I chose New Leaf because of the great Tripadvisor ratings and because the program itself sounded more down-to-earth and realistic than a lot of detox resorts. It was my first detox ever, so I don’t have anything to compare it to other than what can be found online or from personal anecdotes, but here’s my take:
First of all, New Leaf is strictly a detox resort; only people doing their detox programme are there. Also, everyone at the resort is there for more or less the same reason: to improve his/her health. I was expecting a lot of negativity and competition, but this couldn’t be further from the reality; It was as if all of the guests wanted to succeed and to support each other, and made for a truly lovely experience. Because you’re going through the same things, you make friends and acquaintances that you might not make otherwise; there were guests from all over the world when I was there! There was a great amount of respect for personal space as well, and I found this to be very important when doing a detox. You will have bad days and moments, so it’s important to be able to withdraw. For this reason, I can’t see doing a detox with a spouse or loved one, but a lot of people have done so with great results.
What Goes In:
I did a lot of reading on various programmes prior to signing up with New Leaf, and the biggest draw for me was the fact that you’re eating/drinking REAL, organic stuff. Air, the Program Director, has designed all the recipes herself and oversees the programme. For breakfast, you have a delicious glass of juice, for lunch, a smoothie, and for dinner, a HUGE bowl of thick soup. Best of all, the flavours are different each day of the week. There is also a green juice “snack” at mid-day, and supplements at various times, but the supplements seem to complement the programme rather than being the crux of it. There are various teas available at all times, and I never felt hungry. None of this “veggie broth, lemon water, and laxative clay” that some other detox places feature! There is no caffeine or added sugar in the program, so if you are addicted to either one, you will feel seriously horrid on the second and/or third days. <shudders> Afterwards, though, your physical addiction will be broken, and you’ll have an amazing amount of energy.
What Comes Out:
Ahh, the dreaded Colema (coffee break). I almost cried when it was first explained to me, and the first time was… errr… challenging, to say the least. It got much easier, though. All of the details are explained to you, and while it’s not exactly pleasant, the effects are well worth it. You feel nice and clean and empty afterward, and it’s all done in the privacy of your bathroom. The colema fairy comes when you leave your bungalow, and everything is spic and span on your return. Tip: I brought my wheeled suitcase into the bathroom to act as an “end table” with my cellphone , a book, tissues, and whatever else you may need to pass the time. It’s only twelve minutes, but twelve minutes with that much coffee in your colon feels a lot longer. Candy Crush helps.
The Liver Flush (What Comes Out Part II):
You are given some flexibility as to which days to do your liver flush. Although another woman had a dreadful time when doing it during her period, I found the opposite to be true. I was ALREADY lacking energy, so it ended up being the perfect time to be mostly bungalow-bound. The guests discussed their liver flushes (often in GREAT detail), and the single theme that I could find was that everyone experienced it differently. You feel amazing afterward, though!
The Lay of the Land:
The resort is nice, but basic. The grounds are nicely tended, and the bungalows are rustic, but comfortable; each has a very comfy chair and table on the porch. Looking back, it’s the perfect place to do a detox; you have everything you need to be comfortable, and nothing excessive to distract you. Every detail has been thought of in terms of amenities, so don’t worry about packing anything you won’t need on the plane. Toothpaste, toothbrush, tongue scraper, and the most amazing-smelling body-wash, shampoo, and conditioner are waiting for you. There’s bug spray and sunscreen in the lobby for guests to use. There was other stuff too, but I’ve since forgotten. Your laundry is done daily, too, so no need to pack too much! Bring at least three sets of workout clothes, though. (More if you’re coming when it’s hot)
The Things We Do (Activities):
Wake up early for a beach or jungle walk. Weigh-in/Blood pressure/medical stuff if you need it. Yoga with Sylvie (who singlehandedly made me fall in love with yoga; truly an amazing teacher). Workshop (Different days, different workshops. I enjoyed them all, especially the nutrition talk; very informative!) Colema. Massage (best part of the day!) Workout if you choose. Aqua Aerobics. Steam room (Oh MY…). Whatever else you want to do(walk, shopping, go out with friends for coconut water, night market, beach, crash early, read, whatever. It’s Koh Samui; finding something to do is never a problem). You can opt out of any of the activities depending on how you feel, but the more you do, the better your results will be. There is a nice collection of books to borrow to read in your free time, as well as a huge selection of DVDs. (Each bungalow has a TV and DVD player). There are also extra activities for which you can sign up. I suggest personal training (KP is fantastic and teaches you things you can do on your own after you leave) and zip lining! I didn’t try cycling, but others did and loved it.
Special thanks to Robin, Etain, Air, Sylvie, KP, and everyone else who made this such a fantastic experience. I’m not sure if they’ve done it voluntarily or as part of working there, but everyone working at New Leaf has done a detox there, so they know what you’re going through and can explain ways to make things easier. They’re all willing to help with any questions or offer advice, and are there throughout the day. This is truly an amazing detox resort with amazing people, and I will definitely be back! Thanks for everything!
Almost two weeks after a two-week stint at New Leaf, I STILL feel amazing, and the weight has stayed off. People have complimented me on my weight loss, my skin, and my energy level. And the whole time I was there, I watched other people transform before my eyes, too! Truly amazing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Leaf Detox Resort is ALL INCLUSIVE. There are no Taxes or Service Charges. We are a basic, clean private garden bungalow retreat where you can enjoy natural organic fruit juices and smoothies, vegetable juices and soups and teas. Our facility is setup for rapid safe weight loss and full body detoxification with professionally trained staff. Enjoy the pool, daily Yoga and massage and beautiful morning beach walks. We have an excellent gym and are 1 minute’s walk from Lamai Beach. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- New Leaf Detox Hotel Lamai Beach
- New Leaf Detox Resort Ko Samui/Lamai Beach