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Total relaxation and rejuvenation in a serene garden spa at Anantara Resort Hua Hin
01 Jul 2006
From ancient Ayurvedic massage therapy and dosha-balancing colour therapy steam baths to body butter skin nourishing and hydrating facials that use ancient Thai herbal recipes, the renowned Anantara Spa menu has something for everybody.
Designed to be a garden spa and set amidst the beachside resort's lagoon pools and bounteous tropical foliage, the Anantara Spa was created by award-winning landscape architect Bill Bensley.
Each of the Spa's seven suites is set in its own individual garden courtyard, three with a deep terrazzo bath designed for two and all with dual alfresco 'rain' showers suspended in bronze cages modelled on traditional Thai fish-traps.
Each suite's air-conditioned treatment room is separated from its courtyard by sliding glass doors that can be kept closed for coolness or opened up onto the courtyard. Four double suites, including one dedicated Thai massage room, allow couples to enjoy their body treatments side by side.
The Spa was designed in harmony with the resort's gardens and lotus-covered lagoons. Three of the spa suites are accessed via a wooden jetty, lit at night by flaming oil lamps, which runs around the edge of the lagoon. From here guests enter their spa suite via huge wooden doorways topped with decorative stone lintels, behind which is their private courtyard and treatment room.
The Anantara Spa's treatment list reads like a gourmet menu. There are body treatments to exfoliate, soften and invigorate using salt, Javanese spices, exotic fruits and fragrant oils.
The spa's signature treatment is the three-hour Culture of Anantara, which starts with a Shirodhara massage often referred to as the ‘massage of the third eye' and considered one of the most powerful Ayurvedic treatments available. This is followed by a relieving Back Massage therapy in which strong massage strokes are applied on areas of the back that carry stress to release and unclog tensed muscles. The treatment culminates in the luxuriantly timeless Honey and Milk-infused bath.
Massages at Anantara Spa range from Shirodhara and Ayurvedic to Shiatsu, traditional Thai and aromatic oil massages. Blissful body treatments include a 60-minute Exotic Fruit Peel, a traditional skin nourisher which uses a refreshing blend of fresh orange, raw honey and milk powder leaving the skin feeling smooth and baby-soft.
The Elemis Ceremony of Sun allows guests an extra boost of sun-kissed, natural colour during a soothing 60-minute application of lotion, while the Frangipani Body Nourish Wrap drenches the skin with Monoi oil from aromatic Tahitian Coconut and Frangipani flowers to produce the ultimate in skin radiance, glow and vitality.
A menu of signature bath treatments can be booked separately or in conjunction with a massage or body treatment. The 30-minute Colour Therapy Steam Bath is based on Ayurvedic medicine's belief in the healing power of colour and its ability to balance the body's three doshas. Alternatively the 60-minute Mud Steam Baths 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). Or guests can opt for the Cleopatra bath experience: a 30-minute honey milk bath.
Longer spa journeys include three day spa packages which can be tailored by the spa consultant to suit each guest. Spa rituals called The Chosen Ones range from the one hour Anantara Four-Hand Massage to two-hour spa treats such as the Traditional Thai Treat or the popular Body Symphony, a four-hour spa package for two which includes a salt scrub, aromatic floral bath, and aromatherapy massage and an aromatic facial.
The 187-room Anantara Resort Hua Hin is a distinctive Thai village-style resort located on the sunrise coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Hidden amidst 14 acres of Bill Bensley-designed luxuriantly landscaped mature gardens and lagoon pools, the picturesque resort enjoys a beachfront location at the quiet end of Thailand's historic royal seaside town.
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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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