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.
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.
For more information, please visit ritzcarlton.com/kohsamui