Koh Samui enjoyed the reputation of being an island to relax and recharge much before the idea of spas became mainstream. While relaxation before was all about meditation and yoga, today these options have been complimented by world-class spas. From Thai massages to aromatic steam baths to health centres and wellness retreats, Koh Samui offers the ultimate rejuvenating experience in luxury and comfort. While there is no dearth of spas in Koh Samui, here are five that are especially worth a mention.
(88 Moo 5, Tambon Bophut, Koh Samui 84320)
The spa is considered to be Koh Samui's premier detox centre offering an extensive list of treatments and tailor-designed packages for your individual needs. Treatments are carried out by trained therapists from prestigious academies using herbal products from their own gardens and Jurlique, the world-leading Australian skin-care creams. There are also special three, five and seven-day detox programs on offer programs, from full fasting to light vegetarian, hydrotherapy sessions and yoga classes. Designed in beautiful Moroccan-style, the spa also boasts the best spa cuisine restaurant on the island and a fully-equipped yoga studio.
(17 Moo1, Bophut, Koh Samui)
The day spa is set in a tropical garden and offers spa treatments from massage to spa facials, and more including spa packages and spa promotions. You are welcomed with a nice cup of tea and cookies while a wellness host wellness host happily guides you through the extensive list of treatments ranging from two to four hours. Once you choose your package, you will be escorted from the magic lush tropical garden to the spacious massage room. You can choose from herbal, Ayurvedic, and Swedish massages and an assorted category of facials and body treatments.
Located along the sea side, the spa encapsulates the island's tranquil Big Buddha beach environment. Operating for more than 16 years, Baan Sabai spa is one of the most well-established spas on the island. While the road leading to the spa itself is very picturesque, it is when you enter the grounds, you feel the full magnitude of its sheer beauty – complete with aromatic tropical plants springing everywhere, lily ponds and the ever present sound of the surf transports you into another world altogether. You are invited to look through the extensive list of services over a cup of ginger tea. Just about every pampering service is available from traditional Thai massages, body-wraps, Ayurvedic treatments, aromatherapy oil massages to Jacuzzis, facials, and hair treatments.
(205/7, Thong Takian, Tambon Maret, 84310 Suratthani)
Its tropical, its Asian, its exotic, and it is totally unique – this probably best sums up the experience that awaits you at the Tamarind Springs spa. Enter the palm-dotted driveway and you will immediately be charmed by the idyllic setting and the tranquillity of this magic place. Walk to the heart of the spa and you will realize how spacious and magnificent the grounds are. The menu lists traditional Thai yoga massage and other massage packages. The therapists are well trained and can accommodate your specific needs. A special feature here is that all packages include at least 1.5 hours of steam before the massage treatments. The spa has a strict 'switch-off policy' which means that you are required to leave your mobile phones and cameras behind. Treatments are provided in beautiful, open-sided suites with views across the picturesque surroundings. Tamarind Springs has the 'The Award of Outstanding Performance for Health Tourism' and 'Day Spa of The Year Award' for excellence to its credit.
(9/10 Moo 5, Baan Plai Laem, Bophut)
This top-of-the-range environment-friendly spa promises a totally natural experience coupled with all possible modern amenities. Located on the peaceful, secluded and unspoilt Samrong Bay, the spa offers beautiful panoramic 270 degree view across to the neighbouring islands of Koh Som and Koh Phangan. A dozen steps or so lead you down the hillside to the reception area. You can choose from a comprehensive range of body-scrubs, massages and facials. The treatments are totally tailored to your specifications and there is a strong spiritual focus to nourish, detoxify and rejuvenate the body and the soul. Besides, there is yoga, Reiki, hypnotherapy, tai chi and Pilates, all conducted under expert supervision of the resident physician. The Six Senses Spa has many international awards to its credit including 'Award of Excellence for Health Tourism, Health & Resort Spa for Southern Region' at the prestigious 2010 Thailand Tourism Awards.