Are you looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, lose a few kilos and get some much needed ‘head space’?
Nestled within in a beautiful private estate in the prestigious northeast of the lovely island of Koh Samui, in Thailand, The Palms Retreat is a bijou wellness destination that has attained a loyal following for its organic, all natural detox programme, designed to refresh and refocus guests and help them restore a semblance of balance in their busy lives..
Founded in 2015 by entrepreneur Susan Field, who, after spending 25 years in the sometimes stressful corporate world in Hong Kong, was looking for a new challenge. She came up with the core mandate of “It’s all about YOU”, creating a peaceful, affordable and comfortable retreat with fully inclusive packages based upon the cornerstones of provenance, integrity and local experiences. Her ultimate aim, she says, is to give guests the chance to fully focus on themselves during their stay, so they can cleanse and nurture mind and body.
The Palms Retreat partners with some of Thailand’s leading authorities on health and wellness initiatives, offering programmes that assists people to benefit whilst in the Retreat, and to take away with them to live a more harmonious, balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Set in a beautiful environment, with its abundance of gorgeous flowers and plants, Palms Retreat guests say they are ‘inspired’ – and most take their experiences home with them as they embark upon their own wellness journey.
“THE BEST & MOST AFFORDABLE DETOX FOR WEIGHT LOSS IN THAILAND 2016” *
by Barefoot Luxe, Asia’s wellness bible
According to Barefoot Luxe, The Palms Retreat is…
Both detox novices and those who have benefited from detoxing in the past. Many guests are overweight and have never tried a detox or wellness retreat before. They want something natural, easy-going, gentle, and non-intimidating to either help them lose weight or simply freshen up their system. Most want both!
This is where to go if you want to lose weight via natural detox. There are no colonics here. It’s all detox through natural herbal supplements, juices, and very light soups and salads. The daily rate includes all the detox meals and herbal nutritional supplements, daily fitness activities which include the daily morning beach walk or hill walk and stretching exercise, yoga, aqua aerobics, meditation, a daily massage, group health consultations with Amrita professionals, and airport transfers.
It’s a detox to lose weight so you don’t get much food here. Don’t be scared. The healthy nutrition-packed shakes, which you consume four times each day, are filling and you will not feel hungry!
And if you really need a bite to eat, manager Khun Air won’t let you suffer and will give you a boiled egg, or a little extra salad or fruit.
The Palms guests I spoke with say that if you comparison shop, you’ll realize the price here is amazing value for the entire package that you get. Comfortable, large individual cottages with a sizeable pool, personalized fitness classes and daily massage.
It’s easy and simple for first-time de-toxers who have never been on any kind of health retreat before, don’t exercise and are seriously overweight or just want to lose a few pounds. The objective is to lose weight here and they are strict about the dietary program.
With only 3 cottages clustered around a swimming pool, The Palms Retreat accommodates up to a maximum of 6 people, making the experience very private and personalized. Classes are small and more like personal training sessions where you get individual attention from the teachers, can ask questions and get guidance as and when you need it.
Most of the activities take place in the morning, leaving the afternoons free to take naps, go sightseeing around the island, hang out on the beach, and a plethora of other activities.
Details are in the informative Guest Directory which can be found in all rooms and in the Living Area.
The room rates start from THB 6,000 (around USD 170) per night depending on the room type and length of stay, with no hidden extra costs..
Barefoot Luxe, 2016
My sister and I stayed at the Palms Retreat Samui for 3 nights to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. We enjoyed everything - the delicious Amrita shakes and meals prepared by Aer, the aqua aerobics and yoga classes, and the rejuvenating daily massages. A perfect mix of relaxation and activity. The staff were caring, friendly and personable and made it a homely and stress-free experience. Thank you once again! We will come back again. *–
My partner and I spent 11 days at Palms after a family wedding in Thailand, hoping for a bit of a detox, some weight loss and a lot of relaxation. We got it all in spades!!
By far the best thing about Palms is Kuhn Aer and Kuhn Nam - their genuinely caring and friendly ways made us feel at home and truly welcome. Kuhn Aer's food is off the charts, it was my favourite part of each day, and she's very happy to share her recipes. Kuhn Nam's massage skills are peerless, especially as she learns your body. Their cheeky senses of humor had us laughing most days.
We have to also give a big thanks to Susan (for treating us like friends and not customers, also the puppies ;) ), Ronnie (best wake ups and tour), Marco (totally opened our world up to aqua aerobics and regularly kicked our butts), Greg (offered fascinating insights into the shakes) and Valerie (most relaxing yoga experience I've ever had). All of the people we met were so nice and thoughtful. They happily accommodated my multiple health issues, including food intolerances, back and knee issues, and never made me feel like I was too much trouble for it.
Palms isn't one of those regimented, strict retreats where they watch your every move, so if that's what you need I don't suggest it. If however you're looking for down time in a place that feels like home then this is the place for you! Ultimately you'll get out of it what you put in - we exercised every day, went for walks most days and were very strict on ourselves re the food and water. Our main goal of relaxation with some fitness was absolutely met, as was the weight loss. I lost 5kgs, my partner lost just under that, and we've kept it off in the weeks since then. We also made some friends along the way and we hope to see them in Oz soon!
I honestly cannot recommend this place enough. About half way through we dubbed it our favorite holiday ever. *–
If you would like to be cared for and get great results, then you have to go to The Palms Retreat. After 12 days it was very hard to leave! Everything was amazing. The manager, Tanoi has many years’ experience working in detox retreats and ensures your stay will be fabulous. Nothing was too much trouble. I had one meal per day which was so fresh and tasty. The fresh juices you have throughout the day do not leave you hungry and the weight fell off. The programme is excellent and keeps you busy until mid-afternoon. The yoga instructor, Ron, is a very genuine and caring person with a vast knowledge on health and you will love the routine he works with you on at your pace. I also loved the water aerobics with Marco. The beach is lovely and is 5 minutes’ walk away. The retreat itself is beautiful. Peaceful gardens brimming with birds etc. The villas are spacious and in excellent order. Of course the massage each day was a highlight too. Nothing like a good Thai massage. *
- Louise. Australia