From private island spas to hillside wellness retreats, these are the best spas in Southeast Asia for massages, facials, body scrubs and more
Confession: One of the best things we love about living in Southeast Asia, aside from the amazing food and nature, is the convenience of jetting off to a neighbouring country for a cheap but ache-relieving massage. But despite the abundance of these no-frill spas, make no mistake: the Southeast Asia region is home to some of the world’s best spa sanctuaries. We’re talking five-star, isolated resorts located above stunning beaches, forests and on private islands – so expect nothing but serious ah-and-ah here. Get booking – we pick six of the best spas in Southeast Asia.
Song Saa Private Islands
Don’t expect your average spa at the stunning Song Saa Private Islands resort – here, wellness follows a “spa with no walls” approach; all around the island, you’ll find mini sanctuaries nestled among nature. Choose from three themes – these include stillness, healing, blessings – to guide your retreat, with treatments like facials, scrubs, massages and even yoga. It won’t be difficult to find peace of mind here – the sustainable eco haven offers unobstructed views of the sea and lush rainforests.
Song Saa Private Islands, Koh Ouen Private Island, Koh Rong Archipelago, Near Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
Ayana Resort and Spa Bali
Picture getting massaged to the sound of crashing waves beneath you as the sea breeze gently caresses your hair. Tempted yet? Check into Ayana Resort and Spa Bali – here, spa villas blend seamlessly into the surrounds. Designed in Indonesian ‘merbau’ wood and decked out with Balinese ‘alang alang’ roofs, these mini havens are sculpted according to the natural structure of the rocks below. Treat yourself to a two-hour treatment in the Aquatonic Sea Water Jet Pool: it’s the only one of its kind in the Island of the Gods.
Ayana Resort and Spa Bali, Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Pangkor Laut Resort
Paradise is found at Pangkor Laut Resort’s ultra luxe Spa Village. Treatments take inspiration from healing cultures of the region, with age-old Malay, Chinese and Indian practices and local ingredients incorporated into the spa menu. Eight treatment pavilions, a deluxe Belian Treatment pavilion as well as Healing Huts make up the Spa Village. Pampering begins even before you start your therapy – the pre-treatment rituals include an invigorating footbath and Chinese Foot Pounding, a Japanese-style cleansing and an exfoliating wash.
Pangkor Laut Resort, Pangkor Laut Island, Pangkor Laut, 32200 Lumut, Perak, Malaysia
Kamalaya Koh Samui
If you’re looking to truly escape reality, you’ll love Kamalaya Koh Samui. This wellness retreat is all about life enrichment, with programs for detoxing, stress and better health. It’s hard not to feel relaxed here; at its center is a former monk’s cave used for meditation, while its vicinity includes lush vegetation, lagoons and even white, sandy beaches. If you’re here for the short haul, check into the spa for a rejuvenating massage, then take a dip in the plunge pools before finishing with a toxin-clearing session at the herbal steam cavern.
Kamalaya Koh Samui,102/9 Moo 3, Laem Set Road, Na-Muang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
Naka Island Phuket
Rejuvenate in seclusion at Naka Island: A boutique resort located on the private island of Naka Yai Island, situated 25 minutes off Phuket International Airport. Be sure to leave your phone behind when you check into Spa Naka; you’ll want to be free of all distractions as you immerse yourself in the mind-melting treatments at the four treatment rooms. On the menu are a host of botanical therapies, including the ache-relieving Watsu Treatment, Naka Indigenous Massage to relax tired muscles, as well as the anti-stress Tranquility Aromatic Ritual.
Naka Island Phuket, 32 Moo 5, Tambol Paklok, Naka Yai Island, Paklok, Phuket, 83110, Thailand
Amanpulo ticks all the right boxes when it comes to luxury resorts: breathtaking surrounds, massive gorgeous villas as well as a tip-top spa designed to zap away your stress. Perched on a hillside, the spa sits high above the treetops, rewarding its visitors with jaw-dropping views of the turquoise waters. Let experienced therapists knead your knots away at the scenic spa, then head to the gym or yoga studio to further detox.
Amanpulo, Pamalican Island, Sulu Archipelago, Palawan, Philippines