Flying into Koh Samui immediately transported me to a haven switched off from the business of life. This rhetoric was flawlessly carried through by the Absolute Sanctuary team who picked us up from the airport and took us to the luxury jungle escape only a 5 minute drive away. Sampling two different detox plans (and there are many others to choose from readers), the 7 Day Ultimate Fasting Detox and the Live Raw Foods Detox, all apprehension about doing what I believed to be a hippie endeavour were put to ease by the staff from the time we arrived. We were welcomed with a cold towel and our detox plans thoroughly described (four times daily detox drinks and raw food plan mapped out, as well as, gulp, daily colonics, supplements and indulgent spa treatment program) and put together in a very easy to-follow package for the week (they read my OCD mind with the timetabling), with extra information on detoxing also available to read at my own leisure (which was ideal for my amateur detox experience).
Now as a meat lover and absolute foodie, I definitely was not looking forward to going without food for 7 days, however I approached it with all due enthusiasm in the name of pure health, vitality and clarity, and this was made all the more easy by the wonderful staff, beautiful Moroccan-inspired accommodation (including the most comfortable bed I have slept on in a long time), stunning Samui location and friendly faces everywhere we looked. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and despite the lack of food and extreme dreams about cheeseburgers and family blocks of Cadbury chocolate, words cannot describe how wonderful this process has been. Nurtured every step of the way by leaders in their fields from the daily yoga classes, to naturopaths, colonic nurses and spa team (the best Thai massage I have ever received, big call I know, and the green coffee wrap was my other favourite spa treatment, a must try), I urge you all to find time to experience it. I know some of you sceptics ponder at the validity of detoxes but as a fellow empirical sceptic, there’s nothing hippie about this: an alternative way to re-charge, re-centre and relax from the mania of life.
For me, the yoga was the standout. A glass window studio looking out to the jungle provided the perfect location to find peace and push your own boundaries. Don’t be alarmed if you haven’t practiced yoga before, there are not only many different levels to cater for all stages, but the teachers were phenomenal – wise, willing to chat and guide, and moreover encouraging with how to introduce yoga into your normal life in an achievable way.
A place to re-centre, re-evaluate and re-charge, and with easy access to all major beaches and locations (Choeng Mon Beach spectacular sunset is something that can’t be missed), Absolute Sanctuary is an ideal location to undergo a detox program. Whether you’re fasting or eating on a detox or your personally made plan (readers note that the food here is incredible, especially the new superfood menu), there’s something here for everyone. Approaching this with the view that it was something a crazy bride and her bridesmaids would do to squeeze into their dresses before the big day, I could not be further from that outlook now. Glowing from inside to out, I would recommend this to anyone, men and women, whether that be on your own (you will find like-minded people there) or as a duo as we did, it will change your life. Arriving dull and worn out, I left changed, light (physically and mentally) and positive, as well as with many friends from across the world. A different option for a time out: all I can say is that my body and mind is feeling the benefits. If you’re a cynic, I dare you to give it a go and reap the benefits!
Absolute Sanctuary Koh Samui
88 Moo 5. Tambol Bophut,
Amphur Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320
T: +66 77 60 1190