditional Thai dishes.
Absolute Sanctuary offers five wellness programmes under the categories of ‘Detox’, ‘Yoga’, ‘Pilates’, Lifestyle’ and ‘Spa’. Custom-tailored packages are offered within each programme, and range from three to 12 days in length. If you’re keen to detox, choose from one of the retreat’s signature cleansing packages: ‘The Ultimate Detox’ (a structured fasting and colon hydrotherapy cleanse) or ‘The Living Foods Detox’ (a cleanse that includes light, healthy, raw ‘living’ foods or vegetarian cuisine). Alternately, the ‘Mild Detox’ option is available for guests who want to enjoy daily manual lymphatic drainage massages instead of colon hydrotherapy; along with the ‘Holistic Detox’ option which integrates healing spa treatments and alternative therapies into the detox experience.
Catering to beginners and dedicated practitioners alike, the Absolute Yoga programme is designed to guide guests back to a state of healthy equilibrium via an impressive array of workshops, immersions, intensives, retreats and Yoga Alliance Registered teacher training. Hosted by experienced local practitioners and distinguished international teachers, yoga-enthusiasts are invited to bend and stretch in one of three wood-floored studios, and can partake in a variety of styles including Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin and Hot.
Lifestyle programmes encompass Fitness, Weight Management, Anti-Stress and Burnout packages, complemented by a vast collection of rejuvenating therapies at the resort’s Spa Centre.
Expect to feel…squeaky clean on the inside and glowing on the outside upon leaving. This is best suited to those wanting to overhaul their lifestyle from the inside out.