This Clifftop Yoga Retreat In Koh Samui Is A Must for Ocean-Lovers

This Clifftop Yoga Retreat In Koh Samui Is A Must for Ocean-Lovers

First and foremost a yoga retreat, Vikasa is a stylish boutique sanctuary in Thailand that encourages guests to embrace healthy transformation through exercise, clean eating and relaxation. Perched on top of a cliff on the Koh Samui coast, the proximity to the beach makes it a favourite with water-babies and beach-bums. In addition to the yoga programme, there are detox packages to promote lifestyle changes for guests beyond the retreat.

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Sand, sea and zen are all at your fingertips at Vikasa | Image courtesy of Vikasa

Location

Set on a spectacular cliff on Koh Samui’s east coast, Vikasa’s vantage point is one of its best assets. Because of its close location to the airport, this yoga retreat is a conveniently situated beach getaway.

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We want to wake up to this view | Image courtesy of Vikasa

Accommodation

Vikasa’s modest yet cosy accommodation options include a range of Beach Bungalows (one-bedroom cottages that come in standard or superior styles), Ocean Rooms (with private balcony and king-size beds), Yoga Caves (apartment-style studios) and Zen Bungalows (eco-friendly wooden huts).

While this yoga retreat is by no means a five-star resort, it’s not pretending to be. However, what it lacks in bells and whistles, it makes up for in rustic charm.

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Delicious food, tailored to your needs | Image courtesy of Vikasa

Food Programme

Serving up wholesome, healthy food, the cuisine at Vikasa covers all bases including vegan-friendly and raw dishes. The menu mixes international cuisine with Thai classics, and includes meat and vegetarian food. Priding itself on cuisine that is ‘creative, fresh, colourful, fully flavoured and balanced’, the retreat can cater to all sorts of dietary needs, and regularly changes its menu to incorporate new dishes.

Consequently, Vikasa uses organic produce whenever possible, and fresh food is a top kitchen priority. In addition to regular meals, an impressive selection of freshly squeezed tropical juices and smoothies feature on the menu.

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Yoga, healing and detox all feature at Vikasa | Image courtesy of Vikasa

Treatment Programme

Created under the guidance of founder and yoga teacher Kosta Miachin, Vikasa is home to two expansive open-air yoga pavilions. They host a variety of yoga classes, workshops and teacher training retreats. Translating to ‘evolution’ in Sanskrit, Vikasa encourages transformation by connecting yoga students to a variety of accomplished teachers and yoga styles (including its signature ‘Vikasa Method’). The retreat offers Yoga Alliance Registered training programmes alongside its regular yoga retreats. In addition, Vikasa offers a range of lifestyle packages and personalised health vacations, including detox, fitness and meditation programmes.

See also: 5 Weekend Retreats In Thailand That Won’t Break The Bank

For those on a detox package, Vikasa offers two exclusive five, seven or 10-day programmes named ‘Vitox’ and ‘Flexi-Vitox’. These combine healthy, tasty food with healing herbs to reboot the metabolism and promote health. When guests need an exercise break, they can take a dip in the resort’s infinity pool or visit Vikasa’s seaside spa.  In addition to their South-East Asian therapies, they also offer European and Indian-inspired relaxation rituals.

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Stretch at the seaside | Image courtesy of Vikasa

Results

Expect to feel…Like a healthy backpacker with some fine-tuned yoga skills and a serious suntan.

Vikasa Retreat | 211 Moo 4. T. Maret Koh Samui, Suratthani 84310, Thailand | +66-77-422-232 | Facebook

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 www.thewellnessnomad.com or email her at [email protected]

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