Steam Dreams

HK Magazine - - TRAVEL - Edited by Daniel Cr­effield

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, am­atara­

Amatara’s spa is fit for roy­als

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