There is a wide variety of spas in Phuket offering a range of treatments. From facials to fasting, massage to meditation, rustic to red carpet, Phuket spas can really relax and rejuvenate you.
More and more visitors are including an afternoon in a spa as part of their holiday plans here, and its not surprising as the cost of this luxury relaxation is far lower than it typically is in your home country. Thais are particularly good at pampering and health care, and dozens of professional spas have opened in recent years offering all sorts of exotic packages.
They range from ancient Ayurvedic practices to a modern use of natural ingredients and treatments; everything from a strawberry body scrub or a chocolate massage to aromatic oils dripped onto your forehead.
Here are a few we recommend. Your hotel may well have a spa too, but shop around for a package that suits your purse and preference. It could cost you anywhere from 500 baht for a particular massage through to 5,000 baht for a multi-treatment day.
Recommended spas in Phuket
The Sukko Spa: Fantastic place to visit if you are looking for really luxurious pampering. There is a great restaurant on the extensive premises, with cooking courses on offer, a salon, gallery and even a kid’s area. 5/10 Moo 3, Vichit, Muang, Phuket. Tel: (076) 263 222, Email.
Banyan Tree Spa: Has won numerous awards, including being voted ‘World’s Best Spa Resort’ by readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine, along with many other awards. Its Spa Villas redefine luxury, with king-sized bed pavilions amid private lily ponds, daily breakfast in bed, and private pools and Jacuzzis. Treatments offered include a variety of traditional Thai massages and body scrubs and Javanese Lulur and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi. Expect to pay upwards of 10,000 baht for a few hours of pampering here. Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00. 33 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherng Talay, Thalang. Tel: (076) 372 400 (Ext. 6950/6956), Email.
Angsana Spa Laguna Phuket: Located in the Laguna Complex near Bang Tao beach, north of Phuket, this resort combines the luxury of a five-star hotel with the relaxation and intimacy of a world class spa. Treatments available include facials, body polish massage and the ‘Essence of Angsana’ treatments, which range from two to three and a half hours. It includes body and foot massages, ginger treatments, facials and body polishes in various combinations. 10 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherng Talay, Thalang. Tel: (076) 324 101, Email.
Body & Mind Day Spa: Located within walking distance of Karon Beach and offering luxurious treatments at affordable prices, this elegant day spa features a wide range of traditional Thai and European packages to soothe the mind and awaken the senses. 558/7-12 Patak Rd., Karon. Tel: (076) 398 274, Email.
Tew Son Spa: Located right on sublime Kata Noi beach and offering high quality spa treatments in a tranquil tropical setting. The signature treatment is the Casuarina Leaf Enzyme Wrap, which uses the local Casaurina pine needle to refresh and rejuvenate the body. 14 Kata Noi Rd., Karon. Tel: (076) 330 124-6, Email.
Trisara Spa: Set amid outdoor pavilions overlooking the Andaman Sea, this is one of the best spas on the island, and one of the most expensive. It’s the epitome of luxury, with exclusive, private, and a wide range of massages, treatments, and scrubs. 60/1 Moo 6, Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherng Talay, Thalang. Tel: (076) 310 100, Email.
Orientala Wellness Spa: One of the main spas in the Patong area is set in five hectares of tropical gardens that provide a relaxing hideaway from the lights and noise of Patong. The spa has a good selection of treatments, including facials, body scrubs, wraps and reflexology, but prices can be a little steep. Thai and European massage packages are on offer, ranging from a simple 30-minute rub to four-hour packages that include scrubs, wraps and aromatherapy. Deevana Patong Resort & Spa – 43/2, Rat UThit 200 Pee Rd., Patong Beach, Kathu. Tel: (076) 341 414-5, Email.
While most resorts have spas tucked away somewhere – these days, a resort without a spa cannot really call itself a resort – the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa (Phuket’s biggest resort, in Karon), has gone a step further, creating an entire spa village in its extensive grounds. It has 15 self-contained ‘villas’ dedicated entirely to the sensual delights of massage and other relaxing treatments. 333 Patak Rd., Karon Beach. Tel: (076) 396 433, Email.
In addition to the spas listed above, almost all of the major hotels offer massages and other spa treatments. Consult your hotel’s front desk to learn more about the packages on offer.