No trip to Thailand is completed until you have surrendered yourself to pampering Thai spa treatment. Initially wellness treatments were limited to Thai massages based on Oriental philosophies. As Thailand opened up to tourism, the distinctive Thai massage presented through well trained therapists gained favour with the visitors and word of mouth praise and gradual coverage by the media ensured that Thai massage and beauty treatments gained centre stage. Today, a Thai massage is a must-do on all visitor itineraries. Gradually these beauty and wellness treatments spread wings and ushered in the era of the spa culture. Today, spa treatments have grown beyond traditional Thai massages to incorporate wellness and beauty treatments from the world over.
Visit a spa in Thailand and you can choose from a range of spa packages: herbal, Oriental, Spanish, and Ayurvedic, to name just a few. Then there are treatments like aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, and reflexology that aim to restore the balance between the mind, body and spirits.
No matter which place you stay, you will find several spas offering the best possible treatments. Bangkok has its share of well-known resorts; however, go beyond to the islands and you will find several spas set in breath-taking tranquil settings, near secluded beaches, some perched on hilltops, facing the sea, while others spread across acres of landscaped gardens and tropical settings. Indeed the settings of the spas in Krabi, Koh Samui, Hua Hin, Phuket and Pattaya are so beautiful that once you enter through the magnificent gateways, you will be transported to another world altogether.
The spas are attended by warm, hospitable staff who will put you completely at ease. Most spas offer an extensive menu comprising beauty treatments including facial, manicure and pedicure, detoxifying and well-being treatments that aim to remove dead cells and improve the energy flow in the body, thereby resulting in a genuine feeling of overall well-being. As with the treatments, the time also varies and depending on your time and budget, you can choose from one hour to half-hour to extended treatments that include yoga and meditation also.
The spa programmes are developed for the total well-being of mind, body and soul. This means that spa therapies nourish the mind by providing meditation programmes and also strengthen the physical body by arranging workout programmes.
While many spas in Thailand are located in resorts, there are several that are stand-alone units that also provide complimentary transport within the city/island. If budget is not a consideration, you can stay in your own Thailand villa in one of the resorts and also take advantage of facilities like private pool, Jacuzzi etc.
Aside from the facilities, what makes Thailand such a hot spa destination is the fact that the distinctive treatments are complimented by outstanding Thai hospitality and the confident hands of the well-trained therapists. The overall hospitable service and relaxing atmosphere take the spa experience in Thailand to a whole new level.