The city is a preferred spot for vacations, flocked regularly by Asians and Europeans alike. The famous beaches of Thailand beckon the global traveler just as passionately as the bargain filled markets or the nightlife lining the bustling streets of the city.
Planning a trip to Bangkok? Here’s a classic gem – the Peninsula Bangkok that will add to your spa experience.
The city is a preferred spot for vacations, flocked regularly by Asians and Europeans alike. The famous beaches of Thailand beckon the global traveler just as passionately as the bargain filled markets or the nightlife lining the bustling streets of the city. The city accommodates tourists of all budgets, from backpackers to the connoisseurs of luxury, be it street food fest or fine dining the way it was meant to be. The country, or specifically the city of Bangkok, is also synonymous with massage treatments that are offered at various places employing a variety of techniques as old as the city itself.
Thailand is a land of spa treatments and it seems that new concepts and practices are being developed every year, keeping in line with the demands of the modern spa patron. The better spas of the country are located in some of the most spectacular sites with enticing treatments and therapies.
We at World Travel Magazine give you an insight into the Peninsula Spa by ESPA. The grand Peninsula hotel is on the shores of Chao Phraya river, the guests have a spectacular view of boats ferrying tourists in a scurry over the serene water. The name peninsula denotes a land almost completely surrounded by water and as one enters into this land oasis, the fast paced metropolis seems to melt away. The place transports an amalgamation of outmoded and contemporary influences working together in perfect sync. The spa is well conjunct with the world renowned, ESPA products.
ESPA has created a collection of bespoke treatments exclusively for The Peninsula Spa, with therapies uniquely layering Thai, European and Ayurvedic philosophies for an entirely new holistic experience. The skilled therapists provide the guests with tailor made therapies by the products from ESPA line.
The spa is located on the ground floor of this three storey majestic Thai colonial style building, snuggled between luscious greenery. The ambiance welcomes you with open arms to embrace you with relaxation. From the tea ceremony and on to the inner sanctum of the treatment room, staff demonstrates their devotion to your personal journey of enlightenment.
Gently easing into relaxation It is advisable to reach the spa half an hour prior to the appointment to enjoy the Asian Tea Lounge and Relaxation Areas overlooking the Chao Phraya River. One can make full use of the facilities like “Naturally Peninsula” light and healthy meals and specials from the Chef’s Garden included to the experience.
The special assemblage of massage treatments sets the Peninsula Spa apart. The Peninsula Spa by ESPA offers an eclectic blend of ancient and modern influences using natural products & local ingredients. All the treatments reflect ancient traditions and techniques from various cultures and practices.
A good spa will aim to infuse the treatments and massages with fresh and local ingredients. The Peninsula Spa lives up to that expectation by using superior quality of anti-stress oils, regenerating seaweeds and cleansing mud assisting in reconstructing the vigor, placidity and balance to help restore energy levels and tranquility in the body. The majority of elements used in the massage treatments is grown locally and have been chosen for their therapeutic ability, having been passed down through the generations.
The Spa welcomes one’s guests with a fresh Ginger foot buff along with the Peninsula Tea Ceremony. One can experience any of the therapies depending on one’s mood and choose from an array of treatments on offer from the menu. The therapies have basic components of Thai, Ayurvedic and European culture.
We sampled a few spa treatments that are worth exploring as they help unwind and pamper.
Ayurvedic experience with Chakra Balancing with Volcanic Stones. If you have arrived to the venue with a fair amount of emotional or mental heaviness, get ready to be liberated as this therapy alleviates you from stress and strains in the muscle and body. The therapy starts off with brushing of the skin, preceding exfoliation and an ESPA neatening of the face that leaves the skin smooth, hydrated and ameliorated. Its full body massage, balancing aromatherapy oils, Ayurvedic instillation are therapytic and have an effect of comforting and revitalizing the senses. Shirodhara, symbolizes the streaming down of warm oil onto the forehead, results into profound easiness and mind clearing, almost like being in a meditative state of being. The volcanic hot stones blow away the tension, working their way through vital energy point and Chakras of the body.
Thai Yoga Massage. With all the sightseeing, shopping and gyrating of the body in the nightclubs, the aching body needs to rid the weariness, enter the experience of the Thai Yoga Massage. This treatment is derived from an old age formula that integrates constituent of attentiveness, mild oscillation, sound yogic motion, breathing and cadenced contractions. This pattern is followed in a meditative mode applying thumb, palm, forehead and foot pressure. The accomplished therapist will stretch and act upon the pressure points and culminate balancing with the energy to flow inside the body, extending the muscles and liberating it from the deep-rooted stress.
Skin Brightner Age-defyer facial. This enlivening aid for the face has specially been design to beat the signs of aging. The exclusive facial massage is proficient in providing aid to hydrate and shield the skin from damage. The facial specifically focuses on the fragile skin around the eyes, neck and lips that develop fine line. A hard dose of anti oxidents in the form of various ingredients applied and massaged on the skin lavishly and skillfully is pleasing and soothing.
The tranquil water of Chao Phraya River, the delightful massage treatments and the experience of the Peninsula, leaves one with a profound sense of satisfaction and pleasure. The Peninsula experience has a lasting impression even after the dreaded return to one’s daily grind.
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