Anantara Spa News 2023

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Introduces More Complimentary Ayurvedic Experiences

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka has expanded their complimentary programmes to include labyrinth walking meditation, an Ayurvedic herbal dispensary and a mindful culinary session with a local mamma to explore village cooking culture at a kitchen situated within a paddy field.  They have also elevated their specialist Ayurvedic programmes to include sunset meditation with a monk and a bonfire session with a yoga master.

A labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool designed to foster contemplation and spiritual transformation.  Guests can experience the benefits of labyrinth walking in the hotel’s herbal garden at Anantara Spa while being guided in meditation.  This form of active meditation provides a unique spiritual experience quite different from meditation while still.

Based on prescriptions handed down from generation to generation, the Ayurvedic herbal dispensary at Anantara Peace Haven creates a bespoke herbal dispensary experience for guests with a selection of indigenous herbal plants that are known for their various herbal medicinal preparations. 

All guests are invited to have a complimentary comprehensive personal consultation with the resident doctor of Ayurveda to understand their natural state and imbalances.  The team of specialists can then personally design a tailored journey of coaching incorporating yoga, life coaching, fitness, and nutrition to enhance rejuvenation and nutrition, culminating with a long-term plan for continued wellness back home.

The elevated three-day Ayurvedic spa programme at Anantara Peace Haven includes the consultation, signature Ayurvedic therapies and a guided nature walk for rejuvenation and a visit to the herbal dispensary.  Mindfulness is enhanced through meditation with a monk at the resort’s lagoon or in an ancient temple during which the monk will provide guidance in successful meditation practice.  Towards the end of the programme, guests can take the opportunity to share their journey with the yoga master by a roaring bonfire and embrace feelings of inner peace and contentment. Throughout the programme guests are introduced to Ayurveda-inspired cuisine and to local flavours and mindful cooking practices such as wood oven baking and farm to table cooking to create traditional Sri Lankan curries.

An inclusive three-day Ayurvedic wellness package costs £460 based on two sharing.

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort Launches Newly Refurbished Spa Combining Ancient and Contemporary Treatments 

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort in northern Thailand, has renovated its spa, which offers traditional Thai medicine as well as intravenous drips, a fusion of East and West,  ancient and modern, in a contemporary, minimalist aesthetic of wood and stone.

The spa’s unique offering is traditional Thai medicine, with a registered therapist from Mae Fah Luang University in residence. Traditional Thai medicine originated in the Sukhothai period of the 13th century. It combines medicinal science and a philosophy of the elements to promote balance and immunity. 

Treatments on offer draw on the healing therapies of indigenous herbs, which can be used in masks, steams, baths, massage oils and teas to detoxify, relieve inflammation, and boost immunity, circulation and energy. 

Recommended for the adventurous is the ‘pao ya’ treatment for abdominal bloating and discomfort. The belly is gently massaged, then herbs set aflame to release heat and medicinal healing.

Lanna treatments, indigenous to Thailand’s north, also draw on the healing properties of fire. Yam khang is a sacred art, and as such is rare and prized. The therapist dips her foot in medicated oil, heats it on an iron ‘khang’ over fire, then massages the body with her foot, relieving pain and releasing blocked energy.

A gentler treatment is the spa’s signature ‘tok sen,’ a rhythmic tapping with a small mallet and wedge made of tamarind wood that stimulates the energy points and meridian lines of the body. Deep vibration is combined with manual pressure and passive stretching to reset the body and mind.

Guests at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort can embark on multi-day retreats under the supervision of a seasoned team of therapists, doctors, nutritionists and personal trainers. Days are spent exercising, meditating, eating well, and relaxing with signature treatments. The sleep restoration retreat includes a consultation with a sleep specialist and an overnight sleep test. Guests are then prescribed a series of deep relaxation techniques each night for the ultimate sleep.

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort offers boutique contemporary luxury on the banks of the Mae Ping River, just 15 minutes from the airport. Leisure facilities include a 34 m swimming pool by the river, and a fitness centre offering yoga, tai chi and Muay Thai classes.


New Preventative Healthcare Centre at Anantara Riverside Bangkok

Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort announces the opening of the BDMS Wellness Clinic Retreat in a forward-looking initiative that is set to strengthen Thailand’s position as a wellness tourism leader. 

Located on the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River amidst 11 acres of tropical gardens, the new preventative healthcare centre offers a wide range of wellness, aesthetic, and health screenings from a team of BDMS Wellness Clinic professionals.

The BDMS Wellness Clinic Retreat at Anantara Riverside is part of the award-winning Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS) network – Thailand’s largest operator of private hospitals with over 50 facilities in Thailand and Cambodia – and the first outpost of the BDMS Wellness Clinic. 

The Retreat’s tenet is a strong belief that prevention is better than cure and a commitment to helping guests reach their health goals; adopt a healthier lifestyle; and achieve their optimal wellbeing.  It offers comprehensive wellness screenings utilising advanced science and technology that allow physicians to accurately predict future health issues and help disease while enhancing mental and physical performance and quality of life.  

The signature wellness check-up packages are comprehensive wellness assessment programmes aimed at the early detection and prevention of diseases.  The programmes also analyse signs of biological and bio-chemical ageing processes to improve health and help maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle; slow the ageing process; and increase longevity.  Rates for the signature wellness check-up packages start from Thai Baht 10,800++. 

Other specialist check-up treatments include weight management; immunity; food intolerance; comprehensive genetic analysis; telomere length measurement; NK cell activity diagnostics and treatment; cancer screening; and intravenous fluids treatments. 

Multiday check-ups and treatments at BDMS Wellness Clinic Retreat include accommodation at Anantara. The three-night Detox Package promotes the immune system; prevents cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases, and age-related degenerative diseases; and increases the production of collagen for the body and skin with antioxidants.  Supplementary healing treatments and supervised activities include a detox intravenous drip; a green tea detox body wrap; a Himalayan thermal therapy treatment; a nutrition consultation; and daily yoga sessions and Thai herbal steam treatments.  Rates start from £1,127 for two people sharing a room and include accommodation for three nights and daily wellness breakfast and lunch.  

Other wellness accommodation packages focus on anti-aging and wellness check-ups.