The multi-award-winning holistic resort is one of Asia’s top wellness retreats with the most repeat bookings. If it’s your first time, try to book at least five or seven nights if you can. It takes one to two days before you start to relax and get used to the slower pace of life. The property is built into a steep verdant hillside, and guests also have access to the beach.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are spent overlooking lush treetops, and yoga at the pavilion is particularly breathtaking if you manage to get a spot in the front row. Treatments at the spa can be enjoyed throughout the entire day. Opt for an evening appointment and ask for the treatment room in the corner, built out on stilts. Nothing is as relaxing as being worked on to the soothing sound of nature and a breathtaking sunset.
The food at Kamalaya is deliciously fresh and healthy without being dull. The menu offers a mix between continental and Asian (organic where possible), and many guests come for the vegetarian detox program. Fresh juices are readily available, and wheatgrass shots are many guests’ favorite breakfast tonic. If you haven’t signed up for a detox or a wellness retreat, fret not. There are also dishes that include fish, chicken and lamb, and there is coffee and wine available.
Kamalaya offers a range of wellness programs around Detox, Stress & Burnout, Yoga, Emotional Balance, Ideal Weight, Optimal Fitness and Sleep Enhancement. Adjust the intensity of your program and opt for something tailor-made. You can focus on specific healing modalities, such as Naturopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine or Ayurveda, and with the help of experienced practitioners you can customize a wellness program that is specifically suited to your needs.
Hillside Rooms from US$200 per night. Sea View Suites from US$350. A 3-night Introduction to Detox starts at US$1,700 in a single Hillside Room.
WHAT WE LOVE
- The property was built around a monk’s cave, which used to be a place of meditation for Buddhist monks.
- The spa facilities here are excellent. Spend at least a day getting pampered with massages or private sessions with practitioners and opt for plunge pools and the steam cavern in-between.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
- You don’t necessarily have to be on a detox to enjoy Kamalaya. The food can be as healthy as you want it to be. Even though the vegetarian menu is quite vast, there are also seafood, poultry and lamb dishes. Wine and coffee is available too.
- It’s not the best place to bring your kids. Children below 16 are not allowed in the wellness centre or its facilities.
75 Rooms and Villas (including Hillside Rooms, Sea View Suites, Pool Villas and more)
There are two swimming pools (a lap pool and a leisure pool).
The extensive facilities include a yoga pavilion, a yoga sala, a fitness centre, a holistic spa, far infrared saunas, a herbal steam cavern, plunge pools, and an elixir bar.
TRAVEL IN STYLE
In the wellness area, many people walk around in the sarong you get at the spa. Relaxed resort chic in the evening at dinner.
WHEN YOU SHOULD GO
The best time to visit is from late December – August. Avoid monsoon season from September – November.