a traveler Jordan
Stayed next door hotel but took the 10 days full fasting in Spa Resort. Massages,Yoga and meditation classes are included in the package. The resort is very old and needs a lot of renovation. The colema area is dirty. The staff are helpful and nice most of them don't speak English. The restaurant is very nice and offers tasty healthy menu. Very small pool. Very cheap for the service they offer.
I visited The Spa a few years back and was very impressed with the place, the food, the bungalows in the jungle etc... This time a stayed for a week and did a detox. Compared to about 5 years ago, I found the place was more run-down, especially the Spa Village a little up in the jungle. The Spa uses its kitchen as a asset, but we have had twice in a row wrong meals delivered because the staff taking the order doesn't understand English (kitchen in the Spa village), they couldn't even serve a bowl of white rice (only brown) although it was on the menu. All the menus are dirty and some have pages missing. The kitchen at the beach seems to be better run. Although the menu has some amazing healthy options, it didn't look to me it had really evolved over the years. If one claims to be a health resort, then perhaps keeping up with the latest trends wouldn't hurt. They only seem to use wheat flour, why not offering pasta and bread with spelt flour? Or any other alternative grain? That being said, most of the food we had (especially my husband who wasn't detoxing), was delicious, the brown fried with chicken was according to him the best he ever ate (he lived some years in Thailand so he knows about fried rice). On the detox: I've done a few detoxes before in another Health spa on Koh Phangan, both places have the same approach. Although my detox went well, I prefer the way the other spa does it. Here in Spa Resorts, they start you off by showing some old, badly made videos, you have to go and pick up your bucket for the colema yourself and prepare the whole procedure every day yourself as well (instead of having it prepared for you as in the other place), the staff at the detox counter isn't very friendly nor engaged (at least up in the village). I had 2 massages, which were average if I compare to quite a few massages I had in Thailand. I asked which oil they used and the lady didn't know!! Another lady then informed me it was olive oil, but it didn't smell like olive oil, I was disappointed they didn't use coconut oil. Another disappointment was that the beach was quite dirty, I couldn't bring myself to walk to the water. Why not engaging some of the staff to clean the beach each morning? With the massive pollution of our oceans it looks as sheer denial not to invest in our beaches! All by all, if you know what you want to get out of a stay in the Spa Resorts, it's surely not a bad place, but they could do really much better. It lacks a bit of creative energy and investment.
I originally stayed here in December 2007 and is was a great quiet health resort. Returning 8 years later, the island has been totally commercialized and this remote quaint resort is now surrounded by huge hotels. The noise from the traffic on the busy road can be heard from all the rooms, as well as the late bars music. What was a quaint health resort is now just a very cheap hotel, The pool area is sweet and it is convenient that it is right on the beach. The saving grace is the fabulous raw restaurant - for those who are still there for health treatments- which is the minority. The smell of cooked bacon is a massive turnoff during morning yoga when you are doing a juice cleanse. The staff are wonderfully friendly and try to accommodate you as much as possible. If you want a health spa on a very low budget and know what you are getting then it is fine. Otherwise, go elsewhere.
It was our final destination at Koh Samui, we booked small wooden cottage by the sea and it was very nice. Hotel has nice pool with sea view. Hotel is close to the city. Good location for the trips. Nice food. The price is very good.
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