Suite sensations

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 May, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 May, 2004, 12:00am

Seasons Spa

Conrad Bangkok

Seasons Spa at the Conrad Bangkok is unique in that, unlike most of its competitors, it was designed and built along with the hotel.

While most spas are add-ons to existing hotels, the design dictates the space at the custom-built Seasons Spa, and even the most minute of details are taken into account.

Ample room was given to the designers and spa experts to create an environment where guests could be treated in lavish surrounds.

Would the treatment beds be big enough? Could the shower comfortably cater for two? Was there space for a Japanese tub?

The result is a 7,000 square foot spa that is one of the most luxurious in the region.

Seasons Spa features five double rooms, four single rooms, a hydrotherapy room, two traditional Thai massage rooms and a presidential suite of 1,000 sq ft (pictured above). All the double rooms are the size of a deluxe five-star hotel room (about 300 sq ft), and each has its own separate shower and steam room, toilet and changing room.

The main treatment area has two beds and a sunken bath, and some treatment rooms look out onto their own private gardens.

The Seasons Spa uses only Elemis products from Britain and the 10 therapists are trained by Elemis professionals. They offer more than 40 treatments tailored to suit all needs. These range from a 30-minute Honey And Sesame Body Scrub (US$53) to the All Day Indulgence Package ($370), which combines a steam bath, lime and ginger salt scrub and a spirit reviver massage.

But there is nothing like the two-hour Absolute Spa Ritual to make you feel nothing matters but you. The treatment starts as soon as you enter the spa. The sounds of nature soon lift you to a special place as sensual aromas enfold and soothe your spirit.

I chose a morning session just to see how the treatment would affect the rest of my day.

My therapist, Khun Kaewjai, led me to my room, named Bundarik (Thai for lotus) and, as soon as I lay down on the bed, my skin started to shiver at her soft touch. Slowly, slowly it started ... first with a salt scrub, and then essential oils poured onto me.

I was soon lost in the full-body bliss of soft acupressure massage followed by a Japanese silk booster facial.

Ninety minutes were soon over but, by then, peace of mind had been restored from the soles of my feet to the top of my scalp.

Khun Kaewjai asked me not to shower as the Elemis products used are made from medicinal plants, organic herbs and natural bases that are 'good for the skin and will soothe and uplift your spirit'.

And so they did. The rest of my day was nothing but pleasant, even in heat of 43degrees Celsius in a congested and humid Bangkok.

Dragonair Holidays offers a Conrad Bangkok package for $2,840. Call 3193 3338 for details.