Relax


Relax
It’s hard to imagine that amid the chaos that is Bangkok and the din that threatens to drown every intelligible utterance, relaxation can be had. More than that, the city is scattered with spas that promise (and usually deliver) rejuvenation and regeneration in soothing surroundings. While most of the luxurious spas are part of hotel outlets, there are private businesses that offer massages and wellness programs in old, grand residences set in lush tropical gardens.

Thai spas are destinations for pure relaxation. Unlike their western counterparts, there is nothing clinical or cold about them. Usually done in Thai style, the compounds and the treatment rooms are created and outfitted in accordance to Thai interior aesthetics, often specifically Lanna. From the moment you walk in, it’s immediate calming of the mind, the body, and the senses.

The treatments available are not strictly Thai (since traditional Thai massage is not necessarily relaxing to everyone). Most spas offer an extensive menu that includes Western and Asian techniques as well as house blends of the two. The sessions, often comprising one body treatment and one massage, help alleviate stress, recover inner balance, and revitalize the spirit.

The best way to end your Bangkok holiday is to indulge in one of these spa sanctuaries where you can retreat from the frenetic pace of the city in tranquil settings. Whether massage or meditation, calm returns; all the better to get you going in your post-holiday life.

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Sky Spa

Sky Spa

Banyan Tree Spa

Perched on the 21st floor of a building that houses the Banyan Tree Hotel, this is truly Bangkok’s only spa with a panoramic view of the city. As soon as you step out of the elevator, you know you’re in for an unforgettable experience. The Banyan Tree Spa is one of those places where you can really check your fatigue at the door. Its massages such as the Sukhothai and Lomi Lomi are indescribable. You know you will leave completely rejuvenated.

21/100 South Sathon Road, 21st Floor, Thai Wah Tower II • (66)2- 679 1052 • www.banyantreespa.com • Daily 9am to 10pm

River Retreat

River Retreat

The Oriental Spa

The journey itself can be a foretaste of things to come. To reach the spa, which is situated across from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, you’d have to take a boat to cross the Chao Phraya River. The spa itself is often considered the ultimate retreat for wellness and relaxation. Treatments are dispensed in fourteen luxurious suites, designed to encourage long-hour stays. It is one of the few spas that offer Ayurvedic healing in a dedicated space known as The Ayurvedic Penthouse.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 48 Oriental Avenue • (66)2-6599000 ext 7440 • Daily 9am to 10pm

City Oasis

City Oasis

Devarana Spa

The walk through its small garden, up the stairs, and onto an ethereal catwalk that leads to the spa’s reception immediately paves the way to a relaxing time. Although located in the heart of Bangkok, the tranquil and quiet setting of this spa belies its mundane location: inside the Dusit Thani hotel at the junction of Rama IV and Silom roads. Indoors, a total spa experience can be had in each of the self-contained suites.

Dusit Thani Hotel, 946 Rama IV Rd • (66)2-6363596 • www.devaranaspa.com • Daily 9am to 10pm

Garden Lush

Garden Lush

Divana Nurture Spa

An old white house in a verdant setting is where you’d want to be to break away from Bangkok’s concrete-and-glass city madness. And when you can take an outdoor floral bath after a massage, you know you can unwind undisturbed. With treatments named after its green theme (Wildflower Compress, Siamese Scent), this is not only a place to be at one with nature, it’s a retreat for rediscovering one’s inner peace.

8 Sukhumvit Soi 35, Watthana • (66)2-2614818 • www.divana-dvn.com • Daily 11am to 11pm

Rustic Bliss

Rustic Bliss

Suk Spa

With its unabashedly Thai interior, you may think you’re in someone’s home up north, away from bustling Bangkok. Suk Spa is in a world of its own—18th century Siam perhaps! The treatments (and the way they treat you) are charmingly old-fashioned: banana-leaf wraps and herbal oils conjure images of a time when such pampering is not a rare treat, but a regular therapy administered by experienced hands.

1/30 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Watthana • (66)2-6510461 • www.sukspa.com • Daily 10am to 9.30pm

Boutique Spa

Boutique Spa

Thann Sanctuary

At first a spa product retailer, Thann has created a synergistic extension to its main business. The spa, within its beautiful retail outlets, is small, but its size allows it to offer services quite unrivalled even by larger establishments. Unsurprisingly, the therapists use only Thann products and these are also available for use in the bath and dressing area, allowing you to leave the spa feeling and smelling wonderful.

999 Ploen Chit Road, Gaysorn, 3/F-06 • (66)2-6561423 • www.thann.info • Daily 10am to 8pm

Medical Spa

Medical Spa

S Medical Spa

A growing segment of the spa market, the medical spa provides complementary treatment to recovery and healing, all in soothing surroundings. The S Medical Spa, an award-winning facility, is run by a team of doctors who prescribe a host of treatments for beauty, weight-loss, anti-aging and detoxification using some of the best products and equipment. If only hospitals can be as beautifully outfitted.

2/2 Bhakdi Building, Wireless Road, Lumphini • (66)2-2531010 • www.smedspa.com • Daily 10am to ??pm

Massage For the Masses

Massage For the Masses

Health Land

The Goliath of spas, Health Land is probably the only venue in Bangkok that can take in a tour group. The treatment rooms are line-up like offices and inside, they’re comfortable but not luxurious (some are large enough to accommodate up to 7 people!). What extras you do not get are more than made up for by its attractive prices. This place is extremely popular. Reservation is highly recommended.

96/1 Ekkamai Soi 10, Sukhumvit Soi 63, Watthana • (66)2-3922233 • www.healthlandspa.com • Daily 9am to 11pm
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