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“Good Spot”
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Absolute Sanctuary
Ranked #28 of 219 Speciality Lodging in Bophut
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Good Spot”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

My partner and I did a week (my partner actually did two) of detox here. We both left feeling a lot thinner, healthier and refreshed.

The hotel itself is not on the beach and merely a 3-3.5 star operation. That said, I recommend it highly as long as you are going for detox, yoga, etc. The rooms are comfortable, the view is over the sea and magnificent. The beds are first class and they have a variety of pillows and mine was perfect. The place has a moroccan them which is odd in Thailand, but it is not bad.

The food they have is vegetarian and delicious. Well seasoned and interesting.

The staff is fantastic. Throughout the week, which included a daily colonic, we had a lot of interaction and everyone was thoughtful, courteous, discreet and professional.

No, you will not be hanging out at the pool (which is fantastic, by the way) with Jennifer Anniston, but would you really want to if you are there to recharge your batteries?

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

My first time staying in Absolute Sanctuary was a very interesting experience. This place centers
absolutely everything about your health, from the healthy food and drinks they serve, to the massages, detox cleansing programs and yoga. I hardly do yoga or think carefully about what I eat, so to be totally involved in the healthy program was rather challenging! But it didn't take very long for me to get comfortable. I am all praises for the staff at the detox centre and the yoga teacher - they get high marks for being professional yet dedicated in their work.

The accommodation though simple, I had a very comfortable stay and every night I slept very well. I came to Absolute Sanctuary stressed but I left the place absolutely well rested and healthier for sure!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

I haven't stayed at the Absolute but booked a 2 week yoga programm. The instructors were very professional, I especially enjoyed Jana's classes as she was very helpful and insughtful.
Would definitely recommend the Hot Yoga classes as well as a refreshing dring after the class at the pool.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Erfurt
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

The hotel has only 38 rooms so it is quite cosy and offers a familiar atmosphere. I haven´t book a detox-/ fast-programm as I personally feel I should enjoy my holidays and not torture myself when so much delicious food options are around. I book an anti-stress-programm, and all of the treatments were of outstanding quality. The Reiki-therapist is a real healer, it was amazing. Also all the massages were not only enjoyable, they really worked and my back and shoulders got much better after some days. Absolutely outstanding are the yoga-lessons. I had never seen a schedule with so many yoga-styles and options before and all classes were great. The teachers gave individual advises and corrections, my body´s strenght and flexibility improved a lot during the two weeks. Thank you so much, Jana!
The place is a bit away from the crouds, but you can walk to the next village with a beautiful beach (Choeng Mon) in 20 minutes. The hotel offers a shuttle service, but if this does not fit into your schedules, walking can be made easily. You can also go to Chaweng beach by shuttle service, but I personally felt the beach at Choeng Mon was nicer and not so busy.

In my package I had 10 days including 3 meals from the hotel´s Love Kitchen. The food was always fresh and healthy, you always have the choice from a big menu. I personally think that it was a bit to healthy, could not see carrots, seaweed and other vegetables any more as I got lots of them, cooked and raw. My only advise would be to offer some more options like curries, fish and seafood dishes as alternatives.

The hotel room was spacy, clean and modern. The pool was amazing, with sea water, such a nice temperature and water felt like silk. There is a steam room next to the pool where you could detox or just warm-up your body for treatments and relaxation.

Staff is so friendly and helpful, the receptions can organize everything (they found me a special medicine and arranged so many things in a perfect way). Once you arrived and felt a bit familiar, you probably don´t want to leave.

I would highly recommend to place to anybody who looks for a retreat, needs to gain new energy and spoil himself in a healthy way. Make use of the yoga-sessions and workshops and enjoy the fantastic treatments as well as the exotic surrounding - you will start to feel better and more powerful after some days.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Miami, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

Absolute Sanctuary on Samui Island is not about the rooms or service, although both are good. This is a serious health spa featuring detox and yoga. If you are not thinking about either of the two, move on. If you are considering this type of retreat this is a very good choice. We have been to three detox facilities in Samui, this is the middle priced one and we like it the best. It is not large and does not cover a lot of land -- which means that very little effort is required to get around while you are here. Very professional and very clean and modern in most respects, this is a destination resort for people with a very single purpose -- detox and yoga. Also, their restaurant is surprisingly good for the health conscious, and the yoga studio attracts the best teachers. Great view of the sea from most, but not all locations.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

I am so glad I gave myself the gift of wellness and will commit to this every year. I just completed a 4D4N Yoga Programme and inclusive were Unlimited yoga, choice of 3 delicious vegetarian meals a day, 2 healthy & energizing juices, 1 massage a day, group fitness activities, free airport transfers and beach/town shuttle service)

Overall:
- A quiet sanctuary with liked minded people who either are on detox, are doing yoga, on fitness/anti stress programmes, or those who just want R&R. Given this, families do not usually stay here. It is high on a cliff and so all you hear are the birds. Also 5 mins from the airport!
- The resort is quaint and Moroccan inspired, so you feel like you are somewhere else and the rooms have this theme too. Comfortable beds and everything you need in the room.
- Delicious meals prepared by the Love Kitchen (if you are not fasting). I go vegetarian quite often and find it difficult to stay full, but meals here are so fulfilling and substantial.
- The Pool is beautiful and quiet too, since most people are either doing yoga, fitness or may have gone to the beach. You never have to fight for some time in the sun! The sun shines all day here, if it is out!
- If you do yoga, if you know Absolute Yoga from Bangkok, then you have to come here! I started each day with meditation, which was very relaxing and energizing to start the day clearing out the mind, then I went on to do 2-3 yoga classes a day. The instructors are very good (Elizabeth and Jana), they have mats, towels, and many props. The classes are suitable for ALL levels, dont be afraid if you have never done yoga or if you are a little rusty, the teachers are very accommodating and know how to help and adjust beginners, or help experienced yogi's push further.
- The inhouse spa is very good. I was pleasantly surprised how good the aroma (oil) and Thai massages were here, given that they are more expensive that your average thai massage on the beach on in the town. Since my package had it included, it really was the perfect way to wind down and relax the body and mind, especially after all the yoga and the sun worshipping.
- Free shuttles! 5 mins to/from airport, only 5 mins to/from Sala Hotel and Choeng Mon Beach (my favourite as it is quiet), and only 10 mins to/from Chaweng Beach, which is supposed to be the touristy beach, but I still found it and Samui overall, much less crowded and stressful than Phuket's Patong, Karon etc...
- The staff are very attentive and accommodating, they really take care of you.

It is a different story for those who are on the detox/fast and maybe raw diet programme. I spoke to a few and they were actually feeling ok and recommended that 3 days is not enough because it is not enough time for the body to get used to. Also I did feel a little weird eating my wholesome vegetarian meals and not finishing them, knowing that there were others who only had a vitamin shot a day and unlimited vegetable broth...

The resort is under renovation, which for me was not an issue as I was busy; they plan your schedule and you also want to make use of your time here whether it is yoga, pool or the beach, that you will not spend much time in your room.

The shuttle bus times are a few times a day and on a few occasions I paid them to take me outside of the schedule, but you can also easily get a taxi back... There are so many taxis around. Samui is relatively quieter now than before... Which is a good thing for travellers, but not for the local community/businesses.

A great place to go by yourself. You meet different kinds like like minded people as I said, who are not health freaks. You can do as much or as little as you want and there are no rules, except there is no alcohol and smoking anywhere in this resort.

I am so happy I did this and cannot wait to return.

Thank you Absolute Sanctuary.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Hong Kong
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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Reviewed 17 April 2013

I attended a yoga retreat here and it was great. (Did not detox.) The rooms are comfortable and the yoga facility is first rate. They have plenty of props, the room has nice light, fans and air conditioning. The pool is gorgeous and very clean. Our buffet meals were excellent - lots of variety for vegetarians and those who eat chicken and fish. The staff are very nice. The spa is fine - had one massage that was just okay and another that was excellent. Someone on staff is a wizard making animals out of towels.

But, unfortunately, this is a sanctuary only for people. It is not a place for cats unlucky enough to find themselves inside the walls. When we arrived a pod of kittens had been left on the stairs. It was too late to get food from the restaurant, they said, and in the morning they were gone. I found one other kitten and was told the mother was dead and any feeding had to be done in secret. As a cat lover, it made me very sad. The kittens were too small to be transported. Although the resort has a box for Koh Samui Dog Rescue which saves dogs and cats and has a neuter and release program, it does not appear that this resort is treating stray animals in a humane and decent way. It seems hypocritical that they are promoting yoga but not practicing one of the basic rules - do no harm.

I enjoyed the retreat but came away with a sad and disappointed feeling because of their treatment of the animals there. I hope this review and the actions of other guests will help to change this.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Absolute Sanctuary
Address: 88 Moo 5, Tambol Bophut, Amphur Koh Samui | Suratthani, Surat Thani, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 219 Speciality Lodging in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Absolute Sanctuary 4*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Absolute Sanctuary is a wellness resort specialising in Detox, Spa and Yoga holiday programs. Lifestyle programs such as Pilates reformer, Core Blast and gym classes are also on offer to ensure you receive a complete and rejuvenating experience for a healthier body and mind. Furnished with Moroccan-inspired decors, Absolute Sanctuary is a tranquil haven of cleansing, recharging and revitalisation. With a wide range of detoxification programs, healing spa therapies, inspiring yoga, pilates reformer and gym classes and a healthy gourmet cuisine restaurant, the Absolute Sanctuary caters to those seeking a journey back to a long-term rebalancing of their bodies and minds. ... more   less 
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