Retreats are all the rage these days, but with options ranging from meditation and wellness spas, to non-stop workout boot camp trips; deciding between them often seems impossible. Not to mention, for most of us the time available being the restriction. Thoughts like “how long will it take to get there?”, “I can’t take an entire week off work…” and “I just need a weekend away” start coming up, and usually there isn’t a solution… well, until now – GuavaPass has you sorted.
Amatara Wellness Resort has created the perfect getaway trip to give you exactly the break you need from a bustling working life – an all inclusive 3-day trip, just 3.5 hours away from the city in beautiful Phuket, Thailand, which encompasses the entire wellness spectrum.
And what’s better, we put our mind and bodies on the line to find out the 5 reasons why this trip is SO you.
1. The location
Located in Cape Panwa, on the southeastern tip of the island, you are surrounded by sweeping views of the Andaman sea. Waking up, working out, and resting in front of lapping blue waters is usually a feature most retreats can’t provide.
2. The invigorating yet mindful, 3-day schedule
The resort’s Director of Wellness and Naturopath, Phoebe, will help you fine-tune your program, address your individual needs and what you hope to achieve from the program. The program is 3 days long, but their ability to shorten it even to my busy schedule of 2 days meant I only got to experience part of the amazing retreat. Nonetheless, it was mindblowing how present and centered I felt upon conclusion.
- Arrive at Amatara Resort
- 1pm – Lunch
- 3pm – Wellness Consultation (60 mins)
- 4pm – Thai Hamman (105 mins)
- 5.45pm – Signature Amatara Massage (60 mins)
- 7.30pm – Dinner
- 8am – Group Morning Yoga (50 mins)
- 9am – Breakfast
- 10.30am – Chakra Balancing (30 mins)
- 1pm – Lunch
- 3pm – Muay Thai or Core Bag & Kettlebell
- 5pm – Facial or Thai Massage (90 mins)
- 8pm – Dinner
- 8am – Breakfast
- 9am – Departure Consultation (30 mins)
These schedules were completely flexible so you can mix it up however you please, but remember to allocate ample pool and beach time! The beauty of this resort is that it caters to all, so even if it’s just you that’s focused on a wellness program (detox, weight management, yoga etc.), you don’t have to leave your family behind! Your kids and travel companions will have plenty to keep them entertained.
3. The entire package
For as little as US$1,000 per person, the all-inclusive package combines accommodation (the pool villas are fantastic!), daily wellness and spa treatments, along with full board healthy, organic nutritional meals. Upon arrival, you’ll be asked to fill out a personal questionnaire so Amatara can personalise your retreat experience tailored to what you need, what you want to achieve and what would make your stay the best possible. Not sure what you need out of a retreat? Don’t worry, Phoebe will help you understand what you can strive for.
4. The hidden gems
Traditionally, Hamman treatments aren’t known for their soft touch. The spa treatment usually involves a mist of piping hot steam, a powerful and unforgiving masseuse and body scrubbing that will have you wondering why you booked in in the first place.
At the Amatara resort, it’s a whole other story. Their Thai Hamman was the absolute highlight of my trip. Those that have tried a Turkish Hamman before will roughly (pun intended) know what to expect, but luckily this version is more “gentle” as it incorporates Thai spa therapy techniques. The process involves an alternation of cool and warm temperatures with water, steam, heated stone beds, ice application and sauna to help your body stimulate the detoxification process. Through sweating and activating the lymphatic system, your body will be able to eliminate toxins. The gentle scrub also helps increase blood circulation, and the mud mask, which is rich in essential minerals, helps to cleanse, revitalise and soften dull skin.
5. The incredibly delicious and wholesome food
Last but not least, there are three signature restaurants at Amatara but “The Retreat” is the one to dine at if you want healthy wellness cuisine. There’s a wide selection of choices and everything I had was truly delicious! For lunch and dinner I had healthy nutritious salads and body cleansing soups & broth, and for breakfast I had a different raw juice or superfood smoothie blend each day. The gluten-free banana pancakes were definitely a personal favourite! Who knew healthy food could taste this good!
Sound good? Lucky for you we have partnered up with Amatara Resort for the May 1st holiday weekend to offer an exclusive wellness program for GuavaPass members. For more information about rates and bookings kindly contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All bookings must be made before April 11th, 2018. See you in Phuket!