Green Tourism Meet Opens in Samoa

Delegates from around the world are in Samoa for the first conference on Tourism Investment for the Development of Enterprise and Sustainability (TIDES). The event has attracted participants from both the environmental and tourism sectors, on the one hand, and businesses and financial institutions, on the other. It is providing them with a chance to …

Visitor Arrivals Post Modest Gains

Vietnam led the Asia Pacific in terms of growth in the number of international visitors for November, compared to the same month the year before. Arrivals were up 37% year-on-year, according to preliminary figures from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). As a whole, Southeast registered a 15% increase, the strongest growth in the entire …

Detox & Rejuvenation: Days Six and Seven

I woke up even earlier than usual this morning. The Love Kitchen hadn't opened yet so I decided to go for a walk before breakfast. I thought I would head to the beach to watch the sun rise, but I wasn't sure how to get there. I wandered down the road past lovely resorts – …

Detox & Rejuvenation: Days Four and Five

I fell into a comfortable routine. I would awake early, stroll over the the Love Cafe, and partake of a healthful breakfast. Because I overextended myself during a hot yoga session on my third day, I had to give up yoga, but I continued with my daily laps for the rest of my stay. Following …

Detox & Rejuvenation: Day Three

My second evening without alcohol and for the second night in a row, I found myself unable to keep my eyes open. Once again I found myself putting my book on my nightstand, falling asleep with the lights on, awakening just before dawn. Was I falling into a comfortable new routine? Following another yummy breakfast, …

Detox & Rejuvenation: Day Two

The Absolute Sanctuary in Koh Samui, Thailand, offers three types of programme. In addition to detox, it also has rejuvenation and spa packages. I went to bed thinking of how much I enjoyed my Last Supper. How often do you get the chance to eat healthy and nutritious food that actually tastes good? I've always …

Detox & Rejuvenation: Day One

I woke up earlier than expected. After showering and shaving, I headed to the Yoga Centre, where I took part in Pranayama, or meditation, yoga for 30 minutes. I had my first detox drink while waiting for a consultation with a wellness consultant, who conducted a kinesiology priority check, took my blood pressure, and measured …

Detox & Rejuvenation: My Last Supper

This was to be my last supper. Or so, at least, I thought. I checked into the Absolute Sanctuary, which bills itself as “Thailand's Premier Detox & Yoga Resort”, late in the afternoon. Located on a gentle hillside with a view of the ocean in the distance, the Koh Samui-based resort is a Moroccan-inspired boutique …

Arrival in Koh Samui

As Bangkok Airways flight PG 0906 approached Koh Samui International Airport, I looked out the window and could see emerald hills covered with palm trees, groves of bamboo, and various manner of flowering plant life. The landscape was dotted with clusters of bungalows with terra cotta roofs. The skies and seas were azure. And not …