Bangkok is the 'spa capital of Asia'. While the spa concept may have been 'borrowed', Thailand has done it better. Thai spas really do have it all. Nowhere else in the region will you find such variety and value framed in a perfect blend of Western leisure concepts and traditional Asian well-being therapies.
The quality of the Thai spa product offered is unquestionably world-class and unsurpassed, particularly the level of service offered. Service and hospitality are vital assets and are key differentiating factors attributed to a centuries-old tradition of gracious hospitality and service. This is complemented by the friendly and caring nature and gentle ways of the Thai people. Thai spas offer exceptional value for money.
Thailand's winning spa formula goes beyond service excellence. A rich heritage that embodies a time-honoured healing tradition based on herbal and holistic remedies, generations of folk wisdom, and centuries-old healing techniques, some of which reflect deep-rooted Buddhist influences, embellishes the Thai spa experience.
TYPES OF SPAS IN THAILAND
The Destination SPA
A spa whose sole purpose is to provide guests with lifestyle improvement and health enhancement through professionally administered spa services, physical fitness, educational programming, and on-site accommodations. Spa cuisine is served exclusively.
The Resort/Hotel SPA
A spa owned by and located within a resort or hotel property providing professionally administered spa services, fitness and wellness components and spa cuisine menu choices.
The Medical SPA
Individuals, solo practices, groups and institutions comprised of medical and spa professionals whose primary purpose is to provide comprehensive medical and wellness care in an environment which integrates spa services, as well as conventional and complimentary therapies and treatments.
The Day SPA
A spa offering a variety of professionally administered spa services to clients on a day-use basis.
Most reputable Thai spas embrace the true spirit and tradition of "holistic healing" and offer a spa menu that features a comprehensive but balanced range of exotic, revitalising 'feel good' and 'look good' treatments that go beyond the superficial health and beauty services available in the average beauty salon. Holistic spa programmes are specially formulated to restore balance and rejuvenate mind, body and spirit.
The typical Thai spa menu presents an overwhelmingly impressive choice of tempting offerings which include traditional Thai, Swedish, Javanese, Lulur or Sports massage, therapies for jet lag, aromatherapy, reflexology, foot massage, skin care treatments such as facials, mud and body wraps, scrubs, treatments for hair, skin and face, acupressure, herbal steam rooms, and floral baths. While herbal steam baths and massage techniques have evolved from traditional healing methods and herbal remedies, other state-of-the-art options including hydrotherapy and recontouring are also available.
As spa operators feel the pressure of mounting competition and strive to differentiate to survive and excel, an increasing number of Thai spas are developing their own lines of products that capture the exotic qualities of Thai herbs. This has contributed to a renaissance of traditional Thai herbal recipes and ancient remedies prized for the healing potency of the natural ingredients from which they are made.
An increasing number of spas have also turned to ancient philosophy, indigenous Thai folk wisdom, and traditional Oriental and Asian well-being remedies in search of tried and tested solutions to stress and ailments. This new realm of the spa experience incorporates mind and body activities such as meditation, tai chi, yoga, stress management and holistic wellness such as acupuncture.
On shorter stays such as weekends and long holidays, spa guests are more likely to be interested in trying out exotic Thai treatments. For extended stays, a spa menu that offers a balanced combination of Eastern and Western therapies works best.
The rapid success of the Thai spa industry and intense competition has prompted many spas to evolve into fully integrated health and wellness centers offering holistic healing, complete with medical-oriented services, alternative treatments and lifestyle elements.
SPAs in Bangkok
- Centara Spas
- Chuan Chom Health Club & Spa
- Devarana Spa
- The Grande Spa
- Mandara Spa
- Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa
- The Imperial Queen's Park
- The Royal Orchid Sheraton
- The Oriental Spa
- Swiss Perfection Spa at The Regent Bangkok
- The Aspara