I too often hear the word “oasis” used to describe spas, but with Bangkok’s The Oasis Spa on Sukhumvit Soi 31, I discover the true meaning. My day begins being chauffeur driven from the Phrom Phong BTS station, to arrive at one of a collection of exquisite day-spas (housed in a former VIP residence, hidden away on Subsoi 4). As I approach the entrance I am met by the gracious Khun Paptawan, who warmly welcomes me into this historic haven.
I’m served up sweet ginger tea that warms from the inside-out as I name my personal pampering preferences. I’ve chosen The Coco Mango Treatment (B3,900), which lasts a luxurious 2.5 hours (until May 31st, 2017, bring a companion and get a second Coco Mango Treatment at 50 percent off).
As I recline on one of many stylish sofas arranged in the lounge, the vibe is understated luxe meets colonial-chic; from the deep-green silks fashioned by staff, to the grassy gardens outside. The décor is traditional Lanna style, derived from the North of Thailand, with design details and a level of discretion reserved for high-end boutique hotels and spas.
Outside, lawns and landscaped pools please the eye, relax the soul, and lead me to one of twelve chalk white villas which are private sanctuaries. Each villa is framed by lotus ponds, with landscapes leading to antique wooden doors decorated with oriental tassels. Inside the villa twin massage beds await. A carved wooden box for storing precious items under lock and key sits on one, while infinite cream cushions are laid on sofas. Each villa also leads onto an alfresco bathing area, complete with oversize spa tub and hot sauna.
My treatment begins with an indulgent body scrub of Shea butter, coconut butter, mango, coconut beads, and rice grains. The tropical scented ingredients are swept over my skin leaving me invigorated, polished and smooth. I am then wrapped up in a fragrant cocooning body wrap as the oil—hypnotic and sweet to my senses—soaks in. After my body is buffed, I’m invited to bathe under a hot shower in my private garden. This is followed by the Guinot facial treatment, which is suitable for sensitive skin types. I am deeply lulled as the therapist lays a hot cloth over my temples and pumices pressure points. I am told the staff undergoes training for several months, and they certainly know their pressure points from their meridians.
The last delicious course on the pampering menu is the coconut oil body massage. The hot oil is warmed in a burner before application—deeply soothing skin and soul, not to mention melting knotted muscles. The treatment is tailored to my requirements, meeting and exceeding my needs. The therapist completes the treatment with me sitting and stretching, I am buffed, beautiful, relaxed, and rejuvenated. I step off the bed with a pep in my step and bathe outside. Back in the lounge, refreshing tea and cubed fruit canapés are served up. And as I step up and step out, as a finishing touch the chauffeur drives me back to Sukhumvit Road, complements of the spa.
This secret oasis offers retreat and restoration for a day. I can step into this world anytime and experience head to toe pampering, all without having to leave the city. It truly is a hidden gem.
By Sara Honeybell
The Oasis Spa
64 Soi Sawasdee, Sukhumvit Soi 31
Open daily: 10am-10pm |Tel: 02 262 2122