SUBLIME SAMUI

If those New Year’s resolutions are yet to be acted upon, perhaps it’s time you escape to Koh Samui, one of Thailand’s favourite island playgrounds, for a detox of both body and mind at The Palms Retreat, an intimate, six-room wellness enclave. Specialising in customised holistic healing and health, The Palms recently added two unique experiences that can be incorporated into either of its acclaimed Weight Loss & Detox or Rejuvenate programmes.

In addition to a variety of regular meals, healthy shakes, moderate exercises and wellness rituals, the new Detox & Do Good package provides guests with a chance to delve into local communities, such as the Samui Special Needs School, and to give back to society by assisting programmes that help under-privileged children. The resort has also partnered with Nartana, one of the most prominent artists in Koh Samui, to offer the Detox & Doodle session, in which guests can experience how art can help relieve stress and help travellers find peace.

Guests participating in the Weight Loss & Detox or the Rejuvenate programme can also benefit from a range of meditation and yoga classes, as well as relaxing massages and exfoliating body scrubs. They can also make the most of their stay by taking a swing on the tennis court, swimming a few laps in the resort’s intimate pool, or simply soaking in the serenity in one of six spacious villas, wreathed in luscious green vegetation. All-inclusive retreat rates start at US$167 per night. www.thepalms-retreat.com

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