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Leave the demanding world behind; experience health and wellness retreats in Thailand to reboot your spirit and come back home with a healthier mind. With plenty of appealing features such as local wisdom, best-kept healing secrets, and beautiful surroundings, Thailand is one of the best places to go for a wellness retreat. 

Spa Retreat in Phitsanulok| Thailand Insider
Spa Retreat in Phitsanulok| Thailand Insider

The Land of Smiles offers holistic and wellbeing breaks where visitors could plunge into a world of soothing hammams, pampering spas, relaxing yoga sessions, and soul-searching meditation. Thailand has been receiving praise for its luxurious spas with an extensive menu of wellness programs and treatments. 

From North to South, Thailand provides many tranquil valleys and remarkable beaches as your sanctuary to reunite with Mother Nature. The peaceful and lush tropical environment offers tourists ample opportunities to revitalize their bodies and souls. 

Forest bathing, bending on a yoga mat, SUP yoga on the water, volcanic sand bathing, relaxing onsen, mindful meditation, the choices are endless! Health and wellness retreats in Thailand are the place to enrich the mind and soul in style. 

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Amatara Wellness Resort, Phuket

Perched over the peaceful ocean view of the Andaman Sea in the quiet corner of Cape Panwa, Amatara Wellness Resort offers the luxury resort holiday in Phuket and life-enhancing and transformative wellness retreat experiences. Relax, recharge, and be inspired in the comprehensive wellbeing sanctuary. 

Amatara Wellness Resort Phuket specializes in Hammam with a Thai twist. In the Moroccan steam room, you can enjoy a traditional sauna, cooling bath, herbal steam, heated stone beds, body scrub, head massage to soothe your body and soul.

Every guest is entitled to a complimentary physical analysis by a licensed physiotherapist. They provide a broader perspective of wellness healing, holistic treatments help detox, weight loss, stress management, depression treatment, combat insomnia, or rebalancing energy. The long list of fitness activities like Muay Thai, Pilates, traditional yoga, personal training, water exercise, mountain biking, and beach sports will surely help active guests to improve stamina. 

In the hectic and demanding modern lifestyle, busy daily routines often lead to tension in the family. Amatara offers Family Wellness Program to allow parents and children to reconnect, create a deeper bonding, and be inspired to live a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. All in the family can make natural soap, herbal lip balm, healthy bento, and tons of activities together. Mind and Body Private classes like Family yoga, Thai boxing, Kid’s Aerobic, Aqua Power, and Inner Visualization for Kids are also available. 

For more information, visit their website or Facebook page

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Six Senses, Ko Samui | Six Senses Ko Samui

Six Senses, Ko Samui and Ko Yao Noi

From the food you eat to the way you sleep and the earth beneath your feet, wellness is integrated into the whole Six Senses experience. We aim to enhance every aspect of our guest’s experience no matter how long they stay so that immediate, real benefits are achieved. The Six Senses spas offer signature therapies, locally-inspired treatments, Alchemy Bar sessions (which invite guests to make their own essential oils, scrubs, and wraps), yoga, meditation, and consultations with in-house experts and Visiting Practitioners.

When it comes to eating, natural ingredients, local and sustainable are at the heart of food that’s good for you and the world around you. When it comes to sleep, handmade mattresses, organic bedding and linens, and dedicated Sleep programs underlie one of life’s most important but often overlooked elements of wellness; a good night’s rest!  The ultimate goal is to have guests leave feeling well, balanced, and mindful. Less stress, clearer thoughts, and more brainpower with positive intentions and appreciation techniques. This is at the root of all Six Senses wellness journeys.

For more information about Six Senses Ko Samui, visit their website or Facebook page.

For more information about Six Senses Ko Yao Noi, visit their website or Facebook page.

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Demonstration by Thai Fit Studio | Thai Fit Studio (@thaifitstudio)

Thai Fit Studio, Bangkok

Thai Fit Studio offers a revolutionary dancercise blending energetic step aerobics with the charm of Thai classical dance and Thai martial arts. Dancercise promises to ease tight muscles and make you focus more on your balance movement and posture. Thai Fit Studio makes sure that all dancing postures are designed under the supervision of qualified physiologists and sports scientists to maximize the benefit of every move. Enjoy Thai classical music and dance in the new light while pumping up your adrenaline, stretching, and embracing the dynamic movement of Thai dance. 

Dancercise could be customized for all ages with different movement capacities. Inspired by sophisticated traditional dance, Thai Myth Class is perfect for stretching and balancing. Blended beautifully with the upbeat music, Thai Folk Class is based on Thai folk dances from the various regions in Thailand. Inspired by the energetic and powerful Thai martial arts movements, the Thai Martial Arts class is dynamic and lively. 

Reconnect with traditional Thai culture while promoting a healthy, active lifestyle. For more information, visit their website or Facebook page

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Head Massage in a Sand Bath Tub | The One Sand Bath Spa (@theonesandbath)

The One Sand Bath Spa, Bangkok

Dip into the warm volcanic sand to loosen all of your stiff and aching muscles. Take pleasure in the benefits of the Japanese tradition of sand bathing at The One Sand Bath Spa in The One Residence Hotel, approximately a 20 minute drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. 

Using extra-large grains of volcanic sand from Japan, The One Sand Bath Spa offers relaxing treatment packed with a wealth of minerals from volcanic sand.

For more than 300 years, the Japanese used volcanic sand bathing to cure various illnesses and promote wellness. It’s medically proven that volcanic sand baths have many positive effects on the human body. The warm sand bath actively stimulates the heart and increases blood circulation. The treatment helps relieve musculoskeletal pain and stiffness while benefiting the skin and assisting the metabolism. The process of sweating in the heat detoxifies the body and purifies the skin. At the same time, the alkalinity of the mineral-rich volcanic sand amplifies the cleansing properties.

The 15 minutes sand bath is recommended to get the sweat glands flowing to expunge toxins from your body. The default temperature for the hot sand tub is 55 degrees Celsius, just like the therapeutic hot sand at Ibusuki in Japan. It is best to drink at least one glass of water before and after the treatment to keep you hydrated. 

After a facial massage and body scrub, a cold shower would make you feel as good as new. For more information, visit their Facebook page

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The Cabin Creeks | The Cabin Creeks

The Cabin Creeks, Chanthaburi

Let the sounds of the forest and the scent of the trees restore your mood, give back your vitality and energy. Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing emerged in Japan in the 1980s; however, the concept of nature plays a vital role in human health has been recognized in many cultures for centuries. 

Located in Chanthaburi, 248 kilometers east of Bangkok, the Cabin Creeks Homestay is in the bosom of nature. On a riverbank surrounded by tropical fruit orchards and dense woodland, you’re cut off from the modern world. 

Leave your cameras and phones behind and stroll through the woods. Connect with nature through your senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Listen to the singing birds, look at the different shades of greens, and feel the warm sunlight through the branches. Take deep breaths to savor the tastes of the fresh air and let the breeze kiss your cheeks. Touch the trunk of the tree, feel the softness of the earth, and dip your fingers in steam. Open all your senses to bridge the gap between you and the natural world and release your sense of joy. For more information, visit their website

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Jirung Health Village, Mae-Rim| Jirung Health Village

Jirung Health Village, Mae-Rim

Nestled on 28 lush acres in northern Thailand, Jirung Health Village offers the perfect getaway from stressful city life. Located in Mae-Rim, a 30-minutes drive from the Chiang Mai airport, this calm oasis is nature-oriented, surrounded by trees,  a mountainous scenery, and a lovely lake.

The wellness program at Jirung Health Village is designed to ‘fortify your inner self’ with energy purification. The ‘Mind Oasis Program’ cleanses mental toxins and negative emotions through relaxing treatments, body and mind detoxification techniques, exercise, and mind programming techniques. 

Jirung offers a variety of  wellness packages, including tai chi, Thai yoga, and Vipassana meditation. They also create custom health-treatment programs based on each individual’s physical, mental, and emotional needs.

For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.

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Chiva-Som Resort | Chiva-Som International Resort (@chivasomresort)

Chiva-Som, Hua Hin

Located in the famous resort town Hua Hin, less than 200 kilometers south of Bangkok, Chiva-Som is a pioneer and legendary luxury spa destination. Focusing on a holistic approach to a healthy mind, body, and spirit, Chiva-Som’s philosophy is based on providing proven transformational methods that work towards optimal health and wellbeing. 

Pure relaxation or a lifestyle transformation, Chiva-Som Health and Wellness Advisors will guide you through the treatments and activities to map out your wellness journey. The treatment programs are founded upon six wellness modalities:

Spa, Fitness, Physiotherapy, Holistic Health, Nutrition, and Aesthetic Beauty, offering empowerment and goal fulfillment.

Select treatment of your choice from the daily menu on each day of your retreat, including Thai Massage, Chiva-Som Massage, Invigorating Massage, Relaxing Foot Massage, Oriental Scalp Massage, and Chiva-Som Skin Haven Body Polish.

Forget strict diets and enjoy Chiva-Som’s award-winning Wellness Cuisine, a beautiful combination of flavor, nutrition, and presentation. The menu offers numerous choices, including meat, fish, vegetarian dishes, and desserts.

For more information, visit their website or Facebook page

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Onsen @ Moncham, Chiang Mai | Onsen @ Moncham (@onsenatmocham)

Onsen @ Moncham, Chiang Mai

Located one hour away from Chiang Mai International Airport, Onsen @ Moncham is excellent for a short break and a perfect sanctuary for a mental escape.

Nestled among a rolling green landscape in the valley of Mae Rim, Onsen @ Moncham is well known for its Japanese-inspired onsen (hot spring). Since ancient times, the Japanese believed that bathing cleanses both body and soul. Japan’s “soaking culture” includes cleansing down to one’s soul rather than merely washing away surface dirt.

The phrase isshūkan hitomeguri (one-week visit) was established 400–500 years ago in Japan. It refers to the essential timeframe for hot spring therapy to treat some illnesses and to promote wellbeing.

The effect of hot spring bathing is to stimulate autonomic nerves and the body’s lymphatic system. Various minerals penetrate the body, promoting hormone secretion. 

Soaking in a thermal bath raises your body temperature, enlarges the arteries, and increases blood flow bringing more oxygen to the brain. 

While soaking in the hot spring, negative feelings are melting away. Enveloped in the thermal bath gives us a beautiful combination of isolation, silence, and comfort. Hot Spring bathing relaxes muscles and reduces stress hormones like cortisol, which prepares you for better sleep. 

Onsen @ Moncham is a fantastic place to strip off your clothes and enjoy the plunge. Visit their website or their Facebook page for more information.

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Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort | @ocaminhodamontanha

Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort, Chiang Mai

A 45-minute drive from Chiang Mai Airport, Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort is the place to start a journey of learning, wellbeing, and discovery under Taoism philosophy.

Learn all about Qigong, a traditional Chinese mind-body-spirit practice from world-renown Qigong Master Mantak Chia, who was named Qigong Master of the Year in 1990 and 2012 by the International Congress of Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong. Master Mantak Chia created the Universal Healing Tao (UHT), which is rooted in the ancient healing traditions of Taoism from China.  

Integrating posture, movement, breathing, self-massage, sound, and focused intent, Qigong opens the flow of energy in meridians used in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. The slow, gentle movements warm tendons, ligaments, and muscles; tonify vital organs and connective tissue; and promote the circulation of body fluids like blood, synovial, and lymph. 

The Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort offers healthy eating according to the Chinese five elements theory using home-grown organic ingredients. A variety of physical exercises like Qigong morning exercise, Inner Smile, Taoyin evening exercise, Six Healing Sound, and specific massage techniques purify the body and soul.

For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.

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SUP Yoga in Phuket | Skyla’s Surf & SUP Club (@surffupphuket)

SUP Yoga

Combining the sport of stand-up paddleboarding with yoga postures, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga takes you outside of the gym. It lets you be one with nature while posing your yoga asana. SUP yoga allows you to practice the asana on the open water in the most serene of settings like an ocean bay, a glassy lake, and a slow-moving river.

SUP yoga is an enjoyable practice with some serious benefits. Doing yoga on a surface that is continuously in motion makes you use your core muscles. It also requires a different quality of focus not only when you do the poses but also when you are transitioning between them. On the calmest water, a little movement can shift the board a few inches forward, so micromovement is needed. With high waves, the relaxing Downward-Facing Dog could feel like you’re riding a bucking bull.

While doing yoga on the paddleboard, you can enjoy the sunlight and the breeze. Feel the water, hear the bird, and the sound of the wave lapping your paddleboard. SUP yoga is a reminder that doing yoga is not about the perfection of the postures but “to be present” and “to let go.”

For more information about SUP Station Thailand in Pathum Thani, visit their Facebook page

For more information about ISUP Samui, visit their website.

For more information about SUP TAO Stand Up Paddle Boarding Ko Tao, visit their Facebook page

For more information about Skyla’s Surf & SUP Club in Phuket, visit their Facebook page

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Massage at Kamalaya | Kamalaya Ko Samui

Kamalaya, Ko Samui

Located on the tropical island of Ko Samui, Kamalaya is one of the multi-award-winning wellness retreats in Thailand. Overlooking the pristine coastline and islands, Kamalaya has been offering a holistic wellness experience that integrates healing therapies from East and West. A breathtakingly beautiful natural environment, inspiring healthy cuisine, and customized wellness programs and retreats await all weary souls.

Kamalaya offers more than just beauty treatments. It transcends the usual spa experience to provide opportunities for self-discovery and life enhancement through diverse traditions of healing and holistic lifestyle concepts. Kamalaya’s flexible and humanistic approach aims at accommodating each guest’s personal goals. Whether it is a tranquil healing hideaway or participating in a structured wellness program or inspiring retreat, Kamalaya takes a unique approach to complete wellbeing and the guest’s personal fulfillment. 

Kamalaya’s wellness programs include solutions for detox, stress and burn-out, optimal fitness, healthy lifestyle, weight control, sleep enhancement, emotional balance, and Yoga. The guest could expect life-changing experience through a holistic and healing retreat. The holistic resort offers healthy-inspired cuisine at Soma restaurant and Amrita café.

For more information, visit their website

Other Wellness Retreats in Thailand

From pampering spas to relaxing yoga sessions outdoors, there are a lot of health and wellness retreats in Thailand. Even though we highlighted a few wellness retreats, there are many more properties that have been recognized for their health and wellness programs.

To see other properties that have won Thailand Tourism Awards in Health & Wellness, click here.

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