Well, it's another year and, naturally, we're thinking about our goals for 2019. If your new year's resolution was to shed a few kilos or take better care of your body, Thailand is the place to go. With a wide range of exceptional wellness escapes, the destination has plenty for couples looking to recharge their batteries. Not sure where to start? We've collected some incredible options for you.
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Pimalai Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta
Pimalai Resort & Spa's setting alone is enough to make you feel at peace. Set amongst lush tropical forests and overlooking the azure Andaman Sea, the Koh Lanta resort is cherished for its palm-filled gardens, luxury accommodation and fabulous wellness offerings.
Specialising in both traditional and contemporary techniques, Pimalai's acclaimed spa is loved by those-in-the-know for its rejuvenating treatments. Indulge in a pamper session (or five) and learn a few insiders' tips with one of their complimentary spa classes. From traditional Thai massage to aromatherapy, you'll learn how to indulge the senses and return home with a few new skills. More focused on getting back into a fitness routine? Pimalai's Delight Exercises Studio boasts excellent facilities and fun classes like aerial yoga and paddleboading.
Silavadee Pool Spa Resort, Koh Samui
An exclusive Koh Samui hideaway, Silavadee Pool Spa Resort is all about getting back to nature… in luxury, of course. Ideal for couples seeking indulgence, each of the resort's villas feature their own private pool equipped with Aqua Jet Massage Bed – get in some laps and relieve any tension in your muscles to feel totally invigorated.
Before leaving, be sure to visit Silavadee's fitness centre. Enough to entice anti-gym junkies, it looks out over the blue horizon and provides all the essentials for things like strength training and yoga. The renowned Silavadee Spa is also a must-visit. Blending ancient Thai and modern Western massage techniques, the tranquil haven also offers tailored-to-you anti-ageing treatments.
Chiva-Som International Health Retreat, Hua Hin
Perfect for those that are serious about their wellness, Hua Hin's Chiva-Som International Health Retreat focuses on rejuvenating the mind, body and spirit holistically. Also with sumptuous accommodation offerings and emerald garden surrounds, this is also an oasis for luxury-lovers.
On arrival, you'll meet with a Health and Wellness Advisor who'll work one-on-one with you to create the best experience for you. Suffering from an injury? The resort's targeted physiotherapy programs include physical therapy, massage and rehabilitation. Looking to kickstart your work-out regime? Expert services, fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities and nutritious cuisine will help you reach your personal goals. Need to really relax? The spa's body treatments and hydrotherapy facilities help relieve pain, improve circulation and promote a sense of overall wellbeing.
Kamalaya Koh Samui, Koh Samui
Beloved by A-listers and fitness-lovers, Kamalaya Koh Samui is the ultimate wellness escape. A tropical paradise located on Koh Samui's picture-perfect coastline, the resort integrates healing therapies from the East and West, and customises programs to offer guests a bespoke experience. Whether you're looking for a detox, weight control or sleep enhancement, they'll provide everything you need to return home truly better.
Similar to Chiva-Som, a health and wellness expert will access your situation and create a plan just for you. Find the perfect stretch in the open-air yoga pavilion, work up a sweat in the gym-with-water-views or unwind at the spectacular spa. And nourish your body with flavoursome healthy cuisine – the resort actually won the title of 'Spa Cuisine of the Year 2018' at the AsiaSpa Awards. We'll raise a healthy papaya bee smoothie to that!
The Nai Harn, Phuket
A brilliant option for couples dreaming of a Phuket getaway, The Nai Harn is home to enchanting bay views, glamorous accommodation and a wonderful spa. Just steps away from golden sands and turquoise waters, this delightful escape is hard to resist.
Using natural ingredients that focus on creating specific results for guests, The Spa at Nai Harn offers bespoke health and wellness programs, plus an array of fitness-focused experiences – think Thai boxing and yoga. A terrific gym and sleek pool add to the list of marvellous touches, promising guests an amazing stay.
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Images credit: Kamalaya Koh Samui, Pimalai Resort & Spa and Chiva-Som International Health Retreat