PHUKET, Thailand (June 2 , 2022) – Meliá Phuket Mai Khao, a new wellness-inspired resort on eight acres of Phuket’s north-western coastline on the Andaman Sea, has introduced a spa menu with treatments ranging from hot candle massage and hot sand therapy to bath rituals and charcoal powder body scrubs.
The extensive menu from Meliá’s signature YHI Spa, that is 300sqm and home to five treatment rooms, offers signature treatments and packages, as well as an array of massages, body masks and wraps, body exfoliation, facial treatments, manicure, pedicure, and more.
The YHI Spa’s “signature pleasures” include the 120-minute “Sense Enrich”, that begins with a full body scrub freshly made with honey and organic Phuket pineapple followed by a hot candle massage that soothes the body with hot wax. The 90-minute “Rhythm of Sol and Luna” is a “four hands” massage by two spa therapists.
The 90-minute “Soul of Mai Khao Arena” that starts with the ancient remedy of warming the body with heated Mai Khao sand mixed with herbs followed by an aroma massage, and an indulgent 90-minute hot stone massage are also among the spa’s signature treatments.
Wellness journeys such as the 150-minute “Embrace Touch” and the 180-minute “Romance Touch” are based on a series of reinvigorating treatments. Embrace Touch comprises a 30-minute Ayurvedic Indian head massage, a 60-minute aroma relaxation massage, a 30-minute foot massage and a 30-minute herbal steam. Romance Touch is made up of a 30-minute herbal steam, a 60-minute body scrub, a 30-minute romantic bath ritual and a 60-minute Balinese massage.
The 30-minute bath rituals are “Milky Fleur”, a fresh milk bath with petals to hydrate the skin, and “Herbal Indulgence”, a warm bath infused with Thai herbs to stimulate blood circulation and ease tension.
YHI Spa pays homage to Thailand with massages such as “Traditional Thai” and “Thai Herbal Bliss”. Dating back some 2500 years, traditional Thai massage is based on palm strokes and thumb pressure along the body’s energy lines to alleviate conditions such as lower back pain, arthritis and headaches. The Thai herbal ball compress massage, known as “Luk Prakob”, is an ancient therapy applied to the body’s pressure points to release muscular aches and pain.
In addition to regular treatments such as deep tissue sports massage, aromatherapy massage, and Swedish massage, holistic massages such as lymphatic drainage massage, “Chi Nei Tsang” traditional Chinese massage and foot reflexology are on offer. The gentle “Mother to Be” massage is for pregnant guests and “Kids Bliss”, for children aged four to 12 years, affords a massage as well as a nail polish treatment and foot pampering.
Body masks and wraps include a HARNN contouring body mask and firming wrap designed to reduce cellulite. Body exfoliation treatments such as “White Tea and Camellia”, a concentrated scrub also made from charcoal powder, cleanse the body and gently remove dead skin cells.
Spa therapists also provide poolside and in-villa treatments. Treatments are based on organic Thai wellness brand HARNN’s products, made with natural ingredients. Aromatherapy essential oils are blended according to the “life elements” fire, air, water and earth and tailored to the birth month of the guest.
Situated on secluded Mai Khao beach, the resort opened on December 1 2021 and is the second five-star property to be launched in Thailand under Spanish hotel group Meliá Hotels International.
The resort’s 15 wellness villas each feature an outdoor bathtub, private plunge pool, open-air Vitamin C shower, ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, GermGuardian air purifier, Tempur-Pedic pillows, aromatic salts for the outdoor bathtub, a fit ball, yoga mat and Harman Kardon speaker. A highlight of staying at a wellness villa is a daily 60-minute massage.
Meliá Phuket Mai Khao’s culinary offerings include a “Balance by Meliá” menu featuring the likes of quinoa salad with tricolour quinoa, goji berries, sweet potatoes, chickpeas and bell peppers, and a poke bowl with rice berry, organic salmon tartare, avocado, spirulina and chia seeds.
The resort’s fitness center is equipped with treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, and weights machines.