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15 Days Christmas and New Year's Yoga Retreat in Thailand

Integrated Fitness and Yoga Holiday Koh Samui

Head on an exciting yoga retreat while celebrating the holiday! Suitable for all levels, this yoga retreat offers daily yoga sessions, breath work practices, and Restorative yoga among others. You will be able to have fun with others while improving your yoga practice. A special group outing to the natural wonders of Koh Samui and musical performances from guest performers will make your stay more memorable. Come and enjoy a Christmas yoga holiday in Thailand!

Retreat highlights

  • Led yoga or Mysore classes
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Restorative yoga and breath work
  • Magical flute music, concerts, tea ceremonies, and ecstatic dance
  • Buffet gala dinner and celebration on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve
  • Visit natural wonders of Koh Samui or its neighboring islands
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Brunches

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

14 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The rooms are perfect for quiet contemplation and relaxation, as well as for catching up on work or email while enjoying the tropical breeze. Samahita Retreat's eco-friendly buildings make use of cross ventilation, natural lighting, rainwater harvesting, and solar power. They have rooms for couples and singles, as well as loft-style accommodations that are ideal for families or two people sharing. Regardless of which room you stay in, the yoga shala, restaurant, lounge, swimming pool, and beach are only a minute away.

Private room

Approximately 35 square meters of personal space, which includes a private balcony. The room has a queen-size bed with individual reading lamps and personal built-in shelf space at the headboard. Also included is a large writing desk (2.5 meters), bookshelves, storage cabinet that can be locked and can accommodate large laptops, hot-water kettle, medium-size fridge, built-in wardrobe with sufficient space for luggage, ceiling fans, and air conditioning. Fully equipped bathroom with large shower area and room for clothes hanging and drying.

Semi-private room

Opening in July 2013, guests can enjoy approximately 25 square meters of personal space, including a private balcony. Room features include a queen-size bed with individual reading lamps, writing desk, bookshelves, lockable storage cabinet, hot-water kettle, medium-size fridge, built-in wardrobe, ceiling fans, and air conditioning.

The bedroom section of these rooms is private and includes a dedicated entrance as well as direct access to a fully furnished bathroom, which is shared between two rooms. The reservations team will arrange bookings so people of the same sex are in these room types, unless they are friends and request otherwise.

Shared two-bedroom loft

Approximately 50 square meters of personal space, which includes a private balcony. The room is split-level with a loft. Each bedroom has its own private space. There is a fully equipped bathroom shared by both bedrooms. Some of these rooms are equipped with an outdoor rain shower. Each bedroom has a queen-size bed with individual reading lamps and a personal built-in shelf space at the headboard.

Also included are a large writing desk, bookshelves, and storage cabinet that can be locked and can accommodate even large laptops, a hot-water kettle, and a medium-size refrigerator. The loft also has two wardrobes with sufficient space for luggage, two ceiling fans, and air conditioning. The reservations team will arrange bookings so people of the same sex are in these room types, unless they are friends and request otherwise.

Room amenities

  • 100% natural non bleach cotton sheets and towels
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Hair dryer
  • Hot water kettle
  • iPod ready alarm clock
  • Personal locker drawer suitable for laptops and other personal effects
  • Private balcony
  • Queen size bed
  • Refrigerator
  • Sea view private balcony
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • Writing desk

Samahita Retreat Yoga Holiday Thailand Program

In this fitness and yoga retreat, Paul and his team will share in the task of teaching and guiding all guests across the range of yoga practices, core strength work, and cycle classes. Yoga and its techniques cover a number of practices that include sitting meditation forms, focused breath work that develops into a pranayama practice, and the physical yoga practice of asana.

In addition, as in the YogaCoreCycle program, Samahita Retreat incorporates core strength sessions and cycle workouts. The aim is for you to experience and practice yoga across its spectrum, taking care of the mental and emotional side to the different aspects of the physical. Every morning involves sitting and breath work practices. This serves as a platform for all other activities.

The physical yoga asana practice will be offered on a number of levels that includes experienced self-practice, guided Vinyasa classes, explorative asana classes, and Restorative afternoon sessions. Weaved into this schedule are different core classes in the morning and afternoon. Samahita Retreat will alternate the cycle classes between silent-sunrise classes to mid-afternoon fun-cycle classes.

As is the case at Samahita, you are free to attend all sessions or choose those that are working for you on a particular day. The intention is for you to feel uplifted and clear in what to practice by the time you end the retreat.

On the first week (December 23 to December 30, 2016), Samahita will place an emphasis on asana practice in the workshops, with more on the philosophy by the second week (December 30, 2016 to January 6, 2017), apt for an understanding to contemplate closing the old year and opening the new, with both weeks focused on the breath. Keeping things fluid, Paul will still entertain questions on all subjects over the different weeks.

There will be a Christmas Eve celebration with special gourmet feast and performances and fundraiser for the local charities. On New Year’s Eve, there will be a special ceremony to acknowledge 2016 and welcome in 2017 as well as a feast and performances.

The special ceremony will help you close and heal the past year, setting the energy and intention for the year coming with an impetus to follow through on it. The rest of your time will be a nice break from all the crazy holiday happenings and commercial onslaught.

Musical performances and celebrations

In addition to yoga practice and optional fitness, this year’s Christmas and New Year’s retreats will be infused with magical flute music, concerts, tea ceremonies, and ecstatic dance, featuring two international guest musicians, Bibi McGill and Raghavendran Rajasekaran, collaborating in kirtans while leading their own unique performances.

Daily schedule

Friday - December 23, 2016

  • 17:00 Arrival and group welcome

Saturday - December 24, 2016

  • 06:45 Silent cycle
  • 07:30 Sit and breath
  • 09:00 Led or Mysore yoga
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 16:00 Free time
  • 17:00 Restore and sit

Sunday - December 25, 2016

  • 07:30 Sit and breath
  • 09:00 Led or Mysore yoga
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 16:00 Question and answer session
  • 17:00 Restore and sit

Monday - December 26, 2016

  • 06:45 Silent cycle
  • 07:30 Sit and breath
  • 09:00 Led or Mysore yoga
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 16:00 Core cycle
  • 17:00 Restore and sit

Tuesday - December 27, 2016

  • 07:30 Sit and breath
  • 09:00 YCC led or Mysore yoga
  • 09:45 Core+ cycle
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 16:00 Questions and answers session
  • 17:00 Restore and sit

Wednesday - December 28, 2016

  • 06:45 Silent cycle
  • 07:30 Sit and breath
  • 09:00 Led or Mysore yoga
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 16:00 Core cycle
  • 17:00 Restore and sit

Thursday - December 29, 2016

  • 07:30 Sit and breath
  • 09:00 YCC led or Mysore yoga
  • 09:45 Core+ cycle
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 16:00 Questions and answers session
  • 17:00 Restore and sit

Friday - December 30, 2016

  • 12:00 Check out and departure or continuing of the retreat for New Year's week

Attending this retreat qualifies for Yoga Alliance continuing education hours.

Included excursions

There will be special group excursion during the week to some of the natural wonders of Koh Samui or its neighboring islands.


Paul Dallaghan
Kaivalyadhama (Yoga)
One of Paul's main gifts is to be able to relate the teachings in a very down-to-earth way for the modern seeker. He does not take life or yoga too seriously and as a result, the discussions and philosophical sessions are lively and humorous, helping to explain the meaning behind the practices and philosophy.

Retreat location

Samahita Retreat is located on the south coast of Koh Samui, a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand that still has long stretches of pristine beaches and unspoiled land. The ideal setting for Thailand holiday packages, it is only about an hour away from Bangkok by air, an hour plus from Singapore, and three hours from Hong Kong. Koh Samui has the allure of a remote island paradise, but with the accessibility of the regions most popular destinations.

Situated on Laem Sor Beach, Samahita Retreat is surrounded by towering coconut trees in a quiet and spacious area with incredible sunrises and sunsets that play with the colors of the water, sand, and tropical fauna. Only a few hundred meters away is the well-known Laem Sor Pagoda, which houses the remains of Leung Poo Daeng, a realized monk.

The only other structures in the area are villas privately owned. As such, Samahita's beach is private and virtually undisturbed, creating a beautiful, peaceful setting for you to enjoy your Thailand yoga holiday and chosen wellness packages.

The main shopping areas are still within easy reach, about fifteen to thirty minutes away by car or motorbike. Samahita Retreats gentle setting inspires long, refreshing walks on the beach or through the meandering back roads.

Samahita Retreat is 45 minutes away from Koh Samui Airport (USM) and taxi drivers will know how to get to Laem Sor. Directional road signs will also guide you to Samahita Retreat as you begin to approach.

Nearby places

  • Bangkok - 1 hour
  • Koh Samui Airport (USM) - 45 minutes



  • Health club
  • Massage
  • Night club nearby
  • Sauna
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Garden
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio


  • Baby sitting
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Child care
  • Free bottled water
  • Free WiFi / Computer
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Shop
  • Shop nearby


You have included in the price daily brunches and the buffet gala dinner and celebration on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Samahita Retreat serves mainly vegetarian food with fish dishes three or four days a week.

Eggs are available to order and are included in the brunch offering every day. Please order them at the juice bar on the days you would like to have some. For those that do not take fish or eggs, there is always an alternative protein option available. Milk is available as well as home-made rice and soy milk.

If you are allergic to certain foods, please notify Samahita Retreat with details. You can also inform the kitchen or wellness staff upon arrival. The kitchen staff can make special meals for you. Samahita Retreat can accommodate vegan and raw-food diets. Every single menu served at the buffet is detailed on the black board just outside the dining hall. On it, you will find clearly noted symbols stating if the dish is vegan, contains wheat or eggs and other information.

Samahita Retreat has self-service herbal tea (ginger, lime, and mint) in the Sattva Dining restaurant from 07:00 to 13:00, and then again at dinner time from 18:00 to 20:00. Coffee is also available in the restaurant from 07:00 to 13:00. If you prefer, you can order espressos, cappuccinos, and so on at the juice bar, which will be added to your room bill.

Things to do (optional)

Add-on programs

Samahita Retreat has taken all the elements of the programs and tailored them to fit and support your fixed date group yoga retreat or teacher training. You can choose from the detox, de-stress, weight loss, or wellness spa programs, giving you the chance to enjoy massages, coaching sessions, and various detoxifying treatments.

Combine your retreat with a health or wellness spa add-on program to make the most out of your stay. You are invited you to enjoy rejuvenating massage and treatments at an exclusive rate. Enjoy a 10% discount on the add-on program of your choice.

Beaches and towns

For deep swimming, beaches on the north and east of Samui have less reef protection, with Chaweng’s powdery sands drawing in vast crowds of tourists from around the globe. A hub of shopping, nightlife, and entertainment, this bustling metropolis feels like a million miles from the tranquility of Samahita Retreat’s quiet beach. Silver Beach near Lamai is still reminiscent of old Samui with a few family run resorts and restaurants and is a favorite for swimming beach with the locals.

Children’s activities

With over 1,000 feet of bouncy castles, tunnels, slides, and swings, children under eight can burn off steam at Fairways, the islands first soft play center while parents relax in the coffee shop downstairs. It costs 100 THB per child and is open seven days a week.

Children and adults also can get up close and personal with a range of tropical birds and animals at Paradise Park Farm. High on the mountain of KhaoPom with panoramic views of the ocean and tropical jungle, there’s also a playground, infinity swimming pool, and restaurant.

Nearby attractions

As well as being a tropical haven of beaches, five star hotels, and spas, Koh Samui has a rich Buddhist heritage and is home to many active temples. Only a five minute walk from Samahita Retreat is the Laem Sor Pagoda. With its shining golden tiles and peaceful atmosphere next to the mangroves and the ocean, you can also visit the remains of Leung Poo Daeng, a realized monk and climb up to the Khao Chedi, high on the mountain with breathtaking views.

Wat Kunaram is home to the preserved body of the revered Lung Padaeng, known as the mummified monk as he is still sitting in the meditation position over 20 years after his death. The most iconic Buddha statue on Samui is Wat Phra Yai, or Big Buddha temple not far from the airport, where you can climb the steps up to see the large majestic Buddha. Only a short drive from the retreat center is Wat Ban Plai Leam where you will find is a large selection of intricately designed temples.


To discover authentic Thai food not far from Samahita, you can take a taxi ride to Nuch Green Talay in the fishing village of Tong Krut for delicious curries, seafood, and friendly service. For lunch with a view, there is nowhere more magical than the Jungle Club, with tasty food served in bamboo salas on the mountainside overlooking the ocean.

Shopping destinations

For holiday trinkets and gifts, visit the peaceful and traditional port town of Nathon, or the busier bustle of Lamai. The island’s largest tourist hub is Chaweng which is home to miles of stalls and stands selling everything from carved elephants to buckets and spades. Feel free to barter and be aware that many of the clothes and handbags are counterfeit. For beautiful high quality hand crafted Buddha statues from Thailand and Burma, visit Double Dutch next to Big Buddha temple.


Join an organized tour from Samahita and the long tail boats (with shade) will collect you right in front of the shala and whisk you off to the peaceful tropical islands of Koh Matsum and Koh Tan for snorkeling and relaxing. Enjoy the stunning islands of the Anthong Marine National Park on a fun packed day trip, made famous by Alex Garland as the setting for his novel, ‘The Beach’.

You can swim, snorkel, and visit the park headquarters on a beautiful white beach and climb to the view point for a breath-taking panorama, before lunch and a visit to the emerald lake. Discover the best dive sites in the region with the award winning 100 Degrees East Samui Dive Team on board their 35 feet dive speed boat.

See the sights of Samui with Mr. Ung’s full day magical jungle safari. From temples to waterfalls, monkey shows to traditional rubber tapping, these highly professional and experienced guides will show you the best of the island from their iconic four-by-four jeeps.

For those interested in learning more about Thailand’s martial art, Muay Thai, visit the Muay Thai camp in Lamai. And if you’re a lover not a fighter and you want to see some Thai dancing, it is available at many of the islands hotels and restaurants. However, the fine dining and romantic atmosphere at Zazen in Bophut is a lovely setting to enjoy this beloved art form.

Spa treatments

Relax and enjoy a range of wellness spa add-on program, designed to nourish body and soul. Choose from a range of massage, beauty treatments, and detoxifying therapies to compliment your time with Samahita Retreat. The three-day simple spa package costs 4,770 THB. The five-day program costs 7,560 THB, and the seven-day program is 10,530 THB. You are recommended to book in advance, as much preparation work is required and the space is limited.

What's included

  • 1 excursion to natural wonders of Koh Samui or its neighboring islands
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Buffet gala dinners on Christmas and New Year's eve
  • Daily brunches
  • Daily yoga sessions and breath work
  • Herbal steam room
  • Magical flute music, concerts, tea ceremonies, and ecstatic dance
  • Mineral drinking water
  • Salt water swimming pool
  • Service charge
  • VAT government tax
  • Wi-Fi internet

What's not included

  • Additional activities and services
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Driving directions from Koh Samui

  • From the Koh Samui ring road 4169, take road 4173 at the Namuang waterfall intersection
  • Follow the road for three kilometers until the four-way intersection at Ban Thale and then turn right on to road 4170 towards Laem Sor Pagoda or Thong Krut
  • Continue for approximately one kilometer, and then turn left where you see signs for Mor Din restaurant, Easytime resort, and Samahita Retreat (fawn colored back- light sign)
  • After 700 meters, you will arrive at the end of the road on the beach and the location of Samahita Retreat. The reception is right on the beach while the guest accommodations are on the opposite of the beach

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Samui Airport (USM). Transfer to and from the airport is available upon request.

Arrival by train and ferry

Bangkok to Samui

Trains for Surathani (which actually stop in Phun Phin, 14 kilometers west of Surathani) leave from Bangkok's Hualamphong station. The 6.20 p.m. (rapid) and the 7.15 p.m. (express) trains are most convenient, as they arrive at 5.28 a.m. and 7 a.m., allowing you plenty of time to catch an 8 a.m. boat to Koh Samui.

The bus or ferry journey will be an additional three hours once you've arrived in Surathani. Songserm offers a joint ticket (train + bus + boat) for around 1,300 THB, which lands you in Koh Samui by 11 a.m.

The ferry journey from Donsak pier is one hour and a half. Donsak is 30 minutes from Surathani.

Tickets for the train can be booked at Bangkok Airport, Bangkok Railway Station, and many travel agencies in Bangkok.

To purchase your train tickets in advance, Asia Discover Thailand can arrange for the tickets to be mailed or to be picked up at your Bangkok hotel. Allow at least one month before your departure date to arrange for train tickets.

Samui to Bangkok

Take the 2 p.m. boat from Nathon to the mainland, and a connecting bus will take you from the pier to the train station in Surathani.

Tickets purchased from agents in Samui normally include the boat, bus, and train fares. The ticket is cheaper if you go to the station yourself, but there is a good chance the train will be fully booked as much as a week in advance.

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