Nowhere in the world quite beats Thailand for a spa break – fact. The outstanding Thai spas celebrate the best of the country’s multinational heritage to blend the meditative yoga and Buddhism of India with Chinese herbal treatments and Taoist healing to create utterly relaxing and rejuvenating retreats that place Thailand as the second highest ranked spa destination in the world. Most spas embrace the tradition of restoration through massage and meditation which, combined with the people’s renowned sense of hospitality, means that a spa break will just about leave you free of every possible worry.
The Thai massage reigns supreme as the most famous and popular treatment, in which the masseur uses their hands, feet, elbows and knees to place pressure on and clear the vital energy channels of the body, leaving you simultaneously unwound and invigorated. Treat yourself a visit to escape bustling Bangkok, follow up a hectic Full Moon, ease trekked-out muscles or for no good reason at all.
Four Seasons, Koh Samui
Where: Island of Koh Samui
Signature treatment: The three-hour Full Moon Ritual. The waxing phase of the moon brings with it the most ideal time to calm body and mind. This scrub, chakra crystal massage and facial will leave you floating.
Go for: Balance of mind, body and soul.
Where: Hua Hin
Signature Treatment: A three to fifteen night bespoke retreat. Entirely tailored to you, expect to be primped and pampered (and pushed) to the extreme and to feel brand new at the end.
Go for: An escape from technology and to eradicate your vices (great place to go to give up smoking and get rid of post pregnancy weight)
Signature Treatment: The Faa Fairt Massage. Fusing together Thai, Swedish, Balinese, Shiatdu and Hawaiian massage techniques, this treatment takes two therapists and is second to none.
Come here for: Reinvigoration and healing.
Six Senses Yao Noi
Signature Treatment: The Sensory Journey. A journey of five senses, this treatment goes head to toe with a scalp massage, facial, non-traditional body massage, skin renewing treatments, a foot bath and foot mask.
Go for: Natural, calming treatments. All products used are plants and herbs that are indigenous to the area.
Signature Treatment: Ying Yang Harmonizing Massage. The ideal treatment for jetlag, Ying Yang Massage will balance your CHI flow, release tension and restore a sense of peace.
Go for: An urban retreat. Ideal for those just landed in Thailand to centre the body after traveling.