Bangkok Spa Offers Indulgence at a Discount

The Vareena Spa in Bangkok is offering an Ultimate Spa Experience Package at a discount until the end of next month. The indulgent two hours and 30 minutes of bliss, which normally goes for 4,300 baht, is available through 30 April for just 3,500 baht. And at this price, you can rest assured that advanced …

Balinese Spa Named World’s Best

Readers of Conde Nest Traveller magazine have named Thermes Marins Bali Spa as the world's best. “It’s a great honor to win Conde Nast’s highest award in this prestigious survey of international travelers,” says Ayana’s Michi Sonoda, director of spa and business development (Japan). “The spa industry worldwide has undergone significant change in recent years …

Detox & Rejuvenation: Days Four and Five

I fell into a comfortable routine. I would awake early, stroll over the the Love Cafe, and partake of a healthful breakfast. Because I overextended myself during a hot yoga session on my third day, I had to give up yoga, but I continued with my daily laps for the rest of my stay. Following …

Detox & Rejuvenation: Day Three

My second evening without alcohol and for the second night in a row, I found myself unable to keep my eyes open. Once again I found myself putting my book on my nightstand, falling asleep with the lights on, awakening just before dawn. Was I falling into a comfortable new routine? Following another yummy breakfast, …

Detox & Rejuvenation: Day One

I woke up earlier than expected. After showering and shaving, I headed to the Yoga Centre, where I took part in Pranayama, or meditation, yoga for 30 minutes. I had my first detox drink while waiting for a consultation with a wellness consultant, who conducted a kinesiology priority check, took my blood pressure, and measured …

Detox & Rejuvenation: My Last Supper

This was to be my last supper. Or so, at least, I thought. I checked into the Absolute Sanctuary, which bills itself as “Thailand's Premier Detox & Yoga Resort”, late in the afternoon. Located on a gentle hillside with a view of the ocean in the distance, the Koh Samui-based resort is a Moroccan-inspired boutique …

Arrival in Koh Samui

As Bangkok Airways flight PG 0906 approached Koh Samui International Airport, I looked out the window and could see emerald hills covered with palm trees, groves of bamboo, and various manner of flowering plant life. The landscape was dotted with clusters of bungalows with terra cotta roofs. The skies and seas were azure. And not …

Asia’s Best Destination Spa

Chiva-Som Hua Hin, Thailand, was named Best Destination Spa in Asia at the prestigious Crystal Awards, which were announced last month. Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand, and Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives, also made it to the finals. Paul Linder, general manager of Chiva-Som, says that it was great honour for the resort …