Located in the jungle-clad hills above Kata Beach on the Southwest Coast of Phuket, Santosa Detox & Wellness Center is a tropical retreat specialising in detox & wellness programs.
If you are looking for an authentic detox experience with a personal touch, Santosa is the best choice. The dedicated staff at Santosa work with guests at their own pace to discover where they are emotionally and physically as well as offering the best advice along the way.
A variety of comprehensive detox programs are available throughout the year at Santosa, each lasting anywhere from 3 to 21 days.
Detox programs include Full Fast, Juice Fast, Raw Food Fast and an Emotional Detox. The detox programs at Santosa are tailored to each imdividual guest and include cleansing drinks, detox supplements, colon cleansing and the choice to participate in the center’s daily activities according to energy levels.
Each day, guests participating in detox programs will be given the support needed through a morning group meeting. Post-Program support and an on-going nutrition plan are also available. Other offerings at Santosa focus on wellness and include a Healthy Eating Program, Active Cleanse Program and a Yoga & SPA Retreat.
Interested in pampering yourself just for the day? Santosa is open to the general public and is the perfect place to explore what turning over a new leaf to a healthier lifestyle really means. The One Day Detox, One Day Relax and Spring Clean programs showcase a teaser of what a full detox experience at Santosa is really like. Guests will be able to join one of the centre’s fitness classes, enjoy a massage treatment, take the plunge in an ice bath, spend time in the sauna and also try a colema treatment. The one day programs are a great snapshot into the work we do at Santosa.
If you are feeling hungry and looking for something healthy to eat, look no further than Santosa Vegan Restaurant. An open-air restaurant featuring breathtaking views over the Kata Beach neighborhood below, Santosa Vegan Restaurant focuses on both raw and cooked vegan cuisine.
The team of chefs at the restaurant take pride in using only the freshest local ingredients, whole foods and organic products when available. The result is outstanding vegan cuisine full of fresh flavors, interesting textures and incredible tastes.
Each week, Santosa Vegan Restaurant hosts a Vegan Buffet. Every Wednesday and Saturday evening from 6:30pm diners are spoilt for choice as the lush buffet spread is laid out. Colourful and tasty, the raw food delights and vegan cuisine at Santosa really are worth sinking your teeth into.
For Phuket locals and expats looking to learn more about detox & wellness or hoping to find a fitness class to give them a boost, Santosa has a well-rounded schedule of weekly classes that are open to the public. HIIT, Zumba, TRX, Fitball, Boxing, and all levels of yoga classes such as Hatha Yoga, Aerial Yoga and Vinyasa Hot Yoga are available.
Interested in more holistic practices? Santosa also offers Beginner Meditation and Breathwork classes for those looking to let go of the stress and connect the mind and body. Santosa offers a pass for 10 classes that is valid for two months and can be shared between two people.
Awaken Life’s Potential at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center. Kickstart your health & wellness journey with a detox program by joining a new fitness class or just eating healthier at Santosa Vegan Restaurant.
For more information, visit www.santosaphuket.com.
Thai Cabinet extends waiver of Visa On Arrival fees
Thailand’s Cabinet has extended the waiver of the fees for ‘visa on arrival’ for some foreign tourists to Thailand. The waiver of the 2,000 baht VOA fee will be extended to at least October 31.
The fee had previously been waived until January 14 this year in a bid to boost tourism. It was then extended until April 30 and has now been extended again. According to the Ministry of Sports and Tourism, waiving the VOA fee had helped support the increase of foreign visitor numbers.
Between November 15, 2018 to March 31, 2019, 3.58 million foreigners visited Thailand, an increase of 83% compared to the 1.6 million visitors during the same period in the previous year.
Meanwhile, waiving the VOA fee resulted in the government losing 2.95 billion baht in revenue but the extra tourists generated an estimated 105 billion baht in tourism revenue.
The Visa On Arrival waiver is available to tourists from 21 countries and regions, including China and India.
Bangkok home prices among the cheapest in the Key Global Cities report
Hong Kong maintains its position as the world’s most expensive residential city, while Bangkok ranks at #33 out of 35 global cities surveyed.
In the fifth annual Global Living Report, CBRE profiles the property markets across 35 key global cities. The results highlight that investments in urban areas such as transport infrastructure, connectivity, retail, cultural centres and housing are key drivers of economic growth.
“In the fifth edition of the ‘Global Living’ report, we have expanded the number of cities we examine from 29 to 35. They include the most exciting cities in the world, from emerging technology-driven powerhouses like Shenzhen and Bangkok through more traditional capital cities such as Rome and Lisbon, to rapidly evolving modern urban centres like Dubai and Johannesburg,” according to Jennet Siebrits, Head of Residential Research at CBRE UK.
The top three most expensive places to buy a residential property are all in Asia. Hong Kong remains the city with the highest value residential real estate, with an average property costing 39.52 million baht (USD 1.235 million), Singapore in second place, averaging 27.97 million baht (USD 874,372), and Shanghai third at 27.92 million baht (USD 872,555).
Bangkok stands at #33 position with an average residential property price of 3.4 million baht (USD 106,383), followed by Ho Chi Min City at 3.29 million baht (USD 103,057) and Istanbul at the bottom with average prices of 3.11 million baht (USD 97,396) amongst the 35 surveyed world cities.
The biggest year-on-year growth was experienced in double-digits by Barcelona (16.9%), Dublin (11.6%), Shanghai (11.2%) and Madrid (10.2%). London remains one of the top ten performing global cities, with the average property price of 20.7 million baht (USD 646,973) although growth was down by 1.1%.
You can read the full report HERE.
Find the largest list of Bangkok city properties for sale HERE.
Top 10 ways to save water at home
Hot weather and Thailand’s boom-or-bust water issues (floods in wet season and water shortages in the hot season) are a part of our life. And it’s predicted that there will be hotter hot seasons and wetter wet-seasons in the future. Even if we’re not sure what the future brings we should all be conscious of our water usage, be more self-sufficient and empower ourselves to do something positive to protect Thailand’s precious water reserves.
Here are a few ideas that may help you become more water-wise…
• Shower with a bucket. Don’t let all that water pour down the drain and stick a bucket next to you whilst you shower. The plants will be grateful for an extra drink on hot days and save you using the hose sometimes. Whilst you’re at it, cut your 5 minute shower down to three minutes. Really, you can sing somewhere else! And, really, do we absolutely have to have four showers a day? No. A fresh spray of the deodorant and a fresh shirt will be perfectly OK during water shortages. For couples, well, shower together!
• Leave the water running whilst brushing your teeth? Try turning it off until you want to rinse out your mouth. All that useable water flowing down the basic drain whilst you’re brushing isn’t making your teeth any whiter! Same when you’re washing your hands or washing your hair. Turn off the tap whilst you’re doing all the scrubbing. These little habits could end up saving tens of litres every time you do these common tasks.
• Boiling pasta? Rice? Eggs? Once the left-over water has cooled use it to water your indoor or outdoor plants. Just make sure the water has cooled first!
• Washing the car at a car wash is more efficient than doing it yourself at home. Car wash businesses recycle a lot of their water. Even better, drive around with a dirty car now and then – it’s not hurting you or the car and will save water by delaying your car wash.
• Lawns use lots of water and daily watering during the hot season can soak up hundreds of litres of valuable. Letting your lawn go brown, be assured it will come back in the wet season. And long-term, landscape accordingly with water wise ground covers, succulents, and other plants that thrive in drought conditions. Lawns may be a luxury we can’t afford in these water-conscious times.
• Only run the dishwasher when it’s full. Even better wash the dishes by hand. Dishwashing machines are notable water wasters. Grab you partner or a friend and have a chat or a laugh for the five minutes it will take you to wash the dishes by hand. You could save up to 50-100 litres of water! And fill up the sink once and do all the washing together without leaving the water running all the time.
• Whilst it hasn’t been a worry in the past, our useable potable water supplies around Thailand are becoming an issue that won’t be fixed immediately. Consider installing a simple rain catchment system. They can be cheap or expensive and should be considered if you’re building a new house as an integral part of the design. Your roof is an amazing water-catcher. Use it.
• Flush the toilet less often and with less water. Most modern toilets have a half-flush option and there are other tricks to reducing the re-fill in your toilet’s cistern – putting a brick into your cistern is one way (gently!).
• Water the plants early in the morning. You’ll need less water, since cooler morning temperatures mean less evaporation. It’s not a great idea to water in the evenings, since this can promote mould growth in the humid Thai weather and hot evenings. And you really don’t need to water the driveway. It’s not growing. No one is going to walk past your house and compliment you on your sparkling clean drive-way.
• The dog WILL survive without being washed every day, or week. Indeed our dogs used to survive perfectly well without being washed at all. If the family pooch does need a wash try and use some of the water you saved from the bucket in the shower and be careful not to leave the hose on whilst rubbing in the shampoo. As for the cat, it is genetically programmed to clean itself better than you could ever hope to. Leave the cat alone – it DOES NOT need to be washed.
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