To be at an expansive beach in Phuket, Krabi or Phang Nga is an alluring affair. And, it gets even more captivating when you pair your visit with any of the wellness experiences that only Thailand can offer. If you’re looking for a rejuvenating getaway that’s immersive and riveting, then these 5 wellness experiences should be on your itinerary.
This secluded paradise has long been one of the most favoured luxury wellness destinations in Thailand. With plush all-pool villas perched atop saltwater lagoons shadowed by verdant greenery, Banyan Tree epitomises serenity right from the get-go. Think pristine white sands of Bang Tao Beach, a golf course within minutes from the property, or even the six restaurants and two bars of international repute here. The epitome of calm, however, resides within The Sanctuary Spa at Banyan Tree Phuket. Often touted as the best of its kind in the nation, this private retreat celebrates natural and native ingredients to bring forth an exotic blend of ancient health and beauty practices, including the country’s signature Traditional Thai Massage. For this, three signature spa experiences pamper–Chevit (to release tension and stress), Cheva (to rejuvenate skin), and Royal Banyan (to improve blood circulation and ease muscle aches by blending Eastern and Western massage techniques).
2. Six Senses Yao Noi, Phang-nga
Nestled amid spectacular seascapes, Six Senses Yao Noi sets the stage to be closer to nature. While the clear waters of the Andaman archipelago are ideal for boating, the untouched countryside of Koh Yao Noi island promises a lesson in conscious travelling. Mountain biking, island hopping tours, underwater diving, Muay Thai lessons and boxing classes complete the luxury wellbeing offerings here.
Those looking for conventional wellness holidays, however, can trust The Six Senses Spa village to help unwind. Located on a lush tropical hillside, the 10 spa treatment rooms here rely on natural and ethically sourced products to bring locally-inspired practices to the massage table. The biggest pull here, however, is the use of smart technology to gauge one’s health, movements, and sleep patterns to customise treatments centred on specific ailments and needs.
3. Amatara Wellness Resort, Phuket
Located on Phuket’s southern tip, Amatara Wellness Resort crafts the ideal setting for experiencing leisure and wellness in equal amounts. While the professional physiotherapists here utilise a range of manual and assisted techniques to offer a holistic balance of the body, a dedicated team of professional fitness trainers excel at both private and group sessions. A chock-o-block wellness calendar assures healing all day, every day, courtesy expert instructional classes available in Muay Thai, Pilates, traditional yoga, personal training, water exercise, mountain biking, and beach sports. Follow up the high-intensity workouts with their bouquet of holistic treatments that provide a broader perspective on healing. Each range from options like detox, weight loss, stress management, depression treatment, combating insomnia or rebalancing energy.
4. Pimalai Resort and Spa, Krabi
Of the many luxury wellness destinations in Thailand, this one’s probably the most lavish one. Spread across 100 acres of lush forests, Krabi’s Pimalai Resort and Spa is extravagance galore. Literally translating to ‘a little patch of heaven,’ this paradisiacal space embodies just that. A laidback tropical vibe permeates through the resort, with each of the 121 rooms here perched 60 to 80 metres above sea level amid serene rainforests, uninterrupted ocean views and all-around privacy.
Adding to this natural setting is a range of activities: two infinity pools, a PADI-certified dive centre, Muay Thai classes, tennis matches, and rejuvenating spa therapies at the signature Pimalai Spa—which has three double treatment rooms, four single treatment rooms, a steam room, and an outdoor jacuzzi! Lovers of the outdoors can sign up for snorkelling excursions, private boat rentals, a mangrove eco-tour and healing forest walks.
This wellness haven—located within the park-like Laguna Resort at Bangtao beach—is an abode of blissful serenity. Expect personalised spa treatments in abundance, bow-tied with a Zen vibe second to none. While the surrounding white sands and lagoons serve as the ideal segue to slip into calm, the signature Oasis spa rituals promise complete relaxation. Each of the eight spacious treatment villas here—all of which overlook the lagoons—come equipped with private outdoor showers and Thai herbal steam rooms.
Source: Travel and Leisure India
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