Nestled on the 6th floor of the beautifully bold W Bangkok, sits the ultra-luxurious Away Spa—where serene lighting, tranquil background music, and a soothing colour palette combine to make guests feel instantly relaxed from the moment they walk through the door.
I arrived for the 120-minute Illuminate treatment, which is priced at B3,799 per person, or B6,999 per couple, and combines a 30-minute Pearl Body Scrub, 30-minute Pearl Body Wrap, and 60-minute Pearl Body Oil Massage. The use of 100 percent natural pearl leaves your skin feeling fresh, hydrated, and nourished—which is exactly what I needed to reinvigorate my skin during this gloomy rainy season.
The staff were warm, welcoming, and exuded professionalism. I was quickly welcomed with a refreshing lime mocktail and cool towel before a consultant sat by my side to ask all the crucial questions, including my preferred pressure (soft, medium, or hard), target areas, medical conditions, and what colour room I’d like. The last question was a first for me. The consultant calmly explained that each room is fitted with a glowing bed that can change colour to suit your mood: green reflects a calm and peaceful demeanour, red enhances body energy, purple radiates happiness, while pink signals romance and sensuality. I chose green for an enhanced relaxing experience.
The spa itself is divided into four distinct zones. The first being the ‘Welcome and Decompress’ zone, where you’re met by the consultants and check in and out for your treatments. Once checked in and changed, Khun Pudthida, escorted me to the ‘Delight’ zone which is comprised of a series of treatment rooms, each suite uniting soothing natural tones—from the walls to the treatment bed linens. She then led me to the ‘Detox’ zone, which consists of separate male and female wet facilities, including a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. The unisex Hammam (Turkish bath) adds to the list of rejuvenating offerings. Unfortunately for me, I had forgotten my bathing suit.
Once back in my green room, Khun Pudthida began my treatment with the Pearl Body Scrub, gently massaging the scrub in circular motions onto my skin all the while ensuring that the pressure, room temperature, and music was to my liking. After a quick shower, the therapist began with the Pearl Body Wrap. The experience of being wrapped in layers of thick plastic can be claustrophobic at times, but the result was well worth it—leaving my skin feeling fresh and looking radiant. What felt like only minutes, the hour-long massage sent me into a deep state of relaxation as the Khun Puthida’s experienced hands work wonders on my entire body, eliminating all traces of stress and tension.
After my treatment, I was led to the fourth and final ‘Refuel’ zone, featuring changing rooms with showers, as well as nourishing snacks and drinks that are available through in-room dining. The 120 minutes had passed in the blink of an eye and I said good bye to Khun Puthida, feeling re-energized and ready to face the Bangkok madness once again.
By Kelly Harvey
W Bangkok, 106 North Sathorn Rd.
Tel: 02 344 4160
Open daily: 10am-10pm