“The mind wellness knowledge and skills gained from the program by Amatara Wellness Resort are far-reaching. And it’s also a gourmet paradise! ”
When we think of Thailand, especially Phuket, all we can imagine is… beach, sea, yummy food and…. resort. I have visited many resorts around the world, but none of these were made with a specific purpose in mind. A good friend of mine, who shares my same outlook on life, wanted to do something beneficial to our well-being. Her recommendation was to stay at Amatara Wellness Luxury Resort, which offered various detox programs. A wide array of wellness programs is available on their list, including body detox, juice detox, slimming, yoga, fitness training, and etc, we opted for a full board MIND detox package. I am glad we did.
We spent 5 days at the resort with a 3-night mind detox program. First and last day were our free and easy (just booked the room and breakfast). All meals, airport transfer, and customized activities were included in the full board package, so we could enjoy our days worry-free. Save the stress of having to decide what to eat and do every day. Lol
Being first timers, we were excited about the wellness program and looking forward to the retreat. Our program began with an arrival body analysis by wellness program in-charge, Dr Jitendra (Dr Jitu). Although we were uncertain about what to expect, his calm and reliable appearance gave us a sense of security. Dr Jitu conducted our health assessment personally, and he patiently explained and answered all our questions about our physical wellness, body condition, and some dos and don’ts, from a professional standpoint.
Our photos and video depict enjoyment and gratitude during our stay. And I would like to share my experience of the trip covering most aspects, based on my personal experience and opinion.
Location of the Resort
For the uninitiated, Amatara is located in the south of Phuket. It’s about an hour car ride from the international airport to the resort. Amatara provides complimentary airport transfer in a comfortable minibus. Walked out from the airport arrival gate, we turned right to reach the “Hotel Pick Up” and I saw the chauffeur carrying cardboard with my name on it.
The Ambiance of the Resort
If you like sunset, Amatara offers a stunning and picturesque “sunset by the sea” environment, experiencing it from both the main reception area and the private room (which we used for our daily meditation). It yields a romantic feeling in us while enjoying the serenity.
Plus the fact that there weren’t many guests during the weekday, and some manageable crowds during the weekend, the entire stay was simply relaxed.
Cleanliness and Condition of the Resort and Room
Spacious, neat, clean. Our spacious and well-equipped Ocean Pavilion room with a huge balcony was comfortable. Besides the basic amenities, we also enjoyed the expresso coffee machine, tea bags, plenty of bottled water, sea salt for the bathtub, beach slippers, and beach tote bag (to be used within the resort). The air conditioning was super cold for us (which might be another plus point for some guests), we ended up sleeping with just the fan on and still needed a blanket on us. Haha. Here’s my youtube video showing you the entire guest room.
The hotel staff ushered us to our guest room and showed us around the room.
The resort was clean, and there were janitors sweeping and cleaning the resort everywhere. Room and facilities, in general, were not in new condition, but they were well kept and adequate.
This time, though, we didn’t take advantage of the resort’s complimentary kayaking and standing pedal sea sports since our daily schedule was pretty much packed.
An hour advance booking is required.
Wellness Program and Diet
The wellness package as well as the meeting of Dr Jitu was the highlight of our retreat. We never felt so appreciated anywhere else.
From how patiently Dr Jitu guided us on the meditation and mindfulness sessions, to how clearly he had explained to us what meditation is, also the derivation and purpose of practising it regularly, we instantly felt an elevated vibe in our meditation practices with the better knowledge obtained. Dr also shared his family background, making it a 2-way communication. We felt like we were already an old friend to him. :)
Our daily activities include morning and evening yoga sessions, different types of meditation guided by Dr Jitu (before lunch), 60-minute massage & spa therapy (usually after lunch), a pyhsio check up, wellness talks, plus a precious healing sound bowl session as well as a pre-departure body analysis checkup on the last day.
Doing meditation in the quiet and spacious air-conditioned room, with the guidance sounding from Dr Jitu’s calming and soothing voice, it made me feel like I was nearing nirvana. Om………
During our free time in between the tailored activities, we chanced upon their soap, lip balm and candle making workshop. Since both of us like to use organic soap, we were curious to find out more… It was really fun!
Food! Good food! Happy that we did not come here with the goal of shedding weight, neither did we choose the strict juice diet program. No way not to feast in this gourmet paradise, and we never felt more happy to dine in just at the resort at all time! Yes, we were absolutely thrilled to be able to enjoy the upscaled gastronomy here. That’s what this resort is well known for, too…. the food.
Irresistible yummy Thai food available here, our full board provides breakfast buffet, 2-course lunch (inclusive of wellness menu) with healthy juice, and 3-course dinner with choice of still or sparking water. Though it is not free flow meal like some other hotels offer, I am glad that they provide proper sit-down meals instead. The quality & taste of the food, and generous serving of each course are incomparable.
As for dinner, they serve it at the same breakfast restaurant, Siri.
Price of the Wellness Program for 2 THB82200 (~SGD3300) for 3-night full board wellness program in Ocean Pavilion room for 2 pax. THB5130 (~SGD205) for 1 night Ocean Pavilion room with buffet breakfast for 2 pax.
Due to the nature of our job, my good friend and I think that mind detox program would boost our well being. We have gained knowledge and skills from this program didn’t just end upon the completion of the retreat, we are sure to carry them with us and exercise the meditation skills for many years to come.
On the last day of our trip, we checked out the resort by noon to go sightseeing and shopping. We hired the same driver who picked us up at the airport for 5 hours, before sending us to the air port for our late evening flight back home.
It was a wonderful experience to spend time at Amatara, and we would like to come back for a wellness retreat on a yearly basis, if possible. If I were to rate this trip, it was almost impeccable, to me.
Disclaimers: This post is written based on personal experience and opinion. It is not a sponsored post.