Enjoying a hot spring bath and massage is certainly a great way to spend a visit to Bangkok. This new Japanese bathhouse takes all the traditional love of bathing from Japanese onsen (hot spring) culture and brings it to Bangkok. At Yunomori Onsen, bamboo and finished wood surround several hot spring water baths where visitors can spend hours soaking and relaxing. There is a carbonated soda water pool, a jet pool, and an onsen pool with 43-degree mineral water trucked up from the famed Raksawarin hot springs in Ranong, whose water is extremely clear and without any sulfurous odor. Additionally, there is a large spa treatment area upstairs where one can have aromatherapy or traditional Thai massage treatments after relaxing in the baths.
Recommended for Spas because: for its combination of hot spring bath and massage, Yunomori Onsen is one of a kind.
Dave's expert tip: Take advantage of the package treatments combining spa and hot spring while here, they are well worth it. There is also a beer garden, coffee shop, and Japanese restaurant on premises, so plan on spending half the day here.
Voted 'Best Spa in the World' time and time again by leading international leisure and travel publications, it is hard to go wrong with a relaxing treatment package at the prestigious Oriental Spa at the Mandarin Oriental. Getting here is just the beginning of a blissful experience when you board the private teak shuttle boat from the hotel on the Bangkok side and float over to the traditional Thai house in Thonburi to begin your session. You can choose from over 40 traditional treatments ranging from mud wraps to Balinese and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massages. The Oriental Signature package includes a massage with essential plant oils and the application of herbal compresses with lemongrass, and the Oriental Organic Journey is a full 2.5-hour detox treatment, guaranteed to leave you in bliss.
Recommended for Spas because: For continuous top-notch spa treatments, the Oriental Spa is an award winner.
Dave's expert tip: Go all out and opt for the Oriental Pampering Program, which includes full massage, wrap, scrub, facial, manicure or pedicure, and two nights accommodations in superior rooms plus airport transfers, the ultimate splurge.
Health Land serves the best of all worlds, combining affordable massage treatments with air-conditioned splendor, a relaxing vibe, good therapists, and a bevy of locations. No wonder it has become one of the top spa destinations in Bangkok. Thais flock to this place on weekends, as all the branches (there are nine throughout Bangkok, but this is the most centrally located) offer parking, and have a spacious and inviting atmosphere. Usually, lower-priced massage in Bangkok either means street side joints where one is unsure about the quality, as well as Thai massages often being done in a shared public room. Not at Health Land. There are private treatment rooms, the therapists are well trained, and the rooms are 6-hour air-conditioned. Prices run about 500 baht for a full massage, which is a great deal for the surroundings. About the only thing one can complain of here is its popularity, meaning reservations are now a good idea.
Recommended for Spas because: For an excellent comfortable massage at an inexpensive price, Health Land is one of the city's best options.
Dave's expert tip: The best way to get here is via the Skytrain or subway to the Asok junction, then walk up Asok to Soi Ruamjai (the first left) and hang a left towards Sukhumvit Soi 19, with Health Land on your right.
Chi, The Spa, in the famed Shangri La Hotel, is one of the premiere Bangkok spa options, and it has been ranked and awarded as one of the best and most luxurious spas in the world by numerous publications. Named after the Chinese "qi," the universal life force that governs well being, spa techniques here focus on releasing blockages that stop the chi element from flowing freely. You can start your pampering off with a hot stones treatment, where heated stones are used to warm up and relax the body. Unique treatments here include a jasmine rice body glow, in which ground black jasmine rice is blended with a mix of herbs and honey and used as a body scrub to rub away dry skin. You can follow this up with mud wraps and even pink caviar sheet facials. No blemish will be left unpampered at this elite Bangkok spa.
Recommended for Spas because: For consistently awarded high-end spa treatments, Chi, The Spa gets very high marks.
Dave's expert tip: Web specials are worth checking and include options like the choice of three treatments for one special price.
The So Spa at the chic Sofitel So offers great all around spa treatments. The location is magnificent, with treatment rooms overlooking Lumpini Park with a bird's eye view. Then there are the treatments, which range from a Turkish hammam bath where you can soak on heated marble and then get scrubbed from head to toe to getting body massages and facials using world-renowned Cinq Mondes and Ytsara brands. There are chakra balancing treatments, papaya radiance scrubs, and coffee cream slimming treatments to name just a few of the staggering array of pampering treatments available here. Try a sports massage, an Indian cream wrap, or a Moroccan massage with hot oil, or perhaps go for the self-explanatory Jet Lag massage, Keyboard Mania, or Shop-a-Holic Reflexology. One thing is certain, the art of spoiling is in full force here.
Recommended for Spas because: For a Turkish hammam spa treatment, there's only the So Spa.
Dave's expert tip: The Aromatic Diner Massage is a good bet as it features a 60-minute Balinese massage followed by a papaya radiance scrub and then a romantic dinner.
While some might find it strange, others argue that being visually impaired actually increases other senses, and certainly the sense of touch here is pretty magical. Perception was started in 2014 with the idea of providing employment for blind or visually impaired therapists, as well as showcasing a new type of massage in Bangkok. You can get aromatherapy or Thai herbal ball and compress treatments here, in addition to both regular Thai and foot massages. The therapists have varying degrees of visual impairment, and all are extremely talented, and you can request exactly how hard or soft you'd like your massage. The price is also reasonable, making it a great option for getting rubbed down.
Recommended for Spas because: For some special touch by visually impaired therapists, Perception Massage is unique.
Dave's expert tip: The best way to get here is to go to the BTS Chong Nonsi Station. Take Exit 2 - walk towards Sathorn Nua Road, and look for the Standard Chartered Bank building. Turn left into Sathorn 8, and you'll see Perception, located above Dexter Café & Bar on the left.
As with the rest of Siam Kempinski's luxury amenities and outlets, Kempinski the Spa is no stranger to opulence, delivering excellent both relaxing and invigorating 5-star spa treatments. Voted the World's Best Spa in 2015 at the Spa and Wellness Awards in London, you are guaranteed some stellar pampering here. While this might be tropical Thailand, the signature treatment here is based on European seasons, with four different healing and rejuvenating massage treatments using a variety of herbal oils and different techniques. The Spring massage is a detox treatment, working on the lymphatic system, while the Summer massage uses cool stones to bring balance to the body and is great for those who are overheated. The Autumn treatment features a relaxing aromatherapy session, and the Winter massage focuses on healing deep tissue, re-energizes, and features a warm butter oil foot treatment. Hidden away up on the hotel's 7th Floor, it's a quiet space with luxury treatment rooms for both individuals and couples, and it's the perfect spot to start off or finish a stay at one of Bangkok's most elegant stays.
Recommended for Spas because: For seasonal massage treatments, Kempinski the Spa has unique and pampering spa sessions.
Dave's expert tip: The easiest way to get here is via the BTS Skytrain to Siam and then walk through the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall, following the signs for the hotel.
Coming from the elite British brand Elemis, the Elemis Spa at the luxury St. Regis Hotel offers superb anti-aging skincare and spa treatments. Go for the all-out Ultimate Package here, which gives one an ocean wrap, deep tissue massage, and an anti-aging facial, or try some detox therapy or a Rassoul treatment, an Arabian cleansing ritual with herbal steaming and therapeutic mud or herbal coconut wraps. The fifteen elegant therapy suites here feature couples suites for side by side massages, a marble and mosaic wet room used for traditional body scrubs, and there is a private manicure and pedicure lounge as well. There are also beautiful relaxation rooms where suspended pods float over pools where one can hang out and rest. With the steam rooms, Jacuzzis, cold plunge pools overlooking some of the city's best views, a treatment here is like an entire holiday in and of itself!
Recommended for Spas because: For superb spa facilities and treatments, the Elemis at St. Regis is highly recommended.
Dave's expert tip: There are some great web specials for the Elemis Spa so make sure to consult their website before making an appointment.
The minimalist vibe at this new spa goes hand in hand with the whole stress on relaxation, or should we say "destress" on relaxation! It's a welcome addition to the Ari neighborhood, usually more known for its chic eateries and bars. Now you can bliss out before or after your gourmet leanings, taking advantage of an aromatherapy treatment or Thai massage in which heated clay pots are used to gently knead and press you. The spa has lots of weekend discounts and other specials, so make sure to check their Facebook page, and you'll love all the organic and creative products put to use, from cedarwood aromatic spray to rice products.
Recommended for Spas because: For simple relaxation, Calm Spa will indeed chill you out into tranquility.
Dave's expert tip: The Ari BTS station is the nearest public transport option, but you still might want to grab a motorbike taxi from here, as it's a ten-minute walk.
Divana Nurture is one of several Divana properties in Bangkok, all of which are renowned for their superb pampering treatments. Conveniently located near the Nana BTS Skytrain station, the spa is located in a contemporary Thai mansion set back from a spacious lawn, and feels like a place you could spend weeks in retreating from the outside world. There is an air-conditioned glass house to relax in in the garden both before and after treatments. The signature treatments here last over 4 hours, and there are even 6-hour sessions, which guarantees that you will practically be floating out the door when you leave! They incorporate Thai traditional and modern medicine, along with oriental techniques like Ayurvedic, yogi, and Thai massage into their holistic practices, along with some truly unique touches that you won't find at other spas here. The signature Phikat Bua treatment include novelties such as a Thai rice wine body soak and lotus powder body polish, and there is even a mango and champagne treatment where the therapist will pour a bit of bubbly on you! The 16 couple suites here come with Jacuzzi tubs, steam rooms, and are a truly tranquil oasis. If you are looking for a complete rejuvenation package that will rank as one of your best holiday memories, you've come to the right spot at this blissful place.
Recommended for Spas because: For Bangkok longest and most unique pampering signature treatments, Divana Nurture Spa is at the top of the list.
Dave's expert tip: Make sure to check their website for promotions, you can get up to 50% off on certain treatments. Go down Soi 11 until it T-junctions, turn right, and then swing left again, and the spa is another hundred meters down the alley on your right.