The Best Spa Hotels in Bangkok
Imagine yourself relaxing by the infinity edge pool at one of Bangkok's best spa hotels, the Okura Prestige | © Igor Prahin / Alamy Stock Photo
Bangkok might be celebrated for its glorious Buddhist monuments, late-night bars and fascinating markets but it’s also renowned for its holistic spas and miracle-working treatments. The art of Thai massage was developed more than 2,500 years ago and is still a must-do for any tourist visiting the country’s capital. Take time out from the sprawling city and treat yourself at these hotel spas devoted to ancient treatments, yoga and health-driven cuisine.
4.8/5 (438 Reviews)
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Start relaxing the moment you check into this beautiful 24-room boutique hotel just off Sukhumvit Road in downtown Bangkok. It may be busy outside but Ariyasom Villa is a haven of hushed refinement with a shaded pool, lovely library and rooms with Thai silk drapes and antiques. Som Sen Spa is small but perfectly formed with three private rooms, a herbal steam room and jacuzzi plus an open-sided Sala for Thai massage and meditation lessons with a Buddhist monk.
Well Hotel Bangkok
4.3/5 (519 Reviews)
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When you need more than just a massage, Well Hotel promises an all-over wellness programme to restore you back to full health. Hit the fitness centre or the rooftop salt swimming pool, which hosts aqua bike and aqua Latin dance classes. Afterwards, refuel at the Eat Well Café where healthy Thai dishes including pomelo, pomegranate and chicken salad are targeted to treat specific health problems including migraines and inflammation.
Okura Prestige Bangkok
4.7/5 (998 Reviews)
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A spa break doesn’t mean basic rooms and no-fun food at Okura Prestige. The five-star hotel in the Sukhumvit Road area offers discreet pampering with complimentary in-house movies and e-newspapers, an in-house patisserie, sake afternoon tea and a renowned Michelin-starred restaurant, Elements. The opulent spa uses Japanese massage techniques and organic teas and oils, while the infinity salt water pool has the best city view on offer.
4.7/5 (632 Reviews)
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Focus on fitness at Lancaster Bangkok, where the excellent gym includes a fully-loaded free weight zone, cardio machines and a full programme of classes including yoga, abs, circuits and TRX sessions. Relax afterwards in the Himalayan salt grotto or steam grotto, before taking a dip in the white ion bath where tiny bubbles massage the skin and remove impurities. After an Aromatherapy Associates or Guinot treatment, it’s just a short stagger back to your room for snoozing.
The St. Regis Bangkok
4.6/5 (500 Reviews)
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The indulgent treats and amenities at the St. Regis aid relaxation as much as the best massage in the hotel’s remarkable spa. Think 24-hour butler service in every room, a sophisticated outdoor pool with cocktails delivered straight to your lounger and eight top restaurants and bars. Guests looking to be a little more active will love the private Muay Thai lessons in the hotel’s own boxing ring, while the Clinique La Prairie spa offers a hammam, hydro suite and even closed colonic hydrotherapy for the brave.
COMO Metropolitan Bangkok
4.6/5 (928 Reviews)
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Feel better from the inside out at the minimalist COMO Metropolitan with a taste of the extensive wellness menu served in the hotel’s restaurant, Glow. Specialising in light meals and juices, the dishes are all rich in living enzymes, vitamins and minerals, and aim to increase energy levels. Continue your wellness journey at the spa, which offers daily complimentary yoga, private training and guided meditation sessions plus excellent Thai massage and Guinot treatments.
Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
4.6/5 (998 Reviews)
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Want to be within strolling distance of the city centre but still need space to breathe? The Siam Kempinski is connected by footbridge to the Siam Paragon mall but feels like a lavish resort miles away thanks to landscaped gardens, a free-form swimming pool and a Michelin-starred restaurant. You can even retreat to the elegant spa if the kids are in tow – the hotel has one of the city’s largest kid’s clubs with two hours offered free for anyone using the spa.
The Siam Hotel
4.7/5 (144 Reviews)
The Siam features beautiful art and antiques throughout | Courtesy of The Siam / Hotels.com
From the 16th century Buddha statues to the private cinema, The Siam radiates high-end chic. Everything and anything is possible here, whether you want a cruise on the hotel’s very own boat or to commemorate your trip with a sacred Thai tattoo from the in-house practitioner. At the spa, guests can consult the renowned wellness doctor Dr Adrish Brahmadatta, practice tai chi or Muay Thai with the expert coaches or just lay back and enjoy exclusive Sodashi treatments.
X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel
4.1/5 (997 Reviews)
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Combine a city break with lavish spa treatments at this modern, affordable hotel in the On Nut residential area. Visit Bangkok’s shopping malls, restaurants and markets, then return for a dip in the X2’s sea-salt pool and the blissful onsen, inspired by traditional Japanese spa baths. Trained massage therapists will ease away any lingering tension before a night at the hotel’s lively all-day café and bar.
Avani+ Residence Bangkok Hotel
4.7/5 (998 Reviews)
AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel | Courtesy of AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel / Hotels.com
Aimed at younger guests who want to mix spa treatments with partying and posing, this hotel on the western side of the Chao Phraya river offers rice barge dinner cruises, a deli, small spa and jaw-dropping rooftop pool. Don’t miss the Lost & Found restaurant too, located in a secret underground shelter once used by the nobility for secret banquets and now loved by those in the know for its pop-up fashion, theatre and drag performances.
The Sukhothai Bangkok
4.6/5 (999 Reviews)
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Hide away from the busy financial district in The Sukhothai’s immaculate gardens dotted with lotus ponds, plush bedrooms and intimate spa. Soothing signature treatments include the jasmine purifying ritual which features a warm jasmine oil massage, Tibetan chimes and a purifying jasmine bath. If that sounds a little too virtuous, the hotel’s weekend chocolate buffet is the stuff of legend with fondue, truffles, ice cream and the best hot chocolate in town.
These recommendations were updated on December 29, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.