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The Spa at The Chedi - Spa Review

On the River's Edge

by Evelyn Chen

With a minimalist, white façade, the exterior of The Spa at The Chedi, Chiang Mai seems uninviting at first. But venture beyond its nondescript exterior and you’ll be impressed. Instead of having to change in group locker rooms, clients are whisked away to cozy treatment rooms with teakwood walls, terrazzo bathtub, shower room and a black granite vanity top. The therapists are blessed with good touch and a genuinely cheerful disposition—both reflect the spa’s strong focus on training and the resort’s devotion to gracious living. The Chedi, Chiang Mai hotel is a newcomer to the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. It sits right on the banks of the Mae Ping River and oozes both minimalist design and historic charm.

Our three-hour spa journey began with an aromatherapy foot polish using rock sea salt infused with sweet almond and lemongrass essential oil, sure to smooth away calluses. After a change into a stylish Thai pajama, we met with Khun Natcharee, an extremely qualified therapist with several years of hospital physiotherapy experience under her belt. Her assertive hands stretched our body and worked pressure points to help rebalance the flow of chi. Aromatherapy eye pillows added to the relaxation, protecting our eyes from the glare of the indirect sunlight streaming in from the floor-to ceiling-window.

After another wardrobe change into a sarong, a heated herbal poultice therapy completed the body treatment, helping to expel any remaining muscle tension. A very delightful traditional Thai facial treatment followed using only natural ingredients and no commercial products: yogurt to cleanse, water melon juice to remove make-up, cucumber to tone, brown sugar to scrub, honey to massage the face and egg white as a facial mask. Afterwards, we enjoyed a drink infused with lemongrass, lime, lemon, orange slice and spearmint herb in the relaxation lounge. Here, beyond the reeds providing privacy to spa guests at the lounge area, catch a glimpse of the nonchalant pace of life by the Mae Ping River.

See also: Best Spas in Thailand

The Spa at The Chedi, Chiang Mai

123 Charoen Prathet Rd.
T. Changklan, A Muang
Chiang Mai 50100 Thailand


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