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Dec 08 2015

Best Spas in Chiang Mai

When travelers visit Thailand, a traditional Thai massage is often at the top of their list of must-do activities. Anyone who has spent an extended period of time in Southeast Asia has felt the pain of realizing they can no longer afford multiple massages or spa visits each week. Nothing will spoil a traveler like the availability of $5 foot massages on every corner.   We encourage anyone taking a trip to Thailand to go one step further and treat themselves to a proper spa experience. Getting a Thai massage on a thin...

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Jun 05 2015

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort

The Sofitel name is one to which we are always drawn due to their beautiful properties, desirable locations and incredibly well-trained staff. Our experience at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort met our expectations despite a rocky start that involved long lines at immigration, an impatient greeter and a very disorganized check-in after a frustrating flight. Classic travel woes. When we finally made it to our room our anxiety melted away and we soaked up the view of the ocean from our balcony. *Photos courtesy of Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua. (Still...

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Mar 20 2015

The Nam Hai Review

The Nam Hai in Vietnam is expertly designed and laid out to create a peaceful atmosphere along a pristine stretch of white sandy beach. The resort sits on a sprawling 35 hectares of lush land with 100 villas from one to five bedrooms. The Nam Hai is located only eleven kilometers north of Hoi An on a private beach with three large elevated infinity pools each with views of the ocean and nearby Cham Islands. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="4053,4051,4039"] The Grounds The resort has a unique design that allows the majority of the villas...

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Feb 24 2015

Oasis Baan Saen Doi Spa Resort Review

Oasis Baan Saen Doi Spa Resort is located a few kilometers south of the old city of Chiang Mai in a quiet resort community at the foot of Doi Suthep mountain. The small boutique resort is spread throughout multiple lanna style structures and includes a full service luxury spa and spacious rooms and suites. After our tiresome travels through Myanmar, we decided to stay at Oasis Baan Saen Doi for a few days to rest and revive ourselves. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3679,3677,3662"] The Grounds Wooden walkways surrounded by tranquil water features welcome you as...

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Jan 30 2015

Peak Spa And Beauty Salon, Chiang Mai Review

Peak Spa is located in the Night Bazaar neighborhood of Chiang Mai. It sits on a quiet alley directly next to the large Shangri-La hotel. Peak spa is a day spa, full service beauty salon and hair salon. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3254,3256,3245"] We were picked up in the morning and driven to the spa in a new shuttle car. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted and sat down to discuss the spa treatment schedule for the day. The reception and waiting areas have large glass walls that give off a modern spacious feel...

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Jan 21 2015

RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort, Chiang Mai Review

RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort in Chiang Mai is a small 35 room resort with a focus on wellness and relaxation. The resort is near the river  on the busy Chareonraj Rd., but the U shape of the main buildings create a quiet haven and preserves the soothing atmosphere. The water features and plants enhanced the sense of calm. Free yoga classes offered each morning and evening and the well-equipped spa on site are all a part of the healthy lifestyle RarinJinda promotes. The Grounds The pool is a central point of the...

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Jan 16 2015

Kiyora Spa: Chiang Mai’s Urban Oasis

Kiyora Spa is located a few blocks away from the old city of Chiang Mai on a quiet neighborhood street. The Spa is small, but offers an extensive treatment menu with everything from the traditional thai massage to 4.5 hour “spa-cation” packages. We got to try the 2.5 hour “scrub, rub and compress” package which includes a body scrub, an oil massage and a hot herbal compress massage. We were warmly greeted upon arrival and offered a tea welcome drink. The staff was quick to help us with our bags and...

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Jan 15 2015

Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai: A Kingdom of Luxury

The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai has been named the best hotel in Thailand and year after year it sits comfortably within the rankings of the top 50 hotels in the world. It is modeled after a traditional Lanna kingdom complete with streams and ponds winding through the 123 palatial villas and suites. The property sits on a sprawling 60 acres and is so large that staff get around on bikes and guests can call a golf cart shuttle to their room to take them to breakfast or anywhere else on...

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Dec 27 2014

Cheeva Spa: Boutique Relaxation in Chiang Mai

Cheeva Spa in Chiang Mai takes Thai hospitality to the next level with its very personal service, private consultation rooms and treatment villas. We were warmly greeted and led to our cozy, clean waiting room where we enjoyed tea and listened to the soothing music. After our feet were washed with limes, we filled out our treatment cards while we sat in the small but comfortable consultation room. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="2784,2777,2782"] Lit candles lined our walk back through the main house and out into a garden with a small waterfall. Our villa...

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Dec 19 2014

The Marina Bay Sands Resort and Casino: Singapore’s Luxury Icon

The Marina Bay Sands resort and Casino is a massive integrated resort with three towers, fifty seven levels, one of the worlds largest infinity pools, and a multilevel casino. There is also a subterranean luxury shopping center, a museum, and theaters inside the resort. Everything about the Marina Bay Sands  screams luxury and should, as it is the most expensive hotel in the world with a USD$4.7 Billion price tag. During our last visit to Singapore, we found ourselves visiting the Marina Bay Sands on many occasions. Not because we were...

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Nov 25 2014

Fah Lanna Spa Chiang Mai

After six hours of driving our scooter back from Chiang Rai, Thailand, the day before, we were more than excited to spend the morning at Fah Lanna Spa. This traditional Thai spa sits on a beautiful street in the northern part of the Old City of Chiang Mai. At the entrance, we were met with tropical trees and flowers surrounding a calming pond built under a walkway extending back to the private treatment rooms. We were warmly greeted as soon as we stepped inside and sat watching the Koi fish...

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Nov 01 2014

Thavorn Beach Village and Spa

As you wander the grounds of Thavorn Beach Village and Spa in Phuket the resort’s history and legends about the area unfold. Statues of mythical and earthly creatures alike emerge from the dense tropical plants and fountains that are incorporated around the resort’s focal point, the lagoon pool. When Mr. Thavornwongwongse built the resort, the land was given to him by an elderly couple who used to farm the area. This couple told Mr. Thavornwongwongse that this property is the place where Naka the dragon-snake fell in love with a woman...

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Oct 30 2014

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort

Our last stop on our journey along the Andaman Coast was at the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort. The resort is located about 20 minutes away from Ao Nang across from a quiet beach and surrounded by palms and meticulously manicured grass. The Sofitel brand is famous for adding their touch of French art de vivre and local culture to their luxury properties. Somehow through the interaction of their attentive and friendly staff and the layout of the hotel, the 276 room resort felt small and cozy. Even while...

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Sep 02 2014

Anantara Resort and Spa: Chiang Mai

Our stay at the Anantara Resort and Spa in Chiang Mai was thoroughly enjoyable. The pleasant and engaging staff, serene grounds and delicious food made us not want to leave the property at all during our stay. At night, the lotus flowers decorating almost every surface in the entire resort are replaced with candles, giving the property a quiet, romantic feel. The resort has become famous for its high tea and we can see why. Whether you are looking for some relaxing time to yourself or a tailored romantic experience,...

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