Tuesday, May 10, 2016

WE HAVE JUST RETURNED TO KAMALAYA

Kamalaya is a tropical seaside paradise of palms and flowers, devoted to health and wellbeing. It is nothing like a clinic – warm, colourful and relaxing. Ulrika Thelander returned to Kamalaya for the third time and found this wellness retreat on Koh Samui even better than before…

Under palms that reach to the sky

I last stayed at Kamalaya a few years ago and found that so much has improved! The new large gym facing the ocean and next to it the large lap pool are just amazing. 
The lovely new lap pool


Overlooking the pool are new rooms and suites in a 2-3 story building – nice views from there but unfortunately they were fully booked so I could not see them.

Hillside seaview room

A garden paradise


The gardens are gorgeous, and the sunsets to die for.

Built on a slope Kamalaya offers stunning views everywhere
and the most magnificent sunsets

Views forever

Flowers everywhere

What accommodation?

I stayed in my old room – a standard garden view room (number 11). This room is spacious and has a very large bathroom (designed to be able to have a wheel chair). If you want to treat yourself, of course you should stay in one of the suites with sea view or in one of the charming villas. But at Kamalaya you spend so little time in your room that I think it is more value for money to take a standard room and invest in a great treatment programme instead.

If money is no object,  the 2-bedroom oceanfront villa with 2 bedrooms is stunning! 

Two-bedroom oceanfront villa


A one-bedroom villa near the goddess pool and Amrita restaurant

Getting fit and feeling good

I tried their new “Comprehensive Optimal Fitness” this time and it really keeps you busy every day. It is all from training to a private yoga lesson as well as mentoring. It is not only for athletes who want to improve their way of training and eating – it is for everybody who needs to change their life into a healthier one!

To have personal training lessons (including Thai boxing if you want) is best – I also had a private aqua class which I did not think I would like but it was really good. (I do not like classes with a lot of people). All wellness programmes include delicious healthy food and juices.


Freshness, colour, taste and a very wide choice
  

Glistening with green goodness

Room service with a difference


Kamalaya is for everybody (and those over 16 years of age are allowed in the spa/gym etc.). In our so stressed world this is a place to come back to when you feel that you have to rewind, de-stress and get new energy. You can have massages every day to totally melt down, or choose to combine them with fitness, weight loss, detox, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and yoga. In addition to one or two treatments per day in your personal programme there are classes and other activities.

You get 1 day of free wifi (only in your room) and after that they would prefer if you did not use wifi so you can give yourself totally over to healing, rejuvenation and wellbeing. Of course you can buy wifi for extra days. Kamalaya is a warm and tolerant place. You can even order a glass of wine if you want to (extra). 

Spirituality around the garden

Keeping busy or just relaxing

Kamalaya offers a full day programme of classes and activities so you can just book a room with full board to enjoy their delicious healthy food, join their daily scheduled programmes when you feel like it and stay at the beach for a couple of hours every day to enjoy the sun and the warm climate.
Kamalaya's beach


Activities begin early at 0730 with yoga, tai chi, or meditation up at the yoga platform with its stunning  views. At 0830 more choices of types of yoga. Further activities during the week I was there included talks, workshops and demonstrations, a sunset boat trip, temple tours and water blessing festival.

The main restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner (starting from 07.00 and 18.00) and serves the very best healthy foods, full of colour, taste and nutrition. The menus are extensive and for lunch (open from 12.00-18.00) you enjoy the Amrita Restaurant close by the sea.


Those coming from Europe should stay at least 7 nights as the flights are long and time difference 6 hours. If you can stay longer – even better. I met a man who was going to stay for 4 weeks as he had just been diagnosed with diabetes.

Both women and men travel to Kamalaya and most of them are single travelers even though I saw a few couples.

Flights

I flew with Qatar Airways in Business Class and I must say they are one of the best!. I flew to Bangkok and then with Bangkok Airways to Koh Samui -  you can buy your ticket all the way.

The return was via Singapore which was also a good connection even though you have to change between two Terminals - both have a short train connection.

For more about Kamalaya click HERE.

Review: by Ulrika Thelander
Images: By Ulrika taken during her visit, other images byAleah Stanbridge.

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