Body & Soul Retreat ~ Absolute Sanctuary Koh Samui

by Tsvete Popp
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Absolute Sanctuary Koh Samui

After one year of non-stop traveling and working, we decided to do something just for ourselves – Wellness Retreat! This is our very first body and soul retreat, and we are super excited about it. One week before we continued with our travels, we stayed at Absolute Sanctuary Koh Samui, which is the leading retreat resort on Koh Samui. Our program included wellness consultation, spa, massages, other treatments, yoga, pilates, meditation, detoxing, healthy food, and drinks.

Absolute Sanctuary Koh Samui-24Absolute Sanctuary on Koh Samui has been a life-changing experience for us in many ways. It was our first-time wellness retreat and we didn’t quite know what to expect from the whole experience. As you all know, we are full-time travelers and content creators and we move a lot! As we chose our program, which was 7 days Wellness retreat,  we asked ourselves if we will be able to stay in one place for a whole week! It was often hard for us to relax in the last couple of months, as we combine working, content creation, and traveling full-time, so unwinding and forgetting about work was a totally new thing for us.

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Asia's Leading Wellness Resort for fitness, health & lifestyle

Absolute Sanctuary is Asia’s top wellness resort for fitness, health, lifestyle, and weight management. Absolute Sanctuary is the only wellness fitness resort in Asia. Their crafted programs leverage their expertise in yoga, pilates, core programs, and healthy food programs from being part of ABSOLUTE YOU, the largest health & lifestyle brand in Thailand, to produce effective results.

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Where is Absolute Sanctuary Located?

Absolute Sanctuary is located on the North Eastern side of Koh Samui, just 5 mins drive away from the airport and the popular Chaweng & Cheong Mon beaches.  You can use the regular complimentary shuttle bus service that runs from the resort to the beaches 2 times a day, In the evenings there is a complementary shuttle bus to Fishermen’s Village and Chaweng Night Market.

Absolute Sanctuary Koh Samui-14If you are coming from Bangkok, you can rather fly or take a bus to Surat Thani. The most common way to get to Koh Samui from Surat Thani is via ferry ride. The port docks at Surat Thani (Donsak Pier) and takes you to Nanthon Pier on the island. The ferry ride across is roughly a 1hr 30mins journey.  You can also fly directly to Koh Samui from Bangkok. Bangkok Air and Thai Airways fly out of Bangkok to Koh Samui on an hourly basis. Direct International flights are available from Hong Kong and Singapore with Bangkok Air and Silk Air, or from Kuala Lumpur with Bangkok Air and Firefly.

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Absolute Sanctuary’s accommodation options range from cozy superior rooms to spacious suites. There are 38 rooms spread across 5 buildings. You can choose to stay between the Sanctuary Suite, Sanctuary Deluxe Seaview, Sanctuary Deluxe & Sanctuary Superior rooms – whatever matches your budget and comfort level.

Our room type was Sanctuary Deluxe featuring a king-sized bed and a large stylish bathroom with a bathtub, and a private terrace. All rooms feature the following amenities: Air conditioning, Bathrobe, Beach Bag, Kettle, Fan, Direct Dial Phone, Hairdryer, Minibar, Satellite TV, Safe deposit box, Slippers, WiFi, and Yoga mat.

Wellness Programs

Absolute Sanctuary takes a holistic approach to wellness that centers around your needs and wishes. All retreat programs seek to address individual goals, doesn’t matter if this is Detox, pampering, de-stress, managing your weight, changing your lifestyle, indulging in either yoga or pilates on simply enjoying a meaningful holiday. There are 22 different programs across 15 categories so definitely, so everyone will find the suitable one for him- or herself.

All retreats at Absolute Sanctuary are essentially about nurturing the mind, body, and spirit and aim to inspire a change from within to transform you into the best version of yourself. All programs include:

  • Wellness consultation with Bio Impedance Analysis
  • Nutritionally balanced superfood meals ( depending on the selected program)
  • Selection of treatments based on the chosen program
  • Group fitness, yoga & pilates reformer classes
  • Samui airport roundtrip transfer

7-Day Harmonizing Program

The program we chose was the ABSOLUTE SANCTUARY’S Spa program for 7 Days which is designed to pamper and relax – exactly what we needed after the last couple of months.  Included are a wide range of indulgent spa treatments, healing therapies, grounding yoga classes, and nourishing cuisine.

On the first day of our retreat at Absolute Sanctuary, we had a couple of new experiences. The first was a health assessment with a nurse, who took my measurements and generated a report detailing our health status. After the tests, we had a meeting with a specialist who explained the report to us and helped us to describe our goal for the week. After that, we had our Absolute Welcome Ritual massage, which we truly enjoyed! We also received our schedule and program for the week and we were ready for the new experience!

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Standard Inclusions for all Spa Programs

  • Initial Wellness Consultation with Bio Impedance Analysis
  • 3 x Wellness Cuisine meals a day
  • 2 x Fresh Juices or Smoothies a day
  • 1 x Group pilates reformer/core suspend class
  • Unlimited Yoga classes & group meditation sessions
  • Unlimited access to Group Fitness Classes (Sunrise Beach Walk, Aqua power, HIIT Training, Myofascial, Weight Training, subject to group schedule of each week)
  • 10% Discount on all Spa, Detox, Ala carte treatments & Yoga,  and Pilates classes
  • Roundtrip airport transfers

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The Love Kitchen

All meals are served at Love Kitchen and all the food was healthy and delicious. There was seriously not a single thing we did not like. Everything was super fresh, high in nutrients, low in calories, and enriched with superfoods and whole foods. They also served healthy juices, coconuts, smoothies, and herbal teas. Love Kitchen uses a blend of locally produced and high-quality imported ingredients. All the dishes are bursting with flavor that changed our perception of healthy food forever!

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The resort’s Love Kitchen restaurant specializes in visually appealing and really tasty low-fat, high-energy health cuisine made from high-powered nutrient-rich superfood ingredients. There are three extensive menus on offer: Wellness, Detox, and Weight loss. We were really impressed with the range of food on offer and how good, clean and healthy it was. I never ate the same meal twice (except the Greek Salad). Each program has a tailored menu. Our program included the Menu for Wellness cuisine.

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The Spa

A variety of massages were included in our program and we had some really excellent massages at the Absolute Spa. We loved having a daily massage, both for relaxation and to recover after our fitness workouts. The spa therapists are very skilled – thank you to Khun Maew and Nun and all the others who spent many hours working on our bodies!

Absolute Sanctuary Koh SamuiThe Sanctuary Spa offers indoor and outdoor treatment areas where you can release the tension from your muscles or simply relax. There is also the option to pamper yourself with a deep cleansing facial or body scrub.  Also, there is the infra-red sauna, steaming room, and detox spa center that has dedicated modern colon hydrotherapy rooms as this hotel is still popular with those looking for a detox holiday.

The Fitness

Absolute Sanctuary is ideal for people who are searching also for a fitness getaway.  We went along to improve and challenge our fitness level and hope to keep our fitness regime for the future!  The team can offer a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor personalized and group fitness sessions such as cardiovascular workouts, sunrise walks, aqua power classes, weight training sessions, beach boot camp, and Muay Thai kickboxing lessons.

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Additionally, Absolute Sanctuary offers resistance and cardio training that can be balanced with daily yoga classes including Ashtanga, Hot Flow, and Yin yoga. Every day we enjoyed a class of meditation and yoga in the morning. Usually, the morning meditation takes about 30 minutes, followed by 1 hour of yoga which was sometimes challenging and sometimes relaxing.

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The Pool, Scenery & Surroundings

Absolute Sanctuary is located in a quiet but residential area of Samui, and the ocean can be seen from the second-floor Deluxe rooms otherwise all other room types offer tranquil views of the infinity pool where you can watch the clouds roll over or on clear days relax under a bright blue sky. The pool area at Absolute Sanctuary is gorgeous. The infinity pool is surrounded by sun loungers & umbrellas with a variety of drinks available from The Vitamin Bar. Do not miss the Happy Hour juice deal between 2-4 pm. Near the pool, you will find the steam room which is great for those keen to detox.  

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The Details

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Address: 88 Moo 5 Tambol Bophut, Amphur Koh Samui Surat Thani 84320 Thailand

Tel: +66 7760 1190     

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