If you’re a true epicurean like us, then you’ll understand the importance of our endeavour to unite two of what should be the most luxurious things in life: a good spa session followed by a glorious snack; because when it comes to treating yourself, pampering and adequate nutrition are of utmost importance.

In this newly created column, we seek to give you the low-down on the best places in town to really get a good spa treatment, followed by some amazing bites. Because, if you’re about going full out on treating yourself, then you’ll know the experience just doesn’t end once you’ve finished your massage. No, dear reader, that’s only half the story. Besides, after all the spa treatments we’ve tried, we realized one recurring theme: how hungry we get after a spa sesh. Makes sense right, after doing all that, ahem, work, on our bodies?

This week, we bring you a very fine experience brought to you by So Sofitel Bangkok: a session at the hotel’s luxury spa followed by the hotel’s Fashion HI-Tea which means some serious business. Read on to see what our Spa and Snack session entailed, and see whether this is something you’d like to do.

We arrived at 1pm on a Sunday afternoon, ready to kickstart our day of rest and relaxation. But our massage strategically wasn’t to start until 2pm, so this gave us some time to chillax by the pool and unwind before our unwinding session had even begun. We just love the So Sofitel’s gorgeous infinity pool: sweeping views of Bangkok paired with chilled house music make for a perfect pre-spa treat. The best thing is, you don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to use the pool: day passes can be purchased for THB 1,000.

Pro-tip: The side of the building facing the swimming pool doesn’t get much sun in the afternoon, so if you’re heading there after noon and if you’re looking to catch some rays, then head on over to the Solarium, on the opposite side of the building on the 10th floor.

1:50pm rolled around and we were already super relaxed. We made our way to the 11th floor and checked into the SoSPA. After a long consideration of all the different treatments on offer, from beauty treatments, traditional body scrubs and signature massages, we decided to go with “Silence of the Forest” (THB 2,400), a one hour massage that would be sure to work up an appetite.

Before starting the massage, we also got to choose the type of music we’d like to have playing while receiving the treatment, which we found to be something completely unique to SoSPA. Do you ever feel like you have absolutely no say in what you’re listening to when getting a massage? Well, at SoSPA, you can choose between “Ethnic”, “Organic” or “Classical” sounds. We went with “Organic” because we wanted the the sounds of mother nature and we wanted to keep with the “Silence of the forest” theme.

The spa suite is serene, with a big white bathtub strategically positioned close to the window, with evergreen vistas of Lumphini park below – and the infinity pool we were just moments ago in. The massage itself was aromatherapy based and focused mainly on the neck and back. About mid-way, coloured chakra stones were placed on the 7 points of our central meridian – front facing – a method intended to release our energy flow and balance the energy meridians and our chakras. We felt so balanced we almost drifted into a deep slumber.

It’s possible to have a longer treatment if you feel that 1 hour is too little. The 2.5 hour “SO Well” (THB 5,900) treatment is a longer one we’d recommend, featuring a body massage followed by a rejuvenating facial for a smooth and radiant complexion.

Once you’re all pampered up, you’ll no doubt feel famished. After all, there’s no better way to work up an appetite – apart from exercising, but on a Sunday?! – than through a session at the spa. We made our way down to MIXO Bar on the 9th floor and after making ourselves known, proceeded to order the Fashion HI-Tea (THB 2,500++ with free-flow Piper-Heidsieck Champagne) we’d been dreaming about all morning. Boy oh boy were we delighted:

Seated by the window, we were able to continue gazing upon the breathtaking view of Lumphini Park below. Once you choose whether you want coffee, tea – black, green, white, herbal or oolong – or juices – we went with Fresh Earl Grey Ceylon. Swirling around a beautifully decorated, hippie-esque and tree-like design, the high tea featured a colourfully curated selection of classic savoury and sweet treats, with scones, jams, clotted cream, macaroons, mango-themed tarts, mini-pretzel sandwiches and more. Sips of the gorgeous bubbly were simply the cherry on the cake of what was a refreshing and relaxing Sunday well spent.

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For more information on SoSPA and So Sofitel Bangkok, please visit www.so-sofitel-bangkok.com.  

Catherine Napalai Faulder
Catherine is Bangkok born and bred and knows the angles of the city and its people very personally. You'll often catch her writing about the upsides of Thainess, the richness and diversity of Bangkok's third cultures and the true meaning of wellness.