Koh Samui

Pushing the reset button at Thailand’s Absolute Sanctuary

Health and wellness are the main priorities at Absolute Sanctuary, located on Koh Samui island in Thailand. Specializing in fitness, health, lifestyle weight management, they have a variety of programs that will help you achieve whatever goals you want to set.

With Moroccan-inspired architecture hidden away in the thick vegetation of the surrounding hills, the property has 38 rooms ranging from superior versions to large suites.

Inside Absolute Sanctuary

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The grounds at Absolute Sanctuary/Adventure Faktory

The centerpiece of the resort is the large infinity pool in the middle. The property also has a yoga centre, fitness area, massage rooms, colonic treatments and an all-day juice bar by the pool. There is a fully decked-out gym with a combination of fitness equipment, free weights and stretching areas. Absolute Sanctuary hires full time fitness trainers and instructors and, in a rare move for a wellness resort, offers several reformer Pilates classes a day for people of all levels. If massages and treatments are more your style, they have several masseuses on site at your disposal. Part of our detox program involved a consultation with a wellness coordinator about dietary intake, emotional well-being and how to handle stress and life situations.

Absolute Sanctuary food

Absolute Sanctuary
Koh Samui’s Absolute Sanctuary in Thailand offers nutritionally dense but low-calorie dishes/Adventure Faktory

The Love Kitchen is responsible for all the cuisine on the property. Eating healthily is a big part of the detox and wellness process so a stay involves a fairly strict diet full of natural, unprocessed and raw superfoods. Depending on which program you choose, you will have an ample choice of delicious Thai and international style meals, which are high in nutrients and flavor but low in calories. 

Favorite things

If you are looking to do a total physical, spiritual and wellness overhaul of your body then there is no better place. A team full of professionals nurtures each guest through the optimal way of achieving wellness targets. You can take their meal plans home with you, too, so there is less chance of slipping into old habits.


Absolute is not the type of place to bring your family, as there are no kid-friendly food or play options, although for some people this could be a plus. Most of the people here are serious about self-improvement and wellness, and that may not be for everyone, either. The resort is tucked away in the hills, so it’s a retreat rather than an excursion-filled destination. 

The details

Rooms start from Dh529 per night, depending on the season. There are a range of health and wellness packages, too. From Dubai, the remote Thai island of Koh Samui is a six-hour flight into Bangkok, followed by a one-hour flight. From the airport, the team can pick you up and have you in your room in 15 minutes. 

Featured image courtesy Adventure Faktory

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