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BANGKOK’S re­cently opened The Siam, which is right by the Chao Phraya River and features re­sort-style pool vil­las, has an Aus­tralian con­nec­tion. The boldly named Opium Spa is a fa­cil­ity by So­dashi, the botan­i­cal-based and 100 per cent chem­i­cal-free sk­in­care line founded in 1999 by Perth-based Me­gan Larsen. Opium is the first ex­clu­sive So­dashi spa in Asia; it’s open 10am to 10pm and features five dou­ble treat­ment rooms, a ham­mam-in­spired bath house, sauna, Jacuzzis and steam room. Choose from So­dashi treat­ments such as the 105-minute Sa­madara ul­ti­mate age-de­fy­ing fa­cial, which in­cludes a rose quartz crys­tal face mas­sage, or a 90-minute Thai herbal mas­sage us­ing heated com­presses of aro­matic spices and herbs. The Siam also has a com­pre­hen­sively equipped gym and claims to be the world’s first ho­tel with a Muay Thai ring — this tra­di­tional style of box­ing is re­ferred to as the ‘‘art of eight limbs’’ due to its regime of punches, kicks, el­bows and knee strikes. Also in Thai­land, you’ll find So­dashi prod­ucts and treat­ments at Ka­malaya Well­ness Sanc­tu­ary in Koh Sa­mui and Tris­ara in Phuket. And that name So­dashi? It means whole­ness, pu­rity and ra­di­ance in San­skrit. Kick back, re­lax and en­joy. More: the­si­amho­tel.com; so­dashi.com.

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