WHAT’S IT LIKE? I checked in at the spa desk on the hotel’s sixth floor, which is entirely given over to the health club, and was met with the traditional Thai welcome, the wai.
A male attendant pointed out the facilities, including the 18-metre outdoor swimming pool, and quickly explained the other facilities such as steam, sauna and Jacuzzi. He then escorted me to the male changing rooms, and gave me my locker key and towel. I changed into the bathrobe and although, there was a TV relaxation room, my two masseuses were already waiting to take me to the treatment room.
WOW FACTOR: There’s something about the Thais and their culture that just oozes relaxation. The room’s aroma was fresh and not overpowering. The Thai décor, ornaments and furnishings were tasteful and not overdone. It seemed to set the tone for balance.
HOUSE SPECIALTY: I was booked in for the Four Hands Ginger Back and Feet Relaxation. Involving two therapists working simultaneously on your back, scalp and feet, it is designed to relieve stress and muscle tension.
Spa manager Nathalie Paque explains: “The use of four hands allows the therapists to equalise the pressure across a much wider area than just two hands.” Ginger was specially chosen for its properties of stimulating circulation, nourishing the skin and helping to eliminate body toxins.
To begin with, the therapists gave me a special ginger foot scrub. Then one therapist massaged my hands, while the other concentrated on my feet. A mask was applied to my feet for skin purification and to reduce water retention. The next stages were my head, shoulder and stomach massages, followed by my legs. The treatment ended with an invigorating scalp massage.
PRICE: US$115 for 90 minutes.
CONTACT: 6th Floor, JW Marriott Bangkok, 4 Sukhumvit Road, Soi 2, Bangkok 10110, tel 66 2 656 7700, www.marriott.com