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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Top 10 Spas in Thailand

Now that I've convinced you that Thai spas offer the most sublime experience of any spas in the world, here's a list of my top ten favorite Thai spas and treatments, to help you select one for your own indulgent spa getaway:
1. Six Senses Earth Spa at Six Senses Hideaway Hua Hin - be massaged by the vibrations of Tibetan Singing Bowls; trust me, there's nothing like it!
2. Anantara Resort & Spa, Koh Samui - elevate yourself to another level with the three-hour Anantara Body Extreme beginning with an Ayurvedic clay mud treatment followed by a steam bath, rain shower, and rejuvenating facial.
3. Four Seasons Hotel Koh Samui - the jungle setting is soothing enough but try the Siam Fusion, an East-meets-West treatment based on pressure-point manipulation enhanced with a warm lemongrass, ginger and camphor compress and deep tissue massage with essential oils.
4. Banyan Tree Spa Phuket - lie back in your own beautiful private pavillion (pictured) and enjoy the famous four-hand Harmony Banyan treatment where two therapists work on you simultaneously!
5. Four Seasons Tented Camp at the Golden Triangle - mellow out with a Mandalay Magical Cleanse, including a Burmese body polish, facial and hair mask, and tangerine and sandalwood foot massage.

6. Rayavadee Spa, Ao-Nang, Krabi - the aromatic Royal Siam massage is a must, combining reinvigorating Thai and Asian massage techniques using a stimulating blend of essential oils.
7. Evason Phuket Resort & Six Senses Spa - the sensuous Spa Journey is the treatment to try here, another indulgent four-hand full-body massage, gentle facial, and sleep-inducing foot massage by two therapists.
8. Anantara Resort & Spa Hua Hin - the three hour Culture of Anantara treatment begins with a Shirodhara massage (the 'massage of the third eye'), followed by a deep back massage and a soothing honey and milk bath.
9. Spa Ten at Siam@Siam, Bangkok - this beautiful contemporary designed spa is a real oasis in bustling Bangkok so the calming Urban Escape package is the one to try; guys should go for the rejuvenating '10 out of 10', which includes a comprehensive range of treatments of three hours.
10. AKA Spa, Chiang Mai - one of the few day spas in Thailand that even comes close to comparing with the resort spas; exfoliate with a Lanna Scrub (Sea Salt or Coffee perhaps?) then luxuriate in a Lanna Wrap (Papaya and Coconut Butter are both moisturizing). Heavenly.


Anonymous said...

This is a list I'm going to keep! Well in fact I'll just link to it for my fellow travelers

- Susan - said...

Have you been to all of them? Free massages? Cool!

What about Chivasom in Hua Hin - you could meet Pierce Brosnan there! ;-), and what about Evason in Koh Samui and Oriental Hotel Spa in Bangkok?

Lara Dunston said...

Hi Sarah - glad you like it and I'll be very happy if you find it useful. Trust me - we tried out so many spas - these are the best!

Hi Suzie - of course we've been to them. You should know me by now. I don't endorse anything I haven't experienced myself.

Chiva Som is actually a destination spa with a minimum 3 night stay and longer stays are encouraged if you want to achieve your goals. As busy travel writers with a lot of territory to cover (we did the whole of the south of Thailand from Hua Hin downwards and several provinces in the north), there was no way we could stay anywhere for more than 2 nights. We did take a look at Chiva Som though and they talked us through their programs. We will definitely return one day! It's really very affordable for what it includes.

We didn't have time to stay at the Evason Six Senses on Koh Samui although we did take a look. We stayed at the Six Senses on both Phuket and near Hua Hin. The Hideaway, which I included a photo of last Sunday on my post How Travel Writers Select Hotels is one of my favorite all time resorts - just beautiful - and the spa is fabulous, as all Six Senses spas are.