The best spas in Koh Samui are excellent for those seeking a place to relax and recharge. Thailand is, of course, famous for its signature massage, which is a must-try while you’re here. Fortunately, the variety in the range of spas available is extraordinary, with anything from little family-run shops to exotic and exclusive resorts. As you might expect, the cost for treatments also varies, from a few hundred baht to a few thousand.

    Asian beauty secrets, traditional massage, de-stressing body treatments – Samui is the place to find them. Check out some of the best-rated spas in Koh Samui, where even a simple reflexology session is sure to make you feel better.

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    Amata Spa

    Treatments for relaxation among tropical gardens

    Amata Spa is set in the beautiful tropical gardens of the Coral Bay Resort, at the northern end of Chaweng. The experienced spa therapists have all completed over 300 hours of training, and the spa boasts exceptional facilities such as a detoxifying infrared sauna, high-pressure hydro-jets, and a herbal steam room with a plunge pool.

    The spa manageress is also a qualified nurse, and you can have a consultation in order to tailor-make packages of treatments suited to your requirements.

    Location: 9 Moo 2, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)77 234 555

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    Ban Sabai

    Massage treatments with the sound of waves

    Baan Sabai is located in a charming compound of Ayutthaya-style teak houses and salas next to the beach at Big Buddha. The houses and their well-manicured tropical gardens are dotted with Buddha images, terracotta pots and antiques. All the treatments take place with the sound of the waves lapping nearby, which enhances an already very relaxing experience.

    A wide range of massages, wraps and facials is offered, the standout being the Herbal Steam Massage – a traditional Thai massage supplemented with a soothing herbal compress. The houses can be booked for a half or a full package of treatments.

    Location: 59 Moo 4, Bophut, Bang Rak, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)77 427 444

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    Eranda Spa

    Soothing treatments with a view

    The Eranda Spa is a standalone facility opposite the Nora Beach Resort, which has a good range of treatments and a spectacular hillside setting. Known as “the spa with a view”, Eranda also produces its own herbal product range and has developed some creative in-house fusion massages as well.

    Location: 9/37 Moo 2, Chaweng North Road, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)98 329 1445

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    Health Oasis Resort

    A health retreat in Maenam

    The Health Oasis Resort puts an emphasis on a healthy lifestyle, especially regarding food, rather than a quick fix. Some fairly radical cleansing and liver flush fasts among the diet programs are aimed at steering you in the right direction.

    The Health Oasis is also known for its team of blind masseuses. They're very effective in feeling for and dealing with tense muscles. It's a simple, basic and inexpensive setup in a nice beach location.

    Location: 26/4 Moo 6, Bang Por, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)77 602 096

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    Dharma Healing Center of Samui

    A Samui retreat for holistic healing

    The Dharma Healing Center of Samui is an intense fasting spa run according to strict Buddhist principles, offering 7-, 10-, 14- and 21-day courses. During the program, participants complete an elimination fast that includes drinking various nourishing mineral beverages throughout the day, taking a Chinese herbal cleansing formula and colonic irrigation.

    In addition to the fast, each person is given an iridology consultation with personal physio-nutritional, psycho-spiritual and emotional counselling. Introductory classes in meditation, yoga, qigong, Buddha Dharma, nutritional healing and conscious eating are included in the programs. Accommodations are available at several bungalow resorts nearby and can be arranged by the spa staff.

    Location: 63 Moo 1, Ang Thong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)77 234 170

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    Samui Ridgeway Luxury Spa

    Pampering in a villa estate

    The mountaintop Samui Ridgeway Luxury Spa is a bespoke spa and villa estate with a full range of signature treatments and indulgences. It's where you can enhance your senses through the art of relaxation, healing and pampering. 

    The dedicated spa team will provide you with warm Thai hospitality with unique attention to personalized needs. Here, you can enjoy specially designed 100% natural, botanical facial, hair care, body care, sun care and spa products from Simply Samui.

    Location: 149/1 Moo3, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)92 267 8164

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    Santiburi Spa

    Infused steam saunas and signature massages

    The Santiburi Resort & Spa is a top destination for a spa retreat in Koh Samui. The spa resort features 4 double treatment rooms, private gardens, 2 steam saunas with the option of using infused fresh Thai herbs, and 2 outdoor jacuzzis shaded by traditional Thai salas. 

    Massages available include Swedish, traditional Thai, remedial, reflexology and Tibetan energy balancing, which is unique to Santiburi on Samui. Body treatments include the Santiburi salt glow, the Thai herbal body polish, the Dead Sea thermal mud wrap and their signature treatment, the tropical enzyme wrap. Many of the massages, treatments and facials can be combined in packages.

    Location: Santiburi Koh Samui, 12/12 Moo 1, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)77 425 031

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    The Spa Resort

    The Spa Resort is one of the popular retreats in Samui known for its fasting and cleansing programs. It has properties spread over 2 locations in Lamai – 1 beachside and 1 in the hills. It kickstarted the whole trend for alternate health spas with its opening way back in 1992. Fasting packages range from 1 day to 7 days and are augmented by reflexology, meditation and yoga classes.

    For the passing visitor, there are also massages, including Thaiatsu, aroma oil and healing clay, facials and other treatments on offer. Their mostly vegetarian restaurant (same menu at both sites) was voted among the best restaurants in the world and serves a huge array of salads and healthy shakes unavailable elsewhere on the island. Accommodations are available at both locations, although the hillside site is much newer and its bungalows are higher quality than those on the beach.

    Location: 171/2 Moo 4, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)62831 8888

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    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveler

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