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Cleanse your body and calm your mind with a personalized yoga and detox program that takes your needs, goals and preferences into account and balances them with professional expertise to provide you with the perfect detoxing experience. For certain body types or high levels of toxicity, a strong fast would not be advised, but rather a supported approach. For others with a slower metabolism and experience in detoxing, a fasting-oriented approach may suit them. The detox and yoga program takes all these facts into account, providing the perfect starting point for a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
The rooms at Samahita Retreat are perfect for quiet contemplation and relaxation, as well as for catching up on work or emailing while enjoying the tropical breeze. The eco-friendly buildings make use of cross-ventilation, natural lighting, rainwater harvesting and solar power. There is a selection of rooms for couples and singles, as well as loft-style accommodations that are ideal for families or two people sharing. Regardless of which room you stay in, the yoga shala, restaurant, lounge, swimming pool and beach are only a minute away.
Enjoy approximately 50 square meters of personal space, which includes a private balcony. The room is split-level with a loft. Each bedroom has its own private space. There is a fully equipped bathroom shared by both bedrooms. Some of these rooms are equipped with an outdoor rain shower. Each bedroom has a queen-size bed with individual reading lamps and a personal built-in shelf space at the headboard. Also included are a large writing desk, bookshelves and storage cabinet that can be locked and can accommodate even large laptops, a hot-water kettle and a medium-size refrigerator. The loft also has two wardrobes with sufficient space for luggage, two ceiling fans and air conditioning.
Just opened in July 2013, guests can enjoy approximately 25 square meters of personal space, including a private balcony. Room features include a queen-size bed with individual reading lamps, a writing desk, bookshelves, lockable storage cabinet, hot-water kettle, medium-size fridge, built-in wardrobe, ceiling fans and air conditioning. The bedroom section of these rooms is private and includes a dedicated entrance as well as direct access to a fully furnished bathroom, which is shared between two rooms.
Make yourself comfortable in approximately 35 square meters of personal space, which includes a private balcony. The room has a queen-size bed with individual reading lamps and personal built-in shelf space at the headboard. Also included is a large writing desk (2.5 m), bookshelves, storage cabinet that can be locked and can accommodate large laptops, hot-water kettle, a medium-size fridge, a built-in wardrobe with sufficient space for luggage, ceiling fans and air conditioning. The room also has a fully equipped bathroom with a large shower area and a space for clothes hanging and drying.
Samahitas YogaCoreCycle program has been conceived by Paul Dallaghan (founder), based on over 20 years of experience in the world of yoga, health and fitness. YogaCoreCycle divides the sessions into focused areas for body, breath, and mind.
Dedicated Yoga sessions involve meditation and breath work followed by foundational and grounding yoga pose classes. Core; combines functional fitness, core and strength work with TRXs, Bosus, stability balls, Uggis and more to work all muscle groups of the body in a unique fitness combo. Dynamic Cycle classes combine fun, music and cardio in a high intensity sea-view work out.
The combined focus and effort serves to highlight mental and physical stability, strength training, balance, agility, weight loss and cardio in one fully integrated health and fitness program.
Life gives us the choice to work on ourselves or to neglect our wellbeing and if we choose to take care of our health, we can to do so with guidance and helpful information. Due to modern diets and lifestyles, our bodies contain toxins and waste that have accumulated over many years. On many levels we may not even be aware of it. It may not yet be chronic. At the same time, we dont feel whole, we know our bodies are not functioning as well as they should and we may even feel a lack of energy and fatigue. We need to redress this situation. We need to clean out, refresh and revitalize. Not just physically, but on all levels of our being, both psychological and spiritual. Our body may function better but we also feel more connected, upbeat and we gain a greater capacity for peace of mind. Needless to say, this does not come cheap. It requires some effort, some sacrifice and a lot of commitment. This is what a detox program is all about and it is the aim of the yoga and detox program at Samahita Retreat to facilitate this process for you.
In this retreat, detox is approached from a holistic point of view. The program is informed by ancient Ayurvedic wisdom, along with modern nutrition and physiology. A specially developed Ayurvedic herbal formula is employed to help detoxify the bodys tissues and to remove wastes from the liver. In addition to this, you will benefit from daily yoga practices and breath work, far infrared sauna therapy, body treatments and a restriction on your diet so that you can focus more on cleansing and alkalizing through juices, foods and water.
The program comes from the combination of science and direct personal experience. It is professionally administered in an environment of care and love. The detox process can pose challenges as well as tremendous shifts and benefits. You will be supported in all aspects of your journey toward greater health.
Everyone these days should benefit from a detox. We are barraged with toxins from our foods and environment throughout our lives and a detox is a chance to reverse some of the damage that has been done, as well as to kick start new, healthy habits, heal diseases and generally to feel more radiant, energized and full about life.
Aside from the general cleansing needed in our world today, a detox program can also kick-start the healing process of many diseases, such as: skin problems, digestive problems, mood swings, insomnia, depression, anxiety, stress and more.
Each participant has the choice, though it is recommended, to add the optional liver and gallbladder flush towards the end of the detox program. This flush significantly aids the detoxification process. The liver flush helps prevent gall stones, lowers cholesterol levels in the blood, can reduce referred pains from the liver or gall bladder (e.g. shoulder pains), reduces and prevents liver-related headaches and migraines (i.e. those associated with nausea), helps with food allergies, helps in weight reduction, constipation and improves vitality levels.
Detox works by putting healthy, alkaline foods into the body, which wake up the sleeping waste matter and toxins in the body. Once the toxins are released, they must be eliminated from the body. So the saying goes that a detox is 50% what you put in, 50% what comes out. Thus, elimination is very important during a detox. %If a detox program does not include elimination techniques, it is in reality just more of a low-calorie diet - which serves an entirely different purpose! The daily detox support meeting with the professional team provides you the opportunity to adjust your program as needed; the team will always be standing by to support you.
In todays competitive health market, an abundance of detox opportunities present themselves. They may all sound enticing, so how do you choose from the plethora of detox programs and centers on offer? To help you make the right decision, here are some key arguments in favor of this detox and yoga retreat and why it stands apart from other offers:
The detox programs is born from the personal experience and in-depth research into both ancient Ayurvedic techniques and modern physiology and nutrition
The special Ayurvedic herbal detox formula, which is at the heart of the detox program, is responsible both for initiating and supporting the detoxification process
The detox program supports you nutritionally, with a balance of detox herbs and supplements, fresh juices and superfoods to promote the alkalizing process.The program addresses both Phase I and Phase II of the detoxification process, so that the body can safely release all the toxins dislodged in the initial stages rather than storing them in the liver
The organizers have researched and selected the finest technology to assist you in your detoxification process: the colon hydrotherapy equipment and far infrared sauna have been chosen to offer you a very comfortable, safe and hygienic experience. All of the therapists and nurses are highly trained and skilled, assuring you of an excellent treatment experience
You are offered a genuine personal approach to the detox program, as the organizers live the life that they offer you at Sahamita Retreat
All that you need to complete a full detox program is included in your package plus the detox welcome kit, so that when you arrive there are no hidden extra costs
You will live in a well-respected, world-class yoga and wellness retreat center situated on an exceptionally beautiful and tranquil beachfront setting
You will benefit from expert yoga tuition in asana and yogic breath work, cleansing techniques and lifestyle
The environment is energetically charged not only from the exquisite natural surroundings, but also from the staffs care and nurturing, which creates a healing atmosphere conducive to your growth and development
Manuel Molina de la Torre
Manuel has been involved with nutrition, organic food, vegan and vegetarian food for the last few years, working and collaborating as a cook with yoga retreats in Europe. He believes that the combination of a healthy diet and yoga practice are great tools for reaching one's full potential as human beings
Arielle Nash – Degagne
Combined with a committed regular practice, Arielle's education has enabled her to apply knowledge on yoga as therapy, the science of pranayama, and rebuilding faulty biomechanics into her yoga teaching, guiding practitioners toward a better understanding of their physicality. As a course presenter, she has the ability to explain complex information in an interesting, practical and easy-to-understand format.
Amy’s teaching encompasses both the maturity and playful expression that comes from being a mother, teacher and practitioner. She lives her life immersed in raising children, teaching and the biggest practice of all; learning how to live yoga. finding balance and joy through all of life's many adventures. She teaches with great energy, passion and laughter, inspired by the grace that comes from being present to life in all its myriad of form
Tracy is passionate about helping people to re-ignite their vibrancy, radiant health and well-being through nutrition, yoga and mind-body holistic therapies. She believes in daily practice to evolve greater self-awareness, love and acceptance.
Samahita Retreat is located on the south coast of Koh Samui, a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand that still has long stretches of pristine beaches and unspoiled land. The ideal setting for Thailand holiday packages, it is only about an hour away from Bangkok by air, an hour plus from Singapore and three hours from Hong Kong. Koh Samui has the allure of a remote island paradise, but with the accessibility of the regions most popular destinations.
Situated on Laem Sor beach, Samahita Retreat is surrounded by towering coconut trees in a quiet and spacious area with incredible sunrises and sunsets that play with the colors of the water, sand and tropical fauna. Only a few hundred meters away is the well-known Laem Sor Pagoda, which houses the remains of Leung Poo Daeng, a realized monk. The only other structures in the area are villas privately owned. As such, the beach is private and virtually undisturbed, creating a beautiful, peaceful setting for you to enjoy your Thailand weight loss and yoga retreat. The main shopping areas are within easy reach, about fifteen to thirty minutes away by car or motorbike. Samahita Retreats gentle setting inspires long, refreshing walks on the beach or through the meandering back roads.
The retreat is 45 minutes away from Koh Samui airport and taxi drivers will know how to get to Laem Sor. Directional road signs will also guide you to Samahita Retreat as you begin to approach. Nonetheless, it is recommended that you book a taxi pickup with the organizer, just to be sure.
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On the retreat you will be served mainly vegetarian food. The organizer serves fish 3 or 4 days a week and eggs a few times during the week at breakfast. For those that do not take fish or eggs, there is always an alternative food option. Samahita Retreat does not serve any other type of meat products. They have self-service tea and coffee near the juice bar. You can help yourself any time to tea and coffee, along with sugar, milk or soy milk.
If you prefer, the organizer can order an espresso or cappuccino at the juice bar though this is a billed item.
For those who want to venture out from Samahita, there are many attractions, restaurants and places of beauty which guests have enjoyed over the years.
As well as being a tropical haven of beaches, five star hotels and spas, Samui has a rich Buddhist heritage and is home to many active temples. Only a five minute walk from Samahita Retreat is the Laem Sor Pagoda. With its shining golden tiles and peaceful atmosphere next to the mangroves and the ocean, you can also visit the remains of Leung Poo Daeng, a realized monk, and climb up to the Khao Chedi, a stupa high on the mountain with breathtaking views.
Wat Kunaram is home to the preserved body of the revered Lung Padaeng, known as the Mummified Monk, as he is still sitting in the meditation position more than 20 years after his death. The most iconic Buddha statue on Samui is Wat Phra Yai, or Big Buddha temple, not far from the airport, where you can climb the steps up to see the large majestic Buddha. Only a short drive from here is Wat Ban Plai Leam, where you will find is a large selection of intricately designed temples.
For deep swimming beaches, the north and east of Samui have less reef protection with Chawengs powdery sands drawing in vast crowds of tourists from around the globe. A hub of shopping, nightlife and entertainment, this bustling metropolis feels like a million miles from the tranquility of Samahita Retreats quiet beach. Silver Beach near Lamai is still reminiscent of old Samui with a few family-run resorts and restaurants and is a favorite swimming beach for the locals.
For holiday trinkets and gifts, visit the peaceful and traditional port town of Nathon or the busier bustle of Lamai. The islands largest tourist hub is Chaweng, which is home to miles of stalls and stands selling everything from carved elephants to buckets and spades. Feel free to barter and be aware that many of the clothes and handbags are counterfeited - hence the low prices. From 17:00 until late on certain days, the towns close off one street to traffic creating the Walking Street. These colorful market events combine delicious hawker food, fun shopping, live music and performance:
Thursday - Maenam
Friday - Bophut fisherman's village
Saturday - Nathon
Sunday - Lamai
For beautiful, high-quality hand crafted Buddha statues from Thailand and Burma, visit Double Dutch next to the Big Buddha Temple.
To discover authentic Thai food not far from Samahita, take a taxi to Nuch Green Talay in the fishing village of Tong Krut for delicious curries, seafood and friendly service. For lunch with a view, there is nowhere more magical than The Jungle Club with tasty food served in bamboo salas on the mountainside overlooking the ocean.
Villa Chocolat is only a five minute drive from Samahita, home to ballet classes for adults and children, as well as a tea room serving handmade Belgian truffles cakes and coffee. For a later night and more raucous affair head to Chawengs infamous Soi Green Mango, any time after 21:00. This is Samuis party capital, home to sound, sweet soul and a host of lively bars and clubs (not for the faint hearted!). Chawengs warm-up bars include the beachfront Ark Bar and the street side Solo or the friendly Australian-themed Bondai Bar.
Join an organized tour from Samahita and the long tail boats (with shade) will collect you right in front of the shala and whisk you off to the peaceful tropical islands of Koh Matsum and Koh Tan for snorkeling and relaxing. Enjoy the stunning islands of the Anthong Marine National Park on a fun-packed day trip, made famous by Alex Garland as the setting for his novel The Beach. Visitors can swim, snorkel and visit the park headquarters on a beautiful white beach and climb to the viewpoint for a breathtaking panorama before lunch, as well as pay a visit to the emerald lake.
Discover the best dive sites in the region with the award-winning 100 degrees east Samui dive team on board their 35 feet dive speed boat. See the sights of Samui with Mr. Ungs full day Magical Jungle Safari. From temples to waterfalls, monkey shows to traditional rubber tapping, these highly professional and experienced guides will show you the best of the island from their iconic 4x4 jeeps. For those interested in learning more about Thailands martial art, visit the Muay Thai camp in Lamai. If you are a lover not a fighter and you want to see some Thai dancing, it is available at many of the islands hotels and restaurants, however the fine dining and romantic atmosphere at Zazen in Bophut is a lovely setting to enjoy this beloved art form.
You will arrive at Samui International Airport (USM).
Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways fly directly to Koh Samui from Bangkok. They operate daily flights every hour and you can book your flights directly online. The first flight out is around 06:00 and the last flight is around 21:00. The one-way price is around 4000 THB. Travel time is approximately one hour from Bangkok. There are direct also flights from Phuket, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Hong Kong.
Bangkok to Samui
Trains for Surathani (which actually stop in Phun Phin, 14 kilometers west of Surathani) leave from Bangkoks Hualamphong station. The 18:20 (rapid) and the 19:15 (express) trains are most convenient, as they arrive at 05:28 and 07:00, allowing you plenty of time to catch a 08:00 boat to Koh Samui.
The bus/ferry journey will be an additional three hours once youve arrived in Surathani. Songserm offers a joint ticket (train + bus + boat) for around 1,300 THB, which lands you in Koh Samui by 11:00.
The ferry journey from Donsak pier is one and a half hours long. Donsak is 30 minutes from Surathani.
Tickets for the train can be booked at Bangkok Airport, Bangkok Railway Station and many travel agencies in Bangkok.
To purchase your train tickets in advance, Asia Discover Thailand can arrange for the tickets to be mailed or to be picked up at your Bangkok hotel. Allow at least one month before your departure date to arrange for train tickets.
Samui to Bangkok
Take the 14:00 boat from Nathon to the mainland, and a connecting bus will take you from the pier to the train station in Surathani.
Tickets purchased from agents in Samui normally include the boat, bus and train fares. The ticket is cheaper if you go to the station yourself, but there is a good chance the train will be fully booked as much as a week in advance.