The Four Seasons Resort on Koh Samui has a way of anticipating your needs before you’re even aware of them, starting with feng-shui-influenced villas boasting private pools shielded by strategically planted foliage. Start the day with yoga on the beach (taught by Sanya Tugwun, from nearby studio The Foundation) or Muay Thai at the resort’s jungle boxing ring. The breakfast buffet is the stuff dreams are made of – try the velvety coconut yogurt with granola and hot pink dragon fruit, washed down with a chocolate and ginger smoothie. After a few hours of stand-up paddleboarding on the beach, book a lava shell massage in the open-air Secret Beach Spa Sala, then retire to your villa for a pre-prepared coconut milk bath lit by tea lights.
Layana Resort and Spa is situated on the lesser-visited island of Koh Lanta, an unspoiled, jungle-enveloped getaway with a laid-back pace. Join a sunrise yoga class to a soundtrack of birdsong, then swim laps in the half-Olympic-size wellness pool before hydrating with a tropical juice. In the afternoon head to the award-winning Linger Longer Spa for an East-meets-West massage and a rejuvenating nap in the salt room, which is reputedly great for skin conditions, respiratory problems and overall healing. At sunset, watch the tangerine sky reflected on the glassy surface of the beachside infinity pool.
On a private Phuket peninsula hugged by the glittering Andaman Sea you’ll find Amanpuri – a luxury wellness retreat that offers blissful seclusion and a medical-grade wellness center. If you’re after a serious reset try one of the resort’s immersions – multi-day programs that begin with a doctor-led physical, complete with a blood panel to check for nutritional deficiencies and heavy-metal testing to confirm the guest doesn’t have a toxic build-up of substances like mercury or lead. This is combined with a tailored meal plan, private movement sessions and holistic spa treatments.
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Picture a Thai version of Canyon Ranch. That’s Absolute Sanctuary, a Koh Samui wellness resort for people who are serious about kick-starting healthy improvements. The 30-to-60-day Lifestyle Change Program, for example, is divided into three phases. The first focuses on detoxing, with colonic hydrotherapy (AKA an enema), infrared sauna sessions and lymphatic drainage therapy (a form of massage that helps move lymph fluid around the body). The second helps create new healthy habits with fitness and nutrition classes. Finally, the program wraps with a ceremonial blessing from a Buddhist monk and some island excursions that provide the opportunity for guests to enjoy their new and improved selves.
Phuket’s Amatara Wellness Resort, which derives its name from the Sanskrit word for immortality, helps guests meet their mind-body-soul goals with nine signature wellbeing retreat programs. Pick from options like detox, spa revive, weight management or brain health enhancement – which was created in conjunction with the Bangkok Hospital’s Brain Institute. The program addresses preventive care through tailored diet and exercise, mindfulness practice and relaxing spa treatments. Once your five-day program is complete you’ll leave armed with scientific recommendations to keep your brain healthy after you return to the real world.
Hua Hin has long been a retreat for Bangkok’s high-flyers, including Chiva-Som founder Boonchu Rojanastien. In 1993 he demolished his beachfront abode in order to build a seven-acre resort that puts wellbeing front and center. Multi-award-winning Chiva-Som (which translates as “the haven of life”) assigns guests a wellness adviser, who curates a tailored program to their specifications, incorporating spa treatments, physiotherapy, nutrition, fitness, holistic health and aesthetic beauty.
Banyan Tree Bangkok is probably best known for its rooftop bar, a glamorous spot with 360-degree city views and wait staff well versed in helping stage the perfect photo. But the hotel also has some thoughtful wellness amenities. Visit the award-winning spa for a massage (all therapists have to complete 350 hours of training at a Banyan Tree Spa Academy, so you know you’re in great hands) then join a beauty workshop and learn to make your own coffee body scrubs, custom essential-oil blends and massage oils. As night falls, guest services can prepare a special bath in your suite’s free-standing tub, complete with aromatherapy oils, candles, Thai herbs and a beverage to sip while you soak.
After a day navigating the city’s tuk-tuks and crowds, 137 Pillars Bangkok offers a welcome moment of respite, especially if you’re battling a serious case of jet lag. An on-site health and wellness team customizes meals at fine-dining restaurant Nimitr to soothe your sleep issues (hello, tryptophan-rich ingredients), and the spa offers a special treatment to help you wind down before bed. It’s a gentle front-body massage using acupressure to release tension, complete with an eye mask and headphones playing relaxing music. If you wake up at a silly hour head to the rooftop infinity pool, which is open 24 hours a day to guests with suites.
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Situated among the forest-blanketed mountains of Chiang Mai, the Veranda High Resort embraces the quietude of northern Thailand. Float in one of the infinity pools while gazing at remote Buddhist temples, rice paddies and verdant tea fields, then book a signature treatment created by the hotel’s expert therapists. The spa is composed of several private cottages, each with its own steam shower, twin treatment beds (ideal for couples) and a luxuriously large sunken bath. Try the traditional Thai massage or a tropical fruit scrub followed by the Cleopatra Milk Bath, a petal-sprinkled, 30-minute soak in the tub to soften skin and relax knotted muscles.
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Puripai Villa is composed of luxury villas, each with its own pool, arranged on a hillside overlooking a serene on-property rice paddy. Owned by actor Puri ‘Ri’ Hiranprueck, the hotel is a favorite mountain retreat for Thai celebrities, who value the seclusion and relaxation Puripai has in spades. Book a private morning yoga session on the open-air deck, as the rising sun gradually disperses morning mist, or hit the fancy fitness center, which comes with pastoral views out of its floor-to-ceiling windows.
Masquerading as an ornate temple or royal palace, Dhara Dhevi blends ancient wellness wisdom with artistic pursuits like basket making and bamboo weaving – the kind Chiang Mai is renowned for. A jog around the resort’s 60 pastoral acres takes you over rice paddies, past lotus ponds and through gardens thick with the fragrance of topical blooms. Dhara Dhevi’s striking spa and wellness center, replete with shimmering mosaic tiles and delicate pagodas, specializes in Ayurvedic programs. This 5,000-year-old health system from India offers a systematic approach to treating your specific constitution, encompassing diet, hot oil massages, meditation and yoga.