Top 5 spas in Thailand

photo by Jennifer Morrow

If you’re a backpacker who loves nothing more than adventure and fun on a small budget, then Thailand is the kind of destination that will not disappoint you. But if you are looking for a place to kick back and not move finger unless totally necessary, you will also find a haven of peace and luxury in Thailand if you know where to look. Luxury travelers, or independent travelers who want a few days of pampering have more than enough exclusive resorts and spas to choose from in Thailand. If all you want is to lounge at the side of a pool in the shade of palm trees and regale yourself with first-class treatments for your body and your soul, then check out the top 5 spas in Thailand.

Banyan Tree, Phuket

You can hardly do better than the Banyan Tree resort in Phuket when it comes to spas, after all it is the kind of resort where you might very well run into celebrities like Kylie Minogue or David Beckam. The spa treatments at the Banyan Tree are certainly not cheap, but they are worth their price. The spa blends century old traditional techniques with the newest techniques and treatments, and plus, the resort is very environmentally friendly!

Chiva-Som, Hua-Hin

photo by Dennis Wong

Chiva-Som is one of the most luxurious hotels in the Gulf of Thailand, and it is located in the resort town where the Thai royal family frequently spends their holidays. Chiva-Som is one of the first health spas in Thailand, and even today the medical aspect of the treatments is quite important. Whatever ailment you might have, chances are that there is some treatment for it at Chiva-Som. Acupuncture, internal organ massages and plain old treatments for sore muscles are on the menu.

Shangri La Hotel, Bangkok

The Chi Spa at the prestigious Shangri La Hotel in Bagkok is a dream come true for any spa-addict, and a real paradise for the times when you feel like the urban bustle of Bangkok starts wearing you down. The treatments are inspired by Thai, Himalayan and Chinese traditions, and their goal is to recreate a balance between the ying and the yang in the body. The signature treatment of the spa, the Himalayan Healing Stone Massage will make you feel like new.

Amanpuri, Phuket

photo by Dennis Wong

Amanpuri is one of the oldest luxury resorts in Thailand, over two decades old and very exclusive, with a limited number of guest rooms. Its spa is just what you’d expect from such a high-end resort, and it is only available to resort guests, but it is one of those experience that a luxury traveler should try at least once in a lifetime. The outdoor treatment pavilions are stylish to the extreme, and the natural surroundings are breath-taking.

Dheva Spa, Chiang Mai

Dheva means ‘celestial being’, and there couldn’t have been a better name for this spa that looks like it caters to the gods, or at least to the extremely rich and powerful. Even the looks of the spa alone would be enough to place it among the top 5 spas in Thailand, but the service is also top-notch. The spa offers a huge variety of Ayurvedic treatments in a complex modeled after a Burmese palace. After a four-hour treatment you’ll feel more full of energy than ever before.

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