Top Thai Spas
Introducing the relaxing shade of Thailand!
Spas and wellness centres abound in the Land of Smiles, where traditional massage is an art form as well as a core component of any good health routine. Thai therapists are well-trained and passionate about their craft, bringing Thailand to the forefront as a premier spa destination. So we’ve compiled this list of favourites to inspire your wanderlust for the ultimate spa holiday!
This village-style resort is literally above it all, sitting atop a lush green hill in southern Phuket. The sweeping views over Tri Trang and Patong beaches invite peaceful, romantic sunsets, following cocktails by one of the three themed pools. Staying only a couple of minutes from Patong means you’re perfectly placed to explore the rest of Phuket if you wish, from museums to shopping to water activities only a stone’s throw away. Balance your time between exploration and indulgence at Aqua Spa, with its pavilion-style sala and flowing water features to melt tension and soothe away stress. The specialty here is traditional Thai full-body massage, combining stretching, acupressure and meditation to harmonise the flow of energy and leave you feeling fabulous.
If a hilltop isn’t enough, how about a secluded island? The Naka Island Resort and Spa is a serene, boutique resort on Naka Yai, 10 minutes from Phuket by speedboat. It’s the place to go if you want to get away from it all—free from distractions, your own world of luxurious rest and relaxation. All villas have direct beach access or a private pool, and the resort is fully-equipped with 2 restaurants, a bar, and a freshwater infinity pool. The signature at Spa Naka is the Watsu treatment, involving 60 minutes of aquatic therapy, shiatsu, and the suspension of gravity to dissolve all your aches and pains.
Amatara Wellness Resort
Go all-in for the complete wellness experience at Cape Panwa, Phuket. It’s the perfect destination to de-stress, with tranquil 180 degree views over the gorgeous Andaman Sea, a private beach, kids club, premium organic food and wellness consultants to personalise your experience with tailor-made, holistic programs. The hammam draws on the tradition of Turkish baths, perfectly paired with the ancient wisdom of Thai spa therapies. Indulge in the steam room and infrared sauna, or try out physiotherapy, yoga, meditation or Pilates while overlooking the sea.
Paradise Koh Yao
For a spa holiday with a difference escape to Koh Yao Noi, a remote island in Pha Nga Bay, famous for its stunning natural beauty. Arrive via speedboat to this boutique resort, with 400 metres of private beach surrounded by national reserve rainforest and dramatic limestone cliffs. Get back to nature without compromising on style and comfort, and forget the stress of the everyday as you settle into island life. Massages and body treatments at the Paradise Spa use all-natural products, including healing minerals from the Andaman Sea and native botanicals, to cleanse body, mind, and spirit. Make the most of the saltwater infinity pool and waterfall plunge, as well as daily yoga and meditation classes right on the beach.
This integrated resort in Bang Tao Bay is close to the pulse, only 20 minutes from historic Phuket Town and the international airport. Experience the best of both worlds in beachfront luxury set within 600 acres of parkland—a stylish, contemporary paradise with plenty of local flavour. Pop out to visit a temple in the morning and then return to float in the huge, free-form pool for a day of contemplation and rejuvenation. Angsana Laguna is a resort that caters for all with nearby golf course and onsite kids club. The spa therapists have an intuitive touch, and body treatments are prepared fresh just before your treatment. Try one of the signature therapies using native flowers or candlenut, a true sanctuary for the senses.
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Post by Alana Eising
Alana is a writer and a wanderer who almost always wishes she were somewhere else. That’s why she writes about the fabulous places she’s been, and all the destinations left on her bucket list.