In search of sanc­tu­ary

Spa Vil­lage Koh Sa­mui is the ideal re­treat in which to tap into tra­di­tional heal­ing that sparks the re­ju­ve­na­tion of mind and body.

YTL Life - - Life Feature - Words MARK LEAN

One of the crown­ing fea­tures of The Ritz-carl­ton, Koh Sa­mui is Spa Vil­lage Koh Sa­mui. This lat­est ad­di­tion to the Spa Vil­lage fam­ily spans 3,800 square me­tres and fea­tures eight treat­ment suites, three mas­sage pavil­ions, a yoga pav­il­ion, a lap pool with ca­banas as well as a re­lax­ation sala for post-treat­ment pam­per­ing with a cup of warm honey tea.

In­spired by the is­land’s rich bounty of fruits, flow­ers and herbs, the treat­ments at Spa Vil­lage Koh Sa­mui cen­tre on tra­di­tional Thai wis­dom and know-how passed down through gen­er­a­tions. Each spa ex­pe­ri­ence be­gins with the in­vig­o­rat­ing Songkran Shower, based on the Thai New Year cus­tom of throw­ing wa­ter, sig­ni­fy­ing men­tal, emo­tional and spir­i­tual cleans­ing for a fresh be­gin­ning. This is fol­lowed by a selec­tion of ther­a­pies unique to Spa Vil­lage Koh Sa­mui. Tak­ing a leaf from the is­land’s his­tory of co­conut cul­ti­va­tion, the sig­na­ture Sa­mui’s Co­conut Her­itage mines the health­ful ben­e­fits of the fruit. Start with a Deluxe Songkran Shower in­clud­ing a co­conut scrub, fol­lowed by a 90-minute Co­conut Flow Mas­sage and capped with a nutri­ent-rich Co­conut Hair Masque for a glossy fin­ish.

Another high­light at the spa is the Tok Sen mas­sage de­rived from the an­cient King­dom of Lanna. Pop­u­lar in the north of Thai­land, Tok Sen works by tap­ping the body’s merid­ian path­ways us­ing a spe­cially blessed mal­let crafted from the wood of a tamarind tree. The treat­ment’s repet­i­tive tap­ping sound in­duces a calm­ing med­i­ta­tive ef­fect, while the tap­ping rhythm dis­lodges block­ages stored in the body, reach­ing deeply into ar­eas, and af­ford­ing a sense of re­lax­ation be­yond that of con­ven­tional mas­sages.

For those pre­fer­ring their treat­ment out­doors, the Thai Aquatic Free­dom is con­ducted in the spa’s aqua ther­apy pool. Cen­tred on the Thai phi­los­o­phy of “plod ploy pi kab say nam” or “let­ting go with the wa­ter flow”, the treat­ment com­prises a se­ries of stretches tar­get­ing aching mus­cles and stiff joints, re­leas­ing both ten­sion and stress with the help of the ther­a­pist’s expert guid­ance.

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