For me, the first sign of a good spa is how successfully it shuts out the outside world; whether you remain aware of what lies beyond its walls, or somehow slip into a place where not much else matters and time ticks by a little slower. Spa Cenvaree achieves this division with aplomb, placing guests amidst the busy bustle of the Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel lobby in one moment, and immersed in the calm wellness facility the next.
In sharp contrast to the contemporary reception, with its clashing colours and modern art installations, the spa welcomes guests with neutral shades, luxurious décor, and warm lighting. It’s a soothing space and one that perfectly sets the tone for the blissful hours ahead. As you’re led to the sumptuous treatment room through a hallway lit by lanterns, you truly feel a world away from the everyday.
Situated in a four-star hotel, just a ten minute walk from Chit Lom BTS station, Cenvaree benefits from the same quality and luxuriousness as it’s five star peers, but at considerably lower price points. I indulged in the 90-minute Instant Revival, a steal at B1,600 when compared to the other relaxation rivals in the city.
The treatment began with a foot soak in neem tea infused water—an ingredient used for its purported anti-septic qualities—before moving on to a gentle citrus sea salt scrub to remove dead skin cells. Once horizontal, the sounding of a soft bell sent signals to my mind to switch off, and for my muscles to relax before the masseuse began the application of a cleansing body polish. Visitors have a wide choice of exfoliating lotions to choose from, but I recommend the aromatic passion fruit scrub, rubbed liberally from head to toe in firm, round strokes. As the scrub sets, my skin tingles and I can almost feel the city smog and stresses of life being buffed away.
A quick shower and I’m ready for round two: an hour long aloe vera oil massage, with a focus on the body areas outlined during my arrival consultation. Each touch and push is carefully considered by my masseuse, who uses her fingers and thumbs to knead out the knots and encourage circulation. The oil melts into my pores and once again that cooling sensation tingles across my skin, energizing and enlivening from the surface down.
When the bell sounds once more, it’s a signal that the treatment is over. I’m eased up and out of my relaxed stance with a hot towel press against my back before being led to the dedicated post-massage zone. Here, I’m given a heated neck pillow to relieve any remaining muscle tension, as well as a soothing cup of herbal tea and a rare Thai dessert biscuit.
For those looking for a little luxury in their next spa visit (without the five-star price tag), this affordable gem is certainly worth a look.
by Annaliese Watkins
567 Ratchapraprop Rd.
Tel: 02 625 1234
Open daily: 10am-11pm