UNIQUE UTOPIA

When I sat for Mythology class and listened to the idealistic utopia, I never imagine that it would actually exist on earth … and that I could, one day years later, encounter it at Spa Village Koh Samui.

SETTING THE SCENE
As we stepped in the compound of Spa Village Koh Samui at The Ritz-Carlton, my first impression went much beyond ‘wow’, and I couldn’t help but feel that it’s a boutique resort within another prominent one. Believing so was a piece of cake, as the Spa Village Koh Samui features its very own serene swimming pool, with sleek daybeds dotted around, while the eight enormous spa pavilions, each accommodating two guests maximum at a time, sit nearby. The professional staff greeted us at the open-air lobby with chilled towels and refreshing welcome drinks before our assigned therapists escorted us to the posh pavilion.

AMBIANCE
Entering the spa pavilion, it only assured me that my first impression was right. The pavilion was spacious, larger than the accommodation rooms of many upscale hotels I experienced before! On our right was the treatment room, facing the swimming pool, and equipped with two single treatment beds armed with all amenities. To the left was where we kicked off the splendid hour of treatment, the en-suite changing room with lustrous wooden lockers awaited us to get changed into the provided sarong in no time. Further in was the wet zone, with another set of notable treatment beds. To me, it looks and feels a bit like a hammam, yet with a Thai touch.

SIGNATURE TREATMENTS
As Songkran Festival and the pouring of water on elders represents respect, renewal, welcoming, and blessings at the same time, all one-hour and above Spa Pavilion massage or body treatments here begin with the Songkran Shower Ritual, I was told. Come what may, I told myself as the therapist asked me to lie down on the bed, before she used coconut scrub to exfoliate the complexion. Then, the fun part began! The pouring of water from the rain shower above the bed awoke our senses before the therapist gently threw the water at us.
It was enlightening and a very impressive way to start the spa journey indeed. Afterwards, we were asked to get changed into the bathrobes and headed to the treatment room on the other side of the pavilion. The effective treatment went fast and I could not believe the one hour was complete already.

THERAPISTS
Proficient, polite, and always with a smile on the face was my therapist. Her strong palms gave perfect pressure to ease away my cramped shoulders while her thumbs also worked like magic on my upper arms. My office syndrome almost bid adieu to me after the treatment session.

ONE OR TWO QUIBBLES
Well, I seriously encountered none being in this utopia, but if I had to dig one up … the place would be even more delightful, especially through the walkway, with the shade of big trees, which there wasn’t when I visited.

WHY I’D RETURN
Why wouldn’t I? The abundant luxury genres of The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui convey a perfect holiday already and the Spa Village Koh Samui was the cherry on the pie that brings it to the uttermost fulfilment.

SPA VILLAGE KOH SAMUI
The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui
9/123 Moo 5, Tambon Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84320 Thailand
T: +66 77 915 777
W: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/koh-samui#Hotel

Text by Urasa Chittamvanich
Photos by Chavalit Kamonthammanon
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