If you’re lucky enough to be staying in one of Thailand’s luxurious private villas you won’t even need to leave the grounds to indulge in a selection of indulgent spa treatments
A luxury villa provides the perfect tranquil setting to treat yourself to a pamper session
A trip to Thailand would be incomplete without trying in at least one soothing spa session. In fact, the Kingdom is well known for its lavish array of health and wellness havens, with plenty of visitors gravitating towards these soothing sanctuaries to treat themselves to an array of relaxing and rejuvenating therapies. However, guests staying in one of Thailand’s luxury private villas don’t even have to leave the house to pamper themselves with a revitalizing session at the spa. In fact, many holiday rental properties come with their own dedicated treatment rooms so it’s possible to hire a therapist or masseuse to come directly to the villa.
Serene surroundings, top-of-the-range beauty products and lavish bathroom facilities all play a part in establishing the perfect spa-like ambience. However, while a relaxing atmosphere is essential in creating the quintessential spa experience, the treatments themselves have a big part to play too. We take a closer look at a few of the beauty treatments you will be able to enjoy in your private villa.
The traditional treatment
Immerse yourself in Thailand’s traditional culture by opting to have an invigorating Thai massage
Traditional Thai massage therapy was originally developed over 2,500 years ago by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, doctor to the Lord Buddha himself. Typically, a Thai massage is more rigorous than other styles, so you’re unlikely to fall into a relaxing snooze. The therapist twists, bends and exerts pressure on different parts of the body, moving the body into different yoga-like postures. They will also use their hands, knees and elbows to manipulate key muscles and pressure points, encouraging muscle compression, joint mobilisation and acupressure. All of this leads to the release of stress and tension throughout the body. As various poses are being held, blood will rush to the targeted area, improving circulation.
A masseuse will generally allow you to choose the level of pressure you prefer, depending on how intense you want the treatment to be. For a truly invigorating experience, why not opt to have your Thai massage in your villa’s breezy outdoor sala overlooking the beach, rather than inside with the air-conditioner?
Relax and unwind
A soothing aromatherapy treatment will ignite the senses
For a relaxing experience that soothes the senses and sends you softly towards restful sleep, an aromatherapy massage could be the perfect choice. An aromatherapy massage typically combines the long, relaxing strokes of traditional Swedish massage with the use of essential oils to promote the health of the body’s limbic system. If you’re not quite ready for rigorous stretches and twists of a Thai massage, this is definitely the treatment to try. The firm pressure of the massage stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, encouraging muscles to flush out the lactic acid that contributes to tension. As well as taking in the scent of the essential oil, you will also absorb its effects through your skin.
Your masseuse will be able to advise you on which essential oil to choose, depending on the effect you’d like to create. For example, chamomile, lavender and geranium oils are all known for their calming properties, while ylang ylang, clary sage and rose have uplifting qualities.
From tip to toe
A foot massage is based on the ancient healing therapy of reflexology
Our feet do a lot of work, carrying the entire weight of the body all day, every day. However, they’re often the least pampered part of the body. If you’re keen to splurge on a calming spa treatment, a reflexology foot massage guarantees a blissfully relaxing 60 minutes. The practice of reflexology has been in carried out across the world for hundreds of years as a means of promoting overall health. According to the principles of the practice, certain parts of the foot correspond to the body’s various organs and glands. Therefore, a reflexology massage will pay particular attention to the soles, ankles, toes and balls of the feet, with pressure applied to each area by hand or with special tools.
Not only are foot massages extremely relaxing, but they’re also proven to improve circulation in the lower part of the body, which is a bonus for people suffering from diabetes. There’s also evidence to suggest that this type of treatment has a significant effect on relieving symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Get your skin to glow
An invigorating body scrub will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and silky
To leave your skin feeling fresh and fantastic, a full body scrub is a must. The main purpose of this treatment is to exfoliate your skin by removing the top layer of dead cells from your skin, leaving it feeling soft and silky. As well as providing an invigorating effect, it’s also a great idea to get rid of dead skin cells if you’re keen to build up a glowing, even tan whilst on holiday.
A full body scrub treatment will often take place in one of your villa’s bathrooms, as you’ll need to take a shower afterwards to wash off the exfoliating ointment. Once again, you’ll be able to choose the essence of your scrub depending on the fragrances you like. Once all of the exfoliate has been rinsed off, your spa therapist will usually massage in a soothing body cream or lotion to leave the new layer of skin hydrated and well-moisturised.
Indulging in a facial will give your complexion a revitalizing boost
As well as providing a relaxing addition to your pamper session, a facial comes with plenty of health benefits too. In fact, a facial could be just what your skin needs to give it that extra glow – which is why so many people choose to have one if they’ve got a special occasion coming up.
A typical facial will start with a gentle cleanse and tone, and your beauty therapist may even include an exfoliation step, too. Once your face is fresh and clean, usually a mask of some kind is applied – often it’s moisturising, although it could be a mask targeted at tightening the pores or rejuvenating tired-looking skin. All good facials include some elements of massage, too. This helps to promote blood circulation in the face, helping your skin appear fresher and younger. As well as the many beauty benefits of a facial, studies have also shown that this spa treatment leads to lower stress levels and improved circulation, plus a general improvement of skin health.
Closer look: Coconut oil
When it comes to beauty products, coconut is a versatile ingredient
If you’re keen to introduce a little daily pampering to your beauty regime whilst you’re on holiday in Thailand, be sure to stock up on coconut oil. Coconuts grow in abundance in the Kingdom, and there are a variety of uses for the magical elixir of coconut oil. It can be used as body lotion right after your shower, and will leave your skin feeling beautifully soft and smooth. It’s also light enough to be used as an under eye cream. Mixing half a cup of coconut oil with a handful of coarse salt or sugar will also create an excellent exfoliator.
We’ve rounded up a few quick fix face mask ingredients that will be easy to pick up from your villa’s kitchen.
- To cleanse the skin and tighten pores, massage a layer of plain yoghurt onto your face and let it soak in for around 20 minutes. Mix it with one teaspoon of orange juice for a re-vitalising twist.
- If you want to moisturise skin that’s dried out from too much sunbathing, grab an egg from your villa’s kitchen. Separate the egg white from the yolk, beating the latter before massaging it onto your face. Leave for 20 minutes, then rinse off.
- As well as being a highly satisfying snack, bananas are a great fruit to add to your beauty regime. Mash up a medium-size ripe banana into a smooth paste and massage into your face and neck. Let it set for 10-20 minutes before rinsing off with cold water. This moisturising mask will leave your skin both looking and feeling softer.