What’s a holiday for if not to indulge in complete relaxation and rejuvenation? Tamarind Springs is an eco-minded day spa offering massage treatments, cooling plunge pools and detoxifying steam caves in a stunning natural jungle setting that will have you feeling like new again. This day spa is known as one of Asia’s best – and that’s really saying something.
Tamarind Springs was Koh Samui’s first day spa when it opened in 1998, and it quickly earned a reputation as one of Asia’s stand-out offerings. To visit here is to immerse yourself in an environment so tranquil that you won’t be able to help but succumb to deep relaxation. Asian-style pavilions blend seamlessly with the lush, tropical surrounds; there are three cleverly designed rock pools surrounded by giant boulders, and two herbal steam rooms have been built into caves. Boardwalks and meditative stepping-stone pathways lead you from one heavenly relaxation zone to another.
You’ll leave your worries behind you the minute you turn down the palm-lined driveway off the main road and arrive at the peaceful reception area. Choose between an unhurried DIY experience, drifting between the rock pools and steam caves, or opt for a package that includes 1.5 hours at your leisure as well as a treatment or two. Massages are decidedly Thai in origin but incorporate the western techniques of Swedish and deep-tissue massage. Other treatments range from herbal applications designed to ease stiffness and joint pain to yoga massages that involve 2.5 hours of slow, firm movements and acupressure to improve flexibility and alleviate muscle tension. Facials and pregnancy spa treatments are also on offer in the open-sided treatment pavilions. There’s a restaurant serving wholesome, mostly vegetarian food, and yoga classes are on offer as well. And if you really can’t bear to leave, villa accommodation is available.
Staff will ask you to leave behind any phones and cameras when you arrive, and you can choose to wear either a swimming costume or a Thai-style sarong in the rock pools and steam caves. You can arrange to be picked up and dropped off at your hotel before and after your treatment, but plan ahead because you’re likely to be gone for most of the day – most treatment packages last a minimum of four hours.