I decided to come to Absolute Sanctuary in search for some peace and quiet and relaxing time to reconnect with myself. I hit jackpot! It’s a decent sized resort where everything and everyone will focus on making you feel better physically and mentally. The detox cuisine is very tasty; the pool quite large and the fitness installations (yoga / Pilates / gym) top notch (and very well looked after). But most of all it’s the people who work there. Stephanie is really kind and a good listener. Mai who runs the spa is an absolute gem. Sari, Darlene and Jana are fabulous teachers passionate about what they do. And the rest of the staff: from reception, drivers, room service, restaurant and juice makers at the pool bar... Exceeded all expectations. Honestly just what I was looking for: felt like a week “home away home”.
I booked the stay at the hotel without any programs (a room with a view + breakfast), but ended up signing up for a 7-day unlimited yoga and massage because it’s the experience you can’t miss. Yoga studio is well-organized and faces the jungle which makes you enjoy the sounds of nature during the class. The instructors help to adapt postures to people of all levels. Personally, I was transitioning back into my yoga routine after a long break, so big thanks to Jana and Cara who helped me to do it so smoothly in almost no time. There is also a small, but perfectly equipped gym, and a swimming pool which apart from looking cool might allow you to do the laps. Although the place is more centered on special programs and people come to focus more on inside themselves, the hotel offers an opportunity to explore the island outside and provides free shuttles to most well-known places. And at any time the staff are so friendly, welcoming and helpful that you will be thinking about booking the stay for the next year before you leave.
This was my first retreat of any kind and I chose Absolute Sanctuary specifically for its reformer pilates offering. I booked the 7 day reformer pilates programme and it was incredible. Sari is a knowledgeable and energetic instructor which really helped motivate me through my twice daily group classes and a few private sessions. Mai and the whole of her wellness team organised an excellent schedule for me and were happy to keep it flexible when I wanted to move things around. All of the massages I had were excellent, from skilled and friendly staff, and they perfectly balanced out against my daily workouts. I was most surprised by how incredibly tasty and satiating 'clean'/healthy food can be; the Love Kitchen truly does a remarkable job at this and I didn't feel hungry or deprived at all. Finally, thanks to Lisa and her team at the front desk for pulling everything together and sorting out an extension to my trip when I decided I wasn't ready to leave on the original date. I find myself rather envious of the guests I met staying on 60 day programmes, and would certainly like to return.
From the time of arrival my experience was so relaxed and positive. The staff without exception were friendly and professional. The food was superb, healthy and plentiful in fact more than I was able to eat, I was surprised to find I had lost 3 kilos in 8 days without even trying. It is a place to recharge batteries and be 'just you' in beautiful surroundings. My stay was for stress relief I had a wonderful councillor Stephanie who has given me such good tools to help me to cope with stressful situations along with meditation yoga and pilates I feel like a new woman I would recommend it to any - I think we all deserve it
I had an amazing experience at Absolute! Since it was my first time and I was traveling alone, I was hesitant to try somewhere new but I am so glad I chose Absolute Sanctuary. I chose the Rest & Rejuvenate program and it was exactly what I needed. Everyone was so nice, kind, accommodating and helpful. From changing some parts of my program, to adapting to my health condition everyone from Stephanie (health consultant), to Mai (wellness center) to all the lovely staff at the spa, live kitchen and pool bar were the best. I highly recommend coming here to rest & recharge by the pool and get pampered at the spa. Everyone will make sure your stay is the best. Plus, the food is super healthy and makes you feel great. Thank you! I can’t wait to be back :) & this time with my family
The resort is located about 10mins from the airport. Though it's not right by the beach but it has got other elements to keep you busy or stay relaxed-whichever you choose to. The deluxe room we stayed has a nice view to the ocean. Yoga and Pilate classes are high quality. Food options at the restaurant are light and healthy. The masseurs are well trained. Recommend to look at your activities schedule when receive and if some rearrange needed to be done, do contact the wellness center sooner than later especially if you come as a couple and would like to do things together. The shuttle bus to the other parts of Samui is a plus. Overall we had a pleasant stay. Recommended.
We came here to relax and also to experience yoga and Pilates for the first time. We were not disappointed. The resort is located on a hill slope, fittingly some distance away from the tourist hustle and bustle. It has adopted a Marroccan style in its decor, and some such elements can also be found in its food. Speaking of which, the kitchen run here is very good, with fresh ingredients and mostly vegetarian/vegan options. Staff are very helpful and attentive, always with a ready smile. The airport bus pickup worked fine. We booked the meaningful holiday package which we can recommend - it allows you to select a stretching and an oil massage, a yoga and a Pilates class as well as breakfast plus 2 lunches / dinners and an extra cash allowance which can be spent on anything. Especially the stretching massage was a great experience and skillfully executed. There are free 30 minutes yoga 'meditation' classes each at 8am. We did not try the morning options as they were limited to 7am walks (a jog option would have been nice). The gym is very well appointed, and the pool a good size to wind down afterwards. The hotel's shuttle bus will take you to the fishing village and Chawang for free in the evening (booking required). The venue is well frequented even during low season hence I recommend you book early. We were here during the rainy season but that was not a problem.
I stayed for a 7 day holistic detox and I am blown away with the resort. All the staff are accommodating and cheerful, rescheduling appointments was super easy if need be and there are lots of amazing classes and activities to choose from. Great stay! Highly recommend!
I was looking for a resort that offered Reformer Pilates classes in a beautiful setting & Absolute Sanctuary did not disappoint. I signed up to the 7 day Pilates Bootcamp & loved the varied, challenging reformer classes as well as some PT sessions. The instructors were properly trained in Pilates & looked after everyone in class sizes varying from 3 to a maximum of 9 people. The highlight was probably the almost daily restorative, incredible Thai massages & treatments that worked magic on aching muscles. They also offered daily workshops on health body & mind that were interesting. Really friendly, helpful staff & a mixed group of visitors with some only staying a few days & others on a 60 day total Detox. Delicious, plentiful Thai food made the stay even more enjoyable & somewhere easy to come to as a Solo traveller. Highly recommend.
I came to Absolute Sanctuary to relax and recover after several stressful months. I found exactly what I was looking for! - A quiet retreat in an idyllic nook of Koh Samui, close to everything but away from the touristy hustle and bustle. - A wide daily selection of yoga and Pilates classes - A nice gym, with personal trainers available for more intensity - Healthy simple food - A full spa with excellent Thai massages - Very kind, incredibly helpful staff always ready to go the extra mile. I am so grateful for the time that I got to spent here. Thank you Absolute Sanctuary!