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Vikasa Yoga Retreat Koh Samui, Thailand

Vikasa Yoga Retreat Koh Samui, Thailand

If you are looking for a Yoga Retreat in Koh Samui then look no further, Vikasa Yoga Retreat located on a wild cliff on the east coast of the island is the place to go.

Offering an all-inclusive Vikations package, Vikasa allows you to relax and completely unwind taking in the breathtaking surroundings, fuel your body with nourishing food and fully immersing yourself in your daily yoga practice.

Throughout this guide, I will help you with the best way to book your Yoga Retreat, what to expect throughout your stay, what kind of classes are on offer at Vikasa, the different accommodation and retreat types and more!

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Staying at Vikasa: Vikation Yoga Retreat Koh Samui

Vikasa Yoga Retreat is a tranquil sanctuary tucked away from the bustling way of life in Koh Samui.

On the cliff edge here you are exposed to the wild elements and wind coming off the ocean which just adds to the magic, throughout the resort, you can hear the waves crashing against the rocks and the breeze working its way through the lush greenery.

The finish of the rooms, the view from the yoga Sala, the peace around the resort as you wander from place to place, the warm welcome from the staff and the chance to meet other like-minded people here really make Vikasa stand out from the rest.

However, do note that due to its location being away from the main towns in Koh Samui, if you do not have a scooter the only way you can get out and explore here is by taxi, which can add up as taxis here are expensive. It also gives you the perfect excuse to completely immerse yourself in the retreat and not leave the grounds.

How to Book your Vikasa Yoga Retreat

You can find Vikasa Yoga Retreat on all the major booking websites including Booking.com – here you can easily book your chosen days and room type.

However, even though this is often the easiest way to book I would not recommend booking via a third party when staying at Vikasa. Booking this way means you do not get an all-inclusive package.

Make sure to book directly via the Vikasa website, this is the only way you will benefit from the all-inclusive aspect of your Vikation.

What’s Included in Your Vikation Retreat

From the time of your check-in to the time of your check-out, the Vikasa team are there to offer their assistance to ensure you have the best possible time during your Vikation.

During your stay when booking directly with Vikasa you will have the following included in your all-inclusive package:

  • Your chosen room type
  • Healthy buffet brunch & dinner
  • Tea, coffee & daily juices
  • Filtered water
  • Unlimited Yoga & Meditation classes
  • Workshops like Sound Healing classes, Gong Baths etc
  • Use of Yoga mats and all required props
  • Access to all facilities such as, infinity swimming pool, secret beach, meditation pagodas and spa
  • The Life Cafe where you can work from for the day or order additional meals

At an additional cost, Vikasa can also assist you with anything further you may need to make your stay with them more comfortable.

Additional amenities include:

  • Excursions run off-site (hiking, snorkelling, waterfall tours)
  • Laundry
  • Spa treatments
  • Additional meals
  • Drinks or additional juices
  • Airport transfer
  • Private Yoga or Meditation classes

🙋🏻‍♀️ Make sure to also check out some of the amazing boat trips you can take from Koh Samui to the neighbouring Ang Thong Marine Park & Pig Island once you have completed your Vikation.

Accommodation Types

When booking your Vikation it is important to know what each of the different room types at Vikasa has to offer, where they are located and which is best depending on what your intention is for your Vikation.

The overall size of Vikasa Yoga Retreat is quite large and you can find the different room types based near each of the main facilities such as the White Yoga Sala (where all daily classes are held), the secret beach, the infinity pool/ spa area and The Life Cafe.

Yoga Cave

The Yoga Caves at Vikasa are located near The Life Cafe and the infinity pool. They are single occupancy offering a more budget option for those travelling alone.

Although cheaper the Yoga Cave rooms do not differ from the high quality finish and standard delivered at Vikasa. They are the perfect option if you plan to spend most of your time around the infinity pool or maybe working at The Life Cafe.

The main differences in the rooms are a single bed, smaller room size and shared bathroom facilities. Most other amenities are still included such as tea/coffee-making facilities, gowns, storage, a fridge, towels, and drinking water.

Lotus Pad

Located near the infinity pool and The Life Cafe in Vikasa you can find the Lotus Pad rooms.

These are private double or twin rooms with ensuite bathrooms and an excellent finish. Due to these rooms being private and larger, they are also more expensive than the Yoga Cave accommodation.

Again they are the pefect option for those looking to spend most of their time around the infinity pool and The Life Cafe areas.

‼️ Note however, that the Yoga Cave and Lotus Pad rooms are the furthest from the White Yoga Sala.

All Lotus Pad rooms include a private balcony, tea/coffee-making facilities, gowns, plenty of clothes storage, a fridge, towels, air-conditioning, complimentary toiletries, a hot shower and drinks/snacks at an additional cost.

Prana Cabana

The Prana Cabana rooms are my personal favourites, located on the other side of Vikasa Yoga Retreat here you feel you are tucked away in a little paradise.

Situated near the White Yoga Sala they are the perfect option if you plan to roll out of bed and straight to class in the morning, this is particularly useful for the early 7 am starts!

All Prana Cabana rooms are private with either double or twin beds, an ensuite bathroom, a balcony, tea/coffee-making facilities, gowns, plenty of clothes storage, a fridge, towels, air-conditioning, complimentary toiletries, a hot shower and drinks/snacks at an additional cost.

‼️ Note that the Prana Cabana rooms are further from The Life Cafe and the infinity pool – however, there are a few golf buggies at Vikasa that wait either near The Life Cafe, near the white sala and the pool area so if you are lucky you can catch a ride and won’t have to walk!

Plus Rooms

All rooms are then available in a plus version, these plus rooms can include a balcony, a larger room size or an uninterrupted ocean view.

To clarify what each specific room includes you can check out the Vikasa website and watch the virtual tours for each room type or contact the Vikasa team if you have any further questions.

Yoga Classes

🙋🏻‍♀️ Imagine waking with the sun and the sound of waves, then wandering through the beautiful lush greenery planted around Vikasa to get to your morning practice where you can feel the gentle sea breeze against your face and have completely uninterrupted views of the ocean throughout the class — could you imagine a better start to your morning?

If that doesn’t tempt you then the practice itself should draw you in, the unique and captivating teaching style at Vikasa is unlike anywhere else I have ever practised.

Based on classical Hatha yoga with influences from Himalayan Buddhism and Taoism practises, the unique flow all comes together to help the practitioner achieve a greater sense of presence and peace on their mat.

The classes are challenging not only for the body but also for the mind, which I think makes them stand out greatly, I have done a lot of Yoga around the world and Vikasa remains one of my favourite places to practise.

There are 6 main classes taught weekly at Vikasa, these all range from beginner to advanced and are suitable for all levels. The class types are:

Complete

Lasting 120 minutes the intention behind the complete class is to give you a fully rounded and complete start to your day as it includes Asana, Pranayama and Meditation. This is Vikasa’s signature class giving you a real taste of their unique teaching style and is a very rewarding and grounding way to start your day.

Flow

The 90-minute flow classes offer you the chance to focus on your practice in the present moment, be fully on your mat and leave everything from the outside world behind. This style is a consistent flow of movement and breath matching your inhales and exhales to the Asana’s. These classes have a quicker pace therefore not every posture is explained in detail to maintain your neutral and immersed state of mind.

Chill

The Chill classes last 90 minutes and offer you the chance to drop into your body, containing longer posture holds the Chill classes can be challenging for those who aren’t willing to slow down and be. The classes are relaxing and deeply meditative if you are willing to drop into the slowness, they can create an excellent opportunity for you to tune into your mind and make the conscious decision to remain present.

Align

During the 90-minute Align classes there will often be a few postures chosen and they will be explained in great detail allowing students to practise them and be offered a hands-on modification approach. This allows practitioners to discover the chosen postures on a deeper level and have more confidence in their abilities and Asana in their practice going forward. This is an excellent choice for beginners looking to widen their Asana knowledge.

Breathe

The breath is fundamental to yoga, without it, we would have no practice. These Breathe classes combine meditation and Pranayama to drop into a calmer state of mind, balance our energy and maintain a more meditative way of life. These 60-minute classes are suitable for all levels, are an excellent compliment to any yoga class and can highly benefit your life both on and off the mat.

Gong

The unique sound therapy provided by Gong sessions can vary from person to person but they often evoke a calm state of mind, improved sleep and deep relaxation. As you lie around the Gong throughout this 45-minute class you can feel the vibrations moving through your body often bringing you to complete presence and then lost in the sounds.

What Other Yoga Retreats in Koh Samui does Vikasa Offer?

The Vikations are not the only Yoga Retreat packages on offer at Vikasa, make sure to check out some of their signature retreats and personalised programmes.

If you are short of time but want to experience Vikasa you can either drop in for a yoga class or book a Vikasa Healthy Half or Full Day package.

These include a buffet meal, Thai massage, Yoga and use of the facilities – for all the details and to book email stay@vikasa.com.

If you want to be a part of something special at Vikasa and meet more like-minded people then you can join one of their signature retreats here in Koh Samui.

These retreats vary in pricing and offerings from silent retreats to immersive yoga retreats and more.

Or if you have a particular health goal in mind and would like to work on that with a dedicated programme and benefit from one-to-one coaching then one of Vikasa’s personal programmes would be perfect for you.

Choose from Begin, Recharge, Rise, Wake, Vitox, and Deepen – each has specific targets in mind which are then tailored to you personally helping you achieve your health and yoga goals.

Best Time to Visit

Thailand really is a year-round destination and whilst you are staying at Vikasa if you are planning on fully immersing yourself in the Yogic slow pace of life within the resort then you can visit any time of the year.

Which is perfect because Vikations are available 365 days a year!

The weather in Thailand is hot, humid and tropical all year round with the temperature sitting at around 30 degrees. The rainy season here then begins at the end of August/ September and finishes in October.

December to March is the high season at Vikasa and in Thailand, so if you’re planning your Vikation Yoga Retreat in Koh Samui around this time I would recommend booking in advance!

How to Get to Vikasa

Vikasa is located on the east coast of Koh Samui and is very easily accessible. The best way to get to Vikasa Yoga Retreat is to fly into Koh Samui Airport and take a taxi from there.

Vikasa can assist you in arranging a taxi or you can book a ride when you arrive using Grab (Asia’s version of Uber).

Alternatively, you can reach Koh Samui via ferry from any of the neighbouring islands or the mainland at Surat Thani and take a taxi from the ferry port.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a yoga retreat in Koh Samui then I highly recommend booking Vikasa. The combination of the beautiful and unique location, delicious food and amazing yoga with the unspoilt ocean views are hard to beat.

I have practised yoga in quite a few places throughout Thailand over the years and I have to admit Vikasa is a place I keep coming back to over and over again. Staying here was the perfect retreat and allowed me to fully immerse myself in my practice, connect with other like-minded souls and focus on my personal growth.

I hope this guide can help you book your perfect Vikation which can offer you the chance to drop deeply into yourself and your practice whilst cocooned in this supportive Vikasa bubble.

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