Famed as one of Thailand’s ultimate destinations for relaxing and unwinding, Koh Samui has an abundance of top-notch spas and health resorts.
As you’ll be so spoilt for choice, we’ve compiled a list of the island’s top seven spas to ease you into your holiday.
These places offer everything from traditional Thai massages to body scrubs, facials and reflexology treatments. Other options to enhance your wellbeing include yoga and meditation sessions, as well as alternative therapies like Reiki. Sit back, relax and delve into our favourite spas on the island.
Samui Ridgeway Private Estate and Spa
Samui Ridgeway offers panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand. It’s an exclusive hilltop estate near Taling Ngam, which overlooks coconut plantations – and it allows you to stay in a private villa and make use of first-class wellbeing facilities.
The estate features a full spa with a gym, a sauna, a steam room, a five-person Jacuzzi and a huge infinity pool. In addition to an on-site chef, you’ll have access to a bartender and spa therapists.
A range of exclusive treatments are available, while visiting practitioners include a nutritionist and a chiropractor. Here you can also experience raw food classes, yoga and stress management classes, as well as detox treatments and meditation sessions.
Enjoy all the perks of a luxurious five-star hotel in the comfort of your own private villa, whilst being just five minutes’ drive from superb beaches and excellent restaurants.
Ban Sabai Big Buddha Retreat and Spa
Inspired by ancient Thai rituals and ingredients, the spa offers private herbal aromatherapy steam rooms.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with a range of relaxing rituals including classic Thai massages, hot stone treatments and Shirodhara, an Ayurvedic therapy that sees warm liquids like coconut oil being poured over the forehead. If you have more time to spare, why not relax and recharge your batteries with a detoxifying body wrap, scrub or facial?
Set on a tropical hillside grove on the edge of a forest that’s filled with giant granite boulders and natural water features, it offers a herbal steam cave, a collection of natural rock pools, private massage pavilions, a yoga sala, and a café.
Based around the belief that humans are intrinsically linked to nature, the spa puts environmental conservation and sustainability front and centre. The aim here is to preserve and protect the environment whilst allowing visitors a natural yet luxurious experience.
The unique treatments at Tamarind Springs are inspired by ancient Middle Eastern traditions and philosophies. You’ll find healing massages a plenty, plus acupressure, ‘the Ingham Method’ (a European reflexology technique), and lymphatic drainage procedures.
Be sure to check out their signature treatment, the “Twice as Nice Prakop”. Aromatic and nurturing, this healing Thai massage sees wrapped, steaming herbs applied along the energy lines of the body in order to relieve aches and energise muscles.
The Spa Resorts
The award-winning Spa Resort’s aim is to promote a lifestyle which encompasses health, wellbeing and mindful living.
Dip into the comprehensive list of treatments, which includes traditional Thai massages, reflexology and aloe vera body wraps.
If you’re in the mood for some serious indulgence, why not opt for ‘The Works’, a three-hour spa package which focuses on treating every area of the body? Alternative therapies such as Reiki are also available.
The onsite Radiance Restaurant offers vegetarian, vegan and raw food to ensure you come away feeling thoroughly looked after.
Complimentary meditation sessions are held here every day between 7.30–8.30am, which is perfect if you’re looking to add a deeper element of relaxation to your trip.
You can also take a yoga class or attend a traditional Japanese-style tea ceremony – these take place every Thursday afternoon and are ideal for anyone who wants to meet up with like-minded people. Stay in a luxury villa in Lamai and really make the most of a replenishing stay.
Peace Tropical Spa
Located just a few minutes from Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village and adjacent to Bophut beach, the Peace Tropical Spa offers everything from Swedish massages to hot stone treatments and hydrating facials.
The Indian Head Massage here is dubbed a ‘massage for the mind’, with therapists using warm coconut oil to ease tension and melt away your worries.
If you’re looking for something a little bit different, an entire menu of inviting body scrubs awaits you, including ones scented with coconut and green apple. Alternatively, soothe that sunburn with an aloe vera body wrap.
Each therapist specialises in a different massage technique, which means you will be in the best of hands – and are sure to leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort
This award-winning nine-acre retreat has received worldwide acclaim. Kamalaya sits atop a hill and is surrounded by natural springs, vibrant bougainvillaea and giant banana trees. As a bonus, it also has views over the palm-fringed sands of Laem Sett.
Once a spiritual retreat for monks, it is now a tranquil oasis where you can soak up tropical surroundings and soothing sea views.
‘Kamalaya’ stands for the growth and unfolding of the human spirit and the spa combines authentic, ancient healing traditions with contemporary therapies and facilities.
Stand-out features at this Koh Samui spa include a steam cavern, ambient plunge pools used for hydrotherapy and an extensive spa menu offering Thai massages, lymphatic drainage and acupuncture. There’s also Reiki, yoga, tai chi, pilates, meditation and personal mentoring.