You’ve found the perfect Luxurious Getaway Rental (please see related post), through AD ASIA Real Estate of course, so why not take your tropical dream vacation to the next level and enjoy some of Thailand’s world-renowned spa treatments in the comfort of your villa?
“The future of travel is all about choice,” said a story in mid-December on news.com.au, part of the News Corp Australia network, which added that “healthy living is on the upswing. So too is healthy holidaying. More and more travellers are baking ‘wellness’ into their getaways, going out of their way to nurture mind and body on their vacations”.
We couldn’t agree more, and whether you’ve chosen Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hua Hin, Koh Chang, Koh Samui, Phuket or Krabi, you will never be far from one of Thailand’s exceptional spas, many of which will tailor your program to include fitness, yoga and detox, and all of which will leave you relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. Because the choice of spas here is so vast, we’ve split this post into two sections. In the first, we’ll cover some of the leading establishments (and a few personal picks) in Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Hua Hin. In a subsequent post, we’ll cover Koh Chang, Koh Samui, Phuket and Krabi.
- The Oriental Spa at The Oriental Hotel: set in a beautiful Thai-style teak house, the spa offers more than 50 different treatments, including the Oriental Massage, Jet Lag Recovery Treatment and Oriental Herbal Pack.
- The CHI spa at the Shangri-La Bangkok: river views, and a signature bathing and cleansing ritual based on the Sowa Rigpa, a 1,500-year-old healing tradition from the Himalayas.
- Peninsula Bangkok Hotel Spa: award-winning and expensive, this three-story Thai colonial-style building overlooking the river offers 18 lavish treatment rooms including 4 for couples.
- The Four Seasons Hotel Spa: here the suites come with private plunge pools, steam and complimentary herbal tea and cookies that are available for take-out
- Grande Spa at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel: signature body treatments include “The Grande daily wrap” using fresh local products
- Vareena Spa at the Westin Grande Sukhumvit: a wide array of options from exfoliations and scrubs to body masks and facials.
- Seasons Spa at The Conrad Bangkok Hotel: plush and relaxing with lots of silk and teak and 12 treatment rooms.
- Spa Athenee at the Plaza Athenee Hotel: treatments from Thailand, Indonesia and China (try “The Athenee Retreat” – 130 minutes of head-to-toe indulgence).
- Mandara Spa at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers: indulgent facials, wraps and scrubs, Thai and modern massage (try the signature “Mandara Sanctuary” – a floral foot bath, Asian herbal scrub, steam fruit bath, Thai spice massage and refreshments).
- Devarana Spa at the Dusit Thani Hotel: 14 private treatment rooms and its own special recipe scrubs.
- JW’s Health Club & Spa at the JW Marriott Hotel: a wide range of treatments (try the 90-minute “Four Hands Ginger Back and Feet Relaxation” with two therapists working together to relieve tension in the back, scalp and feet with ginger).
- Sukhothai Spa at the Sukhothai Hotel: a selection of beauty, massage and spa treatments (guys, try the special “Fitness Facial” – gals, the “Golden Moor Body Treatment”).
- The Cliff Spa at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort: 18 treatment suites with Jacuzzis, Thai massage, reflexology, steam and sauna, surrounded by restful gardens.
- The Royal Garden Spa at the Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa: the standard range of body wraps, facials, massages and therapeutic baths.
- Aisawan Resort and Spa: a wide selection of exotic treatments and massages, from soothing foot reflexology to the signature aromatherapies with exclusively blended oils (try the “Asian Refreshing Blend” or the “Romantic Blend”).
Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai
- CHI – the spa at The Shangri-La Hotel: steam, incense, aromas, and a wide range of holistic remedies as well as a yoga pavilion
- The Chedi at the GHM Hotel: warm stone massages, as well as all the usual wraps, scrubs and herbal baths and a manicure/pedicure parlor.
- Anantara Resort & Spa Golden Triangle: explore the forest on an elephant, then treat your sore back and bottom with some ancient Thai herbs.
- Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort & Spa: stylish and tranquil, with an Asian Blend Massage, Floral Bath Sensation and Thai Herbal Beauty Wrap, as well as Swedish massage, a Soften Skin Salt Glow and a slimming massage.
- The Spa at The Four Seasons Resort: here, each Elemis spa treatment starts with “The Welcome Touch,” a warm aromatic compress on your feet to remove the urban environment, focus your senses and center your thoughts.
- Dheva Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel: modeled on a Burmese royal palace, you’ll find rarities like Tok Sen and Lanna as well as Rhassoul and Hammam treatments derived from ancient Arabic cleansing rituals.
- Chiida Spa at the Sukantara Cascade Resort & Spa: peaceful surroundings and a host of treatments (try the 3-hour “Chiida Gold: India Paradise” package complete with herbal tea and snacks).
- RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort: an indoor, heated hydrotherapy pool, infrared sauna, herbal steam room and whirlpool with chromotherapy (try the 1½-hour “Elements of Life” – you’ll be glad you did).
- Anantara Spa Golden Triangle: Anantara’s signature Chiang Rai spa set above the Thai and Burmese jungle (try the 3½-hour “Siam Serenity” package with a scrub and a wrap followed by an aromatic oil massage, Lanna herbal facial and reflexology.
- Evason Hua Hin at Sofitel Centara Grand Resort & Villas: one of the top spa resorts in the country (try the 2-to-5-hour “Earthly pleasures,” “Dawn of Decadence” or “Total Zen” package).
- Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa: boasts 1,200sqm with treatment rooms, beauty salon, and hair and nail studios (try the “Massage of Kings,” a blend Swedish massage, aromatherapy and Thai shiatsu with Ayurvedic touches.
- Chiva-Som: the mother of all Thai spas with Thai and Swedish massage, flotation and honey polish, a hydrotherapy suite, flotation tanks, relaxation rooms with heated waterbeds and exquisite spa cuisine.
- Hyatt Regency Hua Hin: offers a “lifestyle” spa experience on 4½ acres with 18 treatment rooms, a tranquility court, yoga, and the McFarland House – a beachfront dining area.
- Anantara Resort & Spa: a wide range of exotic treatments (try the “Shirodhara Massage of the Third Eye” – or a 7-day Body Beautiful Journey).
- Mandara Spa at the Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa: a simple range of spa treatments and massage lessons so you can massage one another back in your luxury rental.
This is just a sampling of the spa choices available in these 5 destinations. If you’ve chosen Koh Chang, Koh Samui, Phuket or Krabi for your luxurious dream getaway, please stay tuned: we’ll cover those in Part II.