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Samahita Retreat provides both the tools to work on yourself through specific practices and dedicated programs as well as the environment within to learn, change and renew. This is a personal mission and one we are committed to share with you.
Samahita Retreat has a respected reputation in offering classical yoga practices and their philosophy through pranayama (breath), asana (body postures), vinyasa (breath and movement) and meditative techniques. Classical yoga embodies the wisdom of the Yoga Sutra and the practices of hatha, rooted in the original teachings but practical and accessible for a demanding life today.
Our wellness center offers a complete approach to well-being, one that takes into account physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental aspects of one's health. We offer several personalized and guided Detox, Healthy Weight and De-Stress programs, for either the first timer stepping into healthy approaches or one already in yoga and health to take your practice a step further while transforming your body and mind.
Our rooms are perfect for quiet contemplation and relaxation, as well as for catching up on work or email while enjoying the tropical breeze. Our eco-friendly buildings make use of cross ventilation, natural lighting, rainwater harvesting, and solar power. We 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.
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.
Just opened last 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, a 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.
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 m), 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.
Samahitas YogaCoreCycle program has been conceived by Paul Dallaghan (founder), based on over 20 years of experience in the world of yoga, health and fitness. YogaCoreCycle divides the sessions into focused areas for body, breath, and mind.
Dedicated Yoga sessions involve meditation and breath work followed by foundational and grounding yoga pose classes. Core; combines functional fitness, core and strength work with TRXs, Bosus, stability balls, Uggis and more to work all muscle groups of the body in a unique fitness combo. Dynamic Cycle classes combine fun, music and cardio in a high intensity sea-view work out.
The combined focus and effort serves to highlight mental and physical stability, strength training, balance, agility, weight loss and cardio in one fully integrated health and fitness program.
Besides having yoga sessions every day, in this program you will also get skin treatments. They are designed to rejuvenate your face, hands, and nails to leave your skin clean, fresh, and revitalized.
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, our 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.
We are 45 minutes away from Koh Samui airport 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. Nonetheless, we recommend that you book a taxi pickup with us, just to be sure.
We serve mainly vegetarian food. We serve fish 3 or 4 days a week and eggs a few times during the week at breakfast. For those that do not take fish or eggs, there is always an alternative food option. We do not serve any other type of meat products. We have self-service tea and coffee near the juice bar. You can help yourself any time to tea and coffee, along with sugar, milk, or soy milk.
For those who want to venture out from Samahita, they have highlighted some of the many attractions, restaurants, and places of beauty which our guests have enjoyed over the years.
As well as being a tropical haven of beaches, five star hotels and spas, 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 here is Wat Ban Plai Leam where you will find is a large selection of intricately designed temples.
For deep swimming beaches, the north and east of Samui have less reef protection with Chawengs 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 Retreats 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.
For holiday trinkets and gifts, visit the peaceful and traditional port town of Nathon or the busier bustle of Lamai. The islands 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 counterfeited - hence the low prices. From 5 p.m. until late on certain days, the towns close off one street to traffic creating Walking Street. These colorful market events combine delicious hawker food, fun shopping, live music, and performance:
For beautiful high quality hand crafted Buddha statues from Thailand and Burma, visit Double Dutch next to Big Buddha Temple.
To discover authentic Thai food not far from Samahita, take a taxi 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.
Villa Chocolat is only a five minute drive from Samahita, home to ballet classes for adults and children, as well as a tea room serving handmade Belgian truffles cakes and coffee. For a later night and more raucus affair head to Chawengs infamous Soi Green Mango, any time after 10 p.m. This is Samuis party capital, home to sound, sweet soul and a host of lively bars and clubs (not for the faint hearted!). Chawengs warm up bars include the beachfront Ark Bar and the street side Solo or the friendly Australian themed Bondai Bar.
Below are some options for your free time and extra activities. Some of these options may include additional costs. If you have any inquiry or you would like to make further arrangements, you can do so by contacting Samahita Retreat. Simply click on the Contact Organizer button to send a message to organizer.
Samahita Retreat is designed to rejuvenate you through retreat. However, besides yoga, health, and wellness programs you can join, you can also do other activities in Samahita Retreat. You may go to a nearby beach and swim in their beautiful pristine sea, or you may choose to swim in Samahitas own freshwater pool.
If you bring children with you, Samahita owns Kids club where your children can have some activities while you are doing yoga practice. If you just want to chill out while listening to music from your Ipod, you can take your time in Samahitas Lounge. You can also get a beautiful view to the beach and sea.
One can also avail of additional health or welness programs and therapies. Or try joining Samahita Retreat's offered tours and excursions that can arrange for motorcycle rent at additional minimal cost.
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.
Visitors can swim, snorkel, and visit the park headquarters on a beautiful white beach and climb to the view point for a breathtaking panorama before lunch as well as pay 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 ft. dive speed boat. See the sights of Samui with Mr. Ungs 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 4x4 jeeps. For those interested in learning more about Thailands martial art, visit the Muay Thai camp in Lamai.
If youre 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.
From the Koh Samui ring road 4169, take road 4173 at the Namuang waterfall intersection.
Follow the road for 3 km until the 4-way intersection at Ban Thale and then turn right on to road 4170 towards Laem Sor Pagoda or Thong Krut.
Continue for approximately 1 km, and then turn left where you see signs for Mor Din restaurant, Easytime resort, and Samahita Retreat (fawn colored back- light sign).
After 700 m, you will arrive at the end of the road on the beach and the location of Samahita Retreat. Our reception is right on the beach while the guest accommodations are on the opposite of the beach.
Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways fly directly to Koh Samui from Bangkok. They operate flights every hour daily and you can book your flights directly online. The first flight out is around 6 a.m. and last flight is around 10 p.m. daily. One-way is around 4000 THB. Travel time is approximately one hour from Bangkok. There are direct also flights from Phuket, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Hong Kong.
Bangkok to Samui
Trains for Surathani (which actually stop in Phun Phin, 14 kilometers west of Surathani) leave from Bangkoks 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/ferry journey will be an additional three hours once youve 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 1 1/2 hours. 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.