Yoga retreats are the perfect excuse to take a break from daily responsibilities, unwind, relax and reinvigorate. A few months ago, my friends and I were on the hunt for the best that the universe had to offer. After a zillion searches on yogaretreats.com, we decided on the Sattva Samui Yoga Retreat, which offered the perfect package at an unbeatable price.
Satva Samui is an all-year-round yoga and detox resort in Thailand’s second largest island, Koh Samui. It is the perfect destination for anyone looking to practice yoga, detox, meditate, and explore the charming island of Koh Samui which is well known for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves, and mountainous rainforest.THE RETREAT PACKAGE
Even though the resort typically offers its visitors a seven-day Hatha Yoga Retreat, they can accommodate shorter stays. In our case, we booked for only four days so they prorated our stay. We were required to make a 20% deposit, with the balance payable upon arrival.
THE FOLLOWING ARE INCLUDED IN THE USUAL PACKAGE
Two daily yoga classes
Daily mantra meditation
Individual consultation with yoga teachers
Ayurvedic diagnostics and herbal detox
Three excursions to eight amazing places
Vegetarian breakfasts and lunches
Accommodation for six nights
Even though Satva Samui’s guests are mostly Russians, they also cater for their English speaking guests and yoga lessons are offered in both languages. For a more personalized experience or custom package, contact them directly.
90/42 Moo.2, T. Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
TEL+66 94 309 3892
We flew Bangkok Airways from the Suvarnabhum Airport in Bangkok to the Samui International Airport, arriving at 7:15 a.m. Mr. Stanislav, one of the resort’s senior staff, who had been in touch with us from the moment we booked our retreat, was already at the airport waiting for us. It was our first time in Koh Samui. As we loaded the car with our luggage and took our seats, our sleepiness and fatigue were quickly replaced by a rush of adrenaline and excitement as we looked forward to spending the next four days on the Island. The drive from the airport to the resort took around 30 minutes.
Satva Samui is a beachfront property but unfortunately, due to low tide, we were not able to enjoy its beach. Luckily, the resort is very close to Lamai beach, which was more conducive for swimming—only an 11-minute-drive away via the resort shuttle for guests, to be precise.As we sipped our chilled coconut water during check in at Satva Samui, we were briefed on the retreat’s highlights, and what to expect. In no time, we settled in our allocated rooms, changed into comfortable clothes, and went for breakfast before catching up on some much-needed sleep that we had deprived ourselves the previous day in Bangkok.We woke up just in time for lunch. Satva Samui serves vegetarian meals for both breakfast and lunch. They keep it healthy, balanced and interesting. I loved their salad bar and detox teas, which guests were allowed to help themselves to as much as we wanted.We spent the rest of the afternoon beach bumming. I can’t remember the last time I was by the sea, so this was a great opportunity to let the sand be my seat and the waves hit my feet. At around 5 p.m., we made our way back to the resort to prepare for our first yoga practice.Our yoga sessions for the retreat were scheduled at sunrise and at sunset. Satva Samui hosts the class on their rooftop deck with a (great) view: a vast expanse of sky that looked like it had been spray-painted by a graffiti artist, swaying palm trees, and the wide, open sea.Our first practice was a Hatha yoga session guided by Gallina. She was tall and graceful in her poses. Looking at how she pointed her toes, I could tell she was probably a ballerina once upon time, before yoga stole her heart. The session was led in both Russian and English.
Though I haven’t practiced Hatha in nine years, I was more than willing to give my Vinyasa flow a break and go back to the foundation of my yoga practice. Naturally, my thoughts were redirected to my time in Sri Lanka—to My First Yoga Class, my first yoga teacher, and how so much that didn’t make sense then do now. As we settled into our last pose, I was filled with gratitude at how much I have evolved in my practice and as a person. Also, I couldn’t help but smile because I just survived my first yoga class in Russian.After freshening up and changing into something more comfortable, we attended the daily mantra meditation held at 8 p.m. daily, then went for dinner on the beach. We chatted the night away as we chowed down on pretty much the same the thing we had been chowing down the past few meals; Tom Yum Goong , Phad Thai and Tom Khai Gai (At some point we got lazy going through Thai menus so we ended up ordering the same thing.) Nothing much happens on Lamai beach, in terms of nightlife, especially during low season, so once we were done with our dinner we headed straight back to the resort and called it a day.
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