Thailand’s Tropical Bounty
For centuries, Thais have harnessed the healing powers of locally-grown herbs and plants, using them in spa therapies to bring about a balance of mind, body and soul. As the name suggests, The Secret Garden Spa at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui focuses on Thailand’s tropical bounty of nature, reflecting on freshness, clarity and simplicity, complemented by the tranquility of the spa’s setting.
“To walk along the pathway – bursting with tropical abundance and surrounded by the symphony of nature – is therapeutic in itself,” proclaims Kotchaphan Mekloy, Spa Manager at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui.
Thailand’s Tropical Bounty – One With Nature
A time-tested remedy to combat stress, the spa’s setting, highlighted by an outdoor bath, certainly encourages guests to spend more time in nature, thereby promoting well-being. “For this reason, our ‘secret garden’ is abundant with local herbs that are nurtured by our gardeners,” explains Kotchaphan Mekloy, Spa Manager. “Indeed, lemongrass, turmeric, pandanus, makrut lime, mint, aloe vera, galanga and ginger are just some of the ingredients we use in our therapies.”
Freshly picked for each experience, the combination of herbs is designed to bring a deep sense of relaxation and boost immunity. “A massage with a customised luk-pra-kob is our recommendation,” shares Kotchaphan. As an example, the spa offers three types of herbal compresses that are filled with turmeric, plai, lemongrass, makrut lime skin, tamarind leaves and sompoi leaves. These are best suited for detoxification and to relieve stress.
“For example, almost every Thai home has its own combination of ingredients in a herbal compress. Consequently, at the spa, we are inspired by our family traditions that have been handed down over generations,” she adds. Therefore, we bring together the goodness of the island’s bounty and the sea. The purest Samui coconut oil and vitamin-rich seaweed are combined into a warm herbal compress that is used in a facial to soothe and nourish the muscles and delicate eye area.
A massage using herbal balms or ya mong made from various Thai herbs is often used to relieve muscle stiffness and alleviate pain. At The Secret Garden Spa, the team has created a house-made balm with shea butter, menthol, camphor, peppermint, eucalyptus, cinnamon, clove, coconut oil and vitamin E to provide deep relaxation. “Our organic balm makes for a great souvenir,” smiles the Spa Manager. “Apply the balm on the affected area and gently massage in a circular motion for relief.”
Thailand’s Tropical Bounty – Sa-Mun-Prai
Honing in on the healing properties of Thai herbs, the spa blends oils in-house to suit wellness needs. The Relaxing Oil enhances sleep with a blend of lemongrass, ylang-ylang, lavender and orange peel essential oil while De-Stressing Oil infused with grapefruit peel, tea tree leaf and eucalyptus essential oils help clear the mind.
“To reduce fatigue, we recommend the Energising Oil with ylang-ylang, clove, black pepper and lavender essential oils. Not only does it combat headaches and migraines but also body aches from our blend of rosemary leaf, lavender, clove, clary sage and orange peel essential oils,” says Kotchaphan. Again, guests can choose from any of the blends for their oil massage, while the therapists light aromatic candles with the same combination for a sensory well-being experience.
Goodness of Ginger
Because it is rich in antioxidants, ginger is one of the key ingredients used at the spa. It is used both as an essential oil as well as paste to draw out toxins from the body. Again, designed by the spa team, the Samui Fusion massage combines dynamic stretches to get the blood flowing and ginger paste to detoxify. “For instance, applying ginger paste on the back helps release body heat and cleanses the blood, while the stretching and oil massage brings about unification and alignment,” she adds.
Scrub, Steam, Soak
From guava and makrut lime zest scrub to a steam or soak infused with tropical ingredients that are suited to the guest’s personal well-being goals, the team has put together a range of herbal remedies that perfectly complement the therapies at the spa. “Indeed, our experience engages with all the senses – touch, smells, sight and even taste,” says Kotchaphan pointing to the tray with herbal tea and snacks.
In addition to its enhanced spa facility, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui is also SHA+ Certified and has been welcoming fully vaccinated international travellers to the island since the re-opening earlier this year. “The health and safety of our guests remain the top priority. As part of a SHA+ Certified resort, guests can enjoy spa therapies with peace of mind.”
Source: Four Seasons Thailand.