Looking for a place where time seems to standstill as you launch into a dreamland? The Spa at Four Seasons Resort, Koh Samui in Thailand is your best option!
By: Karishma Suri
Posted on: June 14, 2013
Spas have always found their place in everyone’s hectic schedules, especially a luxury traveller’s. And if the spa is surrounded by a coconut forest with just five private, exclusive treatment villas, you know that it has the potential to make it to the top of your indulgence list. And this is what Four Seasons Resort, Koh Samui exactly offers. And their spa guarantees sheer bliss for however long you choose!
Coming back to the private villa part of it – which I am sure caught your attention – the spa can service 10 guests (five couples) at the same time. So rather than taking a chance, book your therapy in advance, because there is surely a line of spa-goers waiting to take a slice of the good life.
A buggy will be available to drop you to the spa. With the experience starting right from the beginning, you won’t even need to specify where you are going. The team is well versed with any appointments or reservations that you have made for the day and will just take you there. At the minimalistically designed entrance – in the true Four Seasons style – the receptionist will greet you and confirm your appointment. Your eyes will appreciate the warm wood interiors while the retail counters are strategically placed behind the reception with products from Ila and Pevonia. Consultations are quick (and conveyed to your therapist appropriately), as are the introductions to your therapists who exude warmth and hospitality, signalling a peaceful hour to follow.
Trail through greens
Follow your therapist through a narrow pathway bordered by lush greenery to your private villa and be prepared to let go. The villas are spacious with two beds, an outdoor area and a steam room with washroom. As you feel yourself been enveloped with an aura of peace and positive vibes, change into your disposables and robe and ring the bell to call your therapists and to begin that serene journey. Take a seat on the sofa and well-practiced hands will take your weary feet and legs through a foot bath ritual to give a traditional, warm Thai welcome (inspired by Thai tradition where one would remove their shoes, wash their feet and then enter a house). While secretly wishing the soothing foot therapy doesn’t end, there is much more to this ritual than meets the eye. The feet are washed with crushed kaffir lime leaves that serve as an antiseptic, followed by a foot scrub with blended jasmine rice, coconut oil and milk powder to remove dead skin cells. This is finished off with a foot spray (extremely refreshing at that) with bergamot essential oil that refreshes and rejuvenates!
Comfort is key as the therapist ensures you are relaxed and preps you to ease yourself and enjoy every second of the treatment. As you are escorted to your treatment area, a quick introduction to your treatment procedure along with the products to be used is done, so that you are aware of what is happening at all points. The treatment I opted for was the Siam Fusion massage – a signature treatment good for muscle ache and tension release. There are quite a few treatments that you will be tempted to try, either alone or with that special someone, so prioritise and schedule your time at the resort well!
After being introduced to the five massage oils, I was told that the fire oil was the best for this treatment. Interestingly, the oils were named as per the benefits provided by them. While the Earth massage oil, consisting essential oils of Lemongrass, Lavender and Orange is supposed to be grounding and calming, the Water massage oil with essential oils of Cedar wood, Rosewood and Clove calms and relieves stress. The Fire massage oil with essential oils of Black pepper, Clove and Ylang Ylang is warming and stimulating; the Air massage oil with essential oils of Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Grapefruit is good for breathing, colds and flues; and the Space massage oil with essential oils of Lavender, Rosemary and Marjoram relieves tension and insomnia. I was also shown the herbal hot compresses beforehand which are an important component of this treatment. Personally, we really appreciated this extra attention to detail.
You will already start feeling your muscles relax as you lie face down on the bed. The soothing sound of a singing bowl signals the start of the treatment. “The next time you will hear this sound, it will signal the end of the treatment,” my therapist explained, as I shut my eyes and took a deep breath.
Submission to peace
As the therapist started working on my feet, the chirping of the birds and the soothing sounds of the water, coupled with the soft Thai ambient music, put me into a passive spell while still being perfectly aware of her swift but soft movements. You will, literally, be smiling and loving the pampering at every second. You will feel a little pressure here and there as accurate and comfortable pressure points, together with a Thai massage, start the therapy, but it is only a matter of seconds before you’ll start enjoying it.
Before you can take in the oh-feel-so-good massage, you will feel an even better oh-wow feeling, which has been induced by the hot compress called Luk Pra Kob, consisting of lemongrass and Thai ginger, which relieves tension and warms the muscles. Just to add a quick note, a Thai herbal ball is a blend of herbs tied up in a muslin ball which is steamed before being applied to the skin. When used in a massage, the steamed herbal balls are used to lightly pound or rub your muscles. Again, it may take a few seconds to get accustomed to the hot compress, but once you enjoy it, it is relaxing and soothing, and you can feel every ache leaving your body.
Once the hot compress has opened your pores, the therapists follow it up with an effectual body massage using the fire element oil, which immerses into your now receptive body. The strong, rhythmic strokes were almost creating soothing melodies in my mind, making me sink into a meditative trance. The treatment ends with the sound of the singing bowl as they help you up and clean the excess oil off your body with a hot towel. However, they recommend avoiding an immediate shower and keeping the oil for as long as possible, as it hydrates the body. Your therapist will help you wear your robe and then wait outside till you get dressed so you can be escorted back to the reception.
Don’t miss the re-hydrating beverage, which I’ll leave as a surprise for you to discover what it is. Served in a dainty little tea set, the beverage was a perfect see-off to this soul-soothing experience.
To sum it up, if we had a format of giving stars, we would have given the full golden five for the service, the Four Seasons standard and the hygiene. The treatments were certainly well-thought off and devised, and of course, executed perfectly. What we didn’t like is the fact that we had to leave not knowing when we would return!
Coordinates: Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, 219 Moo 5, Angthong, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand