Some of finest spa hotels in the world can be found in Bangkok, offering the perfect end (or start) to a long day of shopping or sightseeing. Treating yourself to a spa treatment is a great antidote to combat the city’s relentless pace; ideal for when the heat, traffic and crowds become all a bit too much and you just want to hide yourself away for a few hours and rejuvenate.
Our team of hotel experts have tried each of these hotel spas (someone’s got to do it) and these are our personal favourites. From riverside retreats offering signature treatments inspired by ancient Tibetan practices to more modern affairs perched high above the city, here are our best spa hotels in Bangkok.
The Oriental Spa at Mandarin OrientalMandarin Oriental Bangkok
The reputation of The Oriental Spa spans generations and it’s fair to say Mandarin Oriental Bangkok has one of the most celebrated spas in the city. But as much as we love the hotel, we wanted to see if that reputation was still justified. Located in a beautifully preserved teak house on the opposite side of the river to the hotel proper, it is necessary to take a river shuttle across to the other bank to access Oriental Spa. Bare footed staff in sarongs bring a floral welcome drink and ask you to fill in a form with your particulars. The service is very polite and genteel, to the point that some might feel uncomfortable with the incredible attention and respect given to customers. However, Mandarin Oriental has built their brand on such service and, to be honest, it is pleasant to feel so well served and respected as a customer. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00
- Location: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (opposite side of the river from the hotel)
- BTS: Saphan Taksin (take the Mandarin Oriental shuttle boat)
- Tel: +66 (0) 2659 9000
Spa BotanicaThe Sukhothai Hotel
Hotels in Bangkok don’t get much more tranquil than the Sukhothai, a five-star hotel on Sathorn Road. Ancient Siamese touches are dotted around, and the central gardens – complete with a lotus pond and trees – is a real highlight. The Sukhothai’s ‘Spa Botanica’ continues the peaceful trend, with a cool garden setting, lulling music and luxurious Jim Thompson silks - all designed to appeal to every sense. Just got off the plane? Then go for their ‘Jetlag Massage’ (3,000 baht), which will ease away those aches and pains and prepare you for exploring Bangkok. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00 daily
- Address: 13/3 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 2344 8888
Chi, The SpaShangri-La Bangkok
The Shangri-La’s famed ‘CHI Spa’ has been consistently ranked as one of the best hotel spas in the world. Inspired by the design principles of a Tibetan monastery, fragrant incense fills the air, rich, earthy wooden tones cover the 1,000 square metres of floor space and the ambiance if one of sacred indulgence. The CHI Spa also follows a philosophy based on the ancient healing traditions from the Himalayas – the word 'Chi' refers to the universal life force that governs well-being and vitality. With that in mind, there’s plenty of different treatments to choose from, with quick in-and-out 30-minute sessions from 1,200 baht, going all the way up to their 4,200-baht Yin Yang Harmonising Massage (2 hours). Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Address: Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok, 89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak
- Tel: +66 (0) 2236 7777 ext. 6072
AWAY SpaW Bangkok
W Bangkok is usually associated with its funky design scheme, hip and trendy crowd, and regular parties rather than being a famous spa hotel. But one step inside their incredible ‘AWAY Spa’, and you’ll be persuaded otherwise. Located adjacent to gym and outside pool, the spa presents a labyrinth of treatment rooms, saunas and Turkish baths, and the whole place is modelled around a metamorphosis concept (ie. Two hours in the treatment room will transform you from a stressed-out sweaty tourist into a chilled-out hippie at peace with the world). Their signature two-hour ‘New You’ treatment is at 3,990 baht – not a bad price considering how fancy this place is. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00 Daily
- Address: North Sathorn Road, Silom, 106, Bangkok 10500
- Tel: +66 (0) 2344 4000
So SpaSofitel So Bangkok
Spread over the entire 11th floor of Bangkok’s Sofitel So Hotel, this 5-star haven frames the lush greenery of Lumpini Park down below perfectly with floor-to-ceiling-windows, and has a flexible range of treatments, perfect for those in a rush (30minutes) to for those with absolutely nothing to do (two hours). The 600-square-metre space – just like the rest of the hotel – is sexy and sleek, dressed up in polished black flooring and Asian-inspired décor. Reserve your treatment for around 18:00 to watch the day turn into night over the park. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00 daily
- Address: SO Sofitel Bangkok 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak
- Tel: +66 (0)2 624 0000
Spa AthenéePlaza Athénée Bangkok
Plaza Athénée is one of the first spa hotels in the world to offer therapies designed to address the main complaints of each blood type; not only that, but this sumptuous central Bangkok spa has tailor-made treatments suited to the activities one partakes in whilst visiting Bangkok. This includes a post shopping therapy for women (your feet will thank you) and a Golf Revival treatment for men (both cost 3,900 baht for 90 minutes). Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Address: Plaza Athenee Hotel, 61 Wireless Road (Witthayu)
Como Shambhala SpaMetropolitan by COMO Bangkok
The luxurious Metropolitan Hotel on Sathorn Road made the headlines last year for being home to the ‘Number One Restaurant in Asia’ (Nahm), but those booking a stay here shouldn’t miss out on their highly recommended spa, Shambhala. Surroundings, just like the hotel, are elegant and sleek, and the spa menu features a decent mix of facials, oil and traditional massages and therapies suited to all. There’s also access included to their stream rooms and hydro pool included when you book any treatment. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 06:00 - 21:30
- Address: 27 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 625 3355
Anantara SpaAnantara Riverside Resort & Spa
Apart from being one of our all-time favourite places to stay on Bangkok’s riverside, Anantara also promises one of the finest spas you’ll find in the city. From signature treatments unique to the hotel, to more traditional Thai massages, service really is top notch, and the surroundings – spread across the lush gardens of the resort – couldn’t get much better. After your pampering, don’t forget to grab a Mai Tai at the onsite Trader Vic’s bar (the chain where this Polynesian cocktail supposedly originates from). Read More...
Spa IntercontinentalThe InterContinental
The spa at Bangkok’s InterContinental Hotel, located on the 36th floor, puts the perfect amount of space between you and the hectic city streets below for you to forget about the craziness of Bangkok for an hour or so, and lull yourself into a state of total relaxation. Be daring and go for the ‘Tok Sen’ massage, a treatment originating from the north of Thailand which literally ‘taps’ into pressure points with a wooden hammer. One-hour treatments begin at 2,800 baht – a little bit cheaper than some of the city’s other five-star hotels. Read More...
Hot Stone Massage at SpaLe Meridien Bangkok Hotel
Spa by Le Meridien Bangkok Hotel is one of the finest venues in Silom for a relaxing escape, offering a range of wellness treatments. The whole spa is decked out in shades of white, which helps guests slip into a relaxed state of mind, while the professional service also ensures a peaceful transition from waiting area to private treatment room. There is a full menu of treatments but their signature hot stone massage is certainly recommended. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 23:00
- Location: Le Meridien Bangkok, 40/5 Surawong Road, Silom
- BTS: Sala Daeng
- Tel: +66 (0)2 232 8888