Koh Samui, Surat Thani Thailand +66 (0) 77 422 232 http://vikasayoga.com/
Vikasa Yoga is blessed by a stunning location on the cliff between Lamai and Chaweng on the relaxed tropical island of Koh Samui in Thailand. Founded in late 2012, Vikasa is already becoming well known amongst yogis around the world, and the Vikasa Yoga teacher trainings are regularly booked out.
Founded by Russian yogi Konstantin Miachin, Vikasa is both a retreat centre where visitors can come and stay and partake of the daily program of yoga and meditation, a yoga studio where locals are welcome to join the daily yoga classes, and a restaurant serving up delicious vegetarian and raw food. As well there is a spa on site, offering a range of massage, facials and skin treatments.
There is a range of accommodation options at Vikasa, designed to suit all budgets. Overlooking the infinity pool the Ocean Front rooms are beautifully appointed self contained bungalows with balconies and fantastic panoramic views across the ocean.
Higher up the cliff, just under the restaurant, the Panoramic Rooms also have spectacular views across the ocean, with early risers being privileged to witness incredible sunrises daily.
Then there are the Zen Bungalows, which are more simple style built in the traditional Thai island style from all natural materials.
Facilities at Vikasa include a stunning infinity pool looking directly out to sea and two fully equipped outdoor wooden yoga pavillions. The is also a beautiful outdoor Spa and Wellness centre positioned to take full advantage of the sea views.
The restaurant at Vikasa boasts a spectacular view from its perch at the top of the cliff. With a certain ‘Ibiza’ air about it, the restaurant is framed by flowing white fabric hanging from the ceiling and lit up at night with pinpoint blue lights that blend in beautifully with the aquamarine sea.
With comfy beanbags and low lying tables on the upper level and tables and chairs on the lower two levels, it is easy to spend hours there just gazing at the view.
The restaurant has an a-la-carte menu of healthy juices, vegetarian and raw food available all day, and for in house guests serves a buffet breakfast at 10.15 am and a buffet dinner at 7.30pm every day.
Yoga and Meditation Classes
There are two daily yoga classes on offer at Vikasa, in the morning in the evening. Class styles include: Beginner’s Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and the style developed by the founder, Vikasa Yoga. Daily meditation classes are also offered at 8am every morning.
Vikasa is host to various teacher trainings throughout the year for and also runs the month long 200hr Yoga Alliance certified Vikasa yoga teacher trainings at regular intervals.
Both in house guests and visitors alike are welcome to pamper themselves at the Vikasa Spa. Treatments include the signature Thai Massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage, detoxifying Herbal Thai Compress Treatment as well as a range of scrubs, facials and skin therapies.