Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By He­len Hayes the­si­amho­tel.com; pre­ferred­ho­tels.com

Sit­ting in traf­fic this morn­ing, my mind took me back to one of the best mas­sages I have ever had. Back to the gor­geous, tran­quil and ther­a­peu­tic calm of the Opium Spa at The Siam Ho­tel in the leafy royal en­clave of Dusit in Bangkok. Just as I am back on that soft mas­sage bed, sooth­ing hands knead­ing away pesky knots, I snap out of my rev­erie to the honk of horns be­hind me after the light turns green. Whoops!

That state of calm is easy to con­jure.

I imag­ine walk­ing down the stairs into the oa­sis, the wel­com­ing tea and chilled face washer to re­fresh from the Bangkok heat, and walk­ing into the treat­ment rooms. They are more like suites, with a sep­a­rate shower, toi­let, huge change area open­ing up to the stun­ning treat­ment room. Be­fore chang­ing, Kom, my masseuse, gives me a heat pack for my shoul­ders, to start the process of un­lock­ing my tense up­per body, scrunched tight from the hours at the com­puter. This is fol­lowed by a salt scrub foot bath, be­fore chang­ing into a robe as soft as a cloud. I could have had the Muay Thai mas­sage but opted for the Aroma Ther­apy mas­sage, a rhyth­mic, hyp­notic treat­ment that sent me into the land of nod a few times. I could have spent a week in there, en­joy­ing steam show­ers, dry and steam saunas or Jacuzzis. I could have had hair and nails done in the full-ser­vice sa­lon and for some­thing truly dif­fer­ent, I could have had a tat­too of a Bud­dhist bless­ing from a mas­ter. But I was happy with my mas­sage, and walked zom­bie-like to my beau­ti­ful suite in this stun­ning bou­tique prop­erty. The Siam is a mem­ber of the Le­gend Col­lec­tion from Pre­ferred Ho­tels & Re­sorts.

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