Unwind and Relax in Thailand’s 5 Luxurious Spas

A healing spa session for your mind and soul is calling. By Anne Lee

1. The Okura Prestige Spa, Bangkok

Begin your journey of relaxation with a consultation session Okura's professional therapists. Image courtesy of The Okura Prestige Bangkok.

Begin your journey of relaxation with a consultation session Okura’s professional therapists. Image courtesy of The Okura Prestige Bangkok.

Set in the royal capital of Thailand, The Okura Prestige Spa is one of Bangkok’s hidden sanctuary. Make an appointment for a personalised spa session that is tailored to your liking or if you are there with your significant other, opt for “A Couple’s Journey” where the both of you can indulge in a luxurious rose milk bath followed by a massage and a facial treatment.

2. The Barai, Hua Hin

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The Barai offers an innovative mix of Thai and Western spa therapies, namely the Crystal Energy Balance Massage which utilises the healing properties of crystals and hot-oil massage to bring balance back to the body. Image courtesy of The Barai.

Awarded “Outstanding Performance for Resort Spa in Thailand” by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and many other accolades since 2007, The Barai is the crème de la crème of spas. Located in Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, this Khmer inspired beachfront establishment is designed by Thailand’s illustrious architect, Lek Bunnag, offering luxurious residential spa accommodations that boast an unparalleled view of the Gulf of Thailand. An extensive list of spa treatments and lifestyle programmes that ranges from three to seven days are also offered on the premises, featuring Yoga, detox and rejuvenating therapies which are absolutely perfect for those who are looking to take a break from the high stresses of modern life.

3. The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre, Chiang Mai

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Did you know that Chiang Mai used to be the capital of the kingdom of Lan Na before it became part of Thailand? Image courtesy of Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai.

Modeled on the 19th century Mandalay Palace of Myanmar, The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre is a palatial 3,100 square metre haven situated in the northern province of Chiang Mai. The centre was specifically built on the foundation of wellness, offering a wide array of relaxation therapies from different continents of the world and holistic Ayuverdic treatments for guests who seek for peace of mind. Go for a full pampering session with their signature Lanna Ceremony that starts with a fragrant steam bath with wild forest honey, followed by a tamarind scrub that prepares you for a soothing treatment with gentle, rhythmic taps on your body using the “Tok Sen” tool.

4. Banyan Tree Spa Phuket

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Choose between the air-conditioned and open-air Spa Pavilion at Phuket’s Banyan Tree. Image courtesy of Banyan Tre Spa Phuket,

Banyan Tree Spa Phuket is the pioneer of the tropical garden spa concept since its opening in 1994. Opening 70 spas world wide, they are dedicated to bring the best experience to every guest who step foot onto their premises. All therapists are required to undergo at least 350 hours of stringent training at the Academy so you can expect treatments that are performed by professionals of the highest calibre.

5. Mala Spa, Phuket

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The Mala Spa is located in Keemala Hotel, on the west coast of Phuket. Image courtesy of Keemala Hotel.

Sometimes, we just need to hit the ‘pause’ button in our lives and recalibrate. Tucked within the rainforest of Phuket, Mala Spa offers holistic treatments that allows the mind and body to reconnect through Reiki sessions, which is highly effective in healing energies. Aside from that, they only use products that are aligned with their ethos (think paraben and cruelty-free) so  you can destress with a clear conscience when you’re doing any spa sessions with them.

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