Koh Samui Spa logo

What is a Thai Spa

Spas, the word 'spa' derives from the town of Spa in Belguim whose therapeutic waters had been famous since Roman times.In the middle of the 18th century there was an interest in the healing properties of water, and especially of sea water. In 1754 one Dr. Richard Russel tested the sea water at a tiny village called Brightthelmstone, in England beacause he was so impressed with its benefits. Brightthelmstone quickly became a fashionable health spa and was renamed Brighton - patronized by royalty it became the first seaside health resort. Spas soon sprang up all over Europe and America. Competition between spas became firece and some outrageous claims were made about therapeutic powers of each and every mineral water.

Today a Thai Spa is a place normally with accommodation that hosts many differant mind and body treatments, often surrounded by Thai traditional interior and furnishing. A place to relax and be pampered by the many different methods and treatments available for your health.

On Samui there are a lot of good spas and more are being developed for the future on all three Islands Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Koh Samui is building its reputation of being one of the best destinations in South East Asia, if not the world, for its Spas. Coconut palm trees, fresh air and beautiful beaches makes it a unique and relaxing location for a spa.

Some typical features you would find at any Spa are highlighted below :-

Traditional Thai massage and energy treatment.
Traditional oil massage and warm stone massage.
Other massages like Swedish and Shiatsu (Japanese)
Foot massage and reflexology.
Head and facial massage.
Body scrubs, body wraps and facial masks.
Skin care, face care and nail care.
Jacuzzi, herbal bath and spring baths.
Steam room, herbal sauna or dry sauna. (Finland style)
Food and juices made from herbs, fruits and vegetables.
Green tea and natural spring water for health.
Aloe Vera, coconut oil, ginger and papaya treatment.
Meditation and relaxing techniques.
Yoga, Reiki, breathing techniques, Chi Kung and Tai Chi.
Relaxing to traditional soft Thai and Asian music.

Most Spas on Samui, Phangan and Koh Tao are designed with Thai and Asian traditional interior. A relaxing atmosphere can be felt the moment you enter a Spa. The decor of most Spas are breathtaking and involves many of the natural materials like stones, tree and fabrics, with very earlth colours or walls covered by natural wood, bamboo or stone bricks.Some Spas have Waterfalls and most have beautiful gardens inside and out that make the enviorment a part of the relaxation experience.With the sounds of water or typical Asian music in the background you feel yourself relax immeditely upon arrival.


A spa whose sole purpose is to provide guests with lifestyle improvement and health enhancement through professionally administered spa services, physical fitness, educational programming, and on-site accommodations. Spa cuisine is served exclusively.

A spa owned by and located within a resort or hotel property providing professionally administered spa services, fitness and wellness components and spa cuisine menu choices.

Individuals, solo practices, groups and institutions comprised of medical and spa professionals whose primary purpose is to provide comprehensive medical and wellness care in an environment which integrates spa services, as well as conventional and complimentary therapies and treatments.

A spa offering a variety of professionally administered spa services to clients on a day-use basis.

*International Spa Association (ISPA)


Melati SpaAnantaraKandaburi Spa


Learn to Massage