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Holiday Retreats

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Nothing screams a relaxing winter getaway like a spa retreat in a private secluded location – and here are several new ones awaiting your visit during the holidays.

by Rich Kantita.

Tonic Bar at AWAY SpaIt is a tradition for many to travel and celebrate the festivities that December brings. Luckily, the weather in Thailand is great throughout the country during this time of the month, making it easy to go anywhere you want. But nothing screams a relaxing winter getaway like a spa retreat in a private secluded location. Here are some of the new resorts featuring special spa deals you should visit during the holidays.

W Retreat Koh Samui sits right on the edge of the island. It has not only one of the best views but also a unique architectural style of modern-meets-traditional art that gives a serene feel in company to the relaxing beach setting. The highlight is inescapably the infinity pool that exquisitely blends together the pool, the beach, and the sky all in different shades of blue. But this wellness retreat may not be complete without the sweet hideaway in W’s Away Spa, offering a detox and refuelling program, with products from Themae and Pevonia that specialize in spa treatments.

Nestled away in one of the hottest destinations this year in Phuket. Keemala Phuket offers an exceptional experience in their luxurious villas, designed for comfort behind the rigid, wooden exteriors. The interior of each villa offers various feelings but all focus on natural elements with wooden bamboo shoots, stones and other organic materials used throughout. Be exceptionally close to nature and unwind with their spa facilities that are so well-designed, just by looking at them could already lessen the tension you may have accumulated throughout the year. Their Christmas and New Year packages include an Ocean Facial cleansing with Voya spa products from Ireland,

25 - Ocean Sunset VillaOne of Thailand’s more underrated islands, Koh Kood, has become a new attraction for locals and foreigners. Located not too far from Koh Chang, the island has a main beach that is known for its quiet and restful setting. Soneva Kiri offers private villas with pools, looking over the beautiful scenery made up of mountains, sea, sand and sky. Available from single to six-bedroomed villas, they all extend along the beachfront giving each one a wonderful view. Highlights include a wellness program from Six Senses Spa retreat to make the visit even more worthwhile and an open-air cinema by the river. Consult with the practitioner to fully rehabilitate your body and mind. Spa options include massages, body treatments, and fitness training.

Hua Hin has become one of the favorite cities for Thais to visit during the holidays. Having almost everything Bangkok has but less crowded, we recommend a trip here if you haven’t been before. Anantara Hua Hin Resort is taking its renowned resort and spa experience a little bit further from Bangkok to Hua Hin, as one of their newest additions this year. It has been designed in traditional Thai-style with red bricks, temple arches, and a lagoon pool overlooking the lotus pond. The word “beautiful” does not begin to cover the amazing design. Anantara Spa has many options, including a herbal Thai massage, body butter treatments, and a steaming and a beauty salon for a complete wellness package.

Hi_AHH_43249360_Anantara_Spa_'Four_Hand'_signature_massageCrown Lanta Resort & Spa is a private peninsula and beach located at the tip of Koh Lanta. The private villas overlook the entire island with a private pool sitting on top of the mountain. With a mixture of traditional architecture and modern design, Crown Lanta is a vibrant place to visit. Stretching out over 22 hectares, this unspoilt, private beach gives an exclusive spa experience like no other. The Infinity Spa is located in the cliff zone and can also be experienced in your very own private suite. The menu includes a relaxing Jacuzzi, full body scrub, sauna options, and many more.

Thailand’s famous oasis can be found in the infamous Khao Yai National Park. Taking advantage of the abundant greenery and clean air, this new resort has captured it all with its minimalistic design. Muthi Maya Forest Pool Villa Resort explores the tranquil feeling in the private villas overlooking the mountains, forest and private pools. The weather is often nicely cool here, therefore the spa option might be just want you needed. What is better than waking up in a mist of cool air and watching the sunrise while sipping tea on your very own balcony?

Undoubtedly, one of the newest best wellness retreats is the health-centric Thanyapura Sports Hotel. Exclusively caring for your health and wellness, the hotel offers a day pass for non-hotel guests joining their treatment programs, which ranges from 2-14 day programs that include detox, heart, body and bones treatments and professional consultations conducted by specialists. Thanyapura is a 23-hectare complex that is surrounded by a wide range of mountains giving it a natural therapeutic ambience with many sports facilities such as a swimming pool, a tennis court, and more.