Thailand is a beautiful, fascinating, and diverse country that is hugely popular with tourists. There are many reasons travelers choose to visit this country and these depend on the type of experience they are seeking. It is popular amongst those who want a beach holiday and also for those who want a vacation that allows them to explore the history and culture of Thailand. Many people visit the urban areas to enjoy the buzz and the vibe of the cities and others prefer to spend time in the rural areas enjoying outdoor activities. Another reason people may wish to visit Thailand is for rest and recuperation. While staying in Thailand, they may wish to go to some of the many wellness centers and spas to relax or rejuvenate themselves. If the latter is the type of vacation you are hoping for, then here are five of the top wellness spas in Thailand.
1. The Sanctuary
The Sanctuary is widely considered the top wellness spa in Thailand and is located on the east coast of Koh Phangan next to a peaceful beach in Haad Tien Bay. This resort offers detoxification programs of between one and ten days that focus on cleansing and fasting. Guests are given a schedule of detoxifying drinks and treatments that aim to cleanse and purify the body. During the day, you can relax on the palm-lined beach, take part in the yoga classes, read in the library, use the herbal steam room, or enjoy a massage in the spa. In terms of the accommodation, there are gender divided dormitories or private villas available at this wellness spa.
This is a beach-front health resort in Hua Hin that is set in tropical gardens. Chiva-Som is an award-winning resort that is popular amongst celebrities. They offer a range of personalized retreats that are tailored to your personal health and wellbeing needs. For example, there are packages for weight loss, those in remission from cancer, and detoxification. The packages also include three meals a day, daily spa treatments, and use of the jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room. Some of the treatments available include fascia release therapy, crystal massage, dry skin brushing, gyrokinesis, quantum massage, and stress release therapy.
3. Orion Healing Center
The Orion Healing Center is the ideal choice for those who want to enjoy a retreat but only have a limited budget as this is much cheaper than many of the other wellness spas in Thailand. It also offers a fantastic range of packages to suit different needs that range from a five-day retreat to a 28-day immersion experience. Those who stay at this wellness center can try things like chakra balancing, craniosacral therapy, crystal healing, and reiki. If you opt for the detox package, you can enjoy detox drinks, yoga, fresh coconuts, Thai massage, and self-administered colonic irrigation.
4. The Pavana Chiang Mai Resort
At this wellness spa, the focus is on balancing the mind and body through eating properly, cleansing, mind purification, breathing and exercising. They run meditation and yoga packages and are particularly well-known for their raw foods, juicing, and gentle fasting packages. Radiance is the on-site restaurant, and this serves a range of healthy meals that are all made with fresh fruits and vegetables from their own organic garden. They also offer gourmet raw cooking classes at this restaurant. The spa is set in tropical grounds in the Ann Mae Valley and this is the perfect setting for running, cycling, and hiking.
Located on the southeastern side of Koh Samui, this is a luxurious holistic spa and wellness sanctuary that is designed to bring people in harmony with the surrounding landscape. It was once used as a place of meditation for the Buddhist monks and has been transformed into a space that uses tropical plants, trees, granite boulders, and streams. Packages are available for five or seven-night retreats called ‘Embracing Change’ and the focus is on changing your lifestyle habits and exploring your current situation. The package includes airport transfer, full room and board, a bio-independence analysis, and a consultation. During your stay, you will have a 90-minute’Embracing Change session each day along with many other therapies, including Thai massage, foot massage, and holistic fitness activities. Guests at this retreat also have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a steam cavern.