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.
- Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour with River Cruise
- Banyan Tree's Apsara Dinner Cruise
- Bridge on the River Kwai & Historic Railway Tour
- Thonburi Klongs & Grand Palace Morning Excursion
- Floating Markets Cycling & Boat Tour
- Private Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha & Reclining Buddha Morning Tour
- Siam Niramit Dinner Show
- Calypso Bangkok Cabaret Show
- Safari World & Marine Park Full-Day Tour With Buffet Lunch
- Muay Thai Live Performance
I decided to go for a The Oriental Signature Treatment, a 1.5 hour, massage which combines Thai and European massage techniques and a compress of Thai herbs. At 4,500 baht it is expensive for a spa treatment in Bangkok but as the old adage goes ‘quality comes at a price’. In my private massage room there is a steam room and shower, a Jacuzzi bath (referred to as a ‘vitality pool’), stereo and vanity mirror, along with a firm mattress for the massage. Marble and wood is everywhere, just as I would have expected. I change into my robe and slippers while my steam bath heats up. I’m given 15 minutes to steam before the massage begins which is lovely and relaxing.
My massage begins with a foot bath while I decide which essential oil to use. I opted for an invigorating mix of lemongrass and turmeric. I chose the ‘hard’ for my level of pressure, which is double checked by my therapist and before long I have sunk into a meditative state as I am pulled and kneaded. My back and shoulders received extra attention and I am given advice for exercises to do at work to improve the tight muscles in my shoulders.
As usual, it’s all over too quickly so I take my time changing, snacking on some rice snacks and drinking some herbal tea. The power of the massage was very hard, exactly what I asked for, particularly on my lower back. I took advantage of the full range of toiletries to groom myself and left feeling energised with a spring in my step.
Summing up, the quality of the massage was very high, but it is the service and diligently thought out amenities that really set this spa apart. Anyone who wants to be treated to an aristocratic level of service will find The Oriental Spa Bangkok is worth every penny.
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Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
The legendary service of The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok dates back 125 years when it was first opened as a seamans lodge along the Chao Phraya River.It typifies a golden age of travel and attends the needs of guests at the highest levels.The recently retired legendary General Manager of the hotel, Kurt Wachtveitl, has spent 41 years ensuring that the Oriental has no rival for excellence of comfort, dignity and style. Read More...
The Oriental Spa at Mandarin Oriental
- 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