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Keemala (Phuket)

If it is wellness you seek then Kamala, located on the west coast of Phuket, close to the Patong and Surin Beaches, is the destination of choice. This hillside location overlooks Kamala village and the Andaman Sea, offering the most restful environment along with the vibrant charms of nearby Phuket.

With a packed calendar of holistic living retreats that has global healing experts visiting, a loyal clientele keeps track and signs up for therapies like sound healing, shiatsu, somato-experiencing and trauma release, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Mayan traditional massage, acupuncture, aromatherapy, vibrational attunement and Maori traditional healing.

Each of its eight treatment rooms is equipped with organic products to help relax and rejuvenate as guests try yoga, Pilates and circuit training. Aqua Zen classes in the pool followed by forest tai chi and beach walk are the ideal way to end a day where relaxation has been the guiding mantra of the Keemala stay.

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