The retreat is set in a quiet location fronting on to a beach with views across the sea. The accommodation is simple, modern and clean with airco and fan. There were a variety of different yoga courses going on, some with larger groups, some with smaller. Although the ashanti yoga was quite strenuous (at least for a novice) the small size of our group meant each participant got a lot of attention from the teachers all of whom were very good and helpful. The food was fine, although it did start to get a bit monotonous after a few days; as another commentator noted, however, it is possible to order other dishes from the à la carte menu, which I did and these were very good. There are a variety of treatments available but these seemed to get booked up quickly so I'd recommend reserving early on in the stay. All staff were courteous, helpful and friendly.
It is possible to hire a scooter or car at the Yoga Retreat to tour the island. Depending on one's tastes, however, one whizz round the island might suffice: the focus appears to be on self-contained villa/resort complexes which are sprouting like mushrooms along the coastline. Otherwise, the main tourist attractions all seem to involve maltreatment of animals (monkey show, tiger show, cobra show, sea lion show etc.) details of which are, surprisingly, to be found in brochures on display at the Yoga Thailand reception. Not quite sure how that fits in with Buddhist thinking...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Samahita Retreat, the lifestyle retreat center for yoga, fitness and detox, was established in 2003 on the island of Koh Samui, and has been called by many a "hidden gem" located on the quiet beach of Bang Kao. Owned and directed by Master yogi, educator and researcher, Paul Dallaghan, our yoga and wellness retreat center has been a location for practice, learning and holiday for literally tens of thousands of guests from all walks of life over the years. Being the original Yoga Thailand, our center has grown and developed over the years and now encompasses a wellness center as well as its traditional yoga offerings. The name Samahita is translated from Sanskrit as "centered" or "balanced". To find balance is key - in daily habits, in weight management, in dealing with stress.. Samahita Retreat's clear and dedicated purpose is 'to provide both the tools to work on yourself through specific practices and dedicated programs as well as the environment within to learn, change and renew. Choose from Fixed-date programs such as group yoga retreats or trainings or Flexi-date programs such as the integrated yoga & fitness YogaCoreCycle, health focused programs: detox, de-stress or weight loss. This all inclusive beach resort features 40 rooms suited for single travelers, couples and families. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samahita Yoga Thailand Retreat Hotel Koh Samui
- Samahita Retreat Ko Samui/Taling Ngam, Asia