From the moment we meet, it’s clear how passionate Min Nunthaphivat is about her new wellness venture. With a background in banking, the launch of Prim Nurture Retreats, located within the upscale Metropole Hotel is quite the departure from her corporate past. But whilst this financial acumen is sure to come in handy in her role as managing director of the spa, Min is more than just the numbers girl.
Situated at the top end of Thong Lor, at New Petchaburi Road, both the luxury wellness retreat and the hotel it sits in have only recently opened their doors. Doors that lead into a space a world away from the traffic-logged street outside and into a space that goes above and beyond the average spa.
At Prim, you’ll find that every corner has been thoughtfully designed and presented by Min and her interior designer. From the pearlescent cup and saucer which holds my soothing herbal tea, to the magnificent spiral staircase leading to the foot massage mezzanine, there’s a certain style here that’s often missing in hotel spas.
This attention to detail continues in the hand-chosen product line. Using 100 percent certified organic products, each oil, scrub, and lotion has been selected for its natural, nourishing quality, and applied by hands that have been professionally trained.
The experience—the 190-minute Absolute Prim’s Treatment (B4,900)—begins with me selecting my preferred oil and scrub. As Min tells me, this choice reveals a lot about a person’s current mood and my being drawn to the lemongrass and lime aromas indicates a certain lethargy.
I’m then primed with a Soothe and Smooth Body Scrub (B1,200). From my shoulders to my toes, it’s a rigorous treatment, effectively exfoliating my parched skin. The process takes around 30 minutes, and when it’s over, after washing the scrub away with a quick shower, I discover that my skin feels noticeably smoother and firmer.
A full body aromatic massage follows and the skilled masseuse tirelessly works away at the desk-work induced knots in my upper back. Though the pressure is firm, I’m no less relaxed, safe in the knowledge that it’s doing my aching muscles the world of good.
This leaves my skin ready for the Himalayan thermal compress. In a treatment that’s new to me, the massage utilizes heated clay pots filled with Himalayan salts to promote blood circulation and relax muscle tension. As the pot gently rolls across my back, the heat is comforting while the sound of the crystals rotating inside is strangely relaxing.
The final component to my long, luxurious afternoon is an anti-ageing facial. Combining the hydrating and youth-boosting effects of jojoba, apricot, and Sericin silk protein, the process is both cooling and rejuvenating. The anti-ageing qualities are further boosted by the use of Guasa Acupressure, a process which uses jade crystals to apply targeted pressure around the eyes, nose and mouth. Like most anti-ageing treatments, you are unlikely to leave looking ten years younger, but regular care and attention using natural tools such as these can only have a positive effect. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with a little “me time” now and then, and where better to do that than Prim?
By Annaliese Watkins
Prim Nurture Retreats
GF, Metropole The Crest Collection, 2802 New Petchaburi Rd.
Tel: 02 716 5800 | Open daily: 10am-10pm | www.facebook.com/primthonglorspa