By Julia Offenberger
Nestled on Sathorn’s much calmer Soi 12, the King & I Boutique Spa offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok’s hectic business district. This stand-alone spa recently opened in March this year, and is the second branch of the family-run business. Following the successful outlet on Sukhumvit Soi 12 which primarily caters to walk-in guests, and tourists, counting a high turnover, the Sathorn branch is designed to offer business people, and local expats an oasis to recover and rejuvenate. The 1956 movie musical The King and I, as well as the saying “the customer is King”, serve as inspiration not only for the name but for the spa’s overall philosophy. Three big golden chairs in the lobby of the boutique spa used for foot scrubs will definitely make guests feel like kings, or queens for that matter. The rest of the spa’s interior is also traditionally Thai—floral tapestries, heavy wooden doors, and pictures of the king lining the walls—standing in contrast to the otherwise modern, concrete jungle that is Sathorn Road.
The spa is comprised of about 30 rooms, with its top floor used as a treatment suite for private gatherings, and another floor specifically dedicated to Thai massages. Their signature treatment, however, is the deep tissue King & I Oil Massage (B1500/60min, B2000/90min, B2600/120min). It literally includes the whole body, as even the stomach and chest receive optional, light massaging. The massage is quite thorough and particularly beneficial for sport people, and those suffering from neck, and back pain. By thoroughly kneading the muscles, and working rice bran oil into the skin, the treatment helps to untie knots, and release tensions. Towards the end, some bending and stretching, inherent to a classical Thai massage, is incorporated into the treatment.
The smooth rice bran oil is organically extracted in Thailand, and it’s neutral in scent and one of the least allergenic—a good option for those suffering from sensitive skin, or feeling overwhelmed with the strong fragrance during a treatment. While those who enjoy the benefits of different essential oils, including lavender, gold, and lemongrass, should opt for the lighter Aromatherapy Oil Massage (B1900/60min, B2600/120min). To celebrate the spa’s recent opening, customers receive 50 percent off of most treatments. In addition, there’s currently a special promotion from Monday to Thursday on the Oil & Aroma Treatment (B750/90min).
King & I Boutique Spa
199/1 Sathorn Neua Rd. Soi 12
Tel: 02 635 4772
Open daily: 10am-11pm