I.SAWAN - While there are numerous spas and beauty clinics in Bangkok that have treatments specifically tailored to women, there are less offering rejuvenating solutions aimed at men. Set in a beautiful Tony Chi-designed space the wonderful resort-like i.sawan and its collection of spa cottages is one of those places.
They have three different programs catering for male guests: Man Space Sports, which looks to realign body posture and eliminate muscle damage after hard workouts or long journeys;
The Man Space Tranquility, which is a de-stressing hot oil massage that originally comes from Hawaii; and the Man Space Healing Balance, which combines hot stone therapy, healing crystals and therapeutic massage techniques to improve low energy and stress. There are also two lengthier packages combining an array of scrubs, wraps and massage options available as well as full and half day packages which allow you use of the adjoining fitness club and its tennis and squash courts, and swimming pool.
B2,900/60 minutes, B3,900/90 minutes for each program. 5/F, Grand Hyatt Erawan, Ratchadamri Rd., 02-254-1234.
SO SPA - So SPA perched on the 11th floor of the cutting-edge Sofitel So Bangkok on Sathorn Road, offers the added bonus of a relaxing view over the greenery of Lumphini Park, to its dimly lit, forest-themed décor. Their special couples package takes place in the double treatment room, which ensures couples can enjoy that view from the comfort of their own bathtub.The session begins with a 60-minute So Exhilarating soothing massage for both men and women, followed by a 60-minute Ko Bi Do facial treatment for her—inspired by the ancient ritual of the Japanese Empresses’ facial rouine it uilizes the dust of pearls, diamonds, opals and turquoises in facial creams to create glowing skin. Meanwhile, he can be enjoying a 60-minute Hipster Men facial treatment, which aims to deliver cleaner and fresher skin.
B9,100/120 minutes/2 people. Sofitel So Bangkok, 2 North Sathorn Rd., 02-624-0000. www.sofitel-so-bangkok.com
SPA AT FACE - Tucked away within a beautiful compound of wooden Thai houses, this spa takes you on a trip back in time thanks to its traditional setting and a series of massages and therapies that utilize old-school principles. One of the most popular is the Wat Pho Healer, named after the renowned Thai massage school. It starts with your choice of body scrubs using Thai herbs, and is then followed up with a choice between an Ayurvedic massage, or an herbal compress and oil massage. The program ends with a more focused massage for your head, feet, back and shoulders. Continue the mood after your treatment by enjoying a drink at the Face Bar before getting some Thai cuisine amid an impressive collection of ancient artifacts at Lanna Thai which are both located within the same complex.
B3,500/180 minutes. 29 Sukhumvit Soi 38, 02-713-6048. BTS Thong Lo. www.facebars.com
FOR TIRED SKIN
DIVANA VIRTUE SPA - The Divana Virtue Spa is set in a century-old house with its own private garden hidden in a small lane off Sathorn Road. In a bid to combat the hot and humid month of May, Divana has created the Organic Thai Rice Therapy, which utilizes the natural benefits of young organic Thai rice and rice bran oil—perfect for those with dry skin.The program combines six steps, beginning with a body rub of aloe vera and yeast serum, followed by herbal steam using rice water, a body scrub using young rice and young rice milk, a warm body wrap and a body massage using hot stones and wheat serum. The session ends with an organic rice milk bath containing pink jasmine rice and yeast serums to nourish and brighten skin. The spa is currently offering a 30% discount for this program until June 30.
B7,150/180 minutes. 10 Srivieng Rd., 02-236-6788. BTS Surasak. www.divanavirtuespa.com
FOR A WHOLE DAY ESCAPE
RASAYANA RETREAT - Thanks to its location hidden deep in the residential area of Sukhumvit, the leafy complex of Rasayana Retreat is perfect for those wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and recharge their batteries with a full-day retreat. Among the menu of holistic treatments, the highlights have to be the detoxification and therapeutic massage options. The one-day package lets you experience both, starting with an infrared sauna session, followed by a salt scrub, detox bath, oil pack, aromatherapy massage and a colonic detox. Your five-hour program is completed with a specially-designed “living foods” meal at the retreat’s raw food cafe.
B7,250/5 hours (doctor consultation included). 57 Soi Prommitr, Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-662-4803. www.rasayanaretreat.com
ELEMIS SPA - Pregnancy can be stress-inducing and exhausting, leading to side effects like back ache and swollen feet.This is why the Elemis Spa, a luxury retreat located on the 15th floor of the St. Regis Hotel has created a special program just for moms-to-be. The nurturing massage aims to be a safe but tension-relieving treatment that focuses on using lighter touches and the unique body position offered by the Elemis beanbag to work on the lower and upper back, shoulders and scalp.
B4,500/90 minutes. 15/F, The St. Regis
Bangkok, Ratchadamri Rd., 02-207-7779. www.elemisspabangkok.com
FOR A YOUNGER YOU
APEX MEDI SPA - The renowned medical spa and beauty clinic offers a relaxing location in the heart of the city’s upmarket neighborhood of Thong Lor. They also presents some of the most cutting-edge beauty treatments including a new facial service that’s exclusive to Thailand. Made famous by celebrity customers like Kim Kardashian and its presence in the Oscars goodie bag this year, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, also more gruesomely nicknamed the Vampire Face Lift, offers a new way of filling in wrinkles by reusing elements of your own blood.
Platelet-rich-plasma which occurs naturally in the patient’s blood is combined with hyaluronic acid and directly injected into the wrinkled areas of the face. The PRP helps stimulate collagen in the skin and promises to improve skin elasticity and remove lines and wrinkles in two or three weeks. One of the biggest benefits over more traditional face lifts is that the treatment takes around 20 minutes while the results should last for at least 15 months.
B40,000/20 minutes. Apex Medi Spa, Thonglor Soi 8 (behind 8ight Thonglor complex), Sukhumvit 55, 080-500-0123. www.apexprofoundbeauty.com
FOR A COLONIC DETOX
S MEDICAL SPA - Founded by a renowned local anti-aging physician, this award-winning spa creates beauty from within, with a selection of integrated wellness programs, including a colonic detox treatment. S Medical Spa’s Dr. Pakpilai Thavisin explains that a colon hydrotherapy session can help eliminate the waste materials that accumulate in the digestive system. “These waste materials form mucoid, a toxic substance that coats the intestinal wall.The body can then reabsorb these toxins back into the bloodstream, which, in turn, can lead to illnesses like muscle pains and migraines.” The treatment sees warm electrolyte water, then organic coffee, and finally a course of probiotics flushed through the colon. The end result looks to leave you refreshed and toxin-free. All treatments are tailored to your needs in consultation with the spa’s in-house doctors.
B3,531/60 minutes, inclusive of doctor consultation and sauna/steam usage. 2/2 Wireless Rd., 02-253-1010. BTS Phloen Chit. www.smedspa.com