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Review: Thai Square Spa, London

Thai Square Spa brings a touch of Thailand to a new location in Northumberland Avenue. Situated in the beating heart of London, it’s a great day spa where you can spend a few hours relaxing and revitalising mind, body and soul. Housed within a beautifully converted Victorian Turkish bath, it’s more spacious than its former site in Covent Garden and gives a great sense of space for relaxation post-treatment. The decor evokes visions of modern style Thai spa. It’s not a cliche with heavy wood and fake artefacts. In some places it is lively and vibrant with bright tiles in hues of copper and red. There are a few traditional wood carvings, gilt-hued murals and a well placed buddha or two. The facilities include five Thai Massage treatment rooms, six Ritual Massage rooms and one vast VIP Suite Treatment Room with private relaxation zone and steam room form just part of this restorative haven. Other standout highlights include a Vichy Shower Treatment Room, Himalayan Salt House and Ice Fountain. Signature treatments include the Temple of Jade Hot Stone Body …

Review: Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket

  Situated on a remote cape on the busy island of Phuket, Point Yamu by COMO is a true escape and a design buffs dream. Its minimalist design, created by Paola Navone is truly impressive, whilst more European than Thai (which won’t suit everyone) it raises the bar for luxury holidays in Thailand. There are 79 guest rooms and 27 private pool villas all with magnificent views across Phang Nga Bay. The COMO Shambhala spa is a definite star attraction – but it’s the food that takes centre stage with two modern dining options. Nahmyaa offers a modern take on traditional Thai food and was exceptional. Equally fabulous is the Italian restaurant La Sirena – which offers pool side dining, including breakfast (the main event) and fabulous wood fired pizzas. It’s all rather glamorous and jet set, but occasionally you forget you are in Thailand. The rooms are pure white, including the sofa with furniture crafted from distressed wood. It’s very coastal-chic with blue signature fabrics and the unique Point Yamu pattern print seamlessly connecting …

Review: Sri panwa, Phuket

Sri panwa is in a class of its own. Effortlessly cool, it is a mix of private residences and pool villas perched at the tip of Cape Panwa in Phuket. Set in lush tropical surroundings, this really is luxury personified, but ever so relaxed in the delivery. The staff are warm, open and eager to help, but not in your face. All of the pool villas have their own 12 metre infinity edge pool which wraps around the bedroom and separate living space. There’s a day bed, two bathrooms, terrace and sun loungers and naturally, ipod docks are programmed with the very latest, chilled beats. On arrival at Sri panwa you are greeted by your personal villa assistant who can handle any request, no matter how big or small. Our two requests – cold milk for our tea in the morning and finding my notebook, which was on the other side of Phuket – returned with a smile. It’s peaceful, tranquil and very, very private. The outdoor shower is a must. We hardly left the …

Review: Banyan Tree Phuket

THE RESORT: When you arrive at the Banyan Tree Phuket, you know it’s a large resort. The huge driveway leads to reception which is buzzing with people and smiling staff. A warm welcome greets you and it’s not long before you are whisked away to your private villa. All accommodation in the resort is based around villas and they are sublime, blending Thai inspired décor with modern comforts. Landscaped with palms, trees and scented flowering frangipani trees, you can lose yourself for an hour, a day, a week or more. Banyan tree Phuket is situated on the edge of Bang Tao Bay where you have the option of swimming in the sea, in one of the many outdoor pools or you could upgrade to a pool villa and have your very own. The spa pavilions in the Spa Sanctuary are a must for spa lovers. On arrival we were greeted by two therapists who conducted a welcome foot ritual using green tea and honey scrub and a relaxing shoulder and neck massage. What a welcome! …

Review: Amanpuri, Phuket

THE RESORT: Set amongst coconut trees on a secluded private peninsula, Amanpuri, Phuket epitomises luxury in a relaxed, eastern style. Thai-styled Pavilions are dotted around the coconut plantation, overlooking the Andaman Sea and feature a king-size bed, oversized bathrooms, spacious dressing areas and an outdoor sala (Thai style relaxation space) with a sun deck and dining terrace. There are also larger pavilions and private villas on site too. Truly Thai, you could stay in your room, order in food and hide away from the world. And we did for a while, but then wanted to explore.  Amanpuri’s private beach is pristine with pure white sand and luxury sun loungers. If sand is not your scene, try relaxing by the pool or enjoy complimentary afternoon tea of Thai pancakes and tropical fruits. Dining options are plentiful with Italian, Thai and relaxed poolside dining. The food was excellent, the staff attentive and there’s a live performance of traditional Thai music in the evening. THE SPA AT AMANPURI, PHUKET: At the rear of the resort looking out toward …

Discovered in Phuket

On my recent trip to Phuket, I discovered a lovely, locally produced spa oriented bath and body range. Lemongrass House began its life in 1996 and has received accolades around the world. Produced on the island, it’s now available internationally in 28 countries across the globe. I used the Lemongrass Shower Gel this morning as a little pick-me-up in the shower (recovering from jet lag) and it instantly transported back to Thailand. The products are, as you would expect, based on local Thai ingredients. There was a small shop in Surin Beach where I was staying and many of the local restaurants have a bottle of the Lemongrass Mosquito Spray on hand to keep the pesky bugs at bay. The full range of fragrances and essential oils includes Thai Pomelo and Frangipani – two of my favourites. Lemongrass House prides itself on its ethical production – all products are made from local sources in Thailand, and are all handmade and contain absolutely no perfumes, dyes or sulphates, making them great for the skin, environment and …

Postcard from Phuket

After 18 years I have finally returned to Thailand, to the island of Phuket. It’s my first visit to this part of Thailand and it has reaffirmed my love of the country and its people. The Thai people are so kind, gentle and humble. I don’t think that there’s another country on earth like it. This trip has mostly been about spas – and the very best that Phuket has to offer: Banyan Tree Phuket, Amanpuri, Sri panwa and Point Yamu by Como. If you want the bucket and spade brigade, and by that I mean buckets of alcohol, head to the resort of Patong. If that’s not your scene the northern beaches of the West coast are quieter and more refined. We have been at the Laguna complex (Banyan Tree), Pansea Beach (Aman) and on Surin Beach and now the East Coast which is completely different. Cape Panwa is fabulous. It’s a big island and takes a while to get around and as public transport is pretty poor you will rely on taxis and …

Full moon yoga in Thailand

Renowned for it’s full moon parties, Thailand offers much more to the world traveller than a blinding rave on a beach in Koh Phan gan. Actually, having experienced the extremes either side of the full moon party, I would head in the opposite direction – as fast as you can. Picking up on the full moon theme, luxury villa spa destination, Sri panwa on Phuket is giving guests the chance to experience ‘full moon yoga’ from May 2014. Sri panwa is offering a tranquil alternative to the all-night partying normally associated with Thailand’s full moon. A series of exclusive and privately taught yoga classes will run on Sri panwa’s special floating yoga deck under the full moon each month, with spectacular views of the Andaman Ocean. Set high atop Cape Panwa, commanding breathtaking views of the South-Eastern tip of Phuket, Sri panwa offers outstanding facilities and the utmost luxury and service.   The resort sits 40-60 metres above sea level eastern and western ridges and at the very tip of the cape, covering the peninsula in …