This Easter, experience eight days / seven nights of pure relaxation, daily Hot yoga classes, nutritional workshops, and more at the luxurious Absolute Sanctuary - Thailand’s premier detox and yoga resort located on the beautiful island of Koh Samui. The first ever retreat took place at the sanctuary in 2013 - five years and 30+ retreats later and Hot Bikram Retreats is so happy to return to where it all started.
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Inspired by the stunning architecture of Morocco, Absolute Sanctuary boasts 38 luxurious rooms, each featuring vibrant yet soothing color themes, unique decorative details, and modern amenities to ensure that you never want for anything.
All of their elegantly spacious rooms feature comfortable beds and linens, en-suite bathrooms with stylish tiling, air conditioning and ceiling fan, desk, safe, TV, Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryers, bathrobes and slippers, telephone, and a terrace or balcony where you can relax and enjoy the view to the ocean.
They also provide a range of locally made organic bathroom amenities with which you can pamper yourself even more. There are two types of accommodation available. Super Rooms and Deluxe Suites. They all feature the above, in addition, the Deluxe Suites are larger in size and have a king size bed, as opposed to a queen size bed in the Superior Suites.
Deluxe Suites also feature a large bathtub and stunning ocean views. They can only accommodate single travelers or couples as there are no twin beds available. The superior rooms are perfect for sharing as they either feature twin beds or a queen size bed and partial ocean views in most rooms.
Should you book the shared accommodation option by yourself, you will be matched with another guest of the same gender and age range. Whichever accommodation option you chose you will for sure love your room.
The hotel will do its best to accommodate earlier arrivals/late departures where possible. Should your room not be ready yet you can always leave your luggage with the hotel and relax by the pool or grab a bite at the restaurant.
The week will be filled with daily Bikram yoga classes in a heated studio, advanced classes, workshops, and nutritional seminars by the amazing senior teacher, raw food nutritionist, and international speaker, Rowena Jayne.
Hot Bikram Retreats will also be offering additional aqua fitness and Pilates classes for those interested in trying something new. In addition, guests will experience some of the great local markets, swim in the crystal clear ocean, visit the stunning big Buddha landmark in Koh Samui, and head to the famous W Retreat for a cocktail night out.
The week is open to all levels and all classes are of course optional for everybody to attend. There will be enough time to also relax by the pool and book some great spa treatments if you wish.
All yoga classes are taking place in the beautiful heated studio overlooking the jungle, set right on the premises of the sanctuary - two minutes' walk from the rooms and pool. Sometimes you even get to see monkeys. The studio is equipped with heaters, mirrors, and wooden floors. All mats and towels are provided for each class. There are also changing rooms, lockers, showers, and toilets at the studio.
There will be one Bikram yoga class in the morning and one in most afternoons. In a few afternoons, there will also be advanced classes. During these times, additional yoga classes will also be available for beginners if you don’t feel like attending advanced classes.
In addition, there will be a mix of workshops around yoga postures / stretching / back bending exercises, aqua fit classes, and Pilates classes offered to those who would like to try something new or really want to get a full workout for the week. All classes are of course optional and no one is expected to attend all of them. Do as much or as little as you like during the week, it's your holiday.
As you are having the raw food specialist, published author, and advanced chef, Rowena with you for the week, you will also be offered two nutritional seminars focused on Ayurvedic meals and food preparation. Rowena published her first book a few years back and you will be delighted to learn from her firsthand. A lecture about superfoods combined with a raw food demonstration is also part of this week. Hot Bikram Retreats is super excited to have Rowena come back to teach during the week and give you an insight into nutrition.
On this retreat, you will have a half-day excursion to the big Buddha - Koh Samui’s amazing landmark and the waterfalls including a visit to the local market.
Anyone who has crossed paths with Rowena can not help but be infected by her bubbly personality and her great passion for health and wellness. Rowena continues to be inspired by the amazing potential we individually have. It is her personal mission to uplift you and make an outstanding contribution to the enhancement and transformation to your life through yoga, real food and healthy living. She is excited to embark on your journey together and looks forward to witnessing the incredible metamorphosis of your amazing life!
Absolute Sanctuary is a stunning, Moroccan-inspired boutique resort that is a haven to those seeking a journey back to balance, rejuvenation, and a healthy lifestyle. Here, they offer you more than the pleasures of an island paradise enjoyed in the comfort of modern facilities. It has won many awards for being Asia’s premier detox, spa and yoga destination.
The award-winning restaurant at the sanctuary will be the location for your daily brunches and most dinners. It boasts healthy, organic meals with most ingredients coming directly from the garden next door or are locally sourced.
Rich in vitamins and minerals all meals are buffet style and boast a selection of vegetarian, raw, vegan, and fish options. A couple of meat options are available too. Most meals are gluten and lactose-free and a mixture between Thai and western cuisine. Expect a minimum of eight different dishes ( a mixture of starters, mains, and desserts) at each meal so plenty for everyone to choose from. There are also always healthy raw pressed juices available with the meals.
The staff also cater for different dietary requirements so should you wish to have an all vegan or raw diet or have different allergies / food intolerances - that is no problem at all. Please just let Hot Bikram Retreats know on your booking form. During lunch time, Hot Bikram Retreats will also be providing a light, healthy snack made of fresh fruits and soups and salads. Previous guests have always raved about the amazing food at the sanctuary, so get excited and come see for yourself. Also - Koh Samui is very well known for being one of the main culinary destinations in Asia and boasts many fantastic restaurants with internationally renowned chefs, Hot Bikram Retreats would like to take the retreat participants on a journey to explore some of the fine foods and also street food Koh Samui has to offer. On the first night, you will be going out to an amazing dinner location as well.
The spa at the absolute sanctuary is highly recommended and boasts amazing massages, peelings, detox treatments, facials, and more. The retreat guests receive a twenty percent discount for all treatments. This retreat is perfect for anyone who wants to relax and deepen their practice in a luxurious environment while learning and experiencing the Thai culture and food.
Please book your flight to arrive at Samui Airport (USM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Hot Bikram Retreats will pick you up from the airport.
Koh Samui is reachable by plane. It’s a short one-hour flight from Bangkok with Bangkok Air or Thai Airways with over 13 flights a day. Other direct national destinations are Phuket and Chiang Mai. There are also international direct daily flights from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur.
There is the option to go directly to Koh Samui by road / overnight bus and ferry, Hot Bikram Retreats only suggest this if you have some spare time as the trip takes at least 10 - 12 hours from Bangkok. Send Hot Bikram Retreats an inquiry for further info if you plan to take this option.
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