Chiva-Som: After two decades, Chiva-Som (73/4 Petchkasem Rd) remains at the forefront of the wellness brigade in Thailand. The resort itself offers 58 rooms for overnighters, but there’s also a staggering 70 treatment rooms—including a kinesis studio, a kneipp bath, and a sauna—for those interested in rejuvenating themselves inside and out. The resort offers extensive physiotherapy, fitness, spa, and holistic health facilities, where ancient therapies of the East come together with new Western techniques. What’s more, the award-winning cuisine served here makes use of fresh fruits and vegetables organically grown in the on-site garden.
Let’s Relax: Since opening its first branch in Chiang Mai almost 20 years ago, Let’s Relax has expanded widely, and there are now outlets across Thailand (234/1 Phetkasem Rd. in Hua Hin). Their signature treatment, the Aromatic Hot Stone Massage, uses heated volcanic stones and warm oils to take your massage to another level. Other popular treatments include the classics—Thai massage, aromatherapy, foot massage, facials, and a floral bath—but they also offer reflexology and a special Four Hands massage. The time has come, so “let’s relax”!
NOORA SPA: Meaning “illumination” in Arabic, Noora Spa (63/411 Moo Baan Nong Kae) fittingly offers treatments culled from North African and Indian heritages, as it is part of the Marrakesh Resort. The spa is accordingly designed in contemporary Moroccan style, filled out with seven treatment rooms including Jacuzzi and steam options. Highlights are the Moroccan Hammam Bath experience, featuring Arabian beauty rituals using Argan oil, and the Radiant Massage, in which fragrance-infused candles and natural gold powder are slowly melted together, leaving the skin soft and aglow.
V Spa: Offering a mix of traditional and contemporary treatments, V Spa (63/39 Petchkasem Rd) offers many tantalizing treatments, including the signature V Balancing Massage, which uses a combination of shiatsu and Thai massage techniques—as well as reflexology and soothing aromatic herbal oils—to relieve stress, soothe sore muscles, and improve well-being on the whole. Other intriguing treatments include the Apple Stem Cell Anti-Aging Facial Therapy, as well as many kinds of fruit scrubs. For a more active way to heal, the resort and spa offers yoga, Tai Chi, and Thai boxing classes each day.