The setting and interior of the Mandara Spa at the Royal Orchid Sheraton are relaxing enough on their own. Overlooking the Chao Praya River, the spa’s furnishings include a leafy green Thai garden, creating a tropical atmosphere only a stone’s throw from the concrete chaos of Charoenkrung Rd.
But the experience is just beginning. If you spend enough time at swanky spas in nice hotels the quality of treatments tends to average out at something that could be characterised as ‘pretty good’. The Mandara’s signature fourhand massage (B400 for 60 minutes), though, is singularly excellent. Two masseuses, working in perfect synchronicity, are definitely more than the sum of their parts, delivering an epic blast of intense relaxation.
It’s not easy to explain the effect. Suffice to say that if you’ve paid lip service to the new-agey mantras that claim ‘the whole body is connected by a single energy’, having two masseuses working in tandem makes that stuff a whole lot more persuasive. In a way that one masseuse working alone never could, the head-to-toe double act is able work the feet and shoulders at the same time, triggering sensation at both ends.
If you have one massage this month – or this year – spring for the four-hand option. But be warned, you may not be able to go back to the standard two-hander.
The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, 2 Captain Bush Lane, New Road
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