Luscious, fragrant, silken – coconut oil is a wondrous gift from nature to our skin. The new Coconut Dreams promotion offered by i.sawan Residential Spa and Club at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is living proof of how this marvellous moisturiser can enhance your complexion while revitalising you from head to toe.
Located on the fifth floor of the hotel, each of the 14 treatment rooms and bungalows at i.sawan is nestled amongst verdant trees by the shimmering swimming pool. After a refreshing sip of pandan juice while you fill in a quick questionnaire to indicate any tension areas, the massage therapist guides you to your secluded spa cocoon.
The pleasing effects of simple details almost immediately invites you to relax – warm rich wood décor, a compilation of soothing sounds and a lingering lavender scent in the dim, darkened room. The indulgent spa package begins with an emollient mint foot scrub, which relieves tension and eases you into the two-hour Coconut Healing Escape.
Imagine a warm smear of coconut oil massaged into your skin with increasingly vigorous massaging motions, all to unknot blockages and relieve any uncomfortable build-up of tension. Combined with ancient Thai techniques, the massage treatment uses a heated muslin compress of dried coconut shreds and cold-pressed coconut oil. In gentle pressing, rolling and circular movements, the hot compress is applied to the body, melting away muscle stiffness and letting the coconut oil restore your skin’s natural radiance. This is followed by a 30-minute stimulating head and scalp massage with warm oils, which helps alleviate pain and muscle tension in your neck
Coconut oil is an all-natural moisturising agent that has numerous benefits for body care, explains Preyanan Chutisereeporn, spa director at i.sawan. A great source of vitamin E and K – essential nutrients for skin and hair – coconut oil has the ability to nourish the skin and protect hair from damage caused by fatigue. The lauric acid in coconut oil allows it to remove dirt and bacteria off the skin; hence, it is often used as an organic makeup remover and remedy for skin conditions such as eczema.
To fully harness the wholesome goodness of coconut oil, the spa package also includes a one-hour Exotic Coconut Head Massage. This session of the treatment involves a head steam, which helps open the pores and lets the coconut oil better absorb into the hair shaft. As you may slowly drift into a coconut-drizzled dreamland, oil is gently swept onto your hair and poured on your scalp, stimulating your scalp muscles and softening your hair.
After a series of sweeping strokes on your forehead and down the back of your neck to your shoulders, your professional practitioner then starts brushing your hair with i.sawan’s exclusively branded conditioner to ensure every strand of hair is moisturised and cared for.
To maximise the moisturising effects of the coconut oil, your hair is tied into a bun and wrapped carefully with a shower cap to allow the oil to be richly absorbed. This then brings you to the end of your treatment, where you are put into a sitting position as your practitioner gives you a final back and shoulder massage. Incorporating ancient Thai therapeutic arts, the final moments include pressure point massages, deep muscle stretching and firm compression techniques. With citrus bergamot oil as the thoughtful closing scent, you wake up feeling rejuvenated and breathing in the fresh aroma.
If you are not in a rush after your Coconut Dreams spa session, you are encouraged to use i.sawan’s extensive amenities such as the steam room, whirlpool spa tub or heated Jacuzzi. Take a relaxing soak or enjoy an invigorating steam with your hair still tied up in place, as this will make the most out of the coconut oil conditioning treatment. After a refreshing rinse and quick blow-dry, you will immediately realise the resulting effects. It will be hard to resist the urge to run your fingers through your renewed hair, lustrous and smooth from the coconut oil.
Before you take off, relax and unwind in the lounge area of the spa with a snack of local dried apricot and mango, paired with a cup of warm, soothing green tea.
(The Coconut Dreams promotion is available between 9am to 11pm daily from May to June, and consists of the two-hour Coconut Healing Escape for 5,000 Baht ++, and the one-hour Exotic Coconut Head Massage priced at 2,500 Baht ++. An additional shampoo and blow-dry is also available for 600 Baht ++.)