No place captures the essence of Thailand as a tropical beach destination quite like Koh Samui, a picturesque island in the Gulf of Thailand. Dominated by lush and dense rainforest, Koh Samui also has some of finest beaches anywhere in the world, dotted with palm trees.
However, for visiting tourists, this island offers much more than just its natural bounty to help them relax and rejuvenate. The island is also home to some of finest spas anywhere in Asia and offers a staggering range of therapies and other facilities.
There are plenty of spas found on the island including those in hotels, resorts, and private villas in Samui. Below is a list of top 5 spas in Koh Samui. Rest assure that this selection is unprejudiced as the ranking is based on guests’ reviews on TripAdvisor.
1. Tamarind Springs Forest Spa
Consistently rated as the standard-setter in a spa business, the Tamarind has been a crowd favorite since 1998. The Tamarind offers a range of spa treatments, of varying duration, that includes not just their specialized and highly acclaimed massages, but also a use of their top-notch facilities.
In particular, their Thai Yoga Massage, Swedish Massage, and foot reflexology are particularly sought after. The experience of exotic massages, friendly staff, and luxurious facilities is further enhanced by the natural and tranquil setting of this Spa. Guests are often gushing about the serene atmosphere, gentle breeze, enchanting greenery, and the soothing chirps of birds that elevate the quality of their overall experience.
2. Apples Spa Experience
Apples Spa has carved a distinct niche for itself in a relatively competitive market. This intimate facility has impressed its guest and burnished its reputation, for some very good reasons. To begin with, Apples Spa Experience does a thorough and professional job with a health due to diligence check before guests choose their massage package. The masseuses are professionally trained who never fail to leave their guest feeling thoroughly rejuvenated, from both outside and within.
One of their unique selling points has been top notch massages at surprisingly affordable rates. Quite like other Spas on the island, the Apples Spa Experience offers several tailor-made spa packages with their Thai Yoga massage and massages focused on pain relief being rather popular.
3. Thaisolate Float Center
Located in Bophut, the Thaisolate Float Center is arguably the most unique among all spa centers on Koh Samui. The spa itself is entirely dedicated to the flotation experience, featuring stunning dream-pod isolation tanks. These isolation tanks have won the hearts and minds of thousands of guests who have benefited from its ability to send them into a deep state of calm and meditation.
These flotation pods are designed to ease the human brain by removing all external environmental stimuli, thereby helping the guests to relax and meditate in complete tranquility. Since most guests are typically unaware of the techniques, and benefits of flotation therapy, the role of a qualified, professional and passionate staff becomes critical. The Thaisolate Float Center truly excels in this department as they have a team of friendly staff who are best at explaining and guiding the guests about their treatment.
4. The Yogarden
As is rather evident from the name, the focus at the Yogarden is on the ancient Indian art of Yoga. The practice of Yoga needs no introduction in terms of its benefits such as improving one’s flexibility and physical shape and instilling a sense of inner calm. The excellent yoga lessons are however not the only selling points of this versatile facility. Also, guests can enjoy a wide range of massages from qualified staff, make use of flotation tanks that work on sensory deprivation techniques. In addition, this place also offers an excellent option to enjoy healthy food if guests are looking for a break from the regular Thai fare.
5. Luxsa Spa
A true gem. This spa has steadily built its reputation among loyal guests on account of its luxurious setting, professional staff that provide a truly intimate and personalized service. For guests with ailments, the Spa organizes a special consultation session where the problem areas are identified, and the staff comes up with a custom-made massage treatment plan.
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