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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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Ensconsed in the comfort of one of the spa’s treatment rooms, my therapist provided me with a fusion massage combining Hawaiian lomi lomi with traditional Thai techniques and oils. For 90 blissful minutes she worked on my body, bending my legs; using her elbows to apply deep tissue massage; and displaying patience, a sense of humor and a command of the English language even as she kneaded my muscles and mind into relaxation, relieving aches and anxieties.

The six therapists and the facility at the Six Senses Spa are overseen by Piyanuch Ketnim, whose massage skills earned her positions at far-flung spas from the Himalayas to the Caribbean to Vietnam. She describes the Hideaway spa’s signature treatment as “a fusion combining Thai, thumb pressure, Swedish massage, long strokes, kneading and sports stretch.”

She feels giving an enriching treatment is the key to a good experience. Ketnim says the best thing is, “to make guests happy, relaxed, and to get rid of stress. Some guests even cry afterwards.”

Another not-to-be-missed element of the Six Senses Hideaway is its exclusive eatery, simply called the Dining Room, perched near a waterfall above a flowing stream visible through a glass floor. The restaurant serves Mediterranean and designed-to-order cuisine, and offers a wondrously unique dining experience.

And from the culinary options to the spa treatments, one flows with the river of life at the Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi, which—like Six Senses Destination Spa—is managed by the Six Senses resort and spa management and development company.

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