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spa // thailand Downstairs, the natural surrounds are breathtaking and peppered with large granite boulders that make up part of the natural topography. For the first time in a long time, I woke up looking forward to my sessions at the gym. Beyond the gym, all guests have access to regular classes throughout their stay: an open-air yoga pavilion is designed to take in gorgeous views, the lap pool hosts regular aqua-fit classes, and ‘mentors’ run the life- enhancement programme and offer regular meditation and stress-management talks. Getting well really works up a healthy appetite, which is lucky because the food is superb. The main restaurant, Soma, serves breakfast, dinner and dazzling ocean views, while down by the beach and adjacent to the main swimming pool, Amrita Café is a must for lunch. The cuisine is unlike any I’ve eaten anywhere else in the world – truly unique, incredibly fresh and creative in its fusion of nutrient-rich foods and world-class gourmet cooking methods. As clichéd as the word ‘inspiring’ may be when it comes to food, it’s the perfect way to describe the award-winning meals. Kamalaya co-founder Katrina Stewart is a doctor in Chinese medicine, and she works tirelessly with her executive chefs to create the health-giving and extensive menu, from exotic salads and delicious vegetarian meals to fresh seafood, lamb and poultry. Oh, and mouthwatering desserts. Drinks include a large range of teas, juices and even beer and wine. What you can and cannot eat will depend on your programme. Give yourself at least seven days at Kamalaya. You’ll spend the first day or two getting over the international travel – I found I hit my stride around day three. I’d planned to get out and enjoy Koh Samui, but although transfers to local Lamai Beach were offered I didn’t leave the resort once in my five-day stay. My best tip? Come here with your partner. With so many programmes on offer, both ‘he’ and ‘she’ will easily find one to suit. Kamalaya says it’s “a place to reconnect”, and so it is – I left feeling much more centred and focused, and was able to tackle my busy life back at home in a more balanced way. Considering around half the guests in residence were couples, I suspect the reconnecting happens on all kinds of levels. H // Spa: There are 13 wellness programmes at Kamalaya, plus the option of a tailor-made one. kamalaya.com/wellness-retreats Getting there: The writer flew to Singapore with Scoot (flyscoot.com), and then on to Koh Samui with Bangkok Airways (bangkokair.com) Top: Wellness programmes can be tailor-made to suit your specific needs. Above right: The state-of-the-art fitness centre boasts the latest equipment – and magnificent views over the Gulf of Thailand! Left: The unique ‘Rock Top Villa’ features a natural rock wall 86 holidaysforcouples.travel