The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre - Review
Celestial Beings and Secrets to Healing
Karmic rebirth in the Lanna Kingdom
is Sanskrit for "celestial beings."
And The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre at the The Dhara Dhevi in 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 unrivalled 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, the Ayurvedic Centre and — in the
near future — an academy, the Dheva Spa is
set to compete with the Chiva-Soms of the world
for a share of the wellness pie.
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.
were deemed a "vata" body type (made
up of air and fire), and to see improvement with
insomnia and dry skin, Dr. Suchada recommended
refraining from cold milk and coffee. After that,
Dr. Suchada prescribed a series of spa and Ayurvedic
treatments beginning with a fifteen-minute hamman
steam bath with Alaska mint. Thereafter followed
the Oriental Body Glow treatment in a room with
a heated marble tabletop. The paste consisting
of sesame seed, lavender, mint leaf and honey
is totally gentle, unlike some harsher scrubs
we have experienced. The paste is rinsed off in
a rain mist shower room. Interestingly, the pressure
emitted by the gigantic showerheads above gave
the sensation more like a storm than rain mist,
but it worked its magic in removing the paste
from the body in no time.
treatments, you can sip refreshments in the teakwood
spa pavilion, such as an aromatic ginger and fruit
tea served with delicious green tea biscuits.
While enjoying the hot beverage, the therapist
performed a soothing Foot Ritual — this is
said to be a traditional Thai practice to show
respect and to offer a warm welcome to guests.
The 100-minute Abhyanga massage on a traditional
Thai bed is also highly personalized. Dr. Suchada
had instructed the therapist to use a softer touch
due to our "vata" constitution, and
the therapist did just that. Abhyanga is a deeply
relaxing warmed oil massage using rhythmic, gentle
but firm strokes. As we lay almost comatose in
the dimly lit room, a male therapist swept into
the room for the last treatment, hand reflexology.
the end of the session, four hours had gone by.
We felt completely re-energized. More importantly,
we gained Ayurvedic insight on the permanent lifestyle
changes we could make to enhance quality of life.
And yes, we will give a serious thought to eliminating
coffee and cold milk from our diet.
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Spa and Wellness Centre
The Dhara Dhevi
51/4 Chiang Mai
Sankampaeng Rd. Moo 1
T. Tasala A. Muang
Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand
66 53 888 888
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