Spa and Wellness
Think about Thailand and relaxing massages amid pristine surroundings come to mind. It’s called Thai massage for a reason – the Thais are good at it. Relax your tired soles and mind from the bustle of city life, or wrap up a long day of diving, walking or sightseeing, with a massage in haven of relaxation.
Better yet, Thailand’s affordability extends to spa treatments and massages so you can get a shoulder rub, full-body massage or a complete treatment experience for a reasonable price.
Inspired by Thailand’s rich heritage and environment, treatments include traditional techniques and natural ingredients. Many Thai therapists hold internationally-recognised qualifications and undergo regular training in addition to their local touch.
With several types of therapies that are inspired by rejuvenating techniques found throughout the region – a flower-scented body scrub, a delicious warm coconut body massage, or personalised honeymoon packages – you’ll find memorable experiences and true relaxation at a wellness centre across Thailand.
SPA Cenvaree: The Touch of Thailand
SPA Cenvaree is a division of Centara Hotels and Resorts whose portfolio comprises urban, resort, destination and boutique outlets, all designed to provide guests with an experience that lingers longs after their holiday ends. The name ‘Cenvaree’ is a portmanteau of two words that pay homage to ‘Centara’. ‘Cen’ is taken from the first few letters and ‘varee’ is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘water’. (The ‘tara’ in Centara also translates to water in the Thai language).
SPA Cenvaree therapists are trained not just in the physical elements of spa therapy, but also in attention to detail and anticipating a guest’s needs. At the start of your treatment, a SPA Cenvaree therapist will bow their head, still their mind through breath-work, and say a silent ‘thank you’. This allows them to forget about external stimuli and focus on the treatment.
Explore over 60 therapies with Cenvaree, with indigenous herbs, floral extracts, fresh ingredients and aromatic oils. Whether it’s flower-scented body scrubs, traditional Thai spa rituals, muscle-melting body massages or heavenly facials, SPA Cenvaree has you covered from head to toe.
Traditional Thai massage
Thai massage dates back to Shivago Komarpaj, ‘the Father Doctor’ and friend to the Buddha. His traditional tips for massage were carved into the walls of Wat Pho temple in Bangkok in Bangkok and the knowledge and techniques of Thai massage has been passed down the generations.
Nowadays there are two trains of thought: manipulation of the pressure points and energy lines is common in south Thailand, whereas in the north of the country it is more popular to stretch and bend the customer’s body.
Of course, nowadays, commercial massages – particular in Bangkok which is in the centre of the country – combine both methods. Even then, the cost is very reasonable and you will often be pleasantly surprised at the value for money – even in small massage spas.
Where: Centara Chaan Talay Resort & Villas Trat
This resort offers the signature Chaan Talay Health Massage for the ultimate in relaxation. The resort, on a white sand beach, has a beachside all-day dining restaurant and the Breezes Beach Bar plus a beachfront infinity pool, complimentary snorkelling and kayaking. It is a 60-minute journey to Trat Airport.
Especially popular with jasmine when in season, this is an exotic experience of total body bliss, curated to provide head-to-toe pampering with a gentle touch of Thai-inspired holistic care. The treatment features a distinctive,intoxicating fragrance of jasmine that comes with a long list of amazing benefits that the precious flower is highly prized for.
Such treatments often start by detoxifying your skin with a warm, sweet scented natural scrub that will prepare your skin for the next nourishment.
Continue the indulgence with a session, usually of up to about two hours, of aromatherapy massage using pure herbal oil that holds captivating aromas and amazingly beneficial skin improving qualities, leaving you with a healthy glow and smooth skin.
Where: Centara Anda Dhevi Resort & Spa Krabi
This family-friendly resort with a SPA Cenvaree offers access to Nopparatthara Beach and a variety of leisure facilities. It has 135 rooms, suites and family accommodations, plus Palm Court international and Thai restaurant, Coco’s swim-up pool bar serving light snacks and refreshments, a pool with waterslide, children’s pool and Kids’ Club.
To rejuvenate tired eyes and minds, facials rehydrate and nourish the skin.They may often feature sugar scrubs or sea salts mixed with botanical oils and herbs blended especially for the users.
This includes special blends for males and females, such as the ‘Gentlemen Aromatic Blend’ and the ‘Goddess Aromatic Blend’ for full body exfoliation. Various type of facial may include oils, fruit essences, aromatherapy, and even collagen.
A a relaxing hot oil massage after the scrub will leave you feeling like a new person while the mineral rich salts work their magic on your dead skin cells, renewing them for a new appearance and a new you.
Where: Centara Nova Hotel & Spa Pattaya
Located near Pattaya beach, this minimalist-style hotel has a SPA Cenvaree famed for its signature Dead Sea mud treatments, Vichy products and hydrotherapy.
The property has 79 rooms and suites with pool views, pool, Jacuzzi, Glow all-day dining restaurant and Lido Pool Bar.
Couple’s spa experience
A spa ritual with your special someone, this experience often lasts around two hours and can feature exotic local herbs and organic plant essences.
It usually begins with a swim, steam or session in a Jacuzzi whirlpool to relax the mind and provide relief to tight muscles, and is may be followed by a scented body polish with a range of indigenous flowers, herbs and spices and salt or sugar scrub to exfoliate the skin.
The body itself will probably be a full-body or foot massage with rhythmic movements and aromatic oils. Sometimes you can finish with a cup of ginger tea, or juice or even a mean at the spa restaurant.
Where: Centara Blue Marine Resort & Spa Phuket
Set on the cliff at the northern end of Patong Beach, this resort has a SPA Cenvaree and 266 rooms, suites and pool villas, as well as three swimming pools and children’s pool with waterslide. F&B options include Blue Horizons and Tropics Lounge & Bar; the family-friendly hotel has a Kids’ Club with Camp Safari and E-Zone.