Whether you’re recovering from your holiday getaway or simply want to give yourself some self-love pampering, these three top-notch hotel spas right in the centre of Bangkok allow you to unwind and escape the city life without having to leave.
We all know the holiday season can be overwhelming with all the travelling, feasting and gatherings. Then you come back and it’s a lot of catching up to do at work. Stress at work can take a toll on your complexion and overall appearance. Once in awhile it just feels nice to have a few hours of me time and take care of your mind and body. Find time for yourself and schedule a day spa that fits what you feel your body needs. Below we have compiled a list of ultimate relaxation and revitalisation spa programs that we love that your body will thank you for.
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Sense Spa at The Rosewood Hotel Bangkok
Treatment: Khaohom Nin Body Scrub + The Extreme 360° Global Anti-age Ritual
Duration: 2.5 hours
Sense, a Rosewood Spa offers guests a tranquil space to rest and disconnect — strategically right off the Ploenchit BTS station. The spa menu here is filled with restorative therapies honouring Thailand’s lost remedies with a focus on natural locally-sourced ingredients. Guests can also opt for anti-aging facials and enjoy the EviDenS de Beauté skincare line that combines Japanese and French beauty knowledge here.
We highly recommend the Khaohom Nin Body Scrub Program before any oil massage to get the best results. The wild rice scrub is blended smoothly with pure coconut oil; it gently exfoliates and nourishes your skin at the same time without drying it out. The fine black rice beads make this body scrub ideal for those with sensitive skin. The scrub blend also contains zero harsh chemicals, as it is made with only natural botanicals rich in vitamins A, C, E and Zinc, which also help to strengthen your skin. After you rinse off, your whole body will feel buttery smooth and your skin will be lightly coated with jasmine rice and coconut oil moisture seal.
Then for your face, if you’re worried about signs of fatigue and aging, we recommend The Extreme 360° Global Anti-age Ritual. This Rosewood signature treatment has been developed for skin that needs deep hydration and a pick me up refresher. Eight steps for a facial program might sound long but each step focuses on improving different skin concerns. If you’re not someone who has time for regular mini facials, we recommend this program. It is designed to improve your skin texture and overall complexion with skin tightening massage techniques to help restore radiance and getting your blood flowing. This is a great program for wrinkle prevention and also for improving the appearance of small fine lines as well. When your body feels fatigued, your face shows and signs of ageing emerge. You can combat the signs with this eight-step facial program and see immediate results. The massage techniques are way more effective at toning your facial muscles and lymphatic draining than any DIY jade rollers.
Rosewood Bangkok, 1041/38 Ploenchit Rd., Pathum Wan, Bangkok; +66 2 080 0088
ELEMIS Spa at the St. Regis, Bangkok
Treatment: Urban Escape
Duration: 2.5 hours
The Urban Escape Program is all encompassing and it’s a true treat for your entire body and mind. You begin with a salt scrub of your choice then ELEMIS Garden of England Rose Restore Massage.
We tried the lime & ginger salt glow and it did not disappoint. This salt glow is a unique blend of sea salt, kukui, & camellia extracts infused with top quality jojoba oils. The ginger has properties that stimulate your metabolism and the lime peel essence helps to purify and revitalise your skin. The minerals and the oils lock in the moisture so your skin doesn’t feel tight after a full body exfoliating scrub down. This scrub restores your skin’s natural moisture balance so it feels baby soft. This salt concoction will smoothen even the roughest dry patches while also toning your body. The ginger helps with blood circulation and the lime peel improves the appearance of cellulite, too.
Then once your skin is silky smooth and your pores are no longer clogged with dirt and other impurities, your skin is ready to absorb all the goodness from the English Rose massage oil. ELEMIS Garden of English Rose Restore Massage is relaxation at its best. The English rose aroma is fresh and mild, allowing you to feel like you’re in the midst of a real English Rose garden. The treatment begins from the soles of your feet; then from there the masseuse works her way up to your hips and back. Your feet hold a lot of tension and they are too often forgotten. The therapist pays close attention to the various pressure points on your feet and you’ll be surprised at how much lighter you feel when you walk afterward. Without a doubt, your skin will be nourished and your muscles relaxed after this step of the program.
ELEMIS Superfood Pro Radiance
We’ve heard the expression, “you are what you eat”. This saying applies to your face as well. Experts recently revealed your gut health is reflected in the way your skin looks, so naturally, superfoods that are good for your digestive system also benefit your skin when applied topically. We recommend ELEMIS Superfood Pro-Radiance for those who feel like their skin is stressed and dull. Pollution, stress, lack of sleep and poor diet (over eating) all contribute to toxin build up in your skin. This facial will pack your skin with a shock full of energising nutrients from ELEMIS’ newly launched vegan-friendly Superfood Skincare Line with ingredients such as Ginger, Matcha, Goji Berry and probiotics. Your face will look much healthier and more radiant.
The St. Regis Bangkok, 159 Rajadamri Rd., Bangkok, +66 2 207 7777
Opium Spa at The Siam Hotel
Treatment: Green Tea Salt Cleanse + Thermal Infusing Facial
Duration: 2.5 hours
The Siam Hotel is situated right on the Chaophraya River, and is a modern Thai sanctuary. This venue would also suit an intimate bachelorette spa party, where you and your friends can get ready for the big day. This spa is the only one to use products by Sodashi from Australia in Bangkok, a skincare line that uses the purest botanical extracts, cold pressed oils and mineral clays as main ingredients.
We had the chance to come try a few programs and it was beyond our expectation. Spa programs here begin with a pandan foot ritual and a warm herbal neck compress, to jumpstart your me-time. You’ll feel immediately relaxed after the foot pampering mini rub down and the warm neck compress. Then if you would like to sweat out toxins and open up your pores in preparation for the green tea salt cleanse, you can opt to go for a 15-minute herbal steam. We recommend using the team if you want to feel extra brand new afterward. The green tea salt cleanse uses a blend of organic green tea and Himalayan salt with sweet almond oil to smoothen and soften your skin, giving your complexion a natural glow. The salt deeply cleanses your pores and exfoliates your skin. The scrub blend is rich in antioxidants and vitamins C & E, which accelerate the skin renewal process and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. To finish off your body ritual, the therapist applies a generous layer of Sodashi body lotion to lock in the moisture.
The highlight of the visit was hands-down the Thermal Infusing Facial. The program begins with a gentle cleansing step then a delicate enzyme face polish focusing on areas prone to blackheads and clogged pores such as the nose and the T zone. Then once the skin is polished and prepped, it’s time for a rejuvenating face & neck massage using super-hydrating plant oils rich in anti-ageing anti oxidants. The therapist assesses the skin while massaging your face and neck to determine what type of mask most suitable to you. Then step 5 is the Thermal Infusing Face Mask. The mask gradually heats to 37 degrees, to help Sodashi products absorb better into the dermal layers of the skin. Then the mask begins to cool and the infused essences are kept within the skin. This final step is relaxing and effective at hydrating tired skin. You also get a final application of mineral rich moisturiser to finish off.
The Siam Hotel, 3 2 Khao Rd., Wachira Phayaban, Dusit, Bangkok; +66 2 206 6999
This article was first published in Lifestyle Asia Bangkok