Festive Wellbeing at CHI, The Spa

Everyone deserves a treat or two during the festive season, and CHI, The Spa, has just the right appointment for spa lovers and those in need of luxurious relaxation

Step inside the realm of CHI, The Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, and discover a veritable spa oasis, where troubles seem to fade into the distance, as your senses are enveloped in sights, scents and sounds, which calm and instantly relax.Every detail at CHI, The Spa is meticulously tweaked, to ensure the pinnacle in wellness from arrival to departure: the smiling greeting, infused cold towel and chilled ginger welcome drink, to the hot beverage, fruit plate and parting gift – more about that later!

With a host of signature therapies, including body massages, scrubs and wraps, hydrotherapy and facials, the treatments and facilities are the quintessential idea of spa indulgence. CHI, The Spa, even after 15 years in operation, is still the ultimate antidote to daily stresses and strains, helping to melt away worries and cares of all, who cross the elevator threshold, on the third floor of the Krungthep Wing, at Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok.

"In October, we launched our Festive Wellbeing Journey package, combining the best of body scrubs with a luxury aromatherapy massage, to help promote relaxation of body, mind and spirit, throughout this busy time of year," comments Ms Nhannaphat Vorachitcharoenkul, Director of CHI, The Spa and Health Club.

Sitting in the large relaxation lounge, before your appointment time, the pleasure begins, as does your consultation with pre-spa checks and information. The spa boutique with retail products is off to one side, and a host of luxurious single treatment rooms and couples' suites await, being prepped by your spa therapist, to ensure nothing is overlooked for your particular treatment choice.

The Festive Wellbeing Journey is a 90-minute treatment (4,200 Baht nett), consisting of a 30-minute body scrub of choice, followed by a 60-minute full-body massage, for which you select one or a combination of four different ZENTS massage oils. Choose your scrub, depending on what your body needs or tolerates: Pink Himalayan Salt is for deep cleansing and rich in nutrients; Coconut & Sugar offers a good exfoliation and exuberant moisturizing; Green Tea has astringent and antioxidant properties; while White Sesame is the most gentle of the four, with skin healing properties.

Exclusive to Shangri-La in Thailand, the US-branded ZENTS massage oils used there include: 'Mandarin' with refreshing citrus notes; 'Sun' with warming and sensual vanilla, sandalwood and citrus; 'Oolong' with added floral tones, such as lavender and bergamot; and 'Ore' with a heady blend of bay laurel, clove and black pepper. To try something new, I went with the Coconut & Sugar scrub, to be followed by a blend of 'Sun' and 'Mandarin' oils, which worked out as the perfect compliment to the festive season. The blended oils had the divine, yet subtle, resulting aroma of freshly baked Christmas cookies, in the home around the holidays.

Once introduced to your spa therapist, you are guided to your treatment room, your details are confirmed, and you are shown the lay of the luxurious land. You are left alone to slip into your fluffy robe and soft slippers and find yourself face-down on a comfy heated and padded treatment bed.

From the moment your feet are wrapped in warm towels and washed, the wellbeing journey begins. Long, calm scrubbing strokes ensure you remain relaxed, as your skin is sloughed and dead skin cells are removed, from between and around your toes, over the legs, torso and arms, to the neckline, the skin is given a new lease of life and thoroughly nourished with the sticky and gooey scrub that easily washes away, once you are assisted to the shower.

Primed, gleaming and ready for the massage oils, you retake up your position on the spotlessly re-prepped spa bed. After the scrub, the skin drinks in the ZENTS oil gratefully, as the therapist works magic, seeking out and releasing muscular tension with fingers and palms, instilling a strong, lasting sense of wellness. The usual pressure for the aromatherapy massage is light to medium, but your therapist will gladly accommodate the desire for added pressure and adjust accordingly, by politely checking with you, if you are happy with each aspect of the experience.

The end of the treatment is signaled by the sound of a bell's chime, and you are left to enjoy the creature comforts of the room, with everything you need to ready yourself for the outside world. CHI, The Spa has the room filled with ZENTS products, such as moisturizer, hairspray and deodorants, as well as a hairdryer and other thoughtful hotel and spa type amenities, so you can leave bright and refresh, after the deep relaxation.

As you re-enter the lounge area, a hot tea and freshly-cut fruit in delightful shapes await, encouraging you to remain a little longer, in this utopian ambience. This is also where you receive the parting gift, which is integral to the Festive Wellbeing Journey. Included in the package price is a choice of either the 300ml ZENTS Body Wash, or the ZENTS Concreta Body Balm, in a beautiful box, carved of stone. Either is a perfect Christmas or New Year present, and they both come in the four signature aromas, chosen by CHI, The Spa, subject to availability.

"Our Festive Wellbeing Journey runs until the end of January 2020," explains Ms Nhannaphat. "We hope everyone is able to enjoy this luxurious package, and leave not only contented, from deep within, but also with our festive gift and have a small part of CHI at home too, with our compliments."

Located in the Shangri-La, Hotel Bangkok's Krungthep Wing, CHI, The Spa is conveniently only a short hop from the BTS Skytrain station Saphan Taksin. Advance bookings are advisable, as this is a particularly busy period of the year there. This spa haven is open daily from 10am - 10pm, so to avoid disappointment, call for an appointment on 02 236 7777 ext. 6071-2, or email chi.bangkok@shangri-la.com, and do visit www.shangri-la.com/bangkok/shangrila/health-leisure/chi-the-spa/

Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok 89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road.