by Kristie Rodgers
Coastal Thailand has numerous spas offering every kind of treatment possible. Its sultry weather, idyllic landscapes, and sense of tranquility make it an ideal destination for a spa break!.
Traditional Thai architecture, serene Zen-minimalist decor, and enchanting gardens blend with the Thai people’s gentle and giving nature to make it a memorable experience. Massage has been practiced in Thailand for some 2,500 years, and while it is possible to have a cheap shoulder rub in a backstreet shop, nothing beats the pampering at a luxury resort or an afternoon at a day spa.
Hotel & Resort Spas
Travelers tend to visit a hotel or resort spa as part of a wider holiday, with the main focus being a beach or a cultural experience. However, the luxurious, upscale hotels and resorts in Thailand are home to some of the world’s very best spas, offering an enormous range of professional, unique, and blissful treatments.
The greatest concentration of spas is on the islands of Phuket and Ko Samui and in the beach resort towns of Hua Hin and Cha-am. The country’s foremost spa resorts include the exotic Four Seasons Resort, Ko Samui, the popular Banyan Tree Spa, Phuket, the Evason Phuket Resort and Six Senses Spa, and the Anantara Resort and Spa in Hua Hin as well as Ko Samui.
Spa treatments are generally an added extra, but many resorts are increasingly offering all-inclusive packages.
The Anantara resorts offer three- and seven-day programs that include between 4 and 10 treatments.
Thailand has a number of luxury resorts situated in truly breathtaking settings. Visitors looking for an intimate getaway on a deserted white sand beach skirted by palm trees should head to the Six Senses Hideaway, Hua Hin, south of Hua Hin, or the Aleenta Resort and Spa, Phang Nga.
Those who like the idea of retreating into the tropical forests to rejuvenate the body and spirit should visit the Tamarind Retreat in Ko Samui. This spa offers two different kinds of treatments – classic and forest spas – with an exotic treat in the form of a herbal steam cave and dipping pool.
The aim of staying here is to experience the local culture and lush environment as much as it is to have a spa experience. The fact that these resorts are often set in remote locations and may be accessible only by speedboat such as the Rayavadee Spa near Krabi, adds to the allure.
The Pimalai Resort and Spa on Ko Lanta provides treatment rooms named after local flowers and massages with aromatic herbs. The spas at these resorts offer daily treatment programs for those who really want to unwind.