Chi Spa at Shangri-La Hotel (Bangkok)

 (courtesy, Shangri-La)

In ten-million-person, 24-hour Bangkok, discovering a good spa is your key to urban renewal. And you can unlock that sought-after oasis by discovering the Chi Spa at the riverside Shangri-La Hotel. Relax amidst a gorgeous blend of clean contemporary lines melded with traditional Asian artifacts, and find yourself sliding away from the frantic city heartbeat toward that longed-for stillness.

The spa takes the Far East philosophy one step further by combining Thai, Chinese, and Himalayan traditions. Upon arrival, the spa receptionist determines your element sign—air, fire, metal, wood, earth—and then sets up your treatment accordingly. Shangri-La experts say that balancing these signs within your body will create harmonious Yin and Yang, which in turn will keep you at optimum health.

Start your Thailand visit off right (and before the vacation fiesta of food, drink, and fun really hits) with the Chi's $160 Traveler's Retreat. This nearly three-hour treatment is the perfect way to overcome jet lag and relieve stiffness, aches, and pains. Also, be sure not to miss the Shangri-La spa's signature treatment, the Himalayan Healing Stone Massage ($120), inspired by the healing rituals of Lake Kokonar in Tibet. Relax for over two hours as your body is massaged using oils, traditional herbs, hot stones, and then cool stones to balance stress. The one disclaimer you'll need to remember is that it'll be extremely difficult to return to street-level chaos after a few hours of that kind of downtime.

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Published: 15 Dec 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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