I have written for a magazine called Expat Ladies in Bangkok now for almost a year. We have just enjoyed a long weekend in Thailand in celebration of the Queen’s birthday and Mother’s Day and I was lucky enough to be invited by the Kamalaya to stay with them on behalf of the magazine.
Kamalaya means “Lotus Realm” and is symbolic for unfolding life’s potential. The resort is the baby of Karina and John Stewart. The couple met and fell in love in India and decided to open a spa there. John visited Koh Samui with the purpose of sourcing a herb that grows naturally on the island. Whilst there, he saw the Monks Cave, which now forms the heart of the Kamalaya, and knew this was the right place for their sanctuary and spa.
I won’t pull any punches. Quite frankly the resort is amazing and nothing is too much trouble for the staff. The grounds of the resort were green and lush, and whilst some of the pathways were a little steep, there were plenty of golf buggies running around, ready to offer a ride. There are two natural swimming pools, and there were plenty of miniature waterfalls dotted around. I find the sound of running water incredibly tranquil.
I stayed in a sea view villa that was far bigger than my condo in Bangkok. The villa was such a haven: from oil burners to candles, to relaxing music, to pyjamas to a pillow menu. When I came back from my evening meal, someone had been in to turn my bed down, leave a flower on my pillow and light all of my candles. It was lovely to walk into.
As you can see from my photos the design of the room was all very rustic and natural using lovely neutral colours and actual stone. One of the many philosophies of the spa is that nature promotes healing, hence the use of such natural materials in the aesthetics.
As I have mentioned already, the Kamalaya is a wellness centre and sanctuary. It is far more than just your average spa however, which I will feature in my next blog post, but the ethos of rest, relaxation and well being is proactively promoted by the resort. One hour’s complimentary wifi is offered, but the Kamalaya ask that guests restrict mobile phones in their rooms. At first my heart skipped a beat at the thought of not being able to check Facebook, Twitter and what’s app as and when I wanted, but then I realised a weekend predominantly without my phone was exactly what I needed.
Even better, the staff who didn’t know I was a writer visiting from Bangkok, were extremely impressed with my (newly learned and still fairly basic but improving) Thai – chalk one up for Anna!
Whilst always enjoying treatments, I have never until now fully appreciated the benefits of a spa holiday. I had no idea how tired and mentally drained I was until I arrived here. The whole trip was so peaceful and relaxing and even after just 3 days I felt like a new person.
There is certainly a reason the Kamalaya has won so many awards for the seven years it has been open.
102/9 Moo 3, Laem Set Road, Na-Muang, Koh Samui, Tel +66 77 429 800, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kamalaya.com