In many ways it takes to bliss out in Samui, doing a spa retreat should be high on the list. When it comes time to further soothe the body and soul, a place like Tamarind Springs Forest Spa achieves it upon first glance of the verdant property and rock formations.

Formerly a jungle, the now pristine and lush environment transforms you to a different realm of calmness. It’s a literal climb to spa nirvana, with massage pavilions spread out at different levels of a tranquil environment lush with trees and flowers and the jewel in the crown – an herbal steam cave.

But as Kanjapha Kitijapirak, the managing director points out – just looking at all that greenery and hearing the birds are already part of the relaxation process. The cares of the world go away as soon as guests tie on the sarong provided by the day spa. There’s reassurance that their massage therapies and wellness treatments balance the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. There should be no pain, no strong pressure that brings on a feeling of discomfort, she stresses. While massage treatments are based on established principles, certain techniques are structured to address whatever ails a modern lifestyle.

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