Thailand’s peaceful vistas, zen life philosophies, famed massage techniques and paradise resorts provide the perfect ingredients for a wonderful wellness break. Whether you choose to go all out for an immersive life-changing experience or want to try a few treatments while on holiday, we have the very best spa hotels from which to choose.
Devasom – Khao Lak
Surrounded by a freshwater lagoon and the sea, this 69 room resort and the newest in Khao Lak is nestled among wild coconut groves and beautifully kept lush gardens, with a two-tier saltwater swimming pool overlooking the beachfront. If you’re seeking a spa hotel in Thailand with yoga, mindfulness opportunities and one of the most beautiful spa areas we have ever been to, this is it. Inspired by the ancient healing arts of Thailand, treatments include traditional, lymphatic or oriental massages, rejuvenating facials and body wraps, the spa area itself is incredible, with traditional Thai massages taking place in their outdoor spa area surrounded by marble and water. Staff can tailor a package from one hour to seven days, ensuring you return home fully restored from tip to toe.
The Sarojin – Khao Lak
This high-end boutique resort offers incredible water-side candlelit dining, pools flanked by muslin draped cabanas and the Pathways Spa. Cross the rustic boardwalk over a deep green estuary into the wellness area and you’re transported into a haven of tranquillity. The resort has four open-air treatment pavilions where you can take in the sights and sounds of nature, as well as the intoxicating Thai-sourced aromas. With an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, the essential oils are all 100% natural oil and carry a range of holistic benefits. Massages, facials, wraps, scrubs, beauty treatments and yoga classes are all readily available.
Amanpuri – Phuket
Found on a private peninsula this self-contained sanctuary boasts one of the best beaches in Phuket. Sign up for one of Aman’s wellness immersions for a total re-calibration. Improve stress, manage weight, detox and cleanse, rehabilitate the body, or opt for a full intensive immersion. Treatments range from uplifting holistic to medically led sessions and can be anything from a condensed one day experience, to three days or even more. Following a consultation, scans and tests, staff prescribe a bespoke programme including a nutrition plan and treatments, all in the blissful surrounds of this stunning resort.
Keemala – Phuket
Enter this all-pool villa tropical wonderland for amazing cuisine, charming scenery and rural tranquillity. Keemala’s approach to wellness is balanced, with a combined love for organic boutique wine, fresh local food and the philosophy of self-healing. Retreats here can be high octane with circuit training and HIIT or take a calmer pace with pilates, yoga and meditation. Spa specialities include Raindrop Healing Therapy, Holistic Slimming Massage and Reiki, while treatments are designed around the elements of ocean, earth, fire, air. Guests can also enjoy the aromatherapy bath, rain showers with exotic fragrances, and an ozone-filtered pool.
Four Seasons Resort – Koh Samui
This renowned chain never disappoints, with some of the finest food, accommodation and service in the region. Seek out the Secret Garden Spa, where ingredients from the lush tropical backyard feature in its innovative treatment menu. Try a relaxing massage with warmed lava shells, sea kelp, algae or coconuts. In addition to its holistic therapies, the spa offers full salon services. And there’s even a range of pedicures, massages, manicures and facials designed especially for kids. For the ultimate treat, indulge in a divine Fire Energy Four Hands Massage.
Banyan Tree – Phuket
Since its opening in 1994, this pioneering garden spa has offered oriental blends of health and beauty services using ancient and modern techniques. Each therapist has undergone at least 350 hours of Banyan Tree training at the group’s dedicated academy. Chosen for their intuitive touch, all staff deliver sensory treatments with a non-clinical, personalised approach. Elsewhere, the high-end resort is elegantly furnished with Thai art and fine woodwork, has open-air jet pools, tennis courts, a gym, three eateries, two bars and landscaped gardens.
Rosewood – Phuket
The sleek British chain has extended its portfolio to this serene and contemporary Emerald Bay property. Asaya, the hotel’s spa, offers signature treatments and alternative therapies alongside its fitness centre and tranquil beachside infinity pool. The mantra here is self-discovery, self-acceptance and self-transformation through well-being, emotional balance, physical therapies, skin health, fitness and nutrition. Visiting expert practitioners often hold specialist workshops and Asaya’s villa can cater to groups wishing to enjoy a wellness journey together. Expect some unusual options such as Chi Nei Tsang and Watsu, as well as a full-service menu.
Six Senses Yao Noi – Ko Yao Noi
Stay on a secluded hillside, in one of Six Senses’ 55 hideaway villas. The spa menu here has some practical and quirky options like a dream catcher massage, jet lag recovery massage, natural sunburn soother, and treatments to increase the range of motion. A Father and Son or Mother and Daughter treatment is ideal for creating meaningful quality time when travelling as a family, or the children can choose a solo junior massage. There’s also the chance to have a wellness screening and attend a workshop in energy healing, Tibetan Singing Bowls, qi gong, energy healing and more.
Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Krabi
In an idyllic location on the Krabi coast, is Phulay Bay, where traditional Thai architecture blends with contemporary style. Stay in one of 54 uber private villas in tropical gardens, dine daily on gourmet cuisine and lounge on the hotel’s own stretch of beach. The spa has eleven treatment rooms, its own yoga studio, an outdoor treatment area with lagoon views, vitality pools and steam and sauna rooms. Treatments draw on Thai, Asian and European techniques, with rituals available for couples. And don’t miss the ayurvedic scalp massages for true bliss.