Exhausted, tired and need to have your batteries recharged with some extreme pampering? You might need more than just a holiday and go to a place where your “reset button” can be pushed so to speak. If so, south east Asia and Thailand in particular is where you should turn your sights on. The country has an age old history going back hundreds of years of health enhancing spa and other body treatments. Today, these ancient remedies are combined with modern techniques and thousands flock here annually to get immersed in a state of total bliss.
This probably does not come as anything new to most, especially those who have already experienced a visit to the land of smiles. Whether you find your self in fast pace Bangkok, in Thailand’s northern capital Chiang Mai or on one of the islands, everywhere you look spa and massage treatments are offered. For a “quicky” just plonk down on a mat on the beach for a great back, neck and shoulder rub down. But if you really want to go the whole nine yards, book in at a spa and wellness resort for everything from detox programs, range of body treatments and even an exercise and diet regimen or, if you want to do it in style, then try out some of the luxury hotels which even provide this service in the privacy of their five star rooms which feature your own spa en-suite.
Since years long forgotten, Thailand spas and the treatments and service they offer have evolved to a point where it is not only an integral part of the country’s mega tourist industry, but also feature the most amazing and innovative designs set amid incredible exotic surroundings, shrouded with an atmosphere which is conducive to rest and recuperation. This alone allows you to once again find inner peace and emerge a new you. If you are heading this way and are in need of some rejuvenation, try out these hidden sanctuaries.
Indigo Pearl Phuket Coqoon Spa
Indigo Pearl is unique in more ways than one. Firstly the resort captures Phuket’s tin mining past in it’s design andis located on Nai Yang beach which is less touristy and more tranquil. Secondly, the spa is one of a kind. Taking spa treatments to a whole new level, spa executives design your own customized program before you literally enter your own private tree-house cocoon for your treatments.
Six Senses Yao Noi Beyond Phuket Spa
Yao Noi is a small island located 30 minutes by boat from Phuket in the world famous Phang Nga Bay where one sees those monolith lime stone formations jutting from the ocean. The island is in a very pristine natural state and with the limited number of resorts it does not see hordes of tourists so its quite a tranquil location, perfect for a few days of relaxing spa treatments. Here the spa and its private treatment rooms takes on the form of a spa village no less. The spa is located against the slope of a hillside and surrounded by exotic forest. Once again professional wellness consultants creates customized treatments, unless you just want to go in every day and get spoiled with messages and a spa ritual of your choosing for the day which can include body polish, facial therapies and sensory therapies.
Kamalaya Samui Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa
The resort is located on Koh Samui, Thailand’s boutique island and here Kamalaya reigns supreme as far as spa and wellness therapies go. Here you can enroll for a full five day or seven day detox program and everything that go’s with it. These guys are masters in their art and does not only focus on spa treatments and beauty care, but actually works on your emotional well-being also and, all this happens on a tropical island.
Banyan Tree Koh Samui Spa
This resort is also on Samui and set in a very exclusive location. Banyan Tree hotels even have their own spa academy in Phuket where their staff is trained. Naturally this also a luxury five star retreat. Want a pool villa with your own en-suite spa treatment room? This is where you will find it. However, at Banyan Tree you might not want to spend too much pamper time in your villa, because this resort features private and individual spa pavilions with glorious beach views and if that is not enough it also boasts Samui’s only hydrotherapy spa called “The Rain Forest”
Rarinjinda Chiang Mai Wellness Spa
Chiang Mai is Thailand’s northern capital and rich in ancient history and culture. The area is famous for its mountain ranges which is the source for many rivers, waterfalls and pristine jungle. Combining a few days at a health and pa resort with hikes in one or more of Chiang Mai’s national parks to experience this wealth of natural beauty is the perfect way to give your soul a revitalizing injection. Chiang Mai features several top notch wellness spas, but Rarinjinda has to be of of the best and most popular. The resort’s structure is a 140 year old antique home restored to it’s former glory and some modern touches added. It even boasts an architectural conservation award. Today, Rarinjinda is a full and professional health spa on the banks of the romantic Ping River and features the most modern spa facilities like hydro pools, whirl pools, detoxifying infra red sauna and a herbal rainforest steam sauna.
George Conradie lives in Thailand, working in the travel industry. To provide travelers to Thailand with useful information he continuously write articles for several blogs and websites including hotelsphuket.travel which offer an accommodation booking service for only the best hotels Phuket has to offer and also for thebesthotelsinthailand.com, another Phuket accommodation booking service provider.