11 May 2024

Indulge your senses at a lush tropical retreat overlooking the Gulf of Thailand

| Rama Gaind
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Get away from the world at Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach, Thailand. Photos: Supplied.

Wellness and serenity have a synergistic effect in surroundings such as the luxury and lifestyle resort that seamlessly blends contemporary hospitality with classical Thai heritage at Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach.

Nestled in 6.4 hectares of peaceful seafront land in Thailand, this former private estate showed how it was committed to helping us escape the stress of everyday life and revive us, ”body, mind and soul”.

With world-class health and fitness facilities, including a dedicated Panpuri spa, all woven seamlessly into a woodland property of century-old trees, we were told “every guest can achieve mental and spiritual renewal”. It didn’t take us long to experience the long-lasting corollaries!

This trip was Julie’s idea, or as my best friend expounded: “Give yourself a break. You are so caught up in this modern lifestyle which affects our physical and mental wellbeing. Slowing down and embracing a mindful, unhurried pace in life benefits our health and enriches the quality of our experiences and associations.

“In today’s fast-paced world, we often find ourselves racing against the clock, trying to balance work, relationships and personal growth. We need this break. Come with me.” She didn’t have to ask me twice – and yes, Julie is someone who strives to live a holistic lifestyle.

It was only fitting the golden beach set the stage for morning yoga classes and meditation sessions, enabling us to enhance our mental clarity and achieve a sense of equilibrium. It was those invigorating yoga postures combined with deep-breathing exercises that facilitated relaxation to combat stress. We were happy!

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A passion for wellness in all aspects of life was also shared by the experienced yoga, aerial yoga and Pilates instructor Chankate ”Pat” Chia-apar, who is a part of Andaz Pattaya’s owner family. That was one of the reasons why she wanted her family’s former estate to be transformed into an oasis of wellbeing.

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Wellness seekers can experience complete serenity surrounded by the wonders of nature at Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach.

Pat said the aim was to create a “world-class, internationally branded luxury lifestyle resort where visitors can escape from the outside world”.

“This vision has driven the concept at Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach, which invites guests to embark on a holistic journey towards physical and spiritual rejuvenation.”

A slow-paced life – at least, on this short sojourn – did reveal some of the benefits of yoga include improved flexibility, strength and mental wellbeing. This ancient practice, a worthy discipline, incorporates gentle exercise, breath control and meditation. The health benefits are many, so now I am regularly doing yoga!

At the heart of Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach’s healthy-living concept, the Panpuri Wellness Harbor is a spa and lifestyle destination where you embark on highly personalised journeys.
Even the resort’s general manager, Ranjeet Y Rajebhosale, wanted everyone to attempt this approach that provided support to the whole person, not just their mental health needs.

“Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach is an oasis of tranquillity, so all wellness seekers should come and embark on a rewarding journey to renewal,” Mr Rajebhosale said.

“This is where travellers can escape their fast-paced daily lives and focus on their wellbeing. Our enchanting natural setting provides the perfect backdrop for organic escapes, while our world-class facilities enable guests to work out and unwind in style.”

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Panpuri Wellness Harbor is a seafront sanctuary that blends ancient Asian wisdom with modern science to let visitors relax, recharge and rejuvenate.

Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach, a 150,000-square-metre garden and beachfront property, overlooks the Gulf of Thailand. Located between the holiday hub of Jomtien and the fishing village of Bang Saray, the 204-room retreat is within a 10-minute drive from most of Pattaya’s scenic and tourism hotspots, and less than two hours by car from Bangkok.

As nutrition is an integral element of physical and mental health, the resort offers a choice of six dining options. To be active and refresh the senses, there are three outdoor swimming pools.

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There’s never a dull moment with so much outdoor exploring to do. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens is a sprawling park with themed gardens and dinosaur sculptures.

Discover Pattaya Floating Market, a colorful market with traditional Thai crafts and produce. Unwind at Jomtien Beach, a sandy beach with nearby restaurants and dazzling sunset views. Also visit Sai Kaew Beach, Khao Chi Chan (Buddha Mountain) and Ramayana Water Park.

We were blissfully living off the beaten track while staying at the Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach. From the moment we checked in, it felt as if we were living in a parallel universe, out of this world. It was faultless!

For here was a haven of peacefulness where wholesome health-seeking explorers get away from the world to discover a fresh lease on life and a true balance of mind, body and spirit. We were encircled by the wonders of nature that exuded an enchanting ambience.

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