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8 Days Christmas Fitness and Yoga Holiday in Koh Samui, Thailand

Samahita Retreat, 55/20-24 Moo 4, T. Namuang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84140 Thailand

Christmas Yoga Holiday Koh Samui

Paul and the Samahita team will share in the task of teaching and guiding all guests across the range of yoga and meditation practices, core strength work, and cycle classes. Samahita 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.

Meet the instructors

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Highlights

  • Yoga classes
  • Core fitness activities
  • Breathwork, pranayama, and meditation
  • Sunrise silent cycle and mid-afternoon fun-cycle classes
  • All inclusive delicious and healthy food buffet
  • 7 nights modern accommodation
  • Special guest musicians

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

At Samahita, the rooms are perfect for quiet contemplation and relaxation, as well as for catching up on work or email while enjoying the tropical breeze. The eco-friendly buildings make use of cross ventilation, natural lighting, rainwater harvesting, and solar power. There are 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.

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 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.

Semi-private room

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.

Single superior 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 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.

Program

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/or afternoon. The program alternates 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.

The week will place an emphasis on asana practice in the workshops. Keeping things fluid Paul will still entertain questions on all subjects over the different weeks.

Christmas Eve celebration

There will be a Christmas Eve celebration with special gourmet feast and performances and fundraiser for the local charities. The rest of your time will be a nice break from all the crazy holiday happenings and commercial onslaught. Come and really enjoy a genuine holiday break from the ‘holidays’.

Musical celebration

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

Daily schedule

The program begins at 5 p.m. on the first day of the retreat with a group welcome and departure is at 12 p.m. on the last day. The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.

  • 07:00 - 07:25 Silent Sunrise Cycle on alternate days
  • 07:30 Sitting practice with inner energetic focus, breath awareness, dynamic sound, contemplation, into breathwork-pranayama-meditation
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Asana practice - detailed guidance by Paul through either a Centered Contemplative Energy approach or a Dynamic Core Vinyasa. Samahita will also make available the opportunity to do assisted self-practice with other teachers.
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Brunch buffet
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Snack and refreshments
  • 16:00 Questions and answers with Paul (or alternate days Core and Cycle) followed by Restorative yoga class with breath and sitting practice
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Dinner buffet
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Herbal steam room available
  • 19:30 Special evening programming

Wednesday afternoon is free – guests can enjoy a complimentary boat and snorkelling trip, weather permitting. Based on request and availability, you are welcome to arrive early or extend your stay.

Included excursions

There will be complimentary weekly excursions including a boat trip to a nearby remote island with snorkeling, a temple walks, and transport to the Fisherman's Village street food market on Fridays.

Instructors

Paul Dallaghan

Gillian Breetzke

Daniel Stringer

Sarah Pierroz

Ara Hwang

So Diawpradit

Rebecca Newell

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 privately owned villas. As such, the beach at Samahita Retreat 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 Retreat's gentle setting inspires long, refreshing walks on the beach or through the meandering back roads.

Distances

  • Shopping areas - 15 minutes
  • Samui International Airport (USM) - 45 minutes
  • Bangkok - 1 hour by air

Unique features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Concierge desk
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Your stay at Samahita, on any program or package, includes a complete offering of food across the buffets. The timing of food on the buffet is designed to support your practice and activity level. Equally, how the food is made and what is in it are vital to your reenergizing of life and how your body gets cleaner, lighter and stronger.

Samahita has a team of over 10 Thai cooks and a talented head chef. They make all the food here with care and love. Samahita also hires a large team to ensure everything is homemade and fresh.

Complimentary morning coffee and tea are out by 6:45 a.m. Buffet items are available from 8:15 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and again in the evening from 6-8 p.m.

Samahita try to cater for a wide variety of diets, displaying all possible allergens, give raw and vegan options while also catering for those who like to eat fish and dairy.

Samahita makes fresh juice daily in their own kitchen for the brunch buffet and offer homemade soy milk, coconut milk, cow milk, brown rice milk, and a homemade electrolyte drink. Fully available for both your taste buds and your cells when you stay at Samahita.

  • A full breakfast buffet with homemade bread, muesli and granola
  • Fresh fruits from Thailand
  • Homemade selection of nut butter and jams
  • Fresh and organic salads, sprouts and seeds
  • Homemade healthy salad dressings
  • Raw dishes, salads, and pastes
  • Fermented probiotic-rich veggies
  • Vegan milk, dairy milk, and homemade electrolytes
  • Freshly made juices and Thai herbal tea mixtures
  • Black tea and brewed Hilltribe Coffee
  • Freshly made egg options of your choice
  • Delicious variety of lunch items, Thai and international
  • Tasty and enjoyable variety of dinner items
  • Vegan, vegetarian, and fish options
  • Raw salad, fishbone broth, green detox soup, miso soup, steamed veggies, and greens

Coffee, juice, and treat bar

Available to order directly at the bar

  • Organic hill tribe Thai coffee barista-style
  • Bulletproof (keto) coffee
  • Mocha, matcha, and vegan bulletproof coffees
  • Tea, chai, and matcha green tea
  • Fresh squeezed juice combinations
  • Wheatgrass and gotu kola shots
  • Freshly made smoothies
  • Probiotic drinks
  • Whey protein, vegan protein, MCT oil, cacao
  • Homemade chocolate treats
  • Homemade energy balls and granola bars
  • Gelato homemade Italian-style ice cream
  • Take-away homemade spreads and treats
  • A la carte food menu

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Pescatarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Samahita offers a full total-self-care menu of hands-on treatments, colon hydrotherapy, and infrared sauna therapy. Book them a la carte during your stay or save and get the best value when you book one of Samahita's value package programs – Detox, Weight Loss, Brain Health Upgrade or Total Self-Care.

Spa treatments

At Samahita, our Total Self-Care Therapies are designed to induce full relaxation and revitalization, nurturing the whole body. We have selected therapies to help optimize physical, emotional and mental health. Our range of therapies is designed to address the special needs of your skin, muscles, joints, deep tissue, and optimal functioning of your cellular health. It is worth the time to indulge and take care of yourself. Enjoy massages, facials, scrubs and skin treatments.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily buffet meals and afternoon snack
  • Mineral drinking water
  • Herbal steam room from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Salt water swimming pool
  • Use of kayaks and paddle boards
  • All room facilities (air conditioning, fridge, kettle, hairdryer, safety box)
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Wi-Fi internet
  • 10% service charge
  • Applicable government tax (VAT)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving direction 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, turn right on to road 4170 towards Laem Sor Pagoda or Thong Krut.
  • Continue for approximately 1 km, then turn left where you see signs for Mor Din restaurant, Easytime resort and Samahita Retreat (fawn coloured back- light sign).
  • After 700 m 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 opposite the beach.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Samui Airport (USM). Sahamita is forty-five minutes away from Koh Samui airport, and taxi drivers will know how to get to Laem Sor. Sahamita recommend that you book a taxi pickup with them, just to be sure.

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.

Arrival by ferry

  • From 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/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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday December 21, 2019
Departure: Saturday December 28, 2019

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