If staggering panoramas weren’t enough to relax you, a choice of Thai-inspired treatments using local ingredients will having you zen-and-zoned out in a jiffy
Worn out with all that sightseeing? Then pamper yourself silly at one of the best spa retreats in Asia, says Luxe City Guides
Once you’re ticked off Southeast Asia’s sweeping shorelines and lush hinterlands, trekked its temples and wished away your waistline with mouthwatering local flavours, it’s time to rejuvenate. Lucky for you, you’re in spa central; the region has an array of superb sanctuaries spanning all-natural retreats and inner-city oases to serious medi-spas. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing massage, quick ‘refresher’ or complete overhaul, there are plenty of options to have you looking and feeling tip-top. Robes on!
With its emphasis on wide-ranging therapies matched by stellar service amid postcard-pretty surroundings, there’s a reason Thailand is considered number one among spa aficionados. In the country’s verdant Mae Rim Valley, the idyllic Four Seasons Chiang Mai reigns over the rice paddies and its spa is hands-down the best in the north. If staggering panoramas of endless green weren’t enough to send you floating into a sound slumber, a choice of Thai-inspired treatments using local ingredients will having you zen-and-zoned out in a jiffy. Opt for a medicinal herbal steam using lemongrass and wild lime to remedy muscle aches, eliminate toxins, leaving your skin as soft as a Ratchaphruek petal.
If you’d rather gaze out over the glittering Andaman, swan south to tee-pee dotted Keemala, sitting pretty in a pocket of rainforest, away from heaving Patong. Jungly Mala Spa has eight dedicated chambers, an aromatherapy tub, rain showers infused with tropical fragrances, an ozone-filtered dipper plus a toe-tingling menu of holistic cures incorporating local plants and cruelty-free ingredients. A highlight is the intriguing raindrop healing treatment, during which aromatherapy oils are dripped from height onto your body, somewhat like, rain. Wellness is firmly at the centre of the Mala philosophy so book a one-on-one consultation with its expert inhouse or visiting practitioners.
When visiting one of Asia’s concrete jungles and desperate for a date with the massage table, fret not – you’ll find plenty of chic spa saviours. Take Singapore’s decidedly dapper Remede Spa at The St Regis; the ultimate antidote to bustling Orchard Road hosts a dreamy heated marble wet lounge, Arabian rasul and bespoke beautifying. Not only can you soothe shoppers shoulder with a customised massage, but digit darling Bastien Gonzalez’s Pedi:Mani:Cure treats trampled toes with combined podiatric and pedicure pampering. Sublime.
Over in Hanoi you’ll find sweet salvation from the heaving metropolis at Hotel Metropole’s luxurious Le Spa du Metropole, an elegant haven of dark woods, panelled doors and latticed cabinets welcoming city-bees in need of an afternoon off-the-clock. This is the colonial queen of east-meets-west treatments, including French cosmetology and facials in combination with ancient Vietnamese Dien Cham techniques. If you have your beau in tow, up the romance ante by booking a spa suite for two.
If want to feel a little tighter and brighter, but without visiting a surgeon, take a look at Bali’s ultra-mod Cocoon medi-spa. This fountain of youth boasting star with glamorous venues in Seminyak and Ubud, marries wellness and cosmetology via holistic treatments. Botox, skin tightening and rejuvenation paired with detox plans and vitamin drips are on the menu, with promises of having you beach ready and beautiful in no time.