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Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui offers attractive treatments in a beautiful garden setting.

Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui offers attractive treatments in a beautiful garden setting.Right in the centre of Chaweng, you’ll find a beautiful oasis of a resort, Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui. It seems to have stepped out of a colonial-era film with its louvered windows and amazing lawns. Most outside guests come here to eat, unaware that Centara also boasts another sanctuary, Spa Cenvaree, which offers a wide range of excellent treatments, and is open to everyone. A division of the Centara Group, Spa Cenvaree has become one of Asia’s leading spa destinations, and now boasts 30 spas in Asia and The Middle East, Given the grandeur of the resort, the first surprise here is that the spa prices are all reasonable, and seem to be more in keeping with a much humbler venue. The spa is set in a garden of its own, where you can hear the splashing of a fountain, along with tropical birdsong.


The style of the treatments is very eclectic. You’ll find plenty of Thai massage techniques are used, with the therapists also relying on other different styles, such as Balinese or Ayurvedic. The focus is always on relaxation, along with effectiveness. It goes without saying that each of the masseuses is highly trained, having been passed by the Ministry of Public Health and conforming to the Centara Group’s own rigorous list of demands. Products are from Centara, and perfectly match the treatments being given. You’ll find Thai herbs, floral extracts and aromatic oils that help provide some truly blissful experiences. Whether it’s flower-scented body scrubs, traditional Thai spa rituals, muscle-melting body massages or heavenly facials, Spa Cenvaree will guarantee you’ll be relaxed and rejuvenated from head to toe.


The menu starts with a handful of Thai treatments, some of which go back hundreds of years. ‘Ultimate Well-being’ sounds very modern, but is actually based on traditional village treatments, effective after a long day working in the fields, and using smooth stones to increase strength and vitality.Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui offers  attractive treatments in a beautiful garden setting.


There are half-day treatments for couples. Try Niran Nirvana (the name translates as ‘heaven for two’). It starts with a herbal steam session, followed by different treatments for him and her, but with everything taking place in a special double room just for couples. There’s also the Honeymoon Retreat, with body brushing, mocha chino mud wrap, a succulent strawberry scrub, a soothing massage using vanilla shea butter and finally a Thai herbal facial.


Spa Cenvaree has also put together some multi-day treatments, the first of which is a two-day de-stress and de-toxifying retreat, and the other a three-day longevity and rejuvenation retreat.


When you arrive for your treatment, you’re first given a welcoming drink of butterfly pea – it’s a flower with a very distinctive purple hue, and is highly refreshing. You’ll also be invited to note down any ailments you have, along with any parts of your body that give you pain. You can decide how hard/soft you’d like your massage to be in the different areas of your body. You’ll be introduced to your masseuse, and if you’re having an aromatherapy treatment, you’ll now be able to choose exactly which oil is best suited to you; Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui offers  attractive treatments in a beautiful garden setting.your masseuse will help you make the best decision. When you’re ready you’ll be led to the heart of the spa - the treatment rooms. These are all deliciously private, and after a while the world outside will seem far-removed. All the treatments start with a relaxing foot scrub and massage. To signal the start and the end, the therapist sounds a long, sonorous note on a Tibetan-style singing bowl. And at the end of your treatment, you’ll also be given a hot towel for your neck, along with some herbal tea and biscuits – no need to leave until you’re ready to face the world again.


If all this isn’t enough, the spa has teamed up with some of the other facilities at Centara, such as the fitness centre and the swimming pool to offer whole days of healthy activities, including spa-type cuisine from the resort’s restaurants. These combinations will take the best part of a day, and are also open to non-guests as well as those staying at the resort.


The spa is open daily from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm. Everything can be booked through the Centara website (see below), and you can avail yourself of special promotions, too, offered at discounted prices. Try, for example, Samui Signature, a package consisting of herbal steam, a coconut scrub and aromatherapy massage, finishing with either a mini facial or foot massage. Also recommended is the Samui Sensory Delight, with herbal steam and milk bath, a coffee scrub, aromatherapy massage and last but not least Cenvaree’s own Signature Organic Facial.


Spa Cenvaree is definitely recommended if you are looking for superb treatments. Spending time here is a great gift to oneself, and with over 60 different therapies available, it’s no surprise that those in the know love to return to this spa.


Dimitri Waring


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