Secreted deep inside Sukhumvit Soi 31, a soi not short on high-end day spas, the less than one-year-old So Thai Spa certainly has its work cut out. That said, while its garden townhouse setting isn’t as spectacular as some of its neighbours, it beats most of them hands down in the price department. Run by Oliver O’Dell and his wife Khun Siratikarn, it’s the second branch of an ambitious, rapidly expanding day spa group that has its flagship in London’s well-to-do Fulham area.
Regular spa goers will know it’s warm, exotic, modern look well. So Thai, it is. Think parquet floors, teak wood carvings and treatment beds festooned in silk runners. There are five rooms, all of them doubles with private shower and toilet facilities, and there are more on the way. While none of this is going to set the local spa scene alight, there is a bonus that you don’t come across very often – an outdoor swimming pool that you can take a dip in – plus, more importantly, some solid massage technique at play here.
For the best-selling Thai aromatherapy massage (B1,250 for one hour) that we picked, our masseuse’s smooth strokes and focused kneading had us in a delightful, dreamy haze during it, and left us feeling refreshed and supple, not to mention smelling like a lavender pouch, after it. According to Khun Siratikarn, the masseuses are encouraged to use their own style and adapt it for each customer – a risky approach, but one that appears to be paying off. Other options range from reflexology to hot herbal presses and Swedish massages, the most exotic treatment in here being the four hands. All add up to a comfortingly familiar treatment list that is less flamboyant and out-to-dazzle than many of its competitors, but expertly executed and very satisfying nonetheless.
Should you wish to prolong the pleasure, packages are available. With the website currently listing a four hour Full Spa package for just B1,999, for example, these are great value and put the eye-watering prices at many other day spas to shame. Look out for forthcoming So Thai spa expansions here in the city as well as down in Phuket.
So Thai Spa
269 Sukhumvit Soi 31 | 02-662-2691 | sothaispa.com