The year 2019 marked the highly anticipated arrival of Rosewood Bangkok, an ultra- luxury hotel under the coveted Rosewood Hotels & Resorts brand. The striking contemporary architecture of the building, which stands tall in the city’s bustling Ploenchit district, combines the comfort of a luxury residence with an abundance of culture, making it a unique sanctuary in the middle of this busy downtown area.
Within the confines of the hotel, nestled in a relaxing corner on the 6th floor, is where you’ll find Sense, A Rosewood Spa; the perfect place for both tired travellers and city denizens exhausted from dealing with the daily rat race.
The Spa Itself
The reception area is lit in a warm, gentle light. Once the welcome drink known as yen jai (calm mind) is served, you start to feel the Rosewood’s brand philosophy of ‘A Sense of Place’ coursing through you with each sip. A concoction of aloe vera, lemon juice, basil leaves, lychee and coconut water, the soothing liquid tastes at first like a Thai herbal drink, but the soft, balanced flavour makes it somehow feel truly universal.
A Comprehensive Menu
Sense’s spa menu is extensive. The restorative therapies honour Thailand’s “lost remedies” with techniques and herbal healing infusions drawn from ancient wisdom that dates back as far as the 13th century; prior to even the Sukhothai, Lanna, and Ayutthaya kingdoms that preceded modern Thailand. Combined with Rosewood’s signature product ranges, including the historic French well-being establishment Maison Caulières for body, the award- winning skincare line Evidens de Beauté for facials, and – for the first time in the world – the luxurious Gentlemen’s Tonic for men’s grooming, the treatments on offer promise to deliver something truly extraordinary.
A Treatment Inspired by the Sun
As my appointment was at midday, I chose the energising ‘Time for a Dream’ body scrub and massage to prepare myself for the afternoon of exhausting activities to come. Inspired by the sun, and its energy that awaken life on earth, the treatment is divided into two sessions: revitalising exfoliation, and a signature rhythm massage that is unique to this treatment.
One point I noticed right away when I entered Sense is how it keeps the scents unique to each treatment. Unlike the usual Thai spa, where guests are bombarded with aromatic fragrances immediately upon entering, Sense keeps its olfactory atmosphere clean to let guests enjoy the aroma that is unique to whichever particular treatment they choose. Understandably, as I love to keep my mind and body energised and active for the rest of the day, it would be unwise to be lulled to into a state of relaxation by some random aroma with calming effects.
My treatment began with a body exfoliation with salt scrubs. Using pressure massage, along with salt scrubs of the highest quality,
the therapist warms your body from the inside while exfoliating the dead skin cells, leaving the skin energised and ready for the next step. It’s also noteworthy that the texture of the salt is so fine that even the sensitive skin in my abdomen area didn’t feel like it was being harshly rubbed at all.
After rinsing the salt scrub off, it’s time for a massage. Using the famed Dry Oil from Maison Caulières, the brand’s star product that gives instant nourishment without any greasy residue, the therapist began working on my tense neck, shoulders and upper back – three areas I requested for extra-firm pressure. And extra-firm pressure I received, but it wasn’t the least bit painful. This signature “rhythm massage” is, as suggested in the name of the treatment, quite like a dream. As the therapist pressed and dragged her finger along my upper back, my trapezius muscle slowly relaxed. As her finger reached the end on my side, she put in some extra pressure and movement, and I could feel a tight muscle knot becoming unlocked. This muscle tension-relieving movement is repeated five or six times along each side of your upper back, and the result was one of the most blissful feelings ever.
The treatment took about 90 minutes, and though you can continue to indulge in the bath, I recommend you finish the session with dry oil on your skin, as it leaves your complexion supple and glowing, making it the perfect prep for an evening out. The treatment is completed with a little treat in the form of jom palang, a delicious energy ball made from organic coconut, dates, honey, and chia seeds. Taken with ginger tea it provides a sumptuously invigorating effect.
To find out more about Sense, A Rosewood Spa, call 0 2080 0088, or visit rosewoodhotels.com.