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Absolute Heaven : Phuket Spa Guide

April 18, 2010

Aside from the amazing cultural heritage, to-die-for shopping, distinctive mouthwatering cuisine and tropical climate, Thailand is blessed with a unique attribute that has cemented its reputation as a preferred destination: its people. Warm and welcoming, the “Land of Smiles” is unparalleled, greeting with a beautiful “wai” and making sure each guest feels right at home.

It is no wonder that such factors and especially this sense of hospitality – found only in Thailand – translates flawlessly into the spa and wellness experience. Apart from the kind hospitality, Thailand is endowed with herbs and serene sanctuaries that provide the guests with many indulging retreats such as herbal streams, hot herbal compress or traditional Thai massage. The world renowned Thai massage illustrates the distinctive culture and exotic heritage, where each style reflects different characteristics and massage techniques such as the Royal Thai massage, the Commoner Thai Massage and the Lanna Thai massage. Just as Thailand is a melange of cultural influences, here you can find Ayurvedic treatments from India, Chinese acupressure and homegrown “Thai Boran” ancient Thai massage techniques. Every desire is brought to soothing fruition, from rejuvenation to relaxation to detoxification, in the most elegant and natural settings.

When you want to unplug from the world and replenish your health, sometimes you nhave to find a special place that offers plenty of “Me Time” with soothing treatments along with programmes of meditation, yoga and mental equilibrium. These destination spas in Phuket represent the very best of the best. On the island jewel of the Andaman, Phuket hosts the flagship Banyan Tree Spa of Banyan Tree. This is a must-visit for spa enthusiasts visiting Phuket : a holstic approach to traditional Eastern healing therapies administered in a luxurious sanctuary of the senses, including open-air spa pavilions. For the ultimate indulgence, the Banyan Harmony massage is conducted by two therapists who work in uncanny unison : by the time head and feet are massaged simultaneously, the sense of utter bliss may be overwhelming. Another highlight is the Thai Traditions menu, which offers treatments with local zest to both men and women.

Banyan Tree Spa, Phuket

In the midst of just 62 exclusive private pool villas and pool villa suites the Six Sense Destination Spa Phuket offers a complete immersion in contemporary and holistic treatments, presented in a very private, pristine tropical sanctuary. Programmes at this premiere island destination begin following an in-depth diagnostic evaluation. Therapies have been inspired by a blend of Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Thai disciplines. All aromatic oils, scrubs and wraps are performed with signature Six Senses spa products. The fitness programmes – often decribed as groundbreaking – include kinesis training, postural enhancement, and oxygen fitness therapy. Meanwhile, guests dine on the freshest spa cuisine at the interactive earth kitchen or raw food restaurant overlooking the stunning Phang Nga bay.

Another blissful retreat , Sukko Cultural Spa & Wellness is a contemporary Thai realm set amidst six acres of a luxuriously landscaped tropical forest, and has also been called the “Abode of Bliss”. The 5-star spa provides a blend of tradtional Thai customs and wisdom derived from ancient Siam. Massage treatments are based on Thai-Ayurvedic principles using only natural herbs and extracts. The spa also offers half- and full-day Cultural Wellbeing programmes, which include lessons in Thai massage, cooking, and fruit and vegetable carving. Sukko which translates to “abundant happiness” certainly lives up to its name.

Sukko Cultural Spa & Wellness, Phuket

Phuket also offers some impressive resort/spa combos. the Aleenta PhuketHotel is mind-blowingly beautiful and its spa has the facilities to match. Float into heaven with treatmenst from the extensive spa menu, like the Earth and Sea in the sky package that includes a salt scrub, a wrap of sea minerals and rare Thai herbs, a floral bath and Hawaiian massage. Or go for the After Sun Healer package to restore your skin after a long day sunbathing. Alternatively pamper your abused-by-the-keybord fingers with a spa manicure package. Aleenta Hotel & Spa, Phuket

Body and Mind Day Spa in Phuket offers discerning visitors a spa experinece without the ludicrous price tag. Decorated in a contemporary style, the spa has treatments that specialise in Oriental healing therapies such as the Thai foot massage, along with treatmenst using the Jurlique range of therapeutic products which are fairly hard to find in this part of the world. For visiting couples, the spa has a range of candlelight promotions to choose from.

Body & Mind Spa, Phuket

Life in the modern metropolis can be extremely hectic to the point of nerve-fraying. When time is of the essence, convenience is the key. Luckily there are retreats of calm, waiting for a welcome moment of Zen.

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