Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Asoke, the tranquil little shelter of Lavana Bangkok is a destination in and of itself. The groups that often fill the reception area suggest just how popular a place it is among tourists, but even celebrities are drawn to its warming embrace —the famous Rain, also known as the King of K-Pop, paid a visit when he brought his show to Bangkok.
Minimal décor keeps the spa looking neat and tidy. Right at the door, its ambiance exudes relaxation. The corridors are brightened with elegant Asian crafts, such as kimonos, sculptures, and stone carvings. There are 48 treatment rooms, each filled out with similar imagery and with its own shower room.
As well as a variety of impeccable massages, Lavana offers very reasonable prices. Thai massage, for instance, starts at less than B1000. There numerous packages to choose from, each of which comes with a variety of treatments: body massages and scrubs, head massages, facial scrubs, and relaxing foot massages. The six-hour long Lavana Celadon (B5170 or B5440 for oil massage with an herbal ball) is as pleasant a way as any to fill half of a day. The package includes a facial, head and foot massages, a body scrub, and an aromatic oil massage. In between treatments, guests are served drinks and light snacks. The herbal ball the masseuse uses is made daily in Lavana’s own workshop, which is located inside the spa; other tools and ingredients used for treatments come from this workshop, too.
For those with less time on their hands, the Thai Massage and Herbal Ball (90 min/B940, 120 min/ B1050) treatment is a good choice. It starts with a traditional Thai massage, with the therapist moving from your back to your arms and legs. Then, a heated herbal ball, made of Thai herbs wrapped in a cotton cloth, is pressed along the body’s meridians to relieve muscle pain and promote the flow of energy. The treatment ends with light stretching, which leaves you feeling loose.
Drop by the shopping corner before you leave to pick up souvenirs, such as aromatic oils, homemade soaps, ceramics, and herbal products — lovely little reminders of your visit, whether on a trip from abroad or simply a retreat from the day-to-day grind.
4 Sukhumvit 12, Sukhumvit Rd | 0 2229 4510-12 | lavanabangkok.com