Whenever I walk into a spa in Thailand, there is an instant feeling of calm created by the intoxicating mix of the oils and herbs, the floral scents dancing in from the gardens and the always peaceful ambience. And then there are the treatments themselves, delivered by healing hands that touch the soul. Here are 12 of the best places in Thailand to get your fill of the world of spa.
Pampered in Phuket
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is pretty in pink on the shores of the Andaman Sea, with a range of rituals and therapies rooted in Thailand’s culture of wellbeing. The Ayurvedic traditions of India are also well represented.
After spending a day around the magnificent pool, or visiting local beach clubs near Twinpalms Phuket, try one of the sun treatments tailored to your skin type at the Sun Spa Esthederm, which utilises products from the high-tech French brand, Insitut Esthederm Paris.
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas is paradise personified with its beachfront location and its famous Anantara Spa. For maximum benefit, utilise the signature balance wellness concept focusing on weight loss, anti-ageing, detoxing or holistic healing, and fly home a healthier, happier person.
Part of the world-famous wellness brand, Banyan Tree Phuket was the first luxury spa in Asia to introduce the wonderful mix of ancient health and beauty practices that are now the norm. Popular treatments include the Signature range, along with a selection focusing on Time-Honoured Traditions.
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Soothed in Samui
Banyan Tree Samui has Koh Samui’s first hydrotherapy spa, The Rainforest. It features a hydrothermal circuit with a range of water-based experiences including a Rain Walk, Rasul, Swiss Shower, Sole Therapy, and more.
If the idea of unlimited spa treatments sounds appealing, then look no further than X2 Koh Samui Resort – All Spa Inclusive. Stay in one of the beachside resort’s 26 contemporary villas and enjoy being pampered to your heart’s content with a range of treatments.
When you’re in serious need of a total life re-boot, head to Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa. From detox and weight loss to stress management and improved wellbeing, you’re certain to leave Kamalaya feeling better than ever before, in body, mind and soul.
The Royal touch at Hua Hin
Spa Cenvaree at Hua Hin Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas offers Ayurvedic, Balinese and traditional Thai therapies. The ‘3 Days Longevity & Rejuvenation’ retreat is especially rewarding, working to reduce the signs of ageing while promoting peace and calmness.
Hyatt Regency Hua Hin’s spa, The Barai uses water as an essential part of its wellness journeys. In addition to its signature treatments, The Barai offers five ‘Lifestyle Collection’ programmes combining ancient Thai principles and practices with innovative Western therapies.
Krabi and beyond
Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, has ‘wow’ factor in spades with its spectacularly beautiful setting. Feed your soul with its tranquillity, while indulging in one of the rituals or treatments. For couples, the Private Spa Suite is an outdoor massage pavilion overlooking the lagoon, with a bath for two, steam shower and more.
Striking natural scenery awaits at Centara Grand Beach Krabi where azure waters and stretches of white sand meet towering limestone cliffs. The five-star resort’s Spa Cenvaree offers more than 50 massages, therapies, spa journeys and healing rituals.
Situated on Phranang Peninsula, Rayavadee’s charming pavilions blend seamlessly into the resort’s stunning setting. Ancient healing traditions are at the centre of the spa’s extensive offerings, including facials, massages and healing body treatments.
With its idyllic laidback nature, Koh Lanta Layana Resort & Spa is the perfect place to relax, unwind and indulge the senses. East meets West in a wide variety of spa offerings, designed to promote physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.