Thai massage may have been around for centuries but the first spas had nothing to do with massage or even with herbs, mud, wraps, peel-off masks and other skin-cleansing treatments. The word “Spa” is said to be the acronym for sanom per aqua, which is Greek for “health through water.” In ancient times, people in Bali used healing water and therapeutic massage regularly a practice that eventually evolved into a business and become known as mandara spa.
This is probably where the concept behind the establishment of spas originated. With the arrival of tourists in the 1980’s, a stay at a spa became part of a holiday package. But today’s spa is more than just health and beauty treatments. It is about luxurious facilities, complete privacy and constant pampering. In short, it is the ultimate in gateways. As a seaside resort city,
Pattaya is a preferred location for spas because of its relaxing and idyllic atmosphere. Many spas are part of health resorts. In Pattaya ther
e are spas that cater to every whim, be it losing weight, getting in top shape or simply relaxing. They offer the elements needed for a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition, physical-fitness activities, body treatments, medical evaluation, behavioral-management counseling, stress management, holistic methods, spiritual growth, movement therapy, exercise physiology and more.
While not all of them are spa centers in the strictest sense of the word (some facilities have nothing more than massage rooms, saunas and Jacuzzi), one thing can be said about them: they offer comfort and convenience. They try to give their guests not just body treatments but a totally unforgettable experience. And this is obvious in the way spa interiors and designed-extravagantly lavish and a luxuriously exclusive. Even better, there’s always that unique Thai touch that makes a stay more pleasurable.