Dheva is Sanskrit for "celestial beings" and The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre at the The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai feels like it was built to cater to the gods. A grand resort providing special Ayurvedic treatments and spa therapies, this lavish sanctuary was modeled after a Mandalay palace. At 3,100 square meters, the majestic Dheva Spa is currently unrivaled in scale throughout Asia. Needless to say, its intricate golden teakwood architecture, ornate moldings, sculptures and symbolic Buddhist motifs also make it an architectural icon in the spa world. With a highly experienced husband-and-wife team of doctors (Dr. Rajeev and Dr. Suchada Marwah) directing the spa and the Ayurvedic Centre, the Dheva Spa is set to compete with the Chiva-Soms of the world for a share of the wellness pie.
A flight of white marble steps takes you to the spa’s white marble courtyard and a Thai-style sala, which stands under a seven-tiered teak roof symbolizing the seven steps to nirvana. Don’t be surprised to be asked very personal questions on a form about bodily functions and diet, sleep patterns and bowel movements. It's all part of an Ayurvedic diagnostic session.
After being assessed, you'll be prescribed a series of spa and Ayurvedic treatments beginning with an herb-infused tea and soothing Foot Ritual — this is said to be a traditional Thai practice to show respect and to offer a warm welcome to guests. Services to be enjoyed include the Oriental Body Glow treatment, which takes place in a room with a heated marble tabletop. The paste consists of sesame seed, lavender, mint leaf and honey, and is totally gentle. The paste is rinsed off in a rain mist shower room.
The Abhyanga massage on a traditional Thai bed is also highly relieving. Abhyanga is a deeply relaxing warmed oil massage using rhythmic, gentle but firm strokes. Between treatments, you can sip refreshments in the teakwood spa pavilion, such as an aromatic ginger and fruit tea served with delicious green tea biscuits.
No matter the treatment, at the end of the session you're sure to feel completely re-energized. More importantly, you'll have gained Ayurvedic insight on the permanent lifestyle changes to make to enhance quality of life.