Koh Phangan has a good selection of spas and an even better selection of health resorts that are aimed at total cleansing, mind-body and wellness activities. If you are looking for something a little more intense than the standard beach massage, a lot of the smarter resorts also include spas. Here are some reccomended options.
The Sanctuary (081 271 3614) is an alternative fasting and detox centre located on Haad Tien beach on the secluded east coast of Koh Phangan. This was the island's first ever retreat and the sanctuary is a meeting spot for travellers and a great place to hang out, enjoy the superb treatments on offer at the spa, all based on natural ingredients and techniques. Also on offer is yoga, meditation, a variety of healing, healthy & natural therapies, funky herbal steam room, and total cleansing programmes. The super health-food restauraunt is well worth checking out too.
Monte Vista Retreat Center (081 747 7329) offers cleansing, detox and fasting programs with colonic treatments. Stress reduction, and healing programs as well as single treatments for massages, beauty treatments, energy and chakra work and counseling. It's peaceful location offers spectacular views of Anthong National Marine Park, Koh Samui and Koh Tao. Programs are available from three days or longer to meet your individual needs.
Ayurvana Spa at Santhiya Resort is located on the stunning Tong Nai Pan Noi. The staff are well qualified and the spa menu is extensive. Several spa environments, such as, aromatherapy rooms, Thai massage rooms and outdoor Salas are also available. The spa arranges transport for outside guests and has some great day packages on offer.
Phangan Leela Spa Had Rin (077 375 563-4) is a great little day-spa offering massages and facials at a fab price, and also teaching Thai massage techniques.
Wat Po Herbal Sauna: Relax and enjoy the many great benefits of a traditional Thai herbal steam sauna. This features natural herbs such as lemongrass and pandanus that are gently heated by a wood fire, creating an incredible aromatic and healing steam.
The Orion Healing Center (089 038 0085) concentrates on alternative healing therapies such as Reiki and bodywork like as CranioSacral therapy. There are also courses in Tai Chi and Laughter Yoga. Drop-in for all levels, and 3 day certification workshops are available for all courses. Located at Sri Thanu Beach in the Nort-west of Koh Phangan.