Host a Yoga / Fitness / Wellness Retreat in Thailand
Samahita Retreat is a lifestyle center for yoga, detox and fitness located on the tropical island of Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Samahita Retreat has been a pioneer in healthy programming for the body, breath and mind for almost 15 years. Known as one of the most authentic yoga teaching locations worldwide. Formerly known as âYoga Thailandâ our lifestyle retreat center features a variety of guest room options for up to 60 guests, Wi-Fi across the property, 4 dedicated yoga shalas, an indoor cycle studio at the beach, an open air fitness and barre sea view loft, a detox and wellness center, eco-lifestyle boutique, juice and coffee bar, drinking water stations, and our celebrated buffetâstyle health food restaurant, Sattva Dining. We provide a setting with infrastructure, a dedicated environment, a support structure through diet and relaxation, so you can support your students transformation, growth. By this very nature we are not a 5-star resort but a dedicated lifestyle-oriented retreat center. We want every guest to âExperience the Connection,â which is possible with the right support and environment.
~ Carole Revelly (visiting teacher, 2016)âMy heart is still filled with the wonderful experience at Samahita. Thank you for making my first retreat experience so pleasant and memorable! Thank you for the whole Samahita crew for being so kind, friendly, responsive, positive, supportive and professional.â
~ Yalda Younes (visiting teacher, 2015)
- The Thai Experience Experience the natural beauty of Thailand, along with Thai culture, Thai massage, Thai food and that winning Thai smile.
- The Retreat Experience We have many years of experience in hosting retreats and offer a professional approach with dedicated facilities to support growth, learning and relaxation in a retreat setting.
- Location We are right on the beach in the southern part of Koh Samui. Easy to access with an airport on the island
- Cost Our packages are all inclusive and at very competitive rates compared to retreat settings closer to the US or Europe
- Beautiful Setting Beachfront location with saltwater pool, our center provides peace, quiet and nature.
- Delicious Food Our guests rave about our buffet food. Itâs fresh, tasty and prepared daily with care. There is something for everyone with all dietary requirements taken on board.
- Excursions We offer our guests three complimentary excursions per week including a boat and snorkelling trip to nearby island and transfers to the local night markets for shopping. Many other excursions can be added on.
- Wellness & Spa Services Take advantage of our excellent wellness center that offers detox programs and wonderful spa services and treatments.
- Fitness Facilities New in 2016 we now have a dedicated fitness shala including cycle room with sea-facing mirrored open area upstairs.
Main Shala: 9m x 18m Max 76 mats facing seaBeach Shala: 7m x 9m Comfortably fits 36 (3 rows of 12) Max 45 (3 rows of 15) Beach Cabana: 3.5m x 7m Comfortably fits 12 (3 rows of 4) Fitness Loft 5.2m x 10.8m (Height 2.2m) Comfortably fits 25 (5 rows of 5)
Retreat Facilities & Services:
- Dedicated indoor yoga shala
- Beachfront open air shala with roof
- Fitness Center with state of the art Schwinn fixed cycle bikes & fitness equipment including TRX, Ballet barres, Bosu & Uggi
- Meditation garden
- Beachfront saltwater swimming pool
- Poolside herbal steam room
- Beachside lounge
- Healthy brunch & dinner buffets
- Holistic wellness & detox center
- All natural juice & snack bar
- Mineral drinking water
- Wi-Fi, CD & iPod connectivity
- Complimentary guest computer station
- Kids club & playground
- Eco-friendly laundry service
- Eco-lifestyle boutique
- Stand up paddle board & bike rental
Wellness & Detox Facilities:
- Professional wellness team including nutrition specialists, highly trained therapists & nurses
- Expert visiting practitioners
- Water irrigation therapy facilities
- Comfortable treatment rooms for therapies, bodywork, massage & beachfront shala
- Far infrared sauna
- Wellness library
- A variety of natural health products available for purchase
Additional Services Available:
- Private yoga instruction
- Personal fitness training
Q : Whatâs the process for hosting a retreat at Samahita?
A : To host your own retreat please complete the online application form. Once approved a retreat agreement will be sent to you including rates, dates agreed, teacher benefits and booking process. A retreat deposit of 49,000 THB is required to hold your dates. The deposit is returned to you by being deducted from your final payment.
Q : What are the minimum requirements?
A : We ask you to commit to bringing a group of 10 students in order to make it worthwhile for both you as a teacher traveling to Thailand and for us to hold the space. We expect you to market your retreat in order to meet this requirement.
Q : How do I become a guest teacher at Samahita?
A : Our guest teachers have been invited to teach at Samahita. In these cases we take the bookings, fix the rates and schedule. If your preference is for this type of retreat please complete the online application form and note that you wish to apply to be a guest teacher at the end. As a new visiting teacher you would still be expected to bring a group of 10.
Q : When are my payments due?
A : For all retreats the first deposit payment is due immediately to secure your dates. When hosting your own retreat / training you can pay in two installments â 50% of bookings so far 120 days in advance of the start date and the remaining 45 days in advance.
Q : What can I include in my retreat?
A : You have the option to include complimentary excursions including a boat and snorkelling trip plus trips to the night markets on the island. We also offer fitness classes that can be included, depending on availability. Other add ons include wellness programs or massage packages, other excursions, airport transfers, material printing.
Q : Whatâs included for teachers?
A : We offer great teacher benefits including complimentary accommodation, meals, airport transfers, massage and discounts at our wellness center and eco shop. Benefits start at 10 students and for larger groups assistant benefits are also included â please see your retreat agreement.
Q : What if I need to cancel my retreat?
A : All cancellations result in loss of retreat deposit. Retreats may be postponed to a future date within 18 months from the start date, subject to availability. Postponements made within 90 days of the start date will incur an admin fee of 9,000 Thai Baht. Postponements made within 60 days of the start date will incur an admin fee of 12,000 Thai Baht. Postponements made within 30 days of the start date will incur and admin fee of 15,000 Thai Baht. The remainder of the retreat deposit will be transferred to the future date.
Q : How should I price my retreat?
A : It is up to you how much you mark up your retreat in order for you to cover your travel and teaching costs and depending on what is affordable for your students. Most teachers mark up the rate by a minimum of 2,500 THB per student per day.
Q :Â Does Samahita Retreat support with marketing?
A : We will share your retreat details on social media a number of times before your retreat starts including Facebook and Instagram. We will also create a web page for you and put your retreat on our weekly event schedule. You may also submit articles to be featured on our blog and newsletter.
Q : Can I book the whole center?
A : Yes, at certain times of the year it is possible to have exclusive use of the center if you plan to bring a large group. Please indicate that you wish to book the entire center in your application and we will confirm available dates. You will be expected to pay for all rooms.
Q : Will there be other retreats at the same time?
A : There is generally 1-2 different retreat or training groups at the same time, assigned different practice spaces. In addition, we will have our flexi-date guests. Unless you have exclusive use of the center in which case you will be in the only group.
Q : How many rooms will be allocated to me?
A : We will decide an initial allocation for your group and monitor regularly. If spaces are not being filled we will need to reduce your allocation.
Q : Is there a fixed schedule?
A : Meal times are fixed unless you have exclusive use of the center (group of aroundÂ 60). Class times are flexible, as you will be allocated a shala for the week. We will send you a sample schedule to fill in including complimentary excursions and times in case you want to include them.
Q : Do you proved yoga mats and props?
A : We recommend that guests bring their own yoga mats. We have a small number of mats for lending at reception or guests can buy a mat at our shop. We provide blocks, straps, cushions and bolsters. Please specify in your application if you need specific props.
Q : Can guests arrive earlier or stay after the retreat?
A : Yes guests may book directly with us to join one of our flexi-date programs before or after your retreat, depending on availability: http://www.samahitaretreat.com/yoga-programs.html
Q : How many and what types of rooms do you have?
A : We have 40 rooms total: 20 private rooms suitable for singles or couples, 6 semi private rooms suitable for 2 people sharing with private bedrooms, 12 shared loft rooms suitable for 2 people sharing, and 2 deluxe suites. Please see here for more details: http://www.samahitaretreat.com/accommodation-rooms.html
Q : What is included in the rooms?
A : All rooms include the following modern amenities:
- private balcony
- air conditioning
- queensize bed
- ceiling fan
- ipod ready alarm clock
- writing desk
- hot water kettle
- wifiÂ internet access
- hair dryer
- personal locker drawer suitable for laptops and other personal effects
- 100% natural non bleach cotton sheets and towels
Please note that there are no phones or televisions in our guest accommodations except for Deluxe Suite.
Q : Do you have wellness or spa services?
A : Yes, we have a full onsite wellness center with add-on detox programs and spa therapies available for your guests. Please see here for more info: http://www.samahitaretreat.com/wellness-center.html
Q : What other facilities do you have?
A : Please see here for our full list of facilities: http://www.samahitaretreat.com/wellness-center.html
Q : Can guests bring children?
A : We are family friendly, and children are welcome. We only ask that you help us maintain the serenity of our center, particularly at practice times, early in the morning and in the evenings. The retreat is generally quiet after dinner 8.30-9pm and conducive to rest. Children age 12 and under can stay free with one paid adult. If you are bringing a child, you must pay for a single room. Children from 13 to 17 pay half, and those 18 and above must pay full adult rate. Please email reservations for rates.
Q : Do you have a babysitting service?
A : Yes, usually one of our staff members can babysit in their free time, though we cannot guarantee that they will speak English. We have our dedicated kidâs center to accommodate kidâs needs. Please read our Guidelines for bringing children to Samahita Retreat.http://www.samahitaretreat.com/children-yoga.html
Q : Can I smoke or have alcoholic beverages in my room?
A : No. We are a place of health and wellbeing. We are a smoke and alcohol-free place.
Q : Do you have Internet service? Can guests bring their laptops?
A : Yes, we have WiFi throughout the property. We also have a few computers for you to use if you donât want to bring your laptop.
Q : What VAT or service charges should I expect to pay while I am in Thailand?
A : There is a VAT charge of 7% on items you buy from a shop, as well as on taxis and massages. At Samahita Retreat the VAT and service on your accommodation is included in your booking rate. We have a staff tip box at reception for you or and your guests to leave a gratuity if you like. This gesture is usually made when checking out, 250 baht a week is usually appropriate.
Q : Do you accept credit cards?
A : Yes, we accept Visa and Mastercard at the center for any additional bill items. Retreat payments must be settled in full before arrival.
Q : How do my guests get from the airport to Samahita Retreat?
A : We provide an airport transfer service in air-conditioned cars. Transfers can be requested by completing this online form: http://www.samahitaretreat.com/retreats-samui.html
Q : Do you have information on traveling to Thailand and Koh Samui?
A : Yes, please see our recommendations here: http://www.samahitaretreat.com/samui-and-travel-info.html
Q : What are the seasons like in Koh Samui?
A : January â February.Â Highs of around 30C
March â April.Â Things start to heat up and can reach a steamy 40C â perfect for sun worshippers.
May â June.Â The temp starts to dip again, with a few tropical rainstorms thrown in to clear the air.
July â September.Â Highs of around 35C , with some bouts of rain, usually only lasting a few hours.
October â November.Â The favourite time of the year for many Samui expats , when the temperatures drop to a balmy 25C with some stunning thunderstorms thrown in for good measure.
DecemberÂ Highs of around 30C with occasional rain to keep the island lush, green and tropical.
Q : Are meals included?
A : Yes all buffet meals are included in the rates. Additional food and drinks may be purchased from our juice bar.
Q : Do you serve meat or dairy products?
A : We serve mainly vegetarian food with one fish dish daily. Eggs are available to order and are included in the brunch offering every day. For those that do not take fish or eggs, there is always an alternative protein option available. Milk is available as well as homemade rice milk, soya milk and yoghurt. For more information about our Sattva Dining restaurant look here.
Q : What if a guest has a food allergy?
A : If you or a guest is allergic to certain foods, please email our reservations team with details. You can also inform the kitchen/wellness staff upon arrival. The kitchen staff can make special meals for you. We can accommodate vegan and raw-food diets. Every single menu served at our buffet is detailed on the black board just outside the dining hall. On it you will find clearly noted symbols stating if the dish is vegan, contains wheat or eggs etc.
Q : Do you serve coffee or tea?
A : We have self-service herbal tea (ginger, lime and mint) in our Sattva Dining restaurant from 6.30am to 1pm, and then again at dinner time from 6-8pm.. Coffee is also available in our restaurant from 6.30am-1pm. If you prefer, you can order coffee at the juice bar, which will be added to your room bill.
Q : What can guests do outside of class times?
A : Relax by the pool or at the beach! In addition..
- Paddleboarding (we have 3 complimentary boards)
- Temple walks
- Onsite massage or spa therapies
- Scooter or bike hire
- Complimentary excursions â boat and snorkeling trip, night markets
- Additional excursions around the island â waterfalls, shopping etc
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