Top Destination Spas in Asia

by Song Meng Tan
A destination spa has the purpose of providing visitors with opportunities to improve their health and well being and learn to make better lifestyle choices. Offering professional, trained therapists is a must, as administering fitness programs, healthy food, education and quality massage spa services and treatments can only be adequately done by qualified and passionate employees. As with all industries, there are always those who stand out from the crowd, excelling in their excellence and offering the perfect customer experience to every individual who stays with them.

The 2006 SpaAsia Crystal Awards found they couldn't determine a single winner for the category of Best Destination Spa. Instead, they announced a tie between two excellent choices that offer world class service, accommodation, size and standards and had a winning number of public votes as well. The two winners were the Spa Village Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia And The Dheva Spa At Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi in Chiangmai, Thailand.

The Spa Village at Pangkor Laut Resort offers the perfect, indulging getaway that makes you feel like it's the only place in the world. Their aim is to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. They combine Chinese, Thai, Malay and Indian healing modalities to ensure you get the best of all traditions. It got the name "Spa Village" because it is a collection of unique, individual "villages" with indoor and outdoor areas, covering more than four acres. Guests are surrounded by lotus ponds, herb gardens, courtyards, a reflexology path and low, romantic style buildings. Combined with the wondrous ocean view and sea breezes, it really needs to be seen to be believed!

The Spa Village has eight treatment pavilions, healing huts, a deluxe Belian treatment pavilion, two bath houses, three Thai pavilions, three Nap gazebos, a fifty meter lap pool, fresh seafood restaurant, the Jamu bar, library, Spa boutique and over twenty new Massage spa villas that access health spa Village directly! Their healing huts offer traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and Malay healing to just name a few of their specialties.

Their massage spa programs are designed around their "Umbrella Concept", which is achieving balance with Rejuvenation and Longevity, Relaxation, Stress reduction, and Detoxification and Romance. Choosing this destination spa will have you coming home with lifelong tools for living a healthier and happier life, as well as a unique and memorable experience.

The Dheva Spa At Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi in Chiangmai, Thailand has been named after a Thai Star Goddess who is believed by many to be the guardian of longevity and spiritual enlightenment. All employees are trained in their own company Academy to the highest levels available in Holistic therapies, massage, relaxation and Wellness program design.

The Dheva Spa offers twenty five treatment suites that have a harmonious and refreshing design that has been inspired by an ancient Mandalay Palace. They have an exquisite fitness centre that has programs in yoga, Pilates and high class exercise regimes. They encourage their visitors to maintain a goal of achieving Nirvana as well as spiritual and physical perfection. This is obtainable through wellness programs that include Aqua therapy, Private Whirlpools, Swimming Pools, Color Therapy, Yoga, Outdoor Exercise and Relaxation, Tennis, Gym, Beauticians, in house education and beauty spa treatments. From Aromatherapy face and body treatments to Holistic Workshops, their trained professionals are second to none and are definitely worth traveling ten thousand miles for! Open from 8 am to 10 pm means that everyone can maximize the benefits of their stay all day, every day.

A few other top class destination spas in Asia include the Chiva-Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Thailand, the Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa in China and the Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand. The Life Wellness Resort Quy Nhon in Vietnam and the Plateau At Grand Hyatt Hong Kong are also top quality, luxury destination beauty spa, massage spas and health spas.

If you are interested in spoiling yourself with an experience of perfection, a destination spa package could be your answer. The SpaAsia Crystal Awards are definitely a good indication of who is the current day market leader in the Spa industry, but Asia covers a large area and there are countless excellent facilities to choose from. Do your research and you are guaranteed to find one that appeals to you and can make your dream holiday come true.

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