Thai body, my temple

Whether you’re looking to soothe sore muscles with a traditional Thai massage, or revitalise your mind, body and spirit on a complete wellness retreat, Thailand offers many options for luxury travellers wanting to indulge in a little TLC.

If you’d like to get away for a health break, Thailand’s many luxury wellness retreats offer programs for detoxifying, regaining emotional balance, enhancing emotional and physical strength and kick-starting a healthy lifestyle.

Retreats like Kamalaya in Koh Samui; Chiva Som in Hua Hin; Layana Resort & Spa in Koh Lanta Yai; and Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai have numerous ways for guests to reinvigorate the mind and body and restore balance. Specialised health facilities like Divana Virtue Spa & Medical, TRIA Wellness, and Dermaster in Bangkok offer surgical procedures including body design, body contouring and anti-aging treatments. Guests can undergo cellar health and nutritional assessments, engage in fitness programs to strengthen the body, and calm the mind with massages, facials and hydrotherapy.

For those wanting to kick back and relax in between shopping and sightseeing, the massage and relaxation outlets in Thailand are ubiquitous. Virtually every style of massage is available; from traditional Thai, to Swedish, hot stone massage, Balinese, deep tissue, remedial, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi and Shirodhara, as well as treatments like salt therapy, facial relaxation, body scrubs and wraps, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and more.

Most hotels and resorts in Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi and Chiang Mai have in-house spas, with massage and nail service salons easily found in shopping malls, near the beaches and in smaller towns around Thailand. Examples of luxury spa chains include Rarin Jinda Wellness Spa, Oasis Spa and Let’s Relax.


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Cool season in Thailand ranges from November to February, making it the best time to visit, as the dry climate is preferable to the humidity and heat common to the mid-year months. Times to avoid include April, the hottest month of the year, and from July to October, which is monsoon season. Humidity during this time averages 90% and flooding is common.


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