The island of Koh Samui is off the eastern coast of Thailand and is the country’s third largest island. For many years this tiny mecca of paradise lay undiscovered by tourists but since the early 1970’s people have been coming to Koh Samui to enjoy the exotic tranquility and to have a taste of island life. Tourism gradually increased and as it did the demand for relaxation and unburdening the stresses of life increased and the first rudimentary health orientated spas were born.
In 1998 the first day spa of its kind opened its doors on Koh Samui. The Tamarind Springs Day Spa was revolutionary and set a new benchmark in terms of services offered, luxurious surroundings and world-class facilities. As a result, Tamarind Springs quickly became, and remains to this day, one of Asia’s best day spas.
While not all the day spas on the island can match Tamarind Springs for the sheer natural opulence of its setting nor the breadth of services offered, other spas have carved niches for themselves by specializing in a variety of different kinds of services.
The Chuan Spa focuses its line of spa treatments around the practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the elements of fire, water, earth, wood and metal. Their treatments combine these elements with your energy flow to strive toward your wellbeing. Their signature stone therapy massage can be combined with other treatments for a full day of pampering or can be had all on its own for a rejuvenating experience.
Thomas Cook Travel Magazine listed the Magnolia Day Spa on their list of the World’s Best New Spas. This spa is the only one in Thailand to use the Dead Sea Minerals line of products, and while it is one of the largest spas on the island the intimacy of the rooms and interior design are healing and relaxing.
The Sukko Day Spa touts itself as being the only cultural day spa on the island with treatments based on ancient Thai medical theories. Indigenous herbs, heat therapies and traditional Thai massage are all utilized to bring your body back into balance. Combine their sound treatment practices with the best trained spa staff you’ll ever find and it’s not hard to see why this spa is ranked as one of the island’s best.
The myriad massage parlors on the island are not to be overlooked when in need of a good massage without all the pomp of a luxury day spa. With a variety of massage options including oil, traditional Thai and body-on-body massages, many of the massage parlors cater to the wealthy tourist who might be interested in a more intimate massage experience. Even if you’re just looking for a good Thai massage these are the places to go. The masseuses are well trained and prices are incredibly reasonable.
Koh Samui has established itself as a leader in spa and massage services and as such is well known the world over for the variety of treatments offered as well as the sheer number of day spas and massage parlors. No visit to the island can be complete without experiencing time at one of the day spas or massage parlors or both!