As soon as we found out we were staying at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, I knew we would spend an afternoon at the Spa. As I’ve told Tom on multiple occasions, the massage I had several years ago at the Oriental is still my all-time favorite. During this visit, I wanted to see if this still holds!
To celebrate our anniversary, Tom and I pampered ourselves with a steam treatment and a 90 minute Jet Lag massage at the spa, which has been awarded multiple times as “Best Spa in the World”! We journeyed from our hotel room in the main building to the Spa across the Chao Phraya aboard one of the property’s motorized boats. The spa resides in a cluster of the Oriental’s antique Thai houses that are flanked with lovely tropical gardens. Inside, the lobby, the esthetic is Thai elegance, complete with teak wood softened by delicate silks.
Upon arrival, we were presented with a delicious herbal Thai iced tea and lemongrass scented cool washcloths to refresh ourselves. Although the spa has 15 treatment suites that were fully booked, we felt like the entire facility was ours. It’s planning such as this that makes the spa experience feel even more intimate and unique. Tom and I were then escorted to our treatment suite, complete with a steam room and vitality pool.
The treatment suite is large. Soft music filled the air as we were given a tour of our home for the afternoon. A treatment mat and pillows covered a large platform. Next to it was a private bathroom. An oversized steam shower was ready for us to use. The vitality whirlpool was inviting and filled with rose essence and petals. And if we desired, there was a lounging area, complete with water and herbal tea. The large vanity was stocked with all of the essentials to refresh ourselves after the relaxing session.
We started with a few sips of iced herbal tea before beginning our 30-minute steam treatment. Even though the Bangkok weather was over 100 degrees with humidity well into the 90s, the steam room felt incredible. Perhaps it was due to the spa setting and the fact that the menthol steam eased the sinus congestion I was plagued with during the trip. Regardless of the reason, it felt fantastic. Since the steam was HOT, we took a few breaks and sipped on tea. Near the end of the steam session, we took a quick dip into the rose scented pool to freshen up.
If you get a chance, extend the typical hour-long massage to a 90-minute session. It is so worth it! For an hour and a half, Tom and I had our muscles pushed, kneaded, pulled, and stretched. It was a fantastic relief after being tense from two weeks of traveling. We both felt refreshed, and our muscle tightness and knots were sufficiently cared for.
Following our massage, we took our time readying ourselves to face the world again. During this time, we were presented with a selection of herbal teas. Tom sipped on lemongrass tea while I chose ginger. After we were done and on the boat back to our room, Tom asked me if the massage at the Oriental is as great as I remembered. I told him that it is even better. The spa treatments at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is THAT amazing!
Virtuoso Amenities for your stay
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests in Verandah restaurant
- One complimentary Thai Buffet Lunch for up to two persons at Sala Rim Naam, once during stay (excluding beverages )
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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