After a long flight or a day of island exploration there is no better way to unwind than with an indulgent private spa session. Many rental villas now either boast their own dedicated massage room or plenty of comfortable spaces to indulge in a relaxing body treatment.
In addition to being famous for its glorious natural scenery and superb range of accommodation options, Thailand is also known for its wealth of high end spas.
A few hours of pampering is a great way to re-set the body after a long-haul flight, and will definitely help you relax after a day of island hopping under the warm tropical sun.
Guests staying in a rental villa on Phuket or Koh Samui can easily create their own private spa at home, which brings the added indulgence of absolute privacy.
Below are a few ideas on how you can enjoy a spa experience in your holiday home.
Spas wouldn’t be as relaxing without the soothing atmosphere they offer, and a similar ambience is surprisingly simple to recreate at a private villa. All you have to do is choose a quiet room or outdoor space and ask the staff to set up a comfortable mattress and call for a masseuse. Other essential ingredients to setting the right mood include music, which you can stream from your iPod or phone through the villa’s sound system, and lighting. Fortunately, many villas come with mood lighting options built-in, or dimmer switches at the very least. Simply dim the lights, choose a relaxing playlist, and add a few scented candles to provide that all-important aromatherapy effect.
The Thai Touch
Whether you want to relax and drift into a peaceful sleep or rejuvenate your muscles; a blissful Thai massage is without doubt the highlight of any spa experience. Guests at a private villa can easily organise a professional Thai massage with a little help from their villa manager, and can even choose form a range of treatments. A comforting oil massage may appeal after an energetic day of sightseeing, while an invigorating Thai massage might be just what you need after a long haul flight. The therapist will twist your body into yoga-like positions and manipulate muscles to soothe away any lingering stiffness.
Make your Skin Sing
For guests that are feeling creative; Thailand boasts a whole range of natural ingredients that are perfect for body wraps or face masks. It makes sense to make the most of the abundance of locally-grown and treatments like a fresh watermelon and cucumber face mask are easy to prepare in your villa’s kitchen. Simply ask the chef to prepare cucumber juice, watermelon juice, yoghurt and milk powder. Then mix all the ingredients together and massage the substance into your face. Leave it for approximately 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water, and then marvel at how spectacular your skin looks and feels.
Long, Slow Soak
If a Thai massage and facial treatment didn’t work out all of the knots in your muscles or dirt in your pores, then a long hot soak in a private bath tub should do the trick. Set the mood by lighting a few candles and order a pot of loose leaf herbal tea to sip on as you make the most of the peace and quiet and feel your body and mind drift into a state of blissful repose.
After an invigorating massage, a long shower is just what you need to top off the indulgent experience. Most private rental villas feature stunning bathrooms, many of them offering generous in and outdoor shower options with rainfall soak showerheads and a multitude of other jets. Make sure your power shower is as energising as possible by choosing a few new products from a luxurious Thai spa brand like Thann or Harnn. Both labels produce a range of citrusy scents such as lime, lemongrass and ginger that offer a rejuvenating post-treatment buzz.