DE-STRESS, DISEN­GAGE, DETOX

Take a break from stress at Amatara

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Here’s the ironic truth: We go on hol­i­day be­cause we need a break from our hec­tic lives, but we end up ex­hausted at the end of our trip, any­way. Talk about need­ing a va­ca­tion from the va­ca­tion!

But maybe we are go­ing about this the wrong way and should fo­cus on health and well­ness while on a break. I know what you’re think­ing: Isn’t the whole point of a va­ca­tion to have fun, re­lax and not worry about di­ets and ex­er­cise? How­ever, a hol­i­day need not be ex­tremes. One can ac­tu­ally have a re­lax­ing and en­joy­able hol­i­day while also keep­ing well­ness in mind.

Choose well­ness

One re­sort that ac­tu­ally spe­cialises in well­ness hol­i­days is Amatara Well­ness Re­sort, which is lo­cated in the tran­quil bay of Cape Panwa, Thai­land. The re­sort has got­ten a well-de­served rep­u­ta­tion from guests for its so­phis­ti­cated pro­grammes ad­dress­ing dif­fer­ent tar­gets – from well­ness man­age­ment, anti-age­ing through a more ac­tive life­style to a to­tal re­lax­ation pro­gramme – in a lux­u­ri­ous sea­side lo­ca­tion.

In be­tween treat­ments and well­ness pro­grammes, guests can re­lax ei­ther by the jaw-drop­ping 55-me­tre in­fin­ity pool or at the Sun & Moon rooftop lounge for drinks and con­ver­sa­tions.

Co­cooned and pri­vate

If you ask us, there is no bet­ter place to de­com­press than in a prop­erty that over­looks a cir­cu­lar bay on one side and a beau­ti­ful sea view on the other, dot­ted with lime­stone karsks.

The re­sort feels in­cred­i­bly peace­ful and co­cooned, the per­fect place to re­lax and work on one’s health and well­ness. Paths lead to three restau­rants, a main re­cep­tion area with a well-stocked li­brary and – if you must – com­put­ers for check­ing emails. But this is a place where it’s easy to for­get the out­side world. At the lobby, af­ter­noon tea is served ev­ery­day or you can head over to the pool for drinks and lunch or­ders while sun­bathing.

Nearby is the spa, a stun­ning build­ing with still ponds, a yoga pav­il­ion that over­looks the ocean, per­fect for do­ing sun salu­ta­tions. There’s also a gym for ex­er­cise and classes in Pi­lates, Thai box­ing, flex­i­bil­ity train­ing. For those who don’t want to ex­er­cise, there are lots of places to re­lax, in­clud­ing the beach and wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties.

Those se­ri­ous about their health and well­ness jour­ney though should book the Amatara Detox Re­treat, which helps to re­ju­ve­nate and re­bal­ance body, mind and soul. “We are all ex­posed to tox­ins in the air, in our food, and in the wa­ter that we drink and bathe in. While these are of­ten in minute amounts, tox­ins grad­u­ally ac­cu­mu­late in the body over time, which can re­sult in us feel­ing heavy, sluggish, un­com­fort­able, and lack­ing in en­ergy,” says Phoebe Boonkerd, the Direc­tor of Well­ness and Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment at the re­sort. The re­treat is an all-in­clu­sive pack­age that in­cludes ac­com­mo­da­tion, roundtrip air­port trans­fer, three healthy meals per day or set detox pro­gramme, a well­ness con­sul­ta­tion, phys­i­cal anal­y­sis, well-se­lected list of treat­ments and ac­tiv­i­ties that help pro­mote the detox­i­fi­ca­tion process such as Chi Nei Tsang detox­i­fy­ing ab­dom­i­nal mas­sage, colon hy­drother­apy, detox sup­port sup­ple­ments, detox­i­fy­ing ayurvedic mas­sage ther­apy, an­nual lym­phatic drainage treat­ment as well as Amatara’s sig­na­ture treat­ments, in­clud­ing the Thai Ham­mam jour­ney for the ul­ti­mate re­lax­ation.

Fan­tas­tic ser­vice

It’s not just the well­ness pro­grammes that bring guests back. Ser­vice at the re­sort is first-rate. Rooms come with ex­tras such as free Wi-Fi and movies, com­pli­men­tary mini-bars with beers, soft­drinks and snacks, a daily laun­dry al­lowance, loaded iPads, yoga and tai-chi lessons and a shut­tle bus into Phuket Old Town.

There are 105 vil­las at the re­sort, all si­t­u­ated on the hill­side with sea views and a bal­cony. Vil­las are airy with high ceil­ings and com­fort­able beds and ameni­ties. Re­quest for an ocean-view or pool vil­las for the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ex­cep­tional food

Food at the re­sort is ex­cep­tional. There are three restau­rants: The Re­treat is ex­clu­sively for those on a health pro­gramme, of­fer­ing a range of dishes that pro­mote well­ness but are also de­li­cious; The Restau­rant is ca­sual din­ing, with a choice of healthy op­tions, Thai dishes and pop­u­lar western choices like burg­ers and pizza; while The Grill is the fine-din­ing op­tion, where you can get beau­ti­ful seafood and meats and a lengthy wine list. For af­ter-din­ner drinks head to the cock­tail bar on the roof, which would be the per­fect end to the day.

BE­LOW: The cap­ti­vat­ing in­fin­ity pool is one of the best places to unwind

LEFT: Amatara has a host of so­phis­ti­cated well­ness pro­grammed ad­dress­ing dif­fer­ent tar­gets

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