Treating yourself to a Spa day should not be something exceptional, it should be something anyone could afford and be able to experience nowadays. Far long gone are the days when a visit to a Spa for a massage or a facial would be considered as something extraordinary and extravagant. There are so many health reasons to start visiting a Spa more often, and once you get the taste of how good this treat is for your body and soul, you will want to do it again and again.
Finding that perfect place that offers great service and won’t send you broke might take some time and quite a few attempts. This is why you have me to save your time and money and tell you what is good out there.
Experiencing an authentic Thai massage is a goal for many people travelling to Thailand. And what could be better than a Thai massage with a touch of luxury?
So Thai Spa is a Bangkok and Phuket based chain of branches that focus on delivering the best of the Thai hospitality. Their professionally trained therapists concentrate on providing more of an experience than just a massage. The primary goal is to achieve total relaxation for the body and mind and offer great Phuket value.
Sounds attractive, doesn’t it?
Well, that’s not it. If you think that value for money means that it wouldn’t include all the luxury perks that you get at the expensive Spa salons you would be wrong.
Apart from great spa services, So Thai Spa offers spacious and well-decorated treatment rooms for you to have the best experience. Their rooms are big enough to accommodate a couple for a romantic spa session or get a beautifully set up private room for some relaxing “me” time. A good variety of natural Thai oils and creams available for you to choose on the day.
To make you feel even more special, little complimentary treats like a refreshing drink and a delicious snack are always offered to you before and after your treatment. I believe that all these aspects are important when it comes to a perfect Spa day.
My So Thai Experience in Phuket
As I’m currently located in Phuket, I had an opportunity to visit all three branches.
So Thai Spa Phuket Privilege, situated in Bang Tao Area was the first branch I visited. Where I got introduced to their concept and had my first treatment. As you know my husband and I have a thing for couples packages, and we love to experience different spas together, so we had our two-hour full body massage in the double room.
The actual spa has quite an impressive entrance starting from the outside walkway surrounded by greenery leading to the thoroughly styled entry hall. Inside the spa was very spacious and relaxing. I loved the smell of oils and fresh greenery in the air mixed together.
I was enjoying some aromatherapy, where my husband requested a traditional Thai massage. During Thai massage, oils are not applied, and you are being pulled, stretched and rocked at the hands of the therapist. Usually, every part of the body is used to perform this type of massage the right way. Thumbs, elbows and knees are used to massage your body thoroughly. My husband was delighted with his treatment which made our day even more special as it was his birthday!
So Thai Spa Phuket Ashlee was the second location that we had a chance to visit. This spa is situated right in the centre of Patong and has lots of parking available right outside, which we found convenient. This spa is much smaller in size than the other ones and not as picturesque. Despite that, we had an incredible time all thanks to the lovely stuff and their great hospitality.
This time my hubby and I went for a couple’s So Thai Spa Relax package that included a full body massage and a herbal ball compress. It was a new experience for both of us, and we enjoyed it.
The Thai herbal ball compress techniques induce deep relaxation, relieves stress, improves circulation of blood and lymph. At the same time, the herbs in the compress have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. If you are struggling from tiredness or experiencing muscle pain, I recommend you to try this treatment, as from my experience it helped to relax my body deeply.
So Thai Spa Phuket Hillside was everything I expected and even more. As I am the type of person that does thorough research on places before visiting, I was already anticipating the place to be quite spacious and have beautiful views. The Hillside Spa does have stunning views but also tastefully decorated and much bigger than I expected it to be. The Spa is based in a two-storey villa with a pool and has quite a few street car parks around it.
This time we both had an aromatherapy massage and a facial. Aromatherapy massage in Thailand is a second favourite type of massage as most think of it as just a massage with oil. In reality, aromatherapy is more complicated than you think and not all massage therapists can perform it at the high standard. During an aromatherapy massage, you inhale essential oils found in the massage oil or a lotion that you’ve chosen before the treatment. For example, for a relaxation and stress relief, you can select a lavender essential oil or rosemary for more an uplifting effect. This type of massage should not be painful but deeply relaxing. The masseur’s movements should be gentle but firm. The movements must flow from one to another in the repetitive variety of strokes. This kind of treatment would suit someone who suffers from anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Even thou usually I find myself very hard to relax during the aromatherapy, this time it wasn’t the case all thanks to the excellent skills of my masseur. I slept through the whole treatment which means that she was doing everything right!
After hearing all my feedback, you probably want to know which branch out of three is my favourite. If you are a someone like me who is mostly visiting SPA for the sake of the experience, then I would say the Hillside branch is definitely on their top game comparing to the other two. They all provide professional services and great treatments, so if you only care about the result of your treatment than any of them would suit your needs, choose the most suitable location for you!