Detox retreat in Thailaind – an experience

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In my previous articles Detox Diet good for you? and The benefits of detox retreats I talked about the benefits of detoxing and why I was going to a detox retreat. Well, I’ve been and the experience has been great. So here is my review.

I went to the Atsumi detox retreeat in Phuket, Thailand for a total cost of  $1403.  This included 5 nights accommodation in a self-contained cottage and the full 4-days full fast detox retreat program. I brought some extra cash with me but did not use it as, of course, I couldn’t use if for food and my culimas and massages kept me busy all day!

It is relatively small retreat in the south of Phuket about 10 min drive from Nai Ham Beach. On the first morning you will receive an induction to the program where you will be explained what to do. Basically the detox program comprises of calimas (self-administered colinics), mud shakes consisting of Bentonite clay and psyllium and nutrients supplements.  You are presented with a schedule of when to do and take these. Each evening you will also receive a clear vegetable broth which was to become the highlight of my day!

To read of my experience each day please read my daily detox reports: detox day 1, detox day 2, detox day 3, detox day 4.

I have found the detox program relaxing and informative. As you can do the culimas yourself it is very discrete and I found them too be relaxing. I loved my daily massage and steam bath and in between I spent time swimming, watching movies (dvds are available at the retreat) and reading.

The end result has been that I have lost 2.5 kg and feel cleansed and refreshed. I have come back with renewed enthusiasm and motivation to eat healthier to protect my body from too many toxins. My skin feels clean and soft.

All in all I can say that his has been a good experience which I will likely repeat. I cannot yet judge the long-term effects but will report on those in the future. Meanwhile enjoy my detox reports and let me know what you think!

Update: I’ve recently attend my second detox retreat. I went to Phuket again but tried another detox retreat in Thailand.

6 comments… add one
  • danielle May 23, 2010, 9:29 pm

    i am looking for a detox retreat in singapore, do you know of any?
    i know of the ones in thailand but i want to do it in singapore….
    please reply

  • Sylvia May 23, 2010, 10:09 pm

    Hi Danielle,

    I’m not yet aware of a specific detox retreat in Singapore. However, there is a detox clinic in Singapore Living Wellness that provides skin, liver and colon detox. You may want to check that out?

  • josze December 13, 2010, 10:58 am

    Hi. THe programme sounds so good except the culima part! can u roughly explain what that’s all about?

  • Sylvia December 13, 2010, 7:08 pm

    Hi Josze,

    Actually the culimas turned out to be quite nice. It’s a totally private process without any involvement of machines or other people. Just some watertaps, a tube and a special ‘bed’ where you can lie on and a shower. You will get instructions on how to use the tube to irrigate your colon and it literally takes about 5 min to master. Of course it’s strange in the beginning but after a while I enjoyed it. It is relaxing and makes you feel really clean. Also I think it’s quite important with a detox program as it helps to get rid of the toxins much faster. This stops you from feeling sick. Read through some of the day descriptions (links are in the posts) which will give you even more detail.

  • Martin September 9, 2012, 10:07 am

    Hi Sylvia – thanks for the review. I recently did the same in Thailand and my experience differ a bit. If you are interested in reading about my experience you can find it on my blog: – starting from this post:

    It’s been some time since your review. Did you feel long-lasting effects? Have you done it again since?


  • Sylvia September 9, 2012, 10:24 am

    Hi Martin. Sorry to read that your detox was quite miserable. I noticed though that in the retreat you went, you did not seem to have to take the horrible ‘mud’ drinks. Even though they are horrible, they do fill you with energy and stop you from feeling hungry. I actually went on another detox retreat in a different resort in Phuket, which was even better. You can read about it here: It’s a 3 part series and there is a small video in the last one where other participants talk about their experience. I wonder how you would do in a retreat like that. The long-lasting effect has been that the stomach cramps I used to have are all but gone. I have not been able to let go of my fondness for sugar yet, but am definitely more conscious of what I’m eating. I still believe it’s a great thing to do for your body once a year.

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