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Samahita Retreat is a premier lifestyle centre for yoga, detox and fitness.

Samahita Retreat is a premier lifestyle centre for yoga, detox and fitness.Samahita Retreat is set right on the long, unspoilt and tranquil beach of Laem Sor, on the south coast of Koh Samui. It’s nestled in a quiet and secluded area, well away from any crowds, busy roads or hedonistic activity. Surrounded by coconut trees and tropical wildlife, it is still close to markets and cultural attractions such as waterfalls and temples, for you to discover at your leisure.


Samahita provides a genuine oasis of yoga and wellness. It’s a calm and eco-friendly retreat, where you can relax and practice a holistic approach to rejuvenating your mind, body and spirit. This dedicated yoga centre provides you with all the right tools to support you in your goals, whatever they may be, to help you grow and transform your health. Integral to their philosophy is a daily program of activities which incorporate meditation, different yoga techniques, fitness, cardio and balanced nutrition.


The morning program begins at 7:00 am four days a week, with half an hour of quiet indoor cycling in the air-conditioned Cycle Shala using top of the range Schwinn Carbon Blue bikes. An instructor will help you to adjust and understand the bikes and then guide you through a moderate program of different paces and positions, aimed at waking you and your body up for the day and improving cardio fitness. At 7.30 am, every day except Saturday, there is 40 minutes of guided meditation and breath work at the Beach Shala, (8:00 am on Saturdays). You can then choose between a Mysore style Ashtanga yoga class in the beautiful teak-wood hall, or stay at the Beach Shala for foundation work on your core, developing and strengthening your abdominals. This flows into a guided Vinyasa yoga class which finishes at 9.45 am.


Just in time for the brunch buffet served from 9.30 am until 1:00 pm, with a mouth-watering selection of healthy choices. Choose from eggs, done any way you want, granola, muesli, fruit, yoghurt, regular milk, soya milk, waffles, gorgeous healthy bread, salad and accompaniments, coconut rice porridge with raisins. Later on, more lunch suitable items emerge such as pumpkin soup, stir fried vegetables and fresh spring rolls. There is no meat, but always a fish dish. Everything is cooked with no sugar and no unhealthy fat or additives. A blackboard shows each and every menu choice with a key to show which foods are spicy or vegan, contain dairy, Samahita Retreat is a premier lifestyle centre for yoga, detox and fitness.gluten, nuts, soy and so on. If you have an allergy or intolerance, it is easy to know which foods to avoid.


From 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm is relaxation time. You can take a stroll along the amazingly unspoilt stretch of coastline, sunbathe on the beach or around the pool, go for a swim, practice your own yoga or fitness, take a massage or therapy treatment, visit the shop which sells everything from yoga mats and clothing to health supplements or head off on an adventure and explore the island and its attractions.


If you are feeling peckish in the afternoon, fruit and juice are provided from 3.00 pm until 3.30 pm. And don’t forget to fill up your water bottle during the day. There are many water stations available as well as a fresh electrolyte drink made from lemon juice with a hint of salt and a roselle juice (made from hibiscus flowers with no sugar added), to keep you hydrated during the day.


At 4:00 pm every day except Wednesday (4.30pm) and Saturday, the program starts again with core strengthening exercises, followed by ‘fun cycle’ to music in the Cycle Shala. At 5:00 pm a restorative yoga, breath work and meditation class begins, a perfect way to end a relaxing afternoon in paradise. Follow that by steaming out any lingering toxins in your body with a session in the herbal steam room.


A dinner buffet is set up from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, with more amazing dishes from which to choose. Tea and coffee are available at both buffets, with the addition of fresh ginger, mint and lime to add to your hot drinks. Meal times can also be social times at Samahita retreat. Whether you are alone or with friends or family, join a table with other guests. There are some really interesting people to meet and many stories to hear and to share. Many are repeat visitors who come back time and time again. Everyone is here for different reasons and seeking different things. You may learn some interesting facts or titbits when you engage with your fellow retreaters. If you would rather stay alone in order to think, meditate and reflect there are many quiet spaces where you can take your meals or just sit and find stillness and peace.


From 8:00 pm until 8.30 pm there is an optional self-practice meditation session in the hall, and from 9.30 pm all the facilities close for the evening. During the week, there are a few trips organised such as a boat ride including snorkelling and outings to the walking street markets, where you can peruse and purchase some locally crafted gifts, knick-knacks and street food. If you fancy watching a movie or an informative video, there are a number of DVD’s available for you to watch, and Monday is ‘movie night’.Samahita Retreat is a premier lifestyle centre for yoga, detox and fitness.


Each of the 40 rooms will cocoon you in a sanctuary of tranquillity. There are no televisions to distract you, so they are perfect for reflection and enjoying the natural scenery around you. Everything at the retreat is eco-friendly, all rooms use natural lighting, solar power and cross ventilation, alongside air conditioning if you need it. The queensize bed and 100% natural cotton sheets and towels allow you to really relax and have a great night’s sleep. So you are always ready every morning to attend the first class of the day. Make the most of your private balcony, some of which look out over the ocean with stunning views.


Whether you want to start or develop your meditation or yoga practice, detox, de-stress or simply relax and enjoy good nutritious food and pampering with the numerous massage choices available in the spa, Samahita Retreat offers you unique programmes to address your individual wellness needs. With a dedicated wellness director, a nurse and a team of highly knowledgeable therapists using modern technology alongside ancient Ayurveda techniques, you will begin to heal and re-energise, feeling refreshed and renewed. Reconnect the mind and body as you enjoy a luxury wellness holiday at Samahita Retreat.


Whatever your reasons for considering a wellness retreat, visit Samahita for a few days or a few weeks and you will leave feeling calm and peaceful with a spring in your step and an overall feeling of being somehow restored to a younger more vibrant mode!


 Karan Ladd


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