This tropical country in Asia is blessed with two coastlines and jungle islands, making it an ideal getaway for travelers and spa lovers alike. Here is a round-up of the top 10 must-see wellness spas in Thailand :
1. Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort & Spa
Bophut Bay – Koh Samui
The Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa in Koh Samui presents a peaceful view of the stunning Thailand beach and lush green gardens. Experience wellness and rejuvenation at the Anantara Spa through their signature treatment – the Anantara Lawana Coconut Paradise – a lavish treatment of coconut scrub, wrap, and Thai massage lasting for no less than 200 minutes. The experience begins with a cleansing shower, followed by the floral foot ritual, the Essence of White coconut scrub exfoliation, the Essence of White coconut wrap, and concluded with a relaxing massage and refreshment.
Recommended for guests with jet lag is the Dawn Renewal treatment which combines cleansing and exfoliation using green tea extracts, and lasts for 165 minutes. If you’re into Swedish massage, you can try Anantara’s Dusk Relaxation treatment which includes the floral foot ritual, foot reflexology and a complete body massage.
99/9 Bophut Bay
Samui Island, Surat Thani 84320
T: +66 77 428 300(9)
2. Banyan Tree Spa
Recognised as the World’s Best Spa by numerous international award-giving organizations in the spa industry, the Banyan Tree Spa is considered to be one of the best wellness spas in Thailand. They offer a wide range of wellness and relaxation treatments.
The Royal Banyan treatment is a fusion of East-meets-West techniques done by a professional therapist, using a therapeutic pouch that contains herbs and spices, and is dipped in warm sesame oil. The Rainmist Experience is a complete relaxation package that includes the Rainmist steam bath, rain shower, and the signature Banyan Tree Spa massage.
There is also the Master Therapist Experience, which is a 90-minute massage adapted to the needs of the individual, and is performed by Banyan Spa’s highly-trained Master Therapist. Finally, the signature Banyan Tree Spa Samui Rainforest uses state-of-the-art hydrothermal facilities to create a unique, invigorating, and therapeutic journey.
33 Moo 4 Srisoonthorn Rd.
Cherngtalay, Amphur Talang
P: +66 76 324374
3. Chiva-Som Health Resort
Situated in the Royal city of Hua Hin, Chiva-Som is well known for its luxurious accommodations, and serene ocean views of the Gulf of Thailand. The spa provides private consultation, and personalised programs to suit the needs of each individual. With a wide range of treatments and packages available on the menu, you will definitely find the perfect wellness experience for you.
A Taste of Chiva-Som is a total retreat package that includes a 60-minute health consultation, 3 spa cuisine meals per night, daily fitness acitivities, unlimited use of water therapy suites (steam, sauna, Jacuzzi), and daily treatment per night stay from a choice of massages – Thai massage, Chiva-Som massage, Oriental Scalp Massage, Chiva-Som Skin Haven Body Polish, and more.
The Inner Peace Retreat focuses more on the art of de-stressing through meditation, yoga breathing exercise, relaxing massages, herbal therapies, and private sessions with personal trainers. To name a few of the other Retreats available: the Eternal Youth – a head-to-toe pampering experience; Natural Healing – designed for people with a chronic health condition; and Yoga for Life – which teaches meditation, Pranayaman, and Ayurvedic cleansing techniques.
73/4 Petchkasem Rd.
Hua Hin 77110
P: +66 32 536 536
4. The Oriental Spa
The Bangkok Spa at the Mandarin Oriental offers a wide variety of Spa treatments and Ayurvedic Treatments, combining both traditional and Contemporary techniques. Oriental Organic Journey is a signature treatment at the Spa. It begins with a full-body scrub of grated coconut, grean beans, jasmine rice, and coconut oil; followed by a herbal hair treatment. The journey is concluded with a refreshing steam bath, a relaxing body massage with rice milk cream, and shower. The whole experience lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Different body treatments are available to match individual preferences. The Rose Essence of Heaven body exfoliation makes use of olive grains, essential oils, and rose water for skin hydration and rejuvenation. It is a 2-hour session and comes with a facial massage and calming massage.
48 Oriental Ave.
P: +66 26 599 000
5. The Peninsula Spa by EPSA
The Peninsula Spa in Bangkok offers a range of spa treatments, massages, and therapies. Bespoke treatment programmes are created to suit the needs and pampering desires of each individual. Consultation and customization are done by highly skilled therapists, integrating European, Oriental and Ayurvedic philosophies into each treatment program.
The Simply Peninsula Royal Thai Massage is one of their ten signature treatments. It involves the use of thumbs and palms, the application of deep pressure on specific pressure points, stretches, and gently flowing movements by a highly trained therapist. The massage lasts for 1 hour and 20 minutes. The Simply Peninsula Royal Thai Massage with herbal compress involves similar techniques, but includes warm herbal compress of lemongrass, ginger, and Thai herbs to relieve muscle tension particularly in the back, shoulder, and neck. It lasts for 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Other signature treatments at the Peninsula Spa includes the Sattva Shirodhara with Facial Marma Therapy, the Khushali Himalayan Crystal Salt Scrub, the Peninsula Sleep Ceremony, the Oriental Life Dance, the Purva Karma Four-hand Massage, the Double Booster, and the Peninsula Time.
333 Charoennakorn Rd. Klongsan,
P: +66 26 61 2888
6. The Six Senses Hideaway
At the Six Senses Spa in Yao Noi, guests can stay in traditional Thai-inspired villa accommodations by the pool, and get to see spectacular views of the Phang Nga Bay and the greenery of rubber tree plantations all around. Six senses provides a variety of treatments using only naturally and ethically produced products.
Their signature facial treatments include the Six Senses Signature Nourishing Facial, Aroma Skin Facial, and the Thai Silk Facial which is an anti-aging facial treatment using the cocoons that contain 12 amino acids.
Signature massages include the Dream Catcher – a light pressure massage that combines techniques of Foot Acupressure and Indian Head massage; the Four-Hand Massage – performed by two therapists working in synchronicity; and the traditional Thai massage.
Body spa treatments available include the Natural Sunburn Soother using Aloe Vera and cucumber; the Thai Herbal Body Scrub which uses tamarind and traditional Thai herbs; and the Coconut Body Scrub which combines freshly grated coconut and crashed coconut shell with turmeric.
56 Moo 5, Tambol Koh Yao Noi,
Amphur Koh Yao,
Phang Nga 82160
P: +66 76 41 8500
7. JW Marriot Phuket Resort & Spa
The award winning Mandara Spa at JW Marriott is set in 27 acres of lush gardens and freshwater ponds, overlooking the Andaman Sea. It offers 16 spacious private treatment rooms and 5 outdoor Thai massage salas.
There are two signature services exclusive at Mandara – the Ritual of Javanese Lulur and the Mandara Signature Massage. The Ritual of Javanese Lulur includes a floral foot ritual, full body exfoliation of powdered spices and woods, moisturizing yoghurt and milk bath, and a traditional Balinese massage with floral oils.
The Mandara Signature Massage, also called the “four hand massage” integrates the skills of two therapists performing 5 different massage styles – Japanese Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Swedish and Balinese – working together in harmony. A special blend of natural oils from sandalwood, patchouli, and ylang ylang plants are used in this one-of-a-kind massage experience.
2301 Moo 3 Mai Khao
Talang, Phuket 83110
P: +66 76 338 000
8. Kamalaya Koh Samui
The Kamalaya Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s award winning wellness sanctuaries offering a variety of holistic wellness programs for the body, mind, and spirit. Signature Day Spa packages are available for both individuals and partners.
Heaven & Earth includes the Indian head massage, followed by a private herbal steam bath, and the Asian foot and hand massage. The Lotus Realm is an indulging experience that begins with a herbal steam, followed by the Lotus Blossom exfoliation and body wrap. The ritual completes with the 90-minute Vital Essence Oil Massage.
The Kamalaya also provides tailor made programs for individuals with the support and guidance from an experienced Naturopath.
102/9 Moo 3, Laem Set Road
Na-Muang Koh Samui
Suratthani 84140 Thailand
P: +66 (0) 77 429 800
9. Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa
The garden spa at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa is one of the main highlights in this beautiful island getaway in Bophut Beach, Koh Samui. A wide range of massages, body scrubs and wraps, facial treatments, and Zen rituals are available to anyone seeking Zen-ful experience.
The Le Spa Zen Signature Massage is a 1-hour 30-minute of relaxation, based on traditional Ayurvedic techniques. The experience begins with the Shiroda Discipline – a trickle of oil on one’s forehead and believed to awaken the third eye. The experience involves the sounding of the Tibetan Bowl, and the use of aromatic oils and Chakra crystals.
The Zen Ritual is a complete mind and body treatment which lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes. It includes the Le Spa Zen Signature Massage, and an anti-aging facial massage using herbal extracts and plants. For couples, there is the Ultimate Couples Bliss – a three-hour experience of luxurious pampering and relaxation. It includes personal treatments for couples, the four-hands body massage for and healing hot stone massage for her, and the anti-aging facial for two.
177 Moo 1,
Bophut Beach, Koh Samui,
Tambon Bophut, 84310
P: +66 77 430 345
10. The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre
At the Deva Spa, guests are welcomed with an herb-infused tea and warm foot ritual at their arrival. There are three Signature treatments or “Ceremonies” at the Deva Spa, which typically last for three hours and 20 minutes. The Lanna Ceremony includes a fragrant steam bath with wild honey, tamarind and Thai herb scrub, and the use of “Tok Sen” – a special tool made from the bark of the tamarind tree. The experience is followed by a traditional Thai herbal compress and oil body massage, and concluded with a relaxing head massage.
The Royal Thai Ceremony begins with the royal foot ritual, followed by the safflower body scrub, and the scented floral bath. The experience concludes with the Royal Thai massage and facial acupressure massage.
Finally, the Indian Ceremony focuses on the beautification of both the physical and inner self. The ritual includes a body scrub and wrap using Ubtan leaves, and head and body massage using warm herbal oils.
The Spa’s resident Ayurvedic specialist provides dosha analysis and personalized programs to each one. The Deva is known to be one of the most reputable wellness spas in Thailand.
51/4 Chiang Mai-Sankampaeng Rd.
Moo 1, T. Tasala, A. Muang
Chiang Mai 50000
P: +66 53 888 888