How to Relax at Tamarind Springs, Koh Samui's Oldest Spa

How to Relax at Koh Samui’s Oldest Spa

Opened in 1998 as Koh Samui’s first dedicated day spa, Tamarind Springs is a tranquil wellness retreat fostering relaxation and rejuvenation through exotic back-to-nature facilities and top-notch traditional therapies.

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An ancient healing setting | Image courtesy of Tamarind Springs


Set into a picturesque hillside, within a verdant landscape of coconut palms, natural rock pools and Flintstone-esque boulders and caves, Tamarind Springs is Koh Samui’s longest-standing healing oasis.

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The resort features an indoor-outside design | Image courtesy of Tamarind Springs


As a boutique retreat, Tamarind Springs has six tropical villa options. Supporting the retreat’s back-to-nature theme, the resort has adopted an indoor-outdoor design. Accommodation is open and airy with minimal decoration or electronic ‘distraction’ (not a TV in sight, and don’t even ask about wifi). Individually appointed to blend into the lush tropical garden setting, each villa complements the natural environment. Granite boulders appear as feature walls, while giant trees grow in the middle of open-air bathrooms.

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Absolute privacy is ensured so guests can shower under the stars in peace or enjoy some uninterrupted silent solitude. While you’ll be undisturbed by neighbours, you can expect a friendly visit from lizards, frogs and geckos, which all adds to the jungle-living experience.

There are no swimming pools on the property, so if you want to top up your tan poolside, this isn’t the place for you. However, there is a beach close by to take an ocean dip.

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The menu favours fresh, vegetarian dishes | Image courtesy of Tamarind Springs

Food Programme

Tamarind Springs has an organic health café, so guests can nibble on healthy spa cuisine between treatments.

Lovingly crafted by local chefs, dishes are free of chemical residues and MSG and contain no refined sugars: only unrefined cane sugar or wild honey are used. Meals also incorporate locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients and organic produce from the retreat’s own gardens, along with high-quality cold-pressed oils. The healthy menu favours vegetarian and vegan cuisine, but some ‘catch of the day’ fresh fish selections are available. Classic Thai cuisine is also on offer along with a range of international favourites. For those with allergies, vegan, wheat and gluten-free options are also on offer.

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Holistic Thai therapies are top priority | Image courtesy of Tamarind Springs

Treatment Programme

Beginning with a ‘steam and dream’ session, all treatments commence with a languid herbal steam in a granite rock cave. Followed by a dip in one of three natural plunge pools, the treatment concludes with a restorative massage in an open-air pavilion.

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One of the best therapies is the Prakop Massage. This is a traditional Thai therapy in which steaming Thai herbs are applied to the body’s energy lines. Another signature is the Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapy, a therapeutic technique ideal for detoxing.

Other holistic health activities include yoga, Tai Chi and Thai massage classes. In addition, Tamarind Springs can be booked by visiting teachers for custom-tailored yoga retreats. However, it doesn’t host its own signature retreat packages.


Expect to feel…pampered, nourished, restored and inspired. The focus is relaxation, and the setting and accommodation will give you a feeling of being at one with nature while still enjoying all of life’s little luxuries.

Tamarind Springs |  205/7 Thong Takian Koh Samui 84310 Suratthani, Thailand | +66 (0)8 0569 6654 | Facebook | Instagram

Rebecca Walker

An authority on all things wellness, Rebecca is the former Editor-in-Chief of popular luxury lifestyle publication Asia Spa Magazine and the Founder of boutique consultancy The Wellness Nomad. Born in Australia and based in Asia for over a decade, she is an avid writer, traveller and certified yoga teacher whose passion for holistic health has led her to some of the world’s best resorts and healing sanctuaries. Visit her website at or email her at [email protected]

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