Originally from Berlin, Germany. Jana came to Koh Samui in 2005 and encountered her first yoga class with Absolute Yoga, which formed a strong passion that propelled her on her yoga journey. Jana has a gentle approach to teaching and enabling her students to move in a rhythm that guides them mindfully with their breath. Every student is given room to nurture their body and mind in an atmosphere of safety and comfort, creating a state of balance and harmony.
Claire is originally from Singapore and took her first Ashtanga yoga class to relieve the work-related stress from her job as a private banker. Instantly, she fell in love with yoga and experienced enormous benefits on all levels. In 2003, Claire left her banking career and embarked on a teacher training course that started a whole new chapter in her life.
from Hong Kong, October 2017
"You’d get what you paid for!"
Everything came out as they advertised.
a traveler Iceland
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Absolute Sanctuary is a great place to stay at if you are considering a vacation to relax and rejuvenate and get your health on the right track. You can participate in yoga classes, Pilates or do your own workout at the small but fully equipped gym. The Love Kitchen provides a wide range of healthy choices. You can detox or just eat healthy. I loved Absolute Sanctuary and would definitely go there again.
a traveler United Kingdom
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I booked a modified detox course and additional days to allow myself time to really take advantage of all the good things I had done to my body and mind. The accommodation is fantastic and I was lucky to be upgraded to a wonderful room with huge bath and lounge area for my stay. The restaurant is outstanding, some of the best food I've eaten anywhere and given it was raw and all natural is amazing. Love restaurant really does rock. The juices and the pampering were another fantastic treat. Massages were excellent, the spa itself beautiful and the staff super friendly and skilled. The modified detox is less strict and doesn't have as many colonist and this suited me very well as I was new to detoxing. It was wonderfully quiet and largely when I was there female which I very much appreciated as the environment was non threatening and warm and as a solo traveler this was a great experience. I will be going back. If there is only one change to be made, it would be to have a slightly more receptive staff at reception and someone who can liaise between the spa, restaurant and other elements of the resort. I spoke with the staff about this and they were very receptive. Look forward to coming back.
hardiem75 New York
I travel a lot, and have never felt compelled to write a review of a hotel until now. I have stayed at Absolute Sanctuary several times, and it really is an absolute sanctuary. I go there (normally last minute) when I am feeling stressed, over tied and need to relax and detox. I also use it as a work vacation often when I need to focus on getting work done, as after a few days there, you are feeling great and very focused. The detox drinks are great and there is a wide selection of fruit and vegetable detox drinks, much better than others I have have tried in Koh Samui. The detox packages include massages (which are consistently good) and colonics, pilates and yoga. The staff are all very experienced and friendly and its always a relaxing experience.
The program is very flexible, you get to choose your schedule, and its perfect for someone like me who is wanting to do my own thing and not be forced into group activities like other places. Although I have always traveled there alone, it would be fine to bring a spouse or friend who isn't detoxing as there is a restaurant that serves delicious yet healthy meals. Additionally, the grounds are very spacious, so even when I have visited over peak time at Christmas it never feels crowded. Its not located on the beach, however the pool area is so lovely that this isn't an issue for me. In summary, I highly recommend Absolute Sanctuary, the whole experience is extremely good value for money compared to similar places in Asia and the US (that don't offer the same results) and I always return feeling refreshed and glowing and with a renewed zest for life.
I recently visited Absolute for a 7 day Be Fit program. After a stressful year of health issues, this was my get-away to relax, re-charge and kick-start my fitness journey.
The hotel itself is a little dated, but the rooms were spacious and clean, and were of a good size. I liked that there was no smoking, no drinking and no children. Although on my last 2 days, there was a screaming toddler staying at the hotel.
As a solo traveler, I enjoyed the quiet, although other guests were friendly and happy to have a chat, whilst also respecting your need to be alone.
Yoga and pilates teachers were very good and willingly accommodated my injury. One to one personal training with Will was good - a combination of gym, boxing and swimming (again to accommodate my injury).
The Love Kitchen food was amazing.
I thoroughly enjoyed my daily spa treatments.
Will definitely be returning.
gwendalee95 United Kingdom
I really do find the poor reviews about Absolute Sanctuary quite amazing and feel like these negative people stayed in a different hotel to me. I had never been on a health holiday before so was not sure what to expect. I went with a girlfriend whilst our husbands went trekking in Namibia. I am a seasoned traveler and ex British Airways Cabin Crew so have stayed in many hotels and resorts around the world.
I booked directly with the hotel by email, all my questions were answered promptly. We were picked up and everything from the moment of our arrival until we left was fantastic. The booking in staff could not have been more helpful, the staff in the restaurant were friendly and helpful. The domestic who cleaned our room was lovely. The girls in the Wellness Reception were helpful, accommodating, changed appointments for us easily. The management staff were on site all of the time and were keen to listen to how our holiday was going. We did the Pilates Reformer and Bok our instructor was amazing. I cannot fault any of the staff, they all made out stay wonderful. We had only been booked for a week, we went to the second hotel and actually returned back to the Sanctuary within 2 hours. They gave us our old room back and a lovely discount.
We met many women who were travelling on their own and they said how safe they felt. I liked the fact that we were away from the town as it made life much easier when detoxing as I was not tempted by the night life near the beach. One of the highlights of the hotel was the lovely lovely food. I am waiting for their new cook book to be published.
We met some people who return every year, because it is so relaxing and calming. The Pilates was amazing and I cannot wait to go back next year with my husband.
Whilst staying an American guest arrived who complained about everything. All of the staff went out of their way to accommodate her but whatever they did was not good enough. I feel that there are some sad people in this world who will never be happy or satisfied.
The only moan I would have is that there needs to be more plants and trees near to the pool area just to soften the concrete.
We did a week of Pilates Reformer and then a 6 day Detox. We used the gym, we did loads of yoga and I wish I was still there. Great value for money.