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Relax and Renew – Spa Revive Retreat & “Chi Nei Tsang” Organ Massage
Yes, traveling to faraway countries changes you. You are never quite the same person as when you left. It has been our experience every time we went to Africa and now once again when we visited Amatara, the only destination spa in Phuket, for three days.
Not only are the wholefood cuisine and spa treatments exceptional. The wellness concept as a whole contributes to an overall awareness, where you as an individual re-assess the way you live. You become more aware; you want to eat healthier, move more and live more consciously. As a result, you align body, mind and soul. At least, this was my experience. The icing on the cake was the “Chi Nei Tsang” organ massage by the Japanese healer, Mariko, an extraordinary experience!
The award-winning 5-star Amatara Wellness Resort is located in the south of Phuket on a private estate in a beautiful quiet location on Cape Panwa. Apart from various wellness and health programs, loving service, organic wellness cuisine, beautiful suites, pavilion or pool villas, it offers stunning views of the Andaman Sea.
A luxury limousine will pick you up from the airport in Phuket. As you will travel across the island, fresh juices, an intro video, and more movies are available to shorten the trip. In heavy traffic, it might take an hour and a half until you finally arrive at the resort. But there is so much to see.
Arriving at Amatara, we were welcomed with fragrant orchids, delicious tea, and immediately introduced to our 3-day wellness program.
The all-inclusive program offers a wealth of treatments to guide you on your wellness journey.
Wipa Nareerak is the fantastic general manager at the resort. The whole team is very hard-working and ensures your stay is an extraordinary one.
In ancient Sanskrit, “amata” refers to the quality of “immortality”, or an endlessness that withstands the passage of time.
Refreshments with sea views
The infinity pool has an incredible sea view and is very spacious.
Here you can relax with birdsong in the background, swim or take in the majestic view.
What a surprise when the spa therapists came by and indulged us with a neck massage!
Tropical nights with the sound of the ocean
All 105 suites and villas at the resort are very spacious, have beautiful sea views, balconies and possibly also a terrace and a private pool.
Bay View Pool Villa
The luxurious 150 square meter pool villas offer a private pool with sea or bay views, a massive bathroom with a round bath, butler service, and a few other extras, for example, minibar, afternoon tea, etc.
There are also smaller Pool Pavilions with views of the bay or the sea.
Sea View Suite
Our 70 square meter Sea View Suite had a nice balcony overlooking the pool and sea. Unfortunately, it did not have a pool, but that’s okay because the large pool is almost right on your doorstep and you are busy with treatments in the spa most of the time.
Every day a nice selection of nuts and fragrant teas awaited us in our suite.
At Amatara, you have the choice between seven all-inclusive wellness packages, respectively for 3, 5 or 7 days. These include Detox, Bespoke Wellness, Revive Spa, Weight Management, Active, Yoga and the brand new, Sleep Optimization package. The goal is purification, renewal, and detoxification of body and mind with therapies, healthy diet and exercise. The 2,000 square meter spa has eight treatment rooms as well as double treatment suites, saunas andsteam rooms, a fitness center, Pilates studio, yoga pavilion, anda spa library as a relaxation zone.
Spa Revive Retreat
You are spoiled for choice, but I chose the Spa Revive package. It consists of various spa treatments, a Thai Hammam experience, and some training sessions. Supplemented with healthy cuisine, the perfect combination.
Spa Revive Retreat
• Accommodation per selected category
• Airport transfers
• 3 healthy cuisine meals per day (a la carte) or a set detox menu in The Retreat.
• Individual wellness consultation (60 min)
• Departure consultation (30 min)
• Blood pressure check up
• Physical analysis (30 min)
• 1 Thai Hammam journey (105 min)
3-day program (additional)
- 1 Thai Hammam (105 minutes)
- 1 Amatara signature organic facial (60 minutes)
- 1 Foot reflexology treatment (60 minutes)
- 1 Manicure (60 minutes)
- 1 Pedicure (60 minutes)
- 1 Signature Amatara massage (90 minutes)
- Daily yoga class
I love the scent of Frangipanis, and their smell surrounds the spa!
You complete quite a detailed questionnaire before arrival, and once you have checked-in, you will be taken directly to your wellness consultation. The wellness packages are tailored to each guests’ individual needs and desired goals. Nadia, the Wellness Consultant, gave us many helpful tips.
The Thai Hammam was designed exclusively for Amatara and offers a unique spa experience.Turkish and Moroccan bathing practices are combined with Thai spa therapies to create a luxurious experience.
After indulging in a traditional sauna, rain shower, Thai herbal steam, Moroccan soap massage, exfoliation with authentic Hammam Kessa gloves, therapeutic and thermal mud therapy, Himalayan salt cave relaxation, Amatara massage, and herbal tea, you are completely relaxed, and your skin is deeply cleansed and silky soft.
This one of a kind Thai Hamam treatment is an integral part of all the inclusive wellness packages.
Another highlight of the wellness program is the facial treatment with 100% organic products. A facial treatment that starts with a foot ritual can only be good.
The Amatara signature massage is extraordinary. It starts with a complete banana leaf body wrap. The massage itself was extremely relaxing and with some gentle stretching elements also exceptional.
The manicure and pedicurewere the perfect additions to our all-roundrenewal.
Chi Nei Tsang and Bodywork
The crowning glory was the “Chi Nei Tsang” organ massage. I had the incredible privilege to be treated by the Japanese healer, Mariko Nakaki, who just happened to be in Amatara for a month. How lucky can you be! Mariko has been traveling the world for 12 years and has treated more than 5,000 people.
A combination of Chi Nei Tsang internal organ massage, fascia release technique, and cranio sacral therapy.
“Chi Nei Tsang” literally means working the energy of the internal organs and the art of this deep massage technique is based on the Taoist concept of Five Elements. It isdesigned to relax the internal organs where unresolved, negative emotions manifest themselves and can cause mental and physical dis-ease. The massage works directly on the energy of the internal organs of the abdomen, removing blockages, purifying and transforming the negative energy. The organs shift back to their original positions and the Qi, or life energy can flow freely again. The performance of the organs is improved, and physical and mental well-being enhanced.
Experiencing Mariko’s gift up close was a truly unforgettable experience! Mariko released the tight-set feeling (hardening) in my stomach. It was a poignant and unique healing experience.
Everyone can enjoy the benefits of a Chi Nei Tsang body massage as it is included in the five day package. Mariko will soon be traveling to Europe.
Yoga, Pilates, Fitness …
In this picturesque setting with its stunning sea views, you can practice yoga, meditation and breathing exercises with great teachers in the morning and the evening.
In addition to the courses already included in the wellness programs, you could also do other courses, such as Muah Thai.
The yoga teachers are brilliant! They left me inspired to continue the journey at home!
Culinary delights & wellness cuisine
Apart from the main restaurant, spa guests also have their ‘own’restaurant serving lighter, healthy cuisine in a beautiful quiet ambiance.
Breakfast and dinner are available à la carte. There are healthy ones: vegetable and fruit juices, salads, egg dishes, fruit and much more. I found the organic coffee with rice milk, particularly delicious.
In the evening, there is a wide variety of healthy organic dishes including raw food and smoothies.
Andi, the very likeable German chef, has only been in Amatara for a few weeks but has already introduced many new dishes to the main restaurant’s menu. The Retreat’s menus next in line. You can also enjoy his great and unusual cuisine at “The Grill”.
“The Restaurant ”
“The Pool Terrace”
Western and Asian snacks, fresh juices and cocktails are served throughout the day in a relaxed atmosphere by the pool.
“Sun & Moon”
End the day with cocktails at the roof terrace in the evening.
The freshest fish and the best meat cuts in a variety of Thai and international styles are offered as a 3-course menu.
To ensure wellness guests are not excluded, healthy dishes are always on offer.
If you want to, you can also dine on the small beach with a great view of the ocean. Unfortunately, the beach is not so suitable for swimming.
Honeymoon & Wedding
This tropical paradise is the ideal spot to get married at and spend your honeymoon.
Wedding Package from $2,785
Included in this package: two nights in the Ocean View Pool Villa, luxury limousine airport transfers, a romantic dinner for two in the privacy of your villa and a 75-minute massage for the bride and groom. The wedding ceremony is also included in the price, and you can choose between a Western Wedding Ceremony with registrar, flowers and wedding cake or a traditional Thai-Buddhist Ceremony with Thai Long drum parade, water blessings and flower garlands.
To get to know Phuket, the Amatara offers several daily shuttles to Phuket Town.
You will find many insider tips for Phuket at OnYourPath – Phuket Insider Guide – 30 Suggestions & Secret Tips.
On the way to the Amatara, you also pass this beautiful temple. In total, you can visit more than 30 Buddhist temples in Phuket.
One of Phuket’s premier golf courses – Phuket Country Club is just half an hour away.
On the blog “Rapunzel will raus” you will find great tips for Island hopping in the Thai Andaman Sea.
Here you get to relax and rejuvenate completely. The atmosphere of the resort is relaxed, quiet and beautifully tropical. The wellness program on offer is extensive. The schedule was tight, andI felt like I was either in the spa or doing a fitness activity almost all the time. Bottom line, it was so worth it and still very relaxing. The entire wellness program combined with healthy cuisine and the attentive staff resulted in an awesome experience. You leave with an improved overall feeling of wellbeing. On a personal level, I gained so much and can highly recommend a visit!
Room: 105 (35 Pool villas, 22 Pavilions, 48 Suites)
Flight duration: About 11 hours from Germany to Phuket, or 10 hours to Bangkok and aboutanother hour to Phuket
Transfer: 45 km from the airport, depending on traffic an hour to one and a half hours drive in a chiclimousine
Vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Diphtheria and Tetanus. Recommended: Malaria standby, make sure you use mosquito repellent!
Air Temperature: 24 – 33 degrees Celsius
Water Temperature: 28 – 30 degrees Celsius
Time difference: CET +6 hours
Best travel time: Year round. December to February is considered the best travel time, March and April are particularly hot, the rainy season with short showers is from May to mid-September, from mid-September to about mid-November occasional flooding might occur
Price: From 210 EUR per night including breakfast. From 1.195 EUR per person sharing for 3nights with wellness retreat program (including full board, check-up, wellness consultation, access to the spa, daily treatments/massagesdepending on the selected package, as well as possibly yoga and meditation)
Special: WELLNESS FLY FREE – With a minimum stay of 5 nights, with a spa package in the Pool Pavilion, the Bayview Pool Villa or the Ocean View Pool Villa, flight costs will be covered by Amatara (up to 20,000 THB).
Activities: relax, recover, wholefoodcuisine, renew, swim, yoga, meditation, Pilates, MuahThai, city tours
Specialties: Great wellness programs to relax, detoxify and renew, healthy wholefood cuisine, beautiful rooms with sea views and possibly a pool, great large pool, kids club
Perfect for: Wellness lovers, relaxation seekers, couples, nature lovers, families, solo travelers
World Luxury Spa Awards – Luxury Wellness Spa -2018, 2017
World Luxury Spa Awards – Luxury Destination Spa – 2018, 2017
World Luxury Hotel Awards – Luxury Holistic Retreat (South East Asia Winner) – 2018, 2017
World Luxury Hotel Awards 2018 – Luxury Wellness Retreat (South East Asia) – 2018, 2017
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – 2017, 2016, 2015, 2015
Premium Quality Hotel – Spa Deluxe – 2017
World Luxury Spa Award – Luxury Emerging Spa (Thailand) – 2016
Wine Spectator’s Awards for Award of Excellent – The Grill – 2016
Restaurant & Bar Awards for Seaview Restaurant of the Year (Phuket, Thailand) – 2016
Listed as One of Thailand’s Best Restaurants by Thailand Tatler for The Grill – 2015
World Luxury Hotel Awards – Luxury Island Resort – 2014
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Note: Amatara Wellness Resort sponsored our stay (except the “Chi Nei Tsang” Organ Massage). Thank you so much! Nevertheless, the opinions expressed in this article are 100% our own!