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Anantara Spa at Anantara Resort Koh Samui, A sensual sanctuary behind stone pillars
01 Jul 2006
A tropical island breeze floats in from Bophut Beach across the resort's gardens and lotus-covered lagoons to descend on the sanctuary that is Anantara Spa on Koh Samui island in the Gulf of Thailand.
This harmonious, Zen-like sanctuary, designed as a garden spa is lavishly set amidst 3,100 square metres of lushly tropical greenery, masterfully planned by award-winning landscape architect Bill Bensley.
A paved walkway winds its way from the resort towards an arched stone pillar wall. Stepping through this entrance into the grounds of the spa, the aromatic scent of lemongrass infuses your senses, heightening your anticipation of the restorative journey ahead.
A calm descends as you sip your fragrant ginger-infused tea and select your treatment before making your way languidly past the lagoons that surround the outdoor reception area. All six of the Anantara Spa's suites are set within individual courtyards, with indoor treatment beds positioned to look out, through floor-to-ceiling glass windows, into your personal outdoor sanctuary. A deep, outdoor terrazzo bath designed for two and a dual alfresco ‘rain' shower are also features of each suite.
Music volume and air-conditioning levels in each suite can be individually-controlled to you're your preferences and floor vents allow the cool air to slowly circulate upwards rather than descending like a cold blanket.
The Spa's treatments are all deliciously indulgent. The elixirs and oils all use the finest and freshest indigenous ingredients, nutrient rich and luxuriously aromatic. Using traditional beauty essences such as sandalwood, ylang ylang, patchouli, mandarin, lavender, lemongrass, ginger, cinnamon, bergamot and natural ingredients such as Thai coffee beans, natural volcanic pumice, sweet woods, powdered spices, yoghurt, carrots and cucumbers, all the treatments are designed to deliver radiance, relaxation and a sense of well-being.
Signature to Anantara Koh Samui is the 3-hour Culture of Anantara for the body and soul which begins with the unforgettable four-hand massage. Two therapists work together in rhythmic harmony and combine 5 different massage styles - Japanese Shiatsu, Thai massage, Lomi Lomi, Swedish and Balinese for total body healing and pleasure. Then, experience the exfoliating benefits of the sea with the Ultimate Spa Detox as a clay and sea salt scrub polishes and smoothes your skin to a radiant glow. Finally, to release any remaining mental tension and to end the journey in a calm state of mind, unwind in a Mud Steam Bath and allow the minerals in the clay to enhance your overall skin's appearance and condition.
To experience traditions of ancient Thailand and therapist skills, and for stiff or sore muscles, the two-hour Traditional Thai Treat is a must. Perfect for those who have never been introduced to Thai herbal therapies, the journey begins with warm herbal compress - an ancient aromatic treatment dating back to the Ayutthaya period and designed in that era for war-weary soldiers to soothe their aching muscles. In practice for over 200 years, steamed herbal pouches containing five different Thai herbs known for their restorative and rejuvenating properties are used to massage the body for healing and pleasure. The Ritual is completed with a Traditional Thai Massage using pressure points along the body's energy channels to release blocked or congested energy, increasing awareness and vitality.
If balance, energy and a sense of peace are being sought, then the Anantara therapists might recommend the Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy Massage, a luxurious 60-minute aromatic massage harnessing the healing power of warm Volcanic stone, small stones are placed on key energy points, whilst the deep penetrating heat from the stones are used to massage the body using traditional techniques to release muscular tension and balance the spirit. It's the perfect treatment for loosening stiff and sore muscles resulting from over-exercise and stress.
Anantara facials also use nature's healers with anti-oxidants such as green tea, chamomile, rose and lavender and traditional Thai skin care products containing skin beautifier and moisturizer, prai and khamin. Also on offer are a range of luxurious Elemis facials, including some specifically designed for men and centred around deep cleansing and therapeutic grooming.
The ultimate in pampering is the blissful three-hour Anantara Body Extreme which includes a Mud Treatment with Colour Therapy Steam Bath based on Ayurvedic medicine's belief in the healing power of colour and its ability to balance the body's three doshas. Types of mud range from Green Mud (ideal for detoxification and for use on acne-prone and oily skin); Red Mud (suitable for dry skin with its high content of iron and essential minerals); and White Clay (a gentle bath with deodorant properties for sensitive skin). Following this is a delightful and soothing rainbar shower to gently wash away excess mud, before indulging in a choice of massage and a rejuvenating facial.
The Anantara Resort and Spa on the island of Koh Samui is a mere one-hour flight from Bangkok. For all enquiries and reservations, please call + 66 (0) 7742 8300 or + 66 (0) 2 477 0795 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anantara is taken from an ancient Sanskrit word that means 'borderless water', a name chosen for this element's association in many Asian cultures with wealth and good fortune. Inspired by local architecture and sensitive to the indigenous culture, Anantara Resorts are currently located in the seaside town of Hua Hin (220kms south of Bangkok), on Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand and in the Golden Triangle in the country's north. Anantara Resort Maldives opened in September 2006.
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