Every once in a while, it’s important to stop, take stock, and allow your body to rest. Perhaps you have spent the last few weeks immersed in work, traveling from one place to the next, or simply overindulging in extracurricular activities.
Last month, I gave myself that chance to recuperate after a hectic month, one that left me tired and somewhat disillusioned. It began with a visit to the Devarana Spa, located in the Dusit Thani Bangkok Hotel. Situated near the intersection of Sala Daeng BTS and Silom MRT stations, this luxury property has been home to this blissful spa for almost two decades, providing guests and locals with an idyllic spot to rehabilitate body and mind. And, at the turn of the new year, Devarana launched a series of special treatments focusing on the special healing properties of flowers.
Lasting two hours, the Divine Floral Remedy package (B3,600++) features a thirty minute Glittering Lotus Body Scrub and a 90 minute oil massage with gold leaves. The former is rich with antioxidants, using skin nourishing extracts from pure gold and lotus petals, whilst also offering protection against UV damage. Meanwhile, the luxuriant oil massage has been designed to promote total wellbeing, leaving visitors utterly blissed out.
I can attest to these bold claims, having spent a glorious morning in this upscale facility. Greeted by the team of welcoming therapists, I’m told that “devarana” literally translates to “garden in heaven” in Thai. Indeed, walking up the grand staircase to the reception’s golden door, it certainly feels as though I’m entering somewhere other-worldly. The decor and airy layout—though tasteful and serene—makes a bold statement, but the result is truly divine. And after two hours of attentive pampering, I start to wonder if I really have died and gone to heaven.
The treatment begins with fragrant scrub, rubbed liberally from shoulders to toes in round, firm strokes. With the brush of her hand, my masseuse washes away the tiredness that clings to my skin following a hectic few weeks, effectively exfoliating and revitalizing my pores. I’m sent to the shower to rinse the glittering scrub away, and discover that my shimmering skin is noticeably smoother.
In the pre-treatment consultation I selected my favourite massage oil and discussed problem areas and pressure preferences with my therapist, resulting in 90 minutes of personalized perfection. But she makes sure to check in on me throughout too, asking if I’m comfortable and whether the temperature in the room is okay for me (it is, thanks to the delightful heated massage table I’m sprawled across).
Each knead into my body is carefully considered, as the knots in my upper back melt away and my mind switches off. The lavender and chamomile oil melts into my skin, tingling the surface and giving it some much needed attention.
I’m eased up and out of my relaxed stance with a shoulder massage, before being led to a calming waiting area for hot tea and dried fruit. In one short morning, I had been brought back to life, ready to take on the new year with a revived body and a relaxed mind.
By Annaliese Watkins
Dusit Thani Bangkok Hotel, 946 Rama IV Rd.
Tel: 02 636 3596 | Open daily: 9am-10pm | www.devaranaspa.com