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International Spa Trends: Thailand

By: Melinda Taschetta-Millane
Posted: June 11, 2008, from the October 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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“The natural ingredients used in spa treatments draw on the inspiration and medical knowledge of ancient times,” she continues. “Fragrant oils, aromatic herbs, and the juices of fruits and vegetables are featured in our formulas.”

The spa recently underwent a $1.2 million renovation and features improved in-suite facilities, including temperature-controlled scrub tables and a vitality pool designed to stimulate all the senses with a full-body water jet massage.

Seasons Spa. Seasons Spa is housed within The Conrad Bangkok, which is part of the Hilton family of hotels. It is located in one of the Thai capital’s premier integrated office, retail, residential and hotel developments, called All Seasons Place. It is situated in the heart of Bangkok’s central business district, close to major embassies, commercial centers and the “green lung” of Lumpini Park, a popular and relaxing retreat named after Buddha’s birthplace.

To quote the spa’s mission statement: “At Seasons Spa, we reclaim the ancient arts of health and meld them with modern techniques, harnessing the energies of the Earth and the awesome powers of the human touch.” Seasons Spa’s treatment rooms are unique; most are set up for couples services. Twelve luxurious rooms come complete with a shower room, private steam room, private changing room and washroom. The Presidential Spa Suite includes a Jacuzzi bathtub.

The facility is open conveniently from 7 am until midnight to accommodate its traveling business guests. Interestingly, the client ratio is 60% men to 40% women, according to Yaowaluk Porkar, spa manager. “The Conrad is a business hotel, and it caters to the business traveler. Our treatments are designed according to client needs, such as jet lag,” she states. The clientele hails mainly from the United States, Europe and Japan. Porkar adds that today’s spa guests are more knowledgeable about spas than they were a few years ago, and therefore more critical and demanding.