The idyllic scenery, azure blue seas and pristine coastline makes Phuket one of the most popular beach destinations to visit. There is plenty to do in the area from the exhilarating to the deeply relaxing. Eco-adventures in the tropical forests, speed boat trips and diving are all perfect for adrenaline junkies while those who like to take their holidays at a slower pace may prefer to spend their time lounging on the beach sunbathing, watching the exquisite sunset as night falls or perhaps even enjoying a blissful time at the spa.
It’s not just the beautiful and tranquil surroundings that make Phuket the ideal place to indulge in some me time at one of their fine spas. Thailand is renowned for its exceptional massage treatments and spa traditions and many would say Phuket boasts the finest spas in Thailand.
Traditional Thai massage involves manipulating the body and moving it into a variety of yogic-style positions to free up movement and release muscle tension. It’s not like the typical Swedish massage where you lie still and have your muscles kneaded. Thai massage is much more physical and dynamic. It is a superb way to address muscular problems and will substantially ease tension. Thai massage can be very rejuvenating, though the overall effect is balancing. Of course That massage is readily available in Phuket but there are softer more gentle types of massage too, in fact there is something to suit everyone.
Most Thai spas also offer beauty treatments but with much more indulgence and luxury than elsewhere. For example a hair cut and style also includes a full head and neck massage.
If massage or beauty treatments aren’t your thing then you may want to opt for a body scrub or wrap which are freshly made to suit your specific skin type and use a range of beautiful traditional ingredients such as kaffir lime, turmeric, sea salt, mud, tropical fruits, honey and oils so you’ll not only be left will delightfully smooth skin but will smell wonderful too.
Hyrdrotherapy is very popular in Thai spas, allowing you to recline back in warm soothing waters between treatments or while away the hours after all the pampering has been done. Steam and sauna rooms are also perfect to relax in and let all your stress slip away. Reflexology, shiatsu and acupressure are available and can help with a number of health problems as well as feeling blissful.
Day experiences that combine a number of treatments and allow you to enjoy the beautiful setting of the spa are very popular and a wonderful way to unwind and really indulge all your senses.
There are a number of fabulous spas in Phuket that will guarantee a memorable experience, however if you’re after the best you can’t beat Spa by Burasari, Coqoon Spa in Indigo Pearl, So Thai Spa, Duangjitt Resort & Spa and Sukko Spa. The rejuvenating and detoxifying elements of spa treatments are the ideal way to combat jetlag and ensure that you come back from your holiday feeling renewed and revitalised.
Spa by Burasari
Named after a beautiful yet powerful local flower which forms the basis for many of the treatments, Spa by Burasari is much more than a basic spa. The well-trained and experienced therapists will provide advice and guidance that you can use back home and add to your daily routine. This is a great opportunity for those who want to improve their overall health and well-being. There is a focus on balancing the mind as well as the body and a full list of treatments are available ranging from purification rituals to manicures to 2-3 day detoxification packages labelled the Life Changing Experience.
Based at the exquisite Indigo Pearl Hotel, Coqoon SPA combines cutting-edge luxury with traditional decadence and a stunning scenic backdrop. The cosy tree house Coqoon rooms, intimate private treatment rooms and luxury spa suites all make it a truly memorable experience. The spa is perfect for romantic couples, friendship groups or a little indulgent treat for the solo traveller. The impressive treatment list involves traditional treatments such a variety of Thai massage options and a Thai herbal compress massage as well as a full list of facial treatments, exfoliants, beauty packages and hand and feet treats. There are packages for couples, expectant mothers and those who want to indulge in traditional Thai healing rituals or other sumptuous options.
So Thai Spa
With branches in London and Bangkok as well as the elegant Phuket outlet, So Thai are very accomplished and renowned. The So Thai is clean, professional and modern, offering a range of treatments from Thai Yoga massage to Swedish massage with a number of packages on offer too such as the healing, relaxation or luxury packages that combine a number of treatments that last from 2 to 4 hours. The treatment options are fewer than some of the other spas and the setting less dramatic than spas such as Coqoon, however it’s very reasonable priced and offers very professional treatments.
Duangjitt Resort & Spa
The setting of the Duangjitt resort & Spa is what makes it so unique. It’s a short walk from the beach and is set in 35 acres of stunning gardens. The Wimarn spa offers modern Thai massage, crystal spa therapy treatments, aromatic massage, body scrubs and spa facials. It also has a beauty salon with a range of treatments available and a fitness suite which is exclusively available to spa and hotel guests. The tropical garden setting of the spa has been landscaped to match the stunning scenery that surrounds it.
If you are after a more traditional Thai spa experience then the Sukko Spa focuses on the ancient rituals and therapies that the region is famed for. It uses ancient traditional herbs and ancient Thai medical practises in a rich range of forty different packages that last between 2 and 4 hours. All of the ingredients used in the treatments are completely natural without any chemical or synthetic additions, making it a truly unique spa experience.
So if you are drawn to Phuket with its exquisite smooth sandy beaches, beautiful tropical climate, stunning scenery and delightful cuisine then adding a day at the spa or a single well-chosen treatment could transform a wonderful holiday into your best holiday yet.