The best spas have one thing in common: you feel more relaxed the moment you arrive. The ability to subliminally relax customers, even before the treatment begins, is central to their success and popularity. And Thai spas seem to have a preternatural ability to do this more effectively than others – Le Spa at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit is no exception. Everything from the softly spoken staff, the traditional but low-key decor and the soothing whistle of the house music combines for a pleasant effect.
In terms of the treatments, there’s a more expansive choice than at most places. It’s structured like a restaurant menu, divided into starters, main and desserts – as well as specials. Within that, there are ‘revisited classics’, ‘international favourites’ and ‘local specialities’. As usual, the prices vary depending on how long you have to spare and self-indulgent you’re feeling. You can get a Swedish massage (B2500 for 60 min) or go all the way with a French Silhouette treatment designed to reshape your physique (B17300) over six sessions.
For men, the Desktop Recovery (B2500 for 60 min) is a wonderfully effective stress relief, restoring energy through all over muscle-kneading and the use of warm herbal cushions.
Le SPA with L’Occitane
Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, 189 Sukhumvit Rd |02-126-9999 | sofitel-sukhumvit.com