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The story of Kamalaya began in 1982, in the far jungles of the Himalayas, when Kamalaya founders John and Karina Stewart first met. The idea for Kamalaya was inspired by the 16 years John spent devoted to a life of service and spiritual studies in a Himalayan community and Karina’s 22 years of experience in the study and practice of diverse Asian healing and spiritual traditions, including her background as a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

At Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand`s award-winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa resort, you can experience a life-enriching healthy holiday. Our wellness programs offer solutions for detox, yoga, stress and burnout, fitness and weight control.

If you are looking for a more personalised wellness experience, our team of international naturopaths can work with you to create your own health program from our extensive range of holistic medicine, spa and healing therapies.

Centred around a monk’s cave that once served Buddhist monks as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat, Kamalaya’s essence is expressed in its name, ‘Lotus (kamal) Realm (alaya)’, an ancient symbol for the growth and unfolding of the human spirit.

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Koh Samui has long been favoured by Buddhist monks as a sanctuary for spiritual retreat. The island, they say, has a special energy that enriches and enlightens their spiritual path and helps them connect more profoundly with the universal energies.

Kamalaya’s facilities and accommodations encircle a centuries-old cave, once used by Buddhist monks as a place for meditation and spiritual retreat. The tradition of these monks continues at Kamalaya and adds an aura of spiritual and sacred energy to the physical beauty of the land.

The Monks’ Cave is always open, and guests are welcome to enter this sacred space for quiet contemplation and meditation. For Kamalaya hosts, the cave provides spiritual nourishment and a peaceful break to lighten and brighten the day.

At the heart of Kamalaya is a cave once inhabited and used by Buddhist monks as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat.

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The foundation of the Kamalaya experience rests on three intertwining pillars, creating a platform from which you can reconnect with life’s potential:

The Place ‘Connect with nature, the elements and the universal energies’ – With lush, tropical vegetation, cascading streams and overlooking an idyllic lagoon and white sand beaches, Kamalaya’s spirit of place is an integral part of each guest’s experience.

At the heart of Kamalaya is a cave, once used by Buddhist monks as a place of meditative retreat.

The Holistic Wellness ‘Connect body, mind, heart and emotions’
 – Integrating holistic medicine and complementary therapies from Eastern and Western traditions, Kamalaya takes a balanced approach to optimal physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

The Kamalaya wellness experience goes beyond treatments and therapies to include holistic fitness classes, delicious healthful cuisine, wellness programs, group retreats and opportunities to work with visiting international healers and teachers.

The People ‘Connect with a diversity of people, healers, teachers and guests’ – Kamalaya was created as an inspiring place to regain a sense of community and belonging through connections with Kamalaya hosts, wellness specialists and visiting healers as well as the group dynamic of retreats, events and interations with other guests.

At Kamalaya, communication with each guest is an integral element of your visit to ensure your stay fulfills your aspirations is every way.

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Koh Samui, also known as ‘the island of the coconuts,’ is the third largest Thai island, after Phuket and Koh Chang. With jungle covered hills and palm fringed bays, Koh Samui is 22 km at its widest point and 13 km in length, located 700 south of Bangkok. Neighboring islands include Koh Tao, (one of the top diving islands in Asia), Koh Phangan, Angthong National Marine Park, Koh Tan and beautiful Koh Nang Yuan.

A favorite holiday destination for travelers worldwide, Koh Samui offers diving, golf, waterfalls, trekking, beautiful beaches, health retreats, exotic spas and fine dining. A day trip around the island introduces you to small villages, Thai and Chinese temples, old Chinese heritage architecture, lush coconut groves and idyliic seaside restaurants all around the island. Well known beaches are Chaweng, Lamai, Bophut, Big Buddha, Choeng Mon, Hua Thanon and Maenam.

Before the 70’s when backpackers discovered Koh Samui, it was a tranquil home to mainly coconut farmers and fishermen. Since then the island development has been steady, and this up-market paradise is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in Thailand, and the spa capital of the region.

Koh Samui can be reached by frequent flights from Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore and direct Samui/Hong Kong, Samui/Kuala Lumpur flights.

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Kamalaya was designed to integrate into its surrounding landscape. Built in a valley, its accommodation options include cosy Hillside Rooms, open Suites and spacious Villas overlooking the pristine coastline of southern Koh Samui.

Buildings are nestled amidst ancient, granite boulders, streams, and tropical vegetation, with existing rocks and trees as defining elements for many of the structures. All accommodation include the following: Air-conditioning, CD & stereo system, refrigerator, beverage & snack facilities, personal safe, telephone and internet connection, Hair dryer, Yoya Mata.

Kamalaya’s accommodation options are all nestled within Koh Samui’s surrounding landscape, with natural materials creating a fusion between indoor and outdoor spaces. Bathing facilities include exotic outdoor showers with modern design.

Asian textiles, and carefully selected art pieces and antiques combine with modern amenities to create comfortable interiors.

The Beach Pool Villa and Rocktop Villa feature multi-roomed floor plans.  Other accommodation at the resort includes Villas with separate living spaces and large covered balconies, Suites with stunning sea views, and intimate Hillside Rooms.

All of Kamalaya’s accommodation include the following :
  • Air-conditioning
  • CD & stereo system
  • Refrigerator
  • Beverage & snack facilities
  • Personal safe
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Yoga Mats
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This secluded private villa is nestled amid the trees, overlooking the Kamalaya beach.

With two private bedrooms, both with ensuites, and a private pool that overlooks the ocean, it is an ideal choice when you’re travelling with family or friends.

Specifics :
  • 2 individual 1-bedroom villas joined by private courtyard (main villa is beach front).
  • Private pool and large ocean-view deck.
  • 2 bathrooms – one open-air  with shower and bathtub, plus one enclosed bathroom with shower and bathtub.
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Perfect if you’re looking for that extra bit of privacy, this villa sits atop granite boulders directly above Kamalaya’s beach.

Step down from your living area to enjoy the expansive beach front decking and private pool, or walk down the stone pathway onto the beach.

Specifics :
  • A one-bedroom beach front villa.
  • Private pool, overlooking the beach.
  • A semi open-air bathroom with shower and bathtub.
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Built on Kamalaya’s secluded beach, these villas put you in close proximity to the sea. One villa is nestled atop granite boulders, by day you can relax on your covered balcony overlooking Kamalaya’s secluded private beach and by night you can fall asleep to the sound of gentle waves.

The other Villa is well positioned on the beach front lawns.

Specifics :
  • 1 unit in beach front position.
  • Living area with large private balcony overlooking the ocean.
  • Private indoor/outdoor bathroom.
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The sound of flowing water fills this unique villa. The intriguing layout reveals a living space with a view of Koh Samui’s seascape, a secluded outdoor bathing pool, and intimate bedroom suite.

In this sea view Pool Villa, the pool is situated in a private courtyard adjoining the living area.

Specifics :
  • A one-bedroom villa with private pool.
  • Private indoor/outdoor bathroom.
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This accommodation embraces nature on two levels, with a natural rock wall, wooden pillars and lofty ceiling, twin and double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and open living space.

Perched above Samui’s coastline, it offers nature views of boulders, trees and sea.

Specifics :
  • An individual residence nestled amidst nature.
  • 215 sq.m. floor plan- Welcome foyer
  • Two bedrooms, each with private indoor/outdoor en-suite bathroom.
  • Living room with daybeds.
  • Outdoor living space with daybeds.
  • WC/Powder Room.
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Each villa is a private haven, designed with attention to create a nurturing space. Your large private balcony with daybed is the ideal place to spend languid moments taking in Koh Samui’s natural beauty.
Specifics :
  • 20 units entwined with nature featuring lovely sea, beach and valley views.
  • 75 – 100 sq.m. floor plan.
  • Large balcony, up to 16.5 sq.m. with daybed.
  • Many feature private indoor/outdoor bathrooms.
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Koh Samui’s seascape flows into these suites designed to embrace the coastal view. Simple, stylish design and comfortable furnishings allow for nature’s tranquility to permeate your personal resort accommodation.

Bathe under a canopy of stars on your private balcony. Situated at the top of the resort, close to Soma Restaurant and Alchemy Tea Lounge.

Specifics :
  • 10 spacious units, many with exceptional coastal and valley views.
  • 65 sq.m. floor plan.
  • All with balconies and most with outdoor showers/bathtub.
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These are cosy retreats simply designed and accented with natural furnishings. Nestled amidst magnificent boulders and trees, these rooms are minutes away from the hilltop Yoga Pavilion and Yantra Hall.
Specifics :
  • 6 units (some twin beds and some king beds), many with exceptional views of sea and nature.
  • 35 sq.m. floor plan.
  • Many with balconies.
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These are cosy retreats simply designed and accented with natural furnishings. Nestled amidst magnificent boulders and trees, these rooms are minutes away from the hilltop Yoga Pavilion and Yantra Hall.
Specifics :
  • 18 units (some twin beds and some king beds), many with exceptional views of sea and nature.
  • 35 sq.m. floor plan.
  • Many with balconies.
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Rates
Rates are quote in Thai Baht , per room NOT per person  
Room Type Low Season
01 Nov’11 – 23 Dec’11
Peak Season
24 Dec’11 – 15 Jan’12
 Hillside Gardenview Room 6,700 9,100
 Hillside Seaview Room 7,700 12,500
 Seaview Suite Room 10,100 15,900
 Seaview Villa 11,000 17,900
 Rock Top Villa 18,000 26,900
 Pool Villa 18,900 28,500
 Beachfront Villa 19,900 29,900
 Beachfront Pool Villa 1 BR 24,900 35,900
 Beachfront Pool Villa 2 BR 26,900 37,900
 Extra Bed 1,200 1,200
Room Type High Season
16 Jan’12 – 30 Apr’12
01 Jul’12 – 31 Aug’12
Low Season
01 May’12 – 30 Jun’12
01 Sep’12 – 31 Oct’12
 Hillside Gardenview Room 7,500 7,100
 Hillside Seaview Room 9,100 8,500
 Seaview Suite Room 12,900 11,900
 Seaview Villa 14,500 13,900
 Rock Top Villa 22,900 21,000
 Pool Villa 23,500 22,500
 Beachfront Villa 24,000 22,900
 Beachfront Pool Villa 1 BR 31,000 30,900
 Beachfront Pool Villa 2 BR 32,500 32,100
 Extra Bed 1,200 1,200
Rates Updated : 25 November 2012
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  • Rates above are inclusive of Service Charge and Government Tax.
  • Rates above are NOT included Breakfast.
  • Extra Bed is available only for Villa Type NOT suitable for Room Type.
  • Minimum of 07 nights stay is required during Peak Season.
  • Child Policy :
    * Kamalaya is not recommended for Child and whilst there is no specific exclusion
    there are no Child concessions available.
    * Additionally Child aged below 16 years old may not participated in any wellness
    activities or treatments.
    * Child aged below 16 years old will not be allowed into the wellness centre or
    its facilities.
    * Baby Cot is provided with Free of Charge for Child aged below 02 years old only.
  • Benefits :
    * Inclusion of 1 x Body Bio – Impedance Analysis (BIA).
    * Inclusion of 1 x Initial Wellness Consultation.
    * Use of Steam Cavern, Swimming Pool, Plunge Pools and Shakti Fitness Centre.
    * Complimentary attendance to scheduled daily holistic fitness activities.
    * Tropical welcome drink upon arrival.
  • Meal Rates :
    * Full Breakfast @ THB 750 nett per pax per meal
    (Buffet, Meals, Beverage or A La Carte)
    * Lunch @ THB 895 nett per pax per meal
    (Meals, Beverage or A La Carte without limit except alcoholic & imported beverages)
    * Dinner @ THB 1,130 nett per pax per meal
    (Meals, Beverages or A La Carte without limit except alcoholic & imported beverages)
    @ THB 4,000 nett per pax (if guest is on a Full Board Package the supplement
    will be charged @ THB 3,000 nett per pax only)
  • Transfer Fee :
    * From/to Samui Airport and Kamalaya up to 03 pax @ THB 1,000 nett per vehicle
    per way
    * From/to Samui Airport and Kamalaya up to 07 pax @ THB 1,200 nett per vehicle
    per way
  • Honeymoon & Wedding Anniversaries Benefits :
    * Priority complimentary early check-in if arrival is from 10.00 am. onwards.
    * Priority complimentary late check-out till 06.00 pm. (subject to availability).
    * Fresh fruit basket and flowers set in-room on arrival date.
    * Please present the certificated on arrival date before check in to secure your benefits.
  • Check in time at 02.00 pm.
  • Check out time at 12.00 noon.
  • Rates above are subject to changed without prior notice.

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Like a self-contained village, Kamalaya has a range of facilities to engage you during your stay.

The dining areas, Soma Restaurant, Amrita Café, and the Alchemy Tea Lounge, all offer refreshment in open-style interior settings with views that make a sumptuous addition to any meal.

The extensive Wellness facilities include Shakti Fitness Centre, the herbal steam cavern, plunge pools, Elixir Bar, Yoga Pavilion and Yoga Sala.

There are two swimming pools; a lap pool and a leisure pool. The art gallery, which hosts exhibitions from some of the region’s most inspirational artists, library and TV Lounge offer avenues for creative stimulation and contemplation, and the Monk’s Cave is an inspiring place for reflection and meditation.

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Wellness Facilities – Integrating the surrounding nature into its design, the Wellness Sanctuary features open-air treatment spaces as well as air-conditioned suites. The Wellness facilities have been given prime position at Kamalaya, with rooms and areas showcasing the breathtaking sea vistas.Before and after treatments, we suggest you take the time for a languid soak in the terraced plunge pools, relax at the hilltop Elixir Bar where refreshments are served with sensational ocean views, or unwind in our unique steam cavern.

Herbal Steam Cavern and Ambient Plunge Pools
Kamalaya’s herbal steam cavern is equipped with an interior waterfall and exterior natural rock wall. Three plunge pools of varying temperatures are situated close by for cooling the body after steam session. All offer magnificent tranquil views of the coast, and are nestled amidst tropical vegetation.

Far Infrared Sauna
Far Infrared therapy provides deeply penetrating heat while maintaining a comfortable air temperature of 32-45 degrees Celsius. Use of far infrared sauna has many therapeutic benefits; it stimulates circulation, increases metabolism and burning of calories, and promotes detoxification to purify the body. Kamalaya’s facilites include 2 private wooden saunas and are equipped with speakers for ambient music during your sauna, and private outdoor shower, a sauna may accommodate up to 4 persons at one time if desired.

Yoga Pavilion
The Hilltop Yoga Pavilion is perched atop Koh Samui’s rugged coastline. This open-air, natural wood-floored space is perfect for yoga practice and for fostering a connection with nature. Nestled amidst giant, granite boulders and trees, the Yoga Pavilion draws in all elements of nature, offering a stunning panorama of the sea and outlying islands and mountains, and the perfect sunset view. Its capacity for yoga classes is 30.

Yoga Sala
The open-air, natural wood-floored Yoga Sala is nestled above the Holistic Spa is a meditative sanctuary for Kamalaya’s daily scheduled classes.

Shakti Fitness Centre
The Shakti Fitness Center is fully equipped with weight and fitness training equipment, where personal instruction in Strength Training, Functional Resistance Training, Pilates and other exercise modalities is available to complement

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Yoga Facilities – The yoga facilities at Kamalaya Koh Samui are designed to cater to individuals looking for group or private classes, as well as international teachers hosting group yoga retreats. 

Yoga Pavilion
The Hilltop Yoga Pavilion is perched atop Koh Samui’s rugged coastline. This open-air, natural wood-floored space is perfect for yoga practice and for fostering a connection with nature. Nestled amidst giant, granite boulders and trees, the Yoga Pavilion draws in all elements of nature, offering a stunning panorama of the sea and outlying islands and mountains, and the perfect sunset view. Its capacity for yoga classes is 30.

Yantra Hall
Overlooking the sea, and encircled by majestic granite boulders and lotus ponds, the Yantra Hall was conceived as an inspiring venue for special retreats and events. Yantras are meditative geometrical diagrams. The Yantra Hall’s design is based on the Sri Yantra, an ancient Asian symbol of creation. The resulting enclosed space is an inspiring place for yoga, concerts and other events. Equipped with advanced audiovisual technology that includes video and sound recording, projector, screen, and technical support for presenting and documenting your retreat, it divides into two rooms to accommodate very large and more intimate meetings. more…

Yoga Sala
The open-air, natural wood-floored Yoga Sala is nestled above the Wellness Sancutary and Holistic Spa. It offers spectacular sunset views and a meditative sanctuary for Kamalaya’s daily scheduled classes and yoga retreats for small groups.

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Soma Restaurant – Sanskrit for ‘food of the gods’, Soma is close to the main facilities and overlooks Kamalaya valley, offering spectacular views of the coast and outlying islands. Intimate tables are arranged throughout the spacious room, in addition to a ‘community table’ where guests may unite for dining. The seating capacity of Soma Restaurant is 90 persons.

Special daily menus in addition to à la carte items include tantalising salads and raw food preparations, delectable vegetarian dishes, with fresh fish, seafood, poultry and lamb options. Selected wines and desserts are available, as well as customised dishes for those undertaking a Kamalaya Detox program or with other dietary requirements.Soma is open every day for breakfast and dinner.

Amrita Cafe – Sanskrit for ‘divine nectar’, Amrita Café offers informal dining nestled amidst lotus ponds adjacent the swimming pools. The sound of running water with private dining salas and intimate alcoves overlooking the beach creates a serene venue for fresh juices, inspired salads, and vegetarian dishes. A barbeque for freshly grilled fish, poultry, meats and vegetables is an added feature, along with the special detox menu.Amrita is open for lunch every day.

The Alchemy Tea Lounge – The Alchemy Bar is located above Soma Restaurant, overlooking Kamalaya and the coastline. A serene spot for savouring appetisers, desserts, juices, herbal infusions, a wide range of teas, wines, and elixirs based on Taoist and Thai herbal blends.

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Hotel Updated : 25 November 2012

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