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Wash Away Those Festive Sins in Thailand

Posted in lifestyle, places of interest, resort, retreat, spa, Thailand, travel, travel tips
on January 11, 2018

From a picturesque yoga retreat perched in the sweeping mountains of Chiang Mai to a hard-core fitness boot camp in Phuket, here’s why Thailand is your go-to destination if you’re looking for a fresh, healthy start to 2018!



Cleanse away your festive sins at one of Thailand’s many detox retreats. With budget and luxury options available, as well as bespoke programs tailored to any request, forget the gym, grab your bikini and work off those holiday indulgences on one of Thailand’s famous palm-fringed beaches. Choose from a rejuvenating 1 – 7-day gentle cleanse, or for the more hardcore, try a month-long cleanse! Retreats also include activities such as hikes, yoga, meditation, massages and much more.

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Phuket Cleanse offers pre- cleanse and post-cleanse programs, detox therapies, and include activities such as guided meditation to help detox the mind while detoxing the body.

Location: Phuket

The Sanctuary Thailand is famous for their detox programs, yoga in paradise, healthy food options and world-class teachers, workshops and teacher trainings. Detox programs include the one-day quick detox, two-day liver cleanse, three – seven-day raw cleanse, 7.5 day candida detox, or a 10.5 day complete cleanse.

Location: Koh Pha Ngan Island

Samui Detox offers a variety of programs including; fasting and detox, weight loss, rejuvenation, as well as activities including yoga and meditation, Thai massage, herbal steam baths, workshops and excursions.

Location: Koh Samui

Fitness Boot Camps

Planning to overindulge this Festive season? Forget crash diets, dig out your passport and get to Thailand – the ultimate fitness holiday destination. Fitness boot-camps can be found all throughout the stretches of sandy white beaches or in the lush rainforests of Thailand, promising to whip you into shape, teach you healthy habits and set you on the right track in 2018.

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Phuket Fit

Phuket Fit’s team of specialized fitness and wellness professionals will give you the support needed in your journey to body transformation. Offering a healthy environment and personalised services and support, helping guests achieve specific health and fitness goals and make lasting positive changes in their lives. Phuket Cleanse offers three programs, including the ‘Detox & Cleanse Program’, the ‘Weight Loss Program’ and the ‘Complete Fitness Program’.

Location: Rawai, Phuket.

Thailand Fitness Boot Camp have devised a challenging but do-able week-long program, packed full of outdoor activities to help you achieve your fitness, health and weight loss goals. Their boot camp fitness vacations take a holistic approach to health and fitness, tying in a combination of work outs, clean diets and pampering spa treatments.

Location: Chiang Mai.

Ultimate Fitness Holiday provide advanced training techniques and all the tools necessary to achieve your fitness goals. Tailoring training to every individual and experienced instructors there to teach you all of the techniques to become a fitter and healthier version of you. Activities include: boot camps, open matt sessions, Olympic weightlifting, beach training, assault course training, and spinning.

Location: Phuket

Muay Tuay

Eager to get fit FAST and prepare for the ultimate challenge? Pack your bags and head to Thailand to experience their national sport, Muay Tuay. This combat sport, also known as ‘the art of eight limbs’ combines punching, kicking, kneeing, elbowing and clinching. Originally developed by Thai soldiers in the 16th century, it’s no surprise that this will likely be one of the toughest workouts you’ve ever experienced. Muay Thai camps can be found all over Thailand, each catering to different experience levels and different budgets. Known as one of the most grueling and exhausting, yet rewarding and most memorable experiences you’ll ever have, are you up for the Muay Thai challenge?

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Jun Muay Thai Camp is a traditional Thai gym that caters to all levels of students, from absolute beginners through to advanced stadium fighters. It offers general fitness and conditioning training, or more intensive technique and fight preparation training. It is also quickly becoming known as the place to train in Koh Samui.

Location: Koh Samui

Tiger Muay Thai accept all levels of fitness and fight experience and has fast become a training ground for the world’s most elite athletes. The camp has gained a well-deserved reputation as the premier destination for Muay Thai, MMA & Fitness training in Thailand, offering packages including beginner, intermediate and advanced programs, coached by some of the best trainers in the world.

Location: Phuket

Super Pro Samui will help you accomplish your personal goals, focusing on Muay Thai and MMA, with classes designed for all ages and levels. In addition, they also offer CrossFit, yoga and fitness, as well as kids classes.

Location: Koh Samui

Yoga Retreats

Escape from the Dubai hustle and bustle to the tranquility of Thailand to experience one of their world-famous yoga retreats. Reconnect with nature as you let go of all your worries in the ideal surroundings. Whether you’re after a budget, luxury, beach or jungle escape, Thailand offers something for everyone. There’s no better way to switch off, get bendy and reboot with a positive mindset for the new year.

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Absolute Sanctuary is your go-to, if you’re looking for a true Island escape and is Asia’s top wellness resort for fitness, health, lifestyle and weight management. A range of crafted programs are available, including yoga, pilates, core programs and healthy food programs promising to help you reconnect with yourself, recharge, revitalize and re-energise.

Location: Koh Samui

Kamalaya Koh Samui is a personal yoga and wellness retreat offering all-inclusive yoga and meditation packages suitable for beginners and experiences yogis alike. They offer private one-to-one yoga sessions with customized instruction along with complementary treatments, including Ayurveda therapies from experiences Indian therapists. 3, 5 and 7 night programs available.

Location: Koh Samui

Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin offers a ‘Yoga for Life’ package that will rejuvenate the body, calm the mind and help heal the spirit. Group classes or one-on-one tutorials available, as well as mediation, Pranayama and Ayuryedic cleansing techniques. Choose from a variety of packages, ranging from 3 nights, to 14 nights.

Location: Hua Hin

Grab your passport and start the year off right, destination: Thailand!

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A Honeymoon in Heaven: The Magic of the Maldives

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The Maldives is one of the most popular destinations in the world for love-struck honeymooners, and it’s not exactly hard to see why. Beautiful deserted islands surrounded by the warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean, stunning scenery, world-class luxury resorts, golden sands and perfect weather combine to make it a dream destination for honeymoons. Here are some of the highlights of this island paradise to keep in mind should you be looking for a romantic destination for your honeymoon.

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Enjoy Your Own Private Island

Wherever you stay in the Maldives, you will never be far away from a deserted island. You should not have trouble arranging an excursion to one of the nearby islands, where you will be able to enjoy a meal for two while watching the sun set and knowing that the island is yours alone to enjoy. You can’t get much more romantic than that.

Head Beneath the Waves

The Maldives is a diver’s paradise, and even if you don’t dive yourself, you will be able to discover the world beneath the waves with a simple snorkel and mask. Discover turtles, stingrays, starfish, tropical fish and stunning coral formations just outside the door to your luxury accommodation. It does not matter where you stay because the waters around all the islands are bursting with life.

Go Whale & Dolphin Watching

It may be spectacular beneath the waves, but you can also enjoy the thrill of watching wildlife from the surface, namely whales and dolphins. Boat tours are easy to arrange, and you will be able to head out into the great expanse of endless ocean where you can see spotted dolphins, sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins, whale sharks and more. The chances of making a sighting are very good, and seeing a whale in the wild is an experience that you will always treasure.

Water Sports

Romantic honeymoons are not just about moonlit dinners on the sand and lying around on beaches. You may also want to get involved in some activities, and if so you will be in luck. The main activities here consist of water sports, with the most popular being surfing, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, jet skiing and kite surfing. You can also arrange a fishing trip if you want, and if you catch anything you’ll be able to get it cooked up for your dinner.


People do not tend to visit the Maldives for sightseeing opportunities (they are far too busy lazing around on the picture perfect beaches), but there are a few things that are certainly worth a visit, mainly in the capital of Malé.

If you head to the capital at some point, consider taking a trip to the National Museum where you can enjoy a unique collection of artefacts that bring the history of the Maldives to life. The Maldives Fish Market is also interesting, and here you will able to enjoy the bustling atmosphere as the fresh catches are sold.

Enjoy Pure Luxury in the Maldives

With all of the above, including optional extras such as beach barbecues, massages on the golden sands and sunset cruises, it just does not get any more romantic, so find out more about a luxury break tothe Maldives. Sound like the place where you want your married life to begin? Then start thinking about booking your honeymoon today.

Alex Norman is a travel consultant with a penchant for coordinating wedding parties. He enjoys blogging where he gets to share his insights.

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