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From Here to Thai Serenity

By: Ed Rampell
Posted: January 7, 2009, from the January 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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The spa’s Life Passage offerings include a five-night Reawakening Love for couples program, which aims to harmonize their yin and yang, and other programs are specially designed for males, females, seniors and mothers-to-be, not to mention the incredible renewing options. Other available services include the Yang Rising Ritual, which combines meditation, Taoist yoga and fusion stretches beneath the Point Salon’s thatched roof, and the spa’s Sense of Sanctuary signature treatments, which fuse Thai, Chinese, Balinese and Indonesian techniques.

My solo plan included body buffing for exfoliation; pra kob thai, a traditional herbal massage; a personal training session with a fitness instructor; a soothing oil massage expertly performed by my spa therapist; Indian ayurvedic massage; and nature walks.

Fabulous views, eco-posh cottages, spa treatments and exercise may “heal externally, but not internally,” points out food and beverage director Hunter Reynolds, so the spa also caters to internal health with wellness cuisine. The Ton Sai restaurant serves only fresh dishes with many of the fruits and veggies grown on-site, and “mocktails” replace hard liquor, although fine wines are still on the menu. The Point is also one of the rare resort restaurants featuring raw cuisine, living food that is 75% vegan.

In addition to its wellness program, this utopian eco-isle also provides the pampering many crave from spa experiences. In particular, butlers are assigned to each villa, helping to create a five-star enlightenment experience in a natural and sensual paradise the Six Senses Destination Spa refers to as “the seventh sense.”

Serene Sarojin

Located about an hour’s drive north of Phuket International Airport is The Sarojin Thailand resort on the country’s west coast at Khao Lak, which was hit hard by 2004’s tidal wave—hard enough to delay The Sarojin’s opening. Today, however, there are few, if any, tsunami signs at this edenic enclave on the Andaman Sea. From its reflecting lotus pond to a beckoning white sand beach, the award-winning, 56-unit getaway epitomizes understated elegance.