If you spend most of your time in Bangkok on the eastern side of the Chao Praya river, it’s easy to forget about the attractions across the water. Suffice to say, a session at the Peninsula Spa in Klongsan makes the trip across the bridge entirely worthwhile.
Throughout, opulence is fused seamlessly with a relaxed, welcoming approach – en route to the treatment room, the hotel’s grand interiors give way to an outdoor walkway that snakes along the pool. The suite is even more impressive – a walk-in sauna and bath prepared in advance.
There are a range of massage and facials to choose from but it all starts with a foot-cleansing ritual, conducted by a softly spoken masseuse with a virtual shopping trolley of scented oils.
The holistic body massage is B3800 while the facials treatments start at B2700 – the attention to detail justifies the price tag. It’s all custom-designed – the focus of the massage as well as the scented oils used – but begins with a bowl of eucalyptus oil under the nose. The oils, combined with some truly impressive technique, deliver that toe-curling sensation of hot and cold at the same time, conjuring a feeling of deep-seated relaxation and weightlessness that goes all the way to the eyeballs. It’s a remarkable experience and an absolute highlight among treatments available in Bangkok.
The Peninsula Spa
The Peninsula Bangkok, 333 Charoennakorn Rd 02-626-1946 | peninsula.com | 9am-9.30pm