When you’re stuck in a rut and looking to break bad habits, sometimes a lifestyle overhaul is the only way to make the new routine stick. This is especially true of dieting, where the temptation for cheat days and rewards makes falling off the wagon all to easy.
Taking a drastic approach to detox and cleanses, Atsumi Retreat Healing Centre offers an ‘Invitation to Transformation’, at their private retreat-style fasting facility in an exotic tropical setting.
Located in Phuket’s south east, Atsumi is situated 45 minutes from Phuket International Airport. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the retreat is 5 kilometres from scenic Nai Harn Beach.
Divided into villas, cottages and apartment-style rooms, Atsumi’s accommodation covers all bases and budgets. The one-bedroom villas are the biggest and most private option and contain a king-size bed, along with a spacious living and kitchen area and timber deck. The lakeside cottages are cute and cosy, featuring a single bed and outdoor verandah. Located in the ‘Yellow House’, the apartment-style rooms are ideal for couples, friends or singles who want to share a smaller space, with a choice of double or twin beds. The style of each space is quite basic but equally comfortable and homely.
Atsumi’s Raw Café serves lovingly prepared raw ‘living’ vegan and raw vegetarian food as well as an enticing selection of plant-based soups, juices and smoothies. To ensure the maximum amount of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats are preserved, nothing is cooked or heated above 43 degrees Celsius and locally sourced and organic ingredients are used wherever possible.
To assist healing, cleansing and weight loss, Atsumi cuisine doesn’t contain any animal products and consists primarily of alkaline fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouts, sea vegetables and sprouted grains. Although everything on the menu supports an unprocessed diet, healthy doesn’t mean bland. Atsumi turns traditional meals like lasagna into imaginative raw alternatives such as ‘Rawsagna’ – layers of zucchini with fermented almond cheese, marinara sauce, smoky eggplant mock bacon and walnut macadamia and fig paté.
Atsumi has a strong detox focus and the wellness programmes are divided into five categories: Full Cleanse, Juice Cleanse, Raw Cleanse, Three R’s Retreat and Be Fit Detox.
The Level One Full Cleanse entails a detox fasting cleanse and runs from four to 21 days; The Level Two Juice Cleanse entails a juice cleanse and runs from four to 30 days; The Level Three Raw Cleanse entails a raw food detox cleanse and runs from four to 30 days. All programmes include a consultation with a fasting consultant along with self-administered enema’s, daily massage, cleansing drinks and probiotics, nutritional supplements, organic protein supplements, fresh coconuts, herbal teas, liver flush drinks, wheatgrass shooters and mineral broths.
The Three R’s Retreat has a clear goal for guests: relax, recharge, renew. Running from four to 30 days it is similar to the Level Three Raw Food Detox Cleanse but doesn’t include an enema. A little less harsh than the detox programmes, it helps guests decrease stress levels and increase energy.
The Be Fit Detox programme runs from runs from four to seven days and can be added to the Level Three Raw Food Detox Cleanse or the Three R’s Retreat. It includes personal training sessions of TRX, oxygen therapy sessions, infrared sauna sessions and herbal massages, along with additional supplements and smoothies. Atsumi also offers a range of holistic therapies at its spa.
Expect to feel… bright eyed and bushy tailed by the time you walk out the door. The huge variation in the length of the detox programmes allows you to tailor the experience to your needs, budget and desiered results.