Spas in Phuket: Thai spa guide

Phuket spas are havens of tranquility

Phuket spas are havens of tranquility

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, Chaofa Rd, tel: (076) 263 222, fax: (076) 264 533, email: sukko@sukkospa.comwebsite: www.sukkospa.com.

The 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 (daily);33 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherng Talay, tel: (076) 324 374, email: spa-phuket@banyantree.comwebsite: www.banyantreespa.com.

Angsana Sheraton Grande Laguna: 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. The Laguna complex, Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket, 10 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherng Talay, Thalang, tel: (076) 324 101, fax: (076) 324 368, email: spa-sheratonphuket@angsana.comwebsite: www.angsanaspa.com.

All manner of Phuket spa treatments are available

All manner of Phuket spa treatments are available

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. Open: 09:00-22:00; 558/7-12 Patak Road, Karon Beach, tel: (076) 398 274, fax: (076) 398 275, email: info@body-mindspa.com.

Kata Thani Phuket Beach Resort: 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 Road, Karon, tel: (076) 330 124-6, (076) 284 096-100, fax: (076) 330 426, email: reservation@katathani.com, website: www.katathani.com.

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. Nov-April open: 10:00-22:30, May-Oct open: 10:00-19:30; 60/1 Moo 6, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherng Talay, Thalang, tel: (076) 310 100, fax: (076) 310 300, email: reservations@trisara.comwebsite: www.trisara.com.

Deevana Spa Resort: 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. 43/2 Rat UThit 200 Pee Road, Patong Beach, tel: (076) 341 414-5, 341 705, fax: (076) 341 706, email: info@deevanapatong.com.

The Pearl Spa:  Located atthe Royal Phuket Marina, this modern spa looks as though it has been transported from Paris to Phuket. It has sleek white and black interiors that match the fusion treatments combining Eastern and Western philosophies for a unique experience. Must-try packages include the bamboo and chocolate wraps. Open: 10:00-20:00; 63/202 Thepkasattri Road, Koh Keaw, tel: (076) 360 888, fax: (076) 360 889, email: info@pearlspaphuket.com.

Hideaway Day Spas: Phuket’s original aromatherapy spas, specialising in this ancient Asian health treatment and offering unique massage and treatment oils in their services. It also offers body and facial treatments. Branches in Patong, Chalong and Bang Tao (Laguna). 157 Soi Nanai Patong Beach, tel: (076) 340 591, fax: (076) 222 222; 382/33 Srisoontorn Road, Cherngtalay (Laguna Resorts entrance Road), tel: (076) 271 549, mobile: 081 750 0026, email: info@phuket-hideaway.com, website:  www.phuket-hideaway.com.

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 Road, Karon Beach, tel: (076) 396 433email: HKTHI.Prearrival@hilton.comwebsite: www3.hilton.com.

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.

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