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Indigo Pearl, Phuket

It’s not often health and indulgence go hand-in-hand, which is why Indigo Pearl’s Art of Sleep promotion is one we’re eyeing up for our next vacay.

We all love lazing around on holiday, but Indigo Pearl have cranked it up a notch, with an eight day, seven night package for two which includes early check-in and late-check out, daily in-suite sparkling Chandon breakfast — available whenever you wish to awaken from your slumber– a 60 minute couple’s spa treatment in the resort’s Coqoon Nest, a daily 30 minute evening stress relief massage for two, a pillow menu and aromatic oils and a selection of in-suite books, magazines and DVDs

The Art of Sleep package is available from now until December 25, 2014. It includes 8 days and 7 nights in one of Indigo Pearl’s suites for two guests from THB 49,500.

Indigo Pearl, Tambol Sakhu, 116 Moo 1, Thalang, Phuket, www.indigo-pearl.com

Chiva Som, Hua Hin


Chiva Som isn’t just any dreamy beach-side resort. Think health retreats in Thailand, and Chiva Som is bound to be pretty high on the list. This health-focused resort places your health as its top priority.


The resort has a team of consulting doctors, naturopaths, fitness instructors, spa therapists, nutritionists and alternative health practitioners who make it possible to offer packages which can focus on fitness, looking younger, reducing stress, losing weight, yoga or healing.


Chiva Som also offer one of the most renowned spa cuisines in the world with a philosophy that healthy food should be easy-to-make — so there’s not excuse not to continue your healthy lifestyle at home — and delicious, too.

Chiva Som, 73/4 Petchkasem Road Hua Hin, Cha-am, www.chivasom.com


Kamalaya, Koh Samui

This detox resort and holistic spa is a favourite of celebrities hoping to spring clean their bodies and minds. As well as packages for detoxing, stress, weight loss, Kamalaya also offers tailor-made packages to suit your specific needs which you can co-create with the resort’s naturopaths.


Kamalaya is also famous for its frequent visits from visiting practitioners. Upcoming highlights include myofascial release with Liam Harkness and abstract colour therapy with Trudy Tozer.

Kamalaya, 102/9 Moo 3, Laem Set Road, Na-Muang, Koh Samui, www.kamalaya.com


Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui

Fans of the Absolute Yoga and Absolute Pilates studios in Bangkok would do well to make their next holiday a health-conscious one in Koh Samui.

The beautiful resort offers yoga, Pilates — including reformer Pilates, spa and detox packages as well as anti-stress and weight loss programmes.


There are just 38 rooms in this Moroccan-style resort, meaning it’s a very private spot to get your wellness on and to turn your focus inwards — although the beautiful pool is a nice distraction if that gets too intense.

Absolute Sanctuary, 88 Moo 5, Koh Samui, www.absolutesanctuary.com


Amanpuri, Phuket

One of Phuket’s best kept secrets, Amanpuri is known for its incredible food and outstanding spa.


The location, among a coconut plantation gives the resort exactly the kind of secluded feel you’d want from a wellness retreat in Thailand.


The Aman Spa offers six spacious Thai-style treatment pavilions each with a private steam room, shower, bath, dressing area and outdoor meditation sala. Alternatively, treatments can be taken in the privacy of guest pavilions or villas.

As well as the spa, guests can enjoy yoga, reformer Pilates, scuba diving and golf on the beautiful island of Phuket.


Amanpuri, Pansea Beach, Phuket, www.amanresorts.com


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