Susan Field – Founder
Susan has been involved in the regional hospitality and tourism industry for over 25 years, developing integrated PR strategies for clients such as Mandarin Oriental, Sofitel, Fairmont, Anantara and many others.
Susan had an epiphany in late 2014 when she spent a week at a detox resort in Koh Samui where she discovered exhilarating new levels of health, focus and inner peace.
“It was such a revelation to me that, by stepping away from the stressful corporate environment I had been part of for so many years, I could feel so much healthier and clear-headed.”
Following her discovery of the benefits of detoxing and exercise, she created The Palms Retreat so she could share her vision for a healthier life with others.
David Birchall – Commercial Director
David started his career with PriceWaterhouse Coopers where he specialised in Property Tax. Since then, he has worked extensively in senior board roles in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In his role at The Palms Retreat, he has responsibility for all areas of finance, legal and property. His commitment to The Palms Retreat was realised in the early staged by securing the land and project managing the refurbishment and landscaping programme. He says: “I believe we have created a beautiful and peaceful environment for guests to truly unwind”.
Wanngam Uengtronchit (Tanoi) - Retreat Manager
Our Retreat Manager, Tanoi, has extensive experience in the wellness business, having worked at many spas and wellness retreats in Asia Pacific, including Aman Spa Phuket; Layan Gardens Project Phuket; Angsana Spa Australia and Tao Garden Health Resort Chiang Mai. She has also earned diplomas in Spa Management, Swedish Massage, Thai massage and general tourism. At The Palms Retreat, Tanoi’s primary task is to ensure our guests are comfortable and happy! She prepares the delicious healthy meals served to our guests each lunchtime, as well as the Amrita shakes four times each day. Tanoi is very spiritual herself and is a fountain of knowledge on all things to do with natural healing, remedies for ailments and the benefits of organic products. Her mantra is “Keep the heart in simple condition and life will be safe and peaceful“
Khun Pu – Housekeeping
Always sweet and smiling, Pu keeps the Retreat immaculately clean and handles the laundry, the garden and many other things! We are delighted Pu is on our team as she is always happy to help out.
Ron Veldhuis – ‘Good Morning Samui’ exercise, meditation & yoga
With over 30 years’ experience as a personal trainer, peak performance coach, army and outdoor boot camp instructor, detox consultant and yoga & meditation practitioner, Ron offers a range of quick and effective tools, techniques and training routines that can be easily applied and integrated into daily life – and which serve you well long after you leave.
Ron has first-hand experience of the importance of a healthy body; he overcame crippling auto immune ‘disease’ (for which there is no known medical cure), and today, he is fitter, happier and healthier than ever before. He is now committed to instilling his own health theories into other so they too may enjoy fitter and healthier lives.