Couples Treatment Room © Tamara Hinson
Name: Talay Spa, Radisson Plaza Beach Resort, Panwa beach, Phuket, Thailand.
Address: Radisson Plaza Resort, Panwa Beach, 44/5 Moo 8 Sakdidesh Road, Vichit, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Price range: £27.00 - £70.00
Location: Situated on the relatively undeveloped southern tip of the island, the hotel is a twenty minute drive from Phuket town and a forty minute drive from the madness of party town Patong.
Ambience: A 21st century spa inspired by Eastern approaches to well-being. Wooden walkways link individual spa bungalows and koi carp swim in channels lining the corridors. Treatments are categorized according to the desired result – detoxifying, harmonizing, balancing, refreshing and energizing.
Etiquette: Swimwear is optional both for treatments and the steam room. Robes, slippers and paper pants are provided.
Experience: I had the Ancient Himalayan Stone Therapy, which involves hot stones being placed on meridian points along the body. I normally struggle to relax during massages, but the warmth of the stones felt wonderfully soothing and I could really feel the tension draining from my body. In fact I was so relaxed, I ended up dozing of. The frangipani petals sprinkled on the bed and the fact that I could hear the waves crashing on the beach beyond added to the feeling of serenity.
Most expensive treatment: Luminous C and Sea Mask – a radiance boosting scrub and mask. £70.00 for 80 minutes.
Least expensive treatment: The Aqua foot massage, £27.00 for 55 minutes.
SoFem Rating: *****