Located on the southern coast of the island of Koh Samui, Kamalaya is one of the most exclusive 5 star wellness resorts on earth.
Kamalaya was founded by John and Karina Stewart, whose dream was to create a place with all the right ingredients to nurture personal growth and profound transformation.
I would definitely recommend this resort to my personal training clients in London.
Strongly influenced by the cuisine of India and China, the food at Kamalaya is organic fresh produce, rich in nutrients, served close to its natural state. Freshly-made fruit juices, herbal teas, grilled fish and meat and poultry, salads and fresh vegetables are the foundation of your meals at this retreat.
The Island of Koh Samui
Just off the east coast of Thailand, Koh Samui is the country’s second largest island after Phuket, with 88 square miles of beaches and tropical rainforests. There are dozens of wellness retreats on this island to suit all budgets, but if money is no object and you want the best of the best, Kamalaya is for you.
The island is just 16 miles at its widest point, and has its own airport in the north-east of the island. Kamalaya is a 45 minute drive from the airport.
Kamalaya offers a choice of luxury rooms, suites and villas. You have the option of either garden views from your balcony, or sea views from your balcony onto the Gulf of Thailand. The decor in all the accommodation is whitewashed walls, wooden floors and traditional wooden furniture, a restful and uncluttered combination.
There are 16 carefully-designed wellness programmes available to choose from, with over 50 certified wellness professionals at Kamalaya. Karina, the co-founder, is a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Treatments and therapies include Asian foot massage, full-body massage in open-air cabins with breathtaking views, acupressure facial massage, detox & cleanse, strength & mobility, Pranayama (a form of yoga which focuses on breathing techniques), enriched gut for improved gut health and digestion, stress management, sleep enhancement, emotional wellbeing, and swimming in the 25 metre outdoor pool perched on a hilltop overlooking the sea.
As a personal trainer in London with high-powered clients (solicitors, barristers, investment bankers, accountants, CEOs) who work insane hours at great intensity, I would recommend Kamalaya to all my clients as a great place to recharge your batteries and return to London refreshed and energised.
(Dominic Londesborough is a personal trainer in London and an online nutrition coach.)