Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary

Makeover-Thailand is proud to be associated with Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary.  This award winning retreat is a little piece of heaven on Earth!  Whether you are looking for detox programmes, holistic therapies, weight management, yoga and meditation, and many other services Kamalaya have it all… And all in 5 Star luxury!

We are happy to discuss your needs and wishes to decide if this is the perfect retreat for you, and can arrange bookings, advice on travelling to Koh Samui, and referrals to Kamalaya’s many therapists in order to help you on your way.

At Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand`s award-winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa resort, you can experience a life-enriching healthy holiday. Our wellness programs offer solutions for detox, yoga, stress and burnout, fitness and weight control. If you are looking for a more personalised wellness experience, our team of international naturopaths can work with you to create your own health program from our extensive range of holistic medicine, spa and healing therapies.

Centred around a monk’s cave that once served Buddhist monks as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat, Kamalaya’s essence is expressed in its name, ‘Lotus (kamal) Realm (alaya)’, an ancient symbol for the growth and unfolding of the human spirit.

The Story : Expression of Life Experience & Desire to Serve

Inspired by passion and created with insightful vision, Kamalaya is an expression of two people’s life experiences and their desire to serve and inspire others.

The story of Kamalaya began in 1982, in the far jungles of the Himalayas, when Kamalaya founders John and Karina Stewart first met. The idea for Kamalaya was inspired by the 16 years John spent devoted to a life of service and spiritual studies in a Himalayan community and Karina’s 22 years of experience in the study and practice of diverse Asian healing and spiritual traditions, including her background as a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Guests are invited to enter the silence and peace of Kamalaya and in doing so, rediscover the path to their own heart.” - John Stewart, Kamalaya Co-founder and Chairman

The Heart of Kamalaya : Place for Meditation and Spiritual Retreats

Koh Samui has long been favoured by Buddhist monks as a sanctuary for spiritual retreat. The island, they say, has a special energy that enriches and enlightens their spiritual path and helps them connect more profoundly with the universal energies.

Kamalaya’s facilities and accommodations encircle a centuries-old cave, once used by Buddhist monks as a place for meditation and spiritual retreat. The tradition of these monks continues at Kamalaya and adds an aura of spiritual and sacred energy to the physical beauty of the land.

The Monks’ Cave is always open, and guests are welcome to enter this sacred space for quiet contemplation and meditation. For Kamalaya hosts, the cave provides spiritual nourishment and a peaceful break to lighten and brighten the day.

At the heart of Kamalaya is a cave once inhabited and used by Buddhist monks as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat.

Arjan Daeng (1889-1976), was a Buddhist sage renowned for his knowledge of healing plants and his ability to communicate with other life forms, including the cobras that shared his living space. An expert sailor, he built his own boat and made pilgrimages to outlying islands where he established other hermitages. He is remembered for his talks on universal compassion and his exemplary teachings of self-discipline, simplicity, patience, and his kindness to all beings.


  • Kamalaya was honoured with the award for Destination Spa of the Year: Asia & Australasia at the World Spa awards hosted in London on 4th March 2012.
  • In October, Kamalaya was voted winner of Best Conscious Cuisine at the 2011 Crystal Awards Asia Pacific in Singapore.
  • At a ceremony in Hong Kong on 9 November, Kamalaya was named Spa Retreat of the Year at the 7th Annual AsiaSpa Awards
  • At a ceremony in Hong Kong on 9 November, Kamalaya was named Spa Cuisine of the Year at the 7th Annual AsiaSpa Awards.

Guest Experiences of Wellness Programs at Kamalaya Koh Samui