The Centara Grand may be right in the bustling heart of Bangkok but high above the chaos of Sukhumvit, the Cenvaree Spa is an oasis of calm. You may be 25 floors up but that doesn’t prevent the outdoor terraces cultivating a lush, jungle-like environment – a pleasant, tropical distraction from the tangle of concrete far below.
For anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting a high-end spa in Thailand, the interior will be familiar enough, furnished in dark teak wood and perfumed with hints of jasmine and sandalwood. There are many details that contribute to an enjoyable spa experience and, at the Cenvaree, the spacious dressing rooms are certainly part of the package, fitted out with a warm bath – for before or after treatments.
The selection here is vast. If you really need to relax, try the evocatively named Salt Pot Muscles Melter (B2800 for 90 min), which is designed to flush all traces of tension from a tired frame. However, it’s hard to get past the Thai Harmony Four Hands Massage (B3000 for 90 min) which involves two expert Thai therapists working in unison. It’s undoubtedly more than the sum of its parts, delivering a feeling of intense relaxation.
Another alternative is the Shirobhyanga, or Indian Head Massage (B1200 for 60 mins). Often during treatments, after the back and legs and have been kneaded into putty, it’s the light finish on the neck and scalp that is most effective. Here, you have the opportunity to extend that for an entire hour. Very tempting, indeed.
A visit to Cenvaree is a remarkable salve for the stresses that build up in Bangkok – after an hour or so soaking up the benefits, you’ll not want to leave.
Cenvaree at Centara Grand
25F Centara Grand at CentralWorld, 999/99 Rama 1 Rd
0 2769 1234 | spacenvaree.com