Kamalaya resort delivers corporate wellness solutions
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa - located on the southern coastline of Koh Samui, Thailand - is helping companies adapt to the new COVID Normal with personalised programs and online courses, enabling teams to de-stress and cope with the upheaval of the global pandemic.
Since Kamalaya first opened its doors in 2005, guests from all walks of life have headed to Samui to seek out its diverse wellness programs, which range from Detox and Weight Management to Anti-Stress and Burnout Prevention. The unprecedented challenges of 2020 and 2021 have led to fresh interest in this holistic health retreat, not only from the traditional tourist sector, but also from the corporate and MICE markets. As a result, Kamalaya now expects corporate demand - from Thailand and overseas - to account for almost one-third of its business in 2022.
Kamalaya General Manager and Brand Strategist, Bruce Ryde notes “Companies globally have been suffering from extended lockdowns and work-from-home policies, which have caused a sense of disconnect among their teams. As a result, HR leaders are increasing looking to holistic wellness as a vital management tool. Stress reduction, team dynamics and embracing change are recurring themes that businesses have highlighted to us in the last 12 months. Kamalaya currently offers 17 curated programs for individuals, teams and groups, either at our sanctuary in Samui or via our innovative online platform, ‘Kamalaya Connect’.”
Kamalaya Founder and Chairman, John Stewart adds “when we began the Kamalaya journey more than 15 years ago, our vision was to enable positive change in the world, one person at a time. Today, this is still our goal. The ability to embrace change has never been more important. I am proud and delighted that, as one of the world’s leading and most awarded wellness brands, we are able to provide tools that help to counteract stress and lead guests towards a healthier and more balanced life. To quote Kamalaya’s ethos, we want to help everybody ‘Feel Life’s Potential’.”
Over the years, global corporate leaders, politicians even royalty have chosen Kamalaya to achieve equilibrium in their highly pressurised lives. Kamalaya is now seeing this trend within Thailand, as local executives seek to escape the busy streets and polluted air of Thailand’s major cities. Nestled among tropical gardens, with natural boulders, creeks, nature trails and plenty of open space, Kamalaya provides the perfect setting to soothe one’s body, mind and soul. Within this enchanting environment, Kamalaya’s intuitive wellness culture creates a deeply relaxing, revitalising and rewarding ambience for corporate leaders and their teams.
Ryde highlights “we are experiencing increased interest from the leaders of companies, embassies and NGOs asking us to assist with professional team-building and personal mentoring. Inquiries for our wellness incentive programs have also risen sharply. Given our exposure to corporate leadership, we expect this part of our business mix to exceed 30% in 2022, up from approximately 20% in the pre-pandemic era.”
The Thai government, through the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), is focused on ensuring that Thailand remains a regional leader in the wellness tourism sector in the coming years, and Kamalaya has been well placed to play an integral part in this mission.
“Across the world, people and companies need to heal from the impacts of the pandemic. At Kamalaya, our guests take the time to assess and gather new skills. It is proven that new resources and new habits strengthen our ability to adapt and become more flexible, resilient and robust in our health. Our 17 programs enable a very personal approach to each individual’s stay, based on their unique needs. Right now we are running ‘Embracing Change’ programmes for a number of large organisations via Kamalaya Connect, some with up to 200 participants,” revealed Karina Stewart, Founder and Chief Wellness Director, Kamalaya.
Throughout the pandemic, Kamalaya has remained open and continued to care for its in-house guests in a safe, secure and deeply serene setting.
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