Majestic Hua Hin property focuses on health and wellness
Although overnight stays in one of the eight über-luxurious rooms at Hua Hin’s renowned Barai Suites feature such extravagances as daily massages, and aromatherapy steams and milk baths in your suite, you can also simply visit the Barai Spa itself and experience all that this iconic facility has to offer. Located within the grounds of the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin resort, this spectacular 4.5 acre beachfront retreat provides a truly unforgettable spa experience.
This is very much in keeping with the needs of the new breed of wellness travelers who seek a spiritual, even sacred element to counteract the stresses of 21st century urban life. The Barai has recently launched a well-designed health and fitness concept that can help guests create lasting, positive change in their lives. Modern technology is combined with simple and effective bespoke programs created around the three pillars of good health—rest and relaxation, exercise and healthy nutrition.Majestic Thai-designed architecture, based on Khmer temples, is one of the highlights here and inspires an otherworldly spiritual calm. Lofty domed ceilings inset with star shaped skylights invoke memories of the hammam, while each treatment room comes with an outer pool courtyard for showering and relaxing. Alcoves are set along the maze of richly coloured corridors containing large sculptures, wavy raked sand, and in one case a trippy wall of red mirror tiles.
I dropped in for an afternoon starting with a Healthy Lifestyle Consultation including body composition analysis (B1,500/45min). This is a very useful part of any health program as it shows where you have too much or little fat, your bone density and so on, which helps you make goals and then measure results. I learnt that I am very fit and healthy apart from needing to lose seven kilos, interestingly the exact amount I want to lose.
I followed this with Customized Thai Herbal Compress (B3,700), a 90 minute mix of heated herbal compressing and expertly delivered oil massage which was deeply relaxing and helped with my aches and pains. I knew I was in good hands with my calm friendly therapist Dao. There is an extensive menu of other treatments, starting at B1,200, and spa packages ranging from two to four hours. All guests to the spa and suites can use the elegant day spa with sauna, steam, healthy drinks and snacks and luxury amenities.
If you do decide to opt for a stay in one of the residential suites, one night with breakfast, yoga, and massage will set you back B19,600 per night, but the three day programs start at just B19,800, as they offer “free nights” when a program is booked in combination with a suite. These packages include all food, consultations, treatments, fitness sessions, and even a personal butler. In total there are five packages to choose from focusing on fitness, unwinding, weight loss, cleansing or yoga, lasting three to seven days.
In keeping with the focus on wellness, signature healthy meals are served at the nearby McFarland House,
a historic, airy 19th century pavilion overlooking a stretch of white sand beach and the waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Thai and Western style tapas and indulgent desserts are also available, along with a wide range of alcoholic drinks. Pre-dinner cocktails and snacks are served in the evening to guests. By Victoria Kirkwood
91 Hua Hin-Khao Takiab Rd.
Tel: 03 251 1234
Open daily: 10am-9pm