Inspired by the Asian folklore of the mythical Himmapan forest, So SPA in Sofitel So Bangkok is a luxurious centre of well-being that invites discovery and exploration. Yet. the spa journey leaves mylifestylenews to ruminate about the overall experience……
The moment of arrival is spectacular, as you are presented with a stunning view from the 10th floor of the Bangkok skyline across the green treetop canopy of Lumpini Park. This is one of those ‘WOW’ moments that builds up the level of anticipation for the spa treatment ahead.
This urban spa retreat blends French sophistication with Thai expertise, offering a wide-ranging selection of the best and most effective health and beauty treatments inspired from time proven world traditions combined with forefront and refined French cosmetology for an outstandingly deep rejuvenation.
The spa reception staff are very welcoming and the waiting area is a chance to gaze out to the views, chill out and slow down the heart rate. The usual questionnaire was presented to be filled up for the get-to-know-you-more for further requirements and special attention to be looked after for those who has back injuries, shoulder pain and so forth.
While the welcome tea was offered, it seemed rather off hand by just plonking some tea down in front of us without any explanation. Passion and care are certainly needed here but they rushed back to the desk, which we found rather off-putting at this point, a little lacking in details for sure. Nevertheless, the therapist soon appeared and it was time to retire to our treatment room with those amazing panoramic views again. We went through the foot cleansing ritual, although this one involved cleaning the foot with warm water with further cleansing/exfoliating outside of the foot bath, a silent plus point added back to the value.
We chose the So Exhilarating Body Massage, as it was recommended as one of the signature treatments. It is described as a euphoric and soothing body massage, combining a rocking and tasteful experience that will shape and tone up your silhouette. For spa addicts like us, the reality was less impressive. It was a pleasant experience with a therapist that knew what he/she was doing, but it was not a body massage that made any particular impression, as there was basically no pressure at all, but merely a sequence of long massage strokes in the usual sequence, even with further pressure requested during the treatment. Also, it was hard to make sense of the body rocking sequence, At the very beginning, we were wrapped up in linen/toweling with our face down before being rocked on one side and then the other quite quickly. There was no discernible effect created at all, but a strange feeling that you were being wrapped up and pulled to one side and then the other. This lasted only at most around 10 minutes, but seemed not particularly holistic or bringing energy to the body, nor the most effective use of time, as it did nothing but jolt us out of the relaxation mode we were already in.
The massage treatment may well suits those ‘softies’ that may not know what they want when comes to a spa or massage treatment or have not had much experience and are afraid of any definite pressure. Perhaps, we shall ask a few more searching questions in our future visit before taking a recommendation and look to choose something that we feel will bring more satisfaction and relaxation.
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 4/5
Room Amenities: 4/5
Value For Money: 3.5/5
2, North Sathorn Road
Tel: +66 2624 0000
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