On the 7th floor of the award-winning Well Hotel Bangkok on Sukhumvit 20, sits the city-chic Well Hotel Spa—where the service is discretion-friendly, the interior is understated luxury, and attention to detail is found in the fashionable décor of limed wood and muted hues.
I arrive for the signature Well Stress Relief Massage which is B2,000 for one hour (or B2,500 for the deluxe 90-minute version), and relax on the sofa as I’m offered fresh roselle juice and a cold pressed hand towel. One of the therapists brings a tray of natural essential oils and asks me to choose two from an impressive selection. The aromatherapy on the menu has the power to de-stress, detox, and boost the immune system. They can also ease common complaints like sunburn, jet lag, and—for party revellers—a hangover. I decide on lavender; a blend that slows aging, improves sleep, and reduces stress, and combine this with orange; to detoxify, boost immunity, and relax.
The treatment room is an integrated, interior designed “suite”, with couple’s massage beds and a chrome, claw-foot and porcelain slipper bathtub that leads to an en-suite shower room. There are twin tub chairs, and a washbowl of floating flower petals with fragrant bergamot slices added to the foot soak. I relax back in my waffle robe and dunk my feet. Lemongrass infused salt crystals are poured into the footbath and my soles are exfoliated, washed, and patted dry.
Khun Kate enquires what type of pressure massage would I prefer… gentle, medium or hard? I ask for medium before de-robbing, and lying tummy-down. The masseuse gives her undivided attention, as her hands work wonders on my upper and lower back, arms, hands, legs, tummy, shoulders, neck, and temples. Khun Kate comes with many years of experience, she has an intuition and hands that locate where knotted muscles harbour and tension lies. Soothing music is playing in the background and the hour floats by. With a whisper in my ear, I’m asked to sit for the final shoulder-easing rub. There is a timeless quality with Khun Kate, she is without hurry or haste as she discreetly slips out of the room and patiently waits to escort me back.
As we make our way back to the refreshments waiting in reception, I feel so well… so noticeably different (to arriving)… and so revitalized. An hour works wonders, and Well treatments are the remedy for those short on time. But if it’s a ‘Rainy Day Pamper’ or a ‘Spa Buffet’ of treatments you’re looking for, Well offers ultimate pampering packages, including a Well Spa Membership with a bounty of benefits for B10,500, special monthly promotions, and their excellent weekend ‘happy hours’ with 50 percent off treatments on the regular menu, between 10am and 3pm.
As any Thailand resident will testify, “there are generic massages… and then there are memorable massages”, like this one. And it’s no surprise Khun Kate is in demand with regular Well Spa clients. It’s rare you find a really special spa therapist that rejuvenates you from head-to-toe in a short space of time. And if one hour feels this good, then three hours must be heaven.
By Sara Honeybell
7F Well Hotel Bangkok
10/3 Sukhumvit Soi 20
Tel: 02 127 5995
Open daily: 10am-10pm