Note: Thailand is currently offering a Special Tourist Visa (STV) that allows entry for long-stay tourists for between 90 and 270 days, so long as 14 days quarantine is first completed at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility (or seven days for tourists who can show proof of vaccination).
Kickstart the detox and healing
Cleanse your body of toxins and free yourself of stress after a very stressful year with one of the detox programmes at Atmanjai, one of the prettiest beachfront resorts in Phuket’s southeast. The resort’s holistic ethos includes nutrition programmes that range from plant-based diets to serious juice cleanses – so get ready for plenty of protein shakes, wheatgrass shots and probiotics. Activities including yoga, meditation, breathing classes, sound healing and reiki should get you back in tune with your body, while daily spa treatments and massages offer some relief and pampering. Rooms range from tidy singles to private cabanas and plush suites, perfect for solo travellers, couples and even families.
27/1 Soi Mittrapap, Wiset Road, Rawai, Phuket
2. Como Point Yamu
Indulge in sumptuous spas
Perched on a peninsula overlooking the Andaman Sea on Phuket’s quiet eastern side, Como Point Yamu is known for serene natural surroundings, chic design (and people, swishing about the luxe resort) – and serious pampering. Gorgeous treatment rooms overlook dramatic limestone islands and the menu of massages, detoxifying body scrubs, lymphatic drainage, acupuncture and sun soothing body wraps will be able to soothe any soreness. Turn back the clock with targeted Guinot facials, while personal training sessions will get you right on track to achieving your fitness goals. The resort even offers dedicated spa options for men and kids, so the whole family will be feeling fresh.
225 Moo 7, Paklok, Thalang, Phuket
3. Thanyapura Sports & Health Resort
Get fighting fit at a wellness bootcamp
Forget lounging around at this Phuket hotspot: Thanyapura Sports & Health Resort is a fitness-focused wellness resort that’s all about getting you in rude health, ready to smash through your sporting goals. Facilities include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, football pitch, tennis courts and a packed schedule of classes ranging from gentle vinyasa flows to strength training TRX sessions. After you’re done burning calories, refuel at the resort’s two on-site restaurants, which place an emphasis on vegan-friendly, plant-based cuisine. After care is taken care of with on-site physiotherapists, chiropractors, dieticians and even stem cell therapy treatments to help iron out any sports injuries. The latest addition to Thanyapura’s wellness arsenal is its Brain Gym: three programmes designed to optimise cognitive skills such as memory and mental processing speed.
120/1 Moo 7, Thepkasattri Road, Thalang, Phuket
Enjoy nutritious, farm-to-table dining
Trisara solidified its credentials among wellness resorts in Phuket with the success of PRU, one of its three dining destinations and the island’s only Michelin-starred restaurant. Short for ‘plant, raise, understand,’ PRU’s commitment to healthy sustainable cuisine literally starts from the ground up in the ingredients, which are either homegrown or sourced daily from local farmers and fisherman. The kitchen, led by Dutch chef Jimmy Ophorst, transforms these fresh ingredients into modern European-style dishes that have won over both guests and the Michelin critics. Highlights include hamachi and pink guava from surrounding Phang Nga province; and oysters and oscietra caviar from Surat Thani. Beyond the dining table there’s Jara Spa, with six gorgeous treatment rooms offering body scrubs, massages and healing therapies, plus a wellness menu that will keep you occupied from your sunrise yoga class through to mindful sunset breathing sessions.
A large part of Phuket’s famously laid-back appeal comes from its stunning resorts, and Amatara Wellness Resort is no slouch. Highlights of a relaxing stay include a stunning 55-metre infinity pool, a pristine white-sand beach and its Thai hammam experience – a 16-step spa treatment that works you over through several saunas, cooling showers, a black-soap massage, mud therapy and more to promote circulation, boost your immune system and leave your skin reinvigorated and your mind and body refreshed. Amatara’s also offers all-inclusive wellness packages that cover accommodation, nutritional menus and personalised wellness activities to achieve specific goals. For parents with mini wellness-seekers in tow, the resort’s family wellness programme includes spa treatments, family yoga and creative workshops such as soap making and children’s cookery.
Opened in 1988, Amanpuri is the original Aman resort, setting the template for the wellness brand’s global reputation for luxury and relaxation. Underpinning the resort’s appeal are the five-star wellness facilities at every turn: from gorgeous villas and a selection of fine-dining restaurants to a heavenly spa, hydrotherapy suite and a Muay Thai studio – all nestled in a lush coconut grove on Phuket’s west coast. The brand has kept up with the changing trends in wellness, upgrading its offering of late with its medical detox package that comes with blood analysis, physical exams and a heavy metal OligoScan. Ozone and liver detox IV infusions, colon hydrotherapy and acupuncture round out Amanpuri’s extensive wellness package, so you leave with a clean bill of health.
Dreamy treehouse villas and cottages nestled in the rainforest set Keemala apart from the regular resorts in Phuket. The whimsical architectural charm continues with interiors that resemble modern jungle palaces. The luxury resort can help guest achieve various lifestyle goals via its holistic spa programmes (Mala Spa combines traditional healing practices and medicinal plants with modern skin-beautifying treatments), food and dining delights (its two dining destinations offer spa cuisine menus with lighter, wholesome options, in addition to vegetarian, vegan, gluten- and dairy-free options), pampering massages and relaxing yoga and meditation retreats.