The Kamalaya hotel website is misleading to say the least. This is NOT a luxury resort with spa treatments, it is a 'wellness centre' for people actually suffering from maladies. Throughout my five day visit there were elderly people walking around in white robes and everyone spoke in hushed tones. It was like being in some sort of an asylum.
My husband and I went to Kamalaya to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, and it was a huge mistake. Firstly, the hotel is very rustic and has none of the splendour and luxury that the pictures on the website lead you to expect. Our bathroom was almost completely open air, and it was raining at the time we visited, so going to the bathroom meant braving the wind and rain and showering with little frogs and big bugs at your feet. Going to the bathroom at night was of course impossible, much like living in the amazon.
The therapies and treatments are good, but the staff is intimidating and makes a big fuss about timings and schedules and appointments, even charging you a ridiculous fee if you happen to be unavailable for a session. So be careful before committing to a massage.
And now, to the food, which was absolutely the last straw. I am vegetarian, but my husband is non-vegetarian and neither of us really got anything to eat during our stay. Most of the time I went around faint with hunger. Unsuspecting vegetarians have only a variety of raw vegetables to choose from, and an array of nauseating 'health drink' concoctions. Potatoes are not even brought into the Kamalaya kitchen. By my third day I was ready to run out of the hotel and find some fries. My husband, equally famished, tried to get us a taxi to have a meal outside, but the reception staff was rude and did all they could to prevent us from going. Even my anniversary cake was sugar-free and made of wheat.
Kamalaya is ridiculously overpriced, the treatment is ok but not worth the starvation and discomfort. I would not recommmend this place to anyone.
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- Also Known As:
- Kamalaya Koh Samui Hotel Laem Set
- Kamalaya Hotel Koh Samui
- Kamalaya Spa Koh Samui
- Kamalaya Koh Samui Ko Samui, Thailand