We don’t know anyone who couldn’t use a vacation. Unwinding from life’s daily stresses and unplugging from the outside world is what ‘wellness’ travel is all about. These serene locales take relaxation to a whole new level, one where rejuvenating your tired soul is paramount.
Last week we took you to the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat situated in a Malaysian rainforest and in this week’s edition of our Luxury Wellness Getaway series, we travel to Thailand.
If the discovery of inner peace remains a family affair, then maybe Thailand’s Soneva Kiri is the place for you and yours. Situated on the idyllic island of Koh Kood, 80km from the mainland coast, what at first appears unassuming, undeveloped jungle is host to 20 of the largest resort villas in the world, each complete with jaw-dropping infinity pools, ultra-modern upholstery, personal electric buggies so as to rest tired feet, and a private butler.
While parents can enjoy a wealth of spa treatments – including yoga and ancient Indian Ayurvedic massage – or explore the vast array of marine wildlife that makes the Koh Chang national park its home, kids are invited to relax at ‘The Den’: a manta ray-shaped playground made of moulded bamboo and jam-packed with toys and traditional Thai instruments with which to let loose your child’s inner creativity. If even the Den is unable to sate your child’s curiosity, the Soneva Kiri offers age-specific clubs for burgeoning explorers who want to get an insider look at the flora and fauna in the depths of the rainforest.
Prices begin at around CA$1,400, but the resort has a few more tricks up its foliage-covered sleeve in order to justify that kind of cash. Avid astrologers can take advantage of the Observatory, where guests can spot Saturn’s ethereal halo or the many moons of Jupiter, and film buffs are welcome to catch a Hollywood classic at the Cinema Paradiso, which screens nightly movies from the comfort of an all-natural auditorium, next to a still lagoon.
The Soneva Kiri also provides one of the more memorable dining experiences to be found anywhere across the globe in the form of Treepod dining. If the tranquil shoreline setting and gourmet food and wine wasn’t enough, diners are seated in bamboo pods that are gently hoisted into the upper reaches of the canopy, before your edible wares are delivered in acrobatic fashion by a zip-line bound waiter.
It is, declares the website, “Ancient Siam at peace with itself” – and now you can find true peace there, too.
Our Wellness Getaway Series continues next week, with a retreat to Japan's Benesse Art Site Naoshima.
Article by Jake Taylor RE:LUXE