When is a steam treatment more than a steam treatment? Amatara Resort & Wellness, Phuket, has launched what it says is the world’s first luxury Thai hammam spa, blending traditional Turkish and Moroccan bathing practices with Thai spa know-how to offer pampering, soaking, exfoliating, cleansing, deep massage and rejuvenation. Whatever it’s called, it sounds pretty awesome.
The hammam spa experience starts with a traditional sauna and waterfall or jet blast rinse to cool body temperature. This is followed with an intensive hair treatment and scalp massage before going into the Thai herbal steam room to soften skin and relax muscles. You’ll then receive a full body massage and exfoliation over a warm stone bed. Cap it off with a detoxifying thermal mud bath and rinse-off, before resting in a soothing Himalayan salt cave relaxation zone.
A special opening package gives you a 150-minute treatment, including a signature massage, post-treatment snacks and herbal tea, for $1,300. Amatara is also running several accommodation offers and special getaway packages for a limited time.
84 Moo 8, Sakdidej Rd., Tambol Vichit, Cape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand. (+66) 7631-8888, amataraphuket.com.
Amatara’s spa is fit for royals