What’s the best detox retreat for raw food, yoga, juice & meditation in Thailand?

Detox is great for the body & mind!

I receive countless emails asking me this question. Choosing a detox holiday can be overwhelming when you start to see how many resorts there are. In Koh Samui, Thailand alone there are more than a dozen places to choose from. So what is the best retreat for fasting, wellness, raw foods, de-stressing, weight loss and healing?

Asking me that is like asking me what house you should buy. How can I answer that question based on only knowing that you want a house? If I don’t know what you are looking for – how many rooms, what your budget is, etc., there is simply no possible way I can help you.

When you think about your destination for cleansing, first decide on your budget. Know how much you have to spend on the program itself and your room accommodation, and then decide if you have any extra cash for yoga classes, massages and private healing sessions. Figure out how much time you have for your program – 3 days, 5 days, 7 days, 14 days, 21 days or more….that will also help to narrow your search.

One benefit of Detox: Weight Loss

It’s then very important to sit with yourself and decide what you expect to achieve from doing a detox retreat – do you want to lose weight, rest, relax, cure yourself from disease or illness, learn more about nutrition or how to manage stress, take cooking classes, eat healthy food, learn better habits for going home, have access to yoga or fitness gyms, and also work on your spiritual and emotional healing as well? Maybe the answer is Yes! to all of the above! Haha…well, please go back and remember what your budget is too. A lot of times people want it all, but they don’t want to invest the money to do it.

Be realistic with your expectations if you choose a low-budget resort. You can still benefit from any detox you do, so whatever you choose, know that it’s the right one for you at this point in your journey. If you are not comfortable with juice fasting, choose a program with a raw food menu or gently cooked foods. That can still be a great gentle detox for people, especially if they are older, sick or living very high-stress lives.


Are you hoping to ‘reboot’ and quit smoking, drinking alcohol, doing recreational drugs or eating junk food? Do you have an existing eating disorder or have you battled with anorexia/bulimia in the past? Will you need extra emotional support and additional therapies, such as hypnotherapy, NLP or EFT to help you with your addiction? Being honest with yourself will only benefit you in the long run. Let the retreat center know what you need and ask if they offer support. Buy some inspiring books full of success stories and read them during your cleanse.

Colon Cleansing

Some detox programs offer colon hydrotherapy as part of their package and some don’t. The colon cleansing can be called colemas, colonics or enemas – they are basically different versions of the same thing, which is cleaning the guts of that old toxic filth that you used to eat in your former unhealthy days. Personally, I would highly recommend choosing a program with this option included. When you combine colon cleansing and detoxing, you can release more toxins in a shorter period of time. It’s that simple.

Raw food, cooked food or no food?

Fresh Juice rebuilds Minerals

Herbal supplements or no? Just fresh juice or coconuts or both? Candida program, parasite cleanse, heavy metal detox, gallstone liver flush?? Just remember this: you have to start somewhere, and any detox is better than none. Don’t stress out too much over the details….just pick something within your budget that has most of what you want and preferably some colon cleansing too. Check out Trip Advisor for the latest reviews of any detox resort that you choose. Sometimes that’s the best way. Go with how you feel and embrace the fact that you are making time for a healthy holiday – to improve your health, body, mind and soul. It’s the best gift you can possible give yourself. Whatever you choose, don’t forget to book your Iridology Session with me. I can help you personalize your detox and make a long-term plan for positive change when you return home. I hope to see you soon!

Detox resorts in Koh Samui, Thailand:

  • New Body and Mind – near Lipa Noi
  • Natural High Retreats – Thong Krut

Detox resorts in Phuket, Thailand:

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Jennifer Betesh (Thompson) has been working with raw food, juices, smoothies and detox for over two decades to help people heal. Today, she shares her expertise worldwide, offering lectures, workshops, training and one-on-one consultations at various health and detox retreat centers. She provides Iridology Readings & Health Coaching via Skype and Phone to clients and continues to educate, motivate and inspire others on their journey of healing. When she’s not working, you’ll find her hiking in the mountains, power-walking along the sea or globe-trotting to a new and exotic health destination.
12 replies
  1. Ron Shapiro
    Ron Shapiro says:

    I am planning on going to Koh Samoui for a 21 day fast/detox. Price is not any problem. My search has narrowed it down to orian vs oasis resorts. they are very similar. I know you can’t choose one over the other …maybe . But which way would yo lean. I appreciate any advice. I don’t think orian has a steam room which may be factor for me. thanks. A kick start to weight loss and detox is what I am looking form

    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi Ryan,

      I haven’t heard anything about either of these places in a long time so I can’t really offer any relevant advice. With a good intention and a focus on your health, I’m sure you’ll do fine!

      To your health,

  2. Mila
    Mila says:

    interesting but it seems all the same. I’m searching for a serious place for min. a month. to heal from all the damages that intestinal candida albicants cause before it makes you cancer. So a few weeks is not enough. But I’ve been searching and searching, and only finding all the same similar trend-detox types of places and more retreat/luxury-“problem” oriented locations.
    But there must be some group somewhere for serious gradual-cleansing and healing!?, where it’s given the time that it actually takes, rather than some holiday types of detox yoga and so on places.
    Please please does anyone know of such groups anywhere affordable???

    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Dear Mila,

      Going away to an expensive detox resort is not the only way to get results, although the value of going away to a retreat is that you have access to experts who can help maximize and optimize your healing. You can do a detox program at home and make the follow-up diet and nutritional changes on your own but with that I highly recommend that you have a health/detox coach to guide you, if not you can waste a lot of time and money on supplements or cleanse kits that don’t really work. It’s definitely a cheaper option and highly personalized for your goals. Having the best detox and healing plan for your body is KEY.

      To your health,


  3. Gen
    Gen says:

    Hey i love your work. Thank you for sharing so much of the great information you have on health and food. They are very helpful for me and going into the right direction for living a healthier thus more fulfilling life all together!

  4. Jeanette
    Jeanette says:

    Hi im looking for a program to detox heavy metals an any other nastys..also emotional healing. please could you mail me with prices..

    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi Jeanette,

      Please book a private consultation so I can assess your health and goals in doing a cleanse…because I may actually recommend a different program entirely for you based on what I find! Then, I can advise on what’s the best program that suits your budget. I’ve been in this field for many years. My experience can save you A LOT of time and money by personalizing your detox requirements for your body.

      To book a consult via Skype, click here >> Iridology Consult.

      Thank you!

      To your health,


      • Domi
        Domi says:

        Hey !
        Am planning on spending 28 days in koh phangan in the detox centre called orion- do you no much about this one by any chance ?

        • Jennifer Thompson
          Jennifer Thompson says:

          Hi Domi,

          I have never been there so I can’t comment on any experience. I’m sure if your intentions are there, you will have a great detox wherever you go. Blessings!

          To your health,


  5. Mikka
    Mikka says:

    What is your recommend for a 28 day detox/cleanse in Thailand? Kamaylaya is beautiful but outrageously expensive, I originally was looking at Oasis Health Resort but the comments of past patrons scared me off. Money is a factor but so is the benefits of fasting/detox/cleanse. Yoga and meditation as well as a beach are important, so is safety.
    Please help with a recommend, I am adventurous and travelling alone.


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