For globe-trotters who prefer more privacy during their holidays, remote islands with luxury facilities have become their desired destination in recent years. In Thailand, small, secluded islands surrounding Phuket, Phang-nga, Krabi and Satun are now home to many exclusive, luxury resorts which have successfully welcomed holidaymakers from all over the world to experience the natural beauty of the Land of Smiles. Among them is the world-famous Six Senses on Yao Noi, a remote island midway between Phuket and Krabi.
The Thai herbal heated compress.
Six Senses Yao Noi is a luxury pool villa-style resort with a bird's eye view of Phang-nga Bay's dramatic limestone formations and islets. From the island of Yao Noi, it is easy to access some of the world's best scuba-diving and snorkelling sites around Koh Phi Phi, Krabi and Phang-nga. Six Senses Yao Noi's high-standard facilities and services have made it to Conde Nast Traveller's Gold List 2012 of "Best Hotels for Leisure Facilities".
One unique facility holidaymakers should definitely make time for while staying at the resort is a visit to the Six Senses Spa. Here, the spa is cleverly designed as a village nestling in the lush tropical hillside. Within the spa village are several separate treatment salas, a fully-equipped gym and the four-chamber Asian-style longhouse, specially designed for the signature Yao Noi Ritual treatment.
Spacious chamber for Thai herbal body scrub treatment.
Apart from the unique longhouse facility with windows opening on to lush gardens, what sets the signature Yao Noi Ritual apart from other treatments are the carefully selected ingredients and the sequence of each treatment _ foot soak, steam, scrub, massage, anti-ageing silk facial and spicy herbal bath _ done continuously in the four adjacent chambers by two experienced spa staff, a massage therapist and a beauty expert.
The treatment started in the first chamber with a relaxing herbal foot soak and a Thai herbal steam to open the skin pores and wake the body ready for the following Thai herbal body scrub in the second chamber. The scrub uses tamarind and yoghurt among many other rich ingredients. Tamarind is well known in Thai tradition as a natural defoliant. The therapist gently rubs the scrub on the whole body in circular, massaging motions _ eliminating dead cells that accumulate on the skin's surface. It is rinsed off with warm water in the shower, leaving the skin markedly improved and rejuvenated.
Next is the Thai herbal massage to energise the body and re-awaken the senses. Herbal massage is a common method of treatment employed in traditional Thai medicine. The massage is combined with a heated compress _ comprised of a wide selection of Thai herbs such as plai and eucalyptus _ tightly bound in fabric which is steamed until piping hot and firmly rolled.
These herbs have a calming effect on the mind and the body while the compress itself helps to improve and stimulate the lymphatic system and increase blood circulation. After an hour of massage and hot compress, the body's general muscular aches, pains and tension are relieved.
Ready in the third chamber is the beauty expert to perform the unique Thai silk facial treatment. As you lie on a comfortable bed, the face is thoroughly cleansed with specially-designed Six Senses products. Then the silk cocoons are gently applied to exfoliate the facial skin.
The four-chamber, Asian-style longhouse.
Silk is a natural fibre that is hypoallergenic, meaning it is suitable for all skin types. The natural amino acids of the silk are said to help break down the bonds between the dead skin cells allowing for a deeper and more gentle exfoliation, while at the same time the protein of the silk supports the skin's elasticity. After rinsing off with warm water and pat-drying, a concentrated moisturiser is applied to soothe the skin _ now smooth and glowing. The final stage of this spa journey is the spicy herbal bath in the last chamber. Floating in the warm bath tub are some Thai herbs with medicinal benefits _ ginger, kaffir lime and pandan leaves. Ginger helps restore vitality, while kaffir lime produces aromatherapy essential oil. Pandan emits a fragrant aroma and can solve several skin problems. Together, they offered a good, aromatic spicy bath. Half an hour soaking in the warm herbal bath completely relaxes the body and balances all the senses. This four-hour Six Senses Yao Noi Ritual costs 12,000 baht per person and is highly recommended for anyone seeking complete relaxation and rejuvenation after a long day out in the sun exploring the beauty of the underwater world.
For more information, visit www.sixsenses.com.
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