Home to soul-enriching scenery and super-luxe spa retreats, Thailand is perfect for reconnecting – with yourself and each other. To get you feeling rejuvenated, check into one of these seven almost-too-beautiful-to-be-real escapes. Namaste.
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Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
Tucked away in Northern Thailand's infamous Golden Triangle region, this jungle-chic hideaway looks straight out of a daydream. Home to sumptuous, decked-out tents with breathtaking views of the Ruak River and the mountains of Laos, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle is also where you'll find one of Thailand's most unique and beautiful spas. Nestled amidst a dense bamboo forest, it boasts two open-air salas with spa beds, double treatment rooms and calming jungle breezes. Ninety-minute spa treatments are available as part of the camp's all-inclusive packages (all massages are 90 minutes), but there's also a range of rejuvenating face and body treatments to try.
Pimalai Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta
Winner of the 2017 World Luxury Spa Award and included in Conde Nast's prestigious Johansens Luxury Spa Collection, Pimalai Spa is worth visiting just for its setting alone. Set in the resort's palm-filled tropical gardens, the spa invites couples to treat themselves to experiences like relaxing foot massages by a pond filled with hypnotic gold fish. The menu lists everything from two-hour massages to rebalancing facials and exfoliating body scrubs, plus luxurious multi-day packages. This is the place for going all-out.
Kamalaya Koh Samui, Koh Samui
It's easy to see why this celeb-fave escape took out 'Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year' at the 2018 World Spa & Wellness Awards. With an almost endless list of retreats and programmes available (think sleep and yoga retreats, and comprehensive detoxes), Kamalaya Koh Samui is all about getting back to healthy living. If you're all about a healthy amount of luxury, the waterfront resort will also take care of that. Thoughtfully integrated into the tropical landscape, the very comfortable suites and villas (some come with their own private pool) take in sigh-inducing coastal views and are kitted out in top-class Thai-inspired style.
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137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai
An elegant example of traditional Thai architecture, Chiang Mai's 137 Pillars House matches its enchanting setting with a truly sumptuous spa. There's poolside pampering to be found, with massages and body treatments in stylish candlelit treatment rooms on offer, plus wellness programmes that will have you feeling totally refreshed before you leave. Seeking a transformative escape? 137 Pillars House's expert team of therapists are on-hand to design a bespoke wellness programme around you.
The Rayavadee Spa, Krabi
With postcard-ready views of Krabi's dramatic limestone formations and turquoise waters, Rayavadee and its spa are ideal for chilling out. Featuring an extensive range of therapies that draw on ancient Thai healing traditions, The Rayavadee Spa is a private paradise. Feel energised with a body wrap, be soothed with an incredible massage or channel your inner A-lister with an OTT spa package.
The Sanctuary Thailand Spa Resort, Koh Phangan
If you're looking to seriously unwind and focus on wellness, the aptly named Sanctuary Thailand Spa Resort in Koh Phangan is a must-visit. A stylish beachside resort dedicated to wellbeing, self discovery, personal growth and nature awareness, it offers everything from detox and yoga retreats to massages and nutrition workshops. Reward your efforts before you leave with a visit to The Sanctuary's Massage Centre, located in a charming treehouse by the beach. Bliss.
CHI, The Spa, The Shangri-La Bangkok
Staying in the city? Known for its glamorous accommodation, The Shangri-La Bangkok offers holistic treatments based on time-honoured methods at its CHI, The Spa. Situated in the resort, the spa opens out onto beautifully landscaped gardens and a tranquil lotus pond, providing the perfect setting for relaxation in the heart of the city. Also with a yoga pavilion and nine en-suite villas (book one of these beauties if you can), CHI is beloved for its detoxifying natural herbal compresses and indulgent traditional Thai massages.
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