Spas in Bangkok and spa guide
Most top-end Bangkok hotels have high quality spas
Thailand enjoys a worldwide reputation for its tranquil spas and retreats, and some of the best of these can be found in Bangkok. Thai massage is traditionally a vigorous, yet highly invigorating, experience and in Bangkok the usual techniques and treatments are complimented with a series of modern, holistic treatments. These include body wraps, facials and mud-baths to give visitors a soothing and relaxing experience; the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Those who want to indulge will be able to take their pick from a large selection of spas and retreats, which range from the brief but refreshing short-stop treatment to the uncompromisingly luxurious experience of a full day of pampering. Best of all, they are very affordable, with an afternoon of pampering costing under US$100.
Most of the city’s high-end hotels, such as the Millennium Hilton, Oriental, Holiday Inn, Dusit, and Marriott, all come complete their own in-house spas. In addition, there are also a number of world-class private spas scattered around the city; the most notable of these being the Mandara and Aspara Spas. Then there are the more modest, reasonably-priced ones and, for those on a budget, numerous respectable massage shops offer a decent experience minus the frills.
Recommended Bangkok spas
The Oasis Spa: brand new facility launched by the popular Northern Thailand chain that has an excellent track record for managing professional spas. They offer an extensive range of treatments to suit all budgets, including ayurveda, aromatherapy and traditional Thai practices in an exquisite environment just off Sukhumvit Road. 64 Soi Swaddee Sukhumvit 31, Phrakanong, tel: (02) 262 2122.
The Ananda Spa: located next to the President Solitaire Serviced Apartments on Sukhumvit lane 11, this elegant spa allows guests to escape the busy streets of Bangkok and enter another world. The spa has a number of private rooms that all contain Jacuzzis, showers and relaxation areas. The spa offers a huge range of spa treatments at competitive prices. Sukhumvit Soi 11, tel: (02) 61 1210-26, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leyana Spa: set in a relaxing garden environment in the centre of bustling Bangkok, the staff at Leyana are extremely attentive and help guests to unwind with a wide range of remedies and treatments. The name comes from the Latin name for orchids and a selection of herbal potions are included in the therapies here, as well as all the usual modern choices. 33 Thonglor 13, Soi Torsak, Klongtonnuer, Wattana, tel: (02) 391 7694; email: email@example.com.
Be pampered for an hour or all day
The Divana Spa: this prominent, leading name in Bangkok spa treatments has recently opened a new spa and well-being centre called ‘DVN’ on Sukhumwit lane 35, which is opposite the Emporium Department Store and very close to the Prmophong BTS Station. Placed in a two-storey Thai house and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the centre contains nine private couple rooms and 17 treatment beds. Each room features its own special theme, while the spa offers a wide range of treatments, all of which are designed to relieve stress and relax visitors. 7 Sukhumvit 25, North Klongtoey, Open: weekday 11:00-23:00, Weekend 10:00-23:00, tel: (02) 661 6784-5, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mandara brand: well-known name among spa users, this spa’s unique blend of Eastern and Western techniques is sure to soothe even the most stressed-out of visitors. The Mandara Spas’ signature treatment is performed by two therapists who work together in perfect harmony to give the ultimate massage. Open: 10:00-22:00; Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa: 257/1-3 Charoen Nakhon Road, tel: (02) 476 0022, email: email@example.com; The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers: 2 Captain Bush Lane New Road, Siphaya, tel: (02) 266 0123, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orientist Spas: a unique and exclusive establishment where visitors can truly relax and escape from the stress and strain of modern life. The spa uses traditional Thai herbs and techniques to give visitors the full benefit of thousands of years of experience. The Orientist Spa has three branches: Ari Branch: 69 Phaholyothin Road, Soi 6, Samsennai, tel: (02) 278 2240-1; Ladprao Branch: 1111/148 Baan Klang Muang, Lad Prao Road, tel: (02) 513 7605; Pratunam Branch: Gold Place Plaza (4th floor), Soi Petchaburi 17, Petchaburi Road, tel: (02) 254 0054-6.
Spa I Am: a haven of peace and relaxation within the heart of bustling Bangkok and the spa’s 26 private rooms are all fitted out with Jacuzzis, saunas and steam rooms. Those who want to create a new look can head into the onsite salon, which will ensure that they look as good as they feel. 88 Soi Ladprao 18, Ladprao Road, tel: (02) 938 4888, email: email@example.com.
Detoxification is another form of cleansing that has taken root in Bangkok and become really popular over the past few years. While these techniques have long been fashionable in the East, they are also being practised by health-nuts and party-goers alike these days, and the detoxification techniques aim to rid the body of its toxins over a relatively short period.
Rasayana Retreat and Hydro Health: offer an assortment of different programmes that last from between one day and a month. 57 Soi Prom-mitr, Sukhumvit 39, Klonton-nua, tel: (02) 662 4803-5, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Offering the perfect blend of ancient Eastern traditional treatments and more modern Western elements, the spas in Bangkok are simply sublime. All the stresses and strains of modern life will be scrubbed, massaged and cleaned away, leaving you feeling like a new person. It’s certainly a worthwhile aspect of a Thailand holiday.
As advantageous as all the luxury and tranquillity of these spas and retreats are, visitors to Bangkok should make sure that they don’t neglect the more rustic and down-to-earth relaxation that is on offer on the streets of Bangkok. There are numerous, small and friendly massage venues dotted about that offer one or two hours of massage for a very reasonable rate. In addition, exercise and relaxation can easily be found in Bangkok’s parks and temples.
Updated and correct: January 2013