Discover The Healing Power of Nature at Kamalaya

November 9, 2022 by Perrie Hartz

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Tucked away on the southeast side of Thailand’s Koh Samui island, Kamalaya blends perfectly into its lush tropical surroundings. This award-winning wellness sanctuary and holistic spa resort is considered one of Asia’s top wellness retreats. The property was built around an ancient cave and blends perfectly into the steep verdant hillside, allowing for stunning sea views and convenient beach access. Since opening in November 2005, Kamalaya Koh Samui has been offering a holistic wellness experience that integrates healing therapies from both the East and West in a breathtakingly beautiful natural environment, complete with inspired healthy cuisine and customized wellness programs and retreats.

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At Kamalaya Koh Samui, the cuisine, service, environment and even the architecture are designed to support and enhance the wellness therapies and services offered to guests. The surrounding land itself is a powerful part of the journey, giving guests a direct experience of the truly healing power of nature.

At the heart of Kamalaya lies a centuries-old cave, once used by Buddhist monks as a place of meditative retreat. Guests are welcome to enter this sacred space for quiet reflection and meditation. Perched upon a 55-meter-high hillside, Kamalaya is nestled into the jungle and surrounded by verdant vegetation, ancient boulders, and cascading streams, overlooking an idyllic lagoon while sloping down towards a natural reef-protected beach.

Kamalaya offers guests two pools along with a gorgeous beach to energize or unwind. A 25-meter lap pool showcases panoramic views of the nearby islands, along with a steam cavern and cold plunge pool. Located just steps from the beach, Kamalaya’s leisure pool is uniquely intertwined with the natural lotus ponds, where turtles and Koi fish coexist peacefully. The pool also features signature marble steps with Buddhist motives and artistic elephant sculptures. For saltwater-loving guests, there is a 250-meter natural beach with sun loungers, a hammock and flat swing. Offshore, the beach is surrounded by coral reefs, resulting in incredibly still and peaceful waters. Complimentary paddle boards and kayaks are available to explore the sparkling lagoon and coastline.

Two Bedroom Beach Front Pool Villa | Photo Courtesy of Kamalaya

Kamalaya offers a range of accommodation options. The 76 rooms and villas, ranging from Hillside Rooms and elegant Suites to spacious Villas and private Pool Villas, are situated amidst ancient, granite boulders, calming water streams and tropical vegetation. Kamalaya’s luxurious Penthouse Pool Villa is perfect for those looking for more privacy, and comes equip with a private swimming pool and private living and dining room spaces.

Beach Front Pool Villa | Photo Courtesy of Kamalaya

Other impressive rooms include the Beach Front Pool Villa with unforgettable views of the sea. Asian textiles and carefully selected art pieces combine with modern amenities to create interiors that are chic, serene, and understated. Nature’s restorative presence is felt through semi-open bathrooms, outdoor terraces and balconies, expansive windows and captivating views overlooking the gardens or the beautiful Gulf of Thailand.

Yoga Pavillion | Photo Courtesy of Kamalaya

Kamalaya’s extensive wellness facilities include a yoga pavilion, fitness center, holistic spa, infrared saunas, herbal steam cavern, lap pools, hot/cold plunge pools, and an elixir bar. Holistic wellness services are at the core of the Kamalaya Koh Samui experience, where regular programs include medically-based detoxification programs and others to address issues ranging  from stress relief and burnout to weight management, sleep issues, and emotional imbalances.

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At Kamalaya, all aspects of health are interconnected; programs include vital contributions from Naturopaths, traditional Chinese Medicine doctors, Yoga teachers, fitness trainers, massage therapists, Meditation and Life Enhancement Mentors and other complementary health practitioners. Integrating the beauty of the surrounding environment into its design, the Wellness Sanctuary features open-air treatment spaces as well as deluxe air-conditioned suites.

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There are over 60 certified wellness professionals at Kamalaya, including naturopaths, doctors of Chinese medicine, western medical doctors, registered nurses, nutritionists, life transformation experts, Ayurvedic and Thai therapists, fitness specialists and yoga, meditation and pranayama teachers. Kamalaya offers 16 wellness programs that fall into five different categories including Healthy Lifestyle, Detox & Reset, Stress & Burnout, Cultivating Heart, Body & Spirit, and a Taste of Kamalaya programs that can be experienced over just three days.

Soma Restaurant | Photo Courtesy of Kamalaya

Kamalaya believes that nutrition is an integral part of the holistic healing journey. The healthy menus at Kamalaya are based on principles derived from the ancient healing traditions of China and India and use fresh, seasonal, and organic produce, avoiding processed foods, additives and preservatives altogether. Lunch is served poolside at Amrita Cafe, which serves fresh juices, salads, and vegetarian options, along with freshly grilled meats, poultry, and vegetables. Soma restaurant offers lunch and dinner and has spectacular views overlooking the coast, perfect for dining under the stars.

Tea Sharing | Photo Courtesy of Kamalaya

The Alchemy tea lounge serves a wide range of fresh juices, herbal infusions, and a wide range of teas, wines, and elixirs, all with panoramic views over the Gulf. A signature Detox Menu is also available, and offers a vegan, low inflammatory, low glycemic nutrition concept that was carefully designed to minimize toxic intake and facilitate healing and vibrant health. 

Arjan Cave | Photo Courtesy of Kamalaya

In ancient Sanskrit, Kamalaya translates to Lotus (Kamal) Realm (alaya), symbolizing the unfolding of the human spirit. Reconnecting to nature can be a sublimely life-changing experience, and Kamalaya is a place to feel relaxed, informal and heartwarmingly comfortable. The services and facilities are bound together by a welcoming community spirit and supported by the invigorating energies of nature, art, and healthy cuisine.

Wellness Programs:

  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Personal Yoga Synergy
  • Structure Revival 
  • Sleep Enhancement 
  • Ideal Weight
  • Detox & Reset
  • Enriched Gut
  • Stress & Burnout
  • Asian Bliss
  • Balance and Revitalize 
  • Relax & Renew
  • Cultivate Heart, Body, Mind, & Spirit
  • Emotional Harmony
  • Resilience & Community
  • Taste of Kamalaya (3 days)

Holistic Activities Schedule:

  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Qi Gong
  • Pranayama
  • Meditation
  • Pilates
  • Beach power walk

Kamalaya Registered Wellness Professionals:

  • Naturopaths 
  • Doctors of Chinese medicine
  • Western medical doctors, 
  • Registered nurses,
  • Nutritionists
  • Life transformation experts
  • Ayurvedic therapists 


Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa

102/9 Moo 3, Laem Set Road, Na-Muang

Koh Samui, Suratthani

84140, Thailand