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Anantara Chiang Mai Resort Launches Newly Refurbished Spa

Updated spa combines Ancient and Contemporary Treatments


At the newly renovated spa at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort in picturesque northern Thailand, a whole new world of wellness awaits, with spa multi-day wellness retreats, intravenous drips, and now traditional Thai medicine. The revamped spa welcomes visitors to a fusion of East and West, ancient and contemporary, therapeutic and indulgent treatments. 

Guests are immediately enveloped in serenity from their moment of arrival. Teak doors open onto a cool sanctum of Zen with a contemporary, minimalist aesthetic of wood and stone. After an initial consultation, guests are escorted to a treatment room, either one for individuals with a heated treatment bed, steam, and terrazzo tub, or one for couples with the addition of an aromatic sauna. 

The spa’s unique offering is traditional Thai medicine, with a registered therapist from Mae Fah Luang University in residence. Traditional Thai medicine originated in the Sukhothai period of the 13th century. It combines medicinal science and a philosophy of the elements to promote balance and immunity. 

Treatments on offer draw on the healing therapies of indigenous herbs, which can be used in masks, steams, baths, massage oils, and teas to detoxify, relieve inflammation, and boost immunity, circulation, and energy. 

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Recommended for the adventurous is the Pao Ya treatment for abdominal bloating and discomfort. The belly is gently massaged, then herbs are set aflame to release heat and medicinal healing.

Lanna treatments, indigenous to Thailand’s north, also draw on the healing properties of fire. Yam Khang is a sacred art, and as such is rare and prized. The therapist dips her foot in medicated oil, heats it on an iron khang over fire, then massages the body with her foot, relieving pain and releasing blocked energy.

A gentler treatment is the spa’s signature Tok Sen, a rhythmic tapping with a small mallet and wedge made of tamarind wood that stimulates the energy points and meridian lines of the body. Deep vibration is combined with manual pressure and passive stretching to reset the body and mind. Anantara Spa is also well recognized for offering the latest in holistic treatments. In Chiang Mai, these include IV drips with cocktails of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids. Delivered by a registered nurse in a calming environment, treatments also extend to cell and light therapy.

Whether in search of simple relaxation or a deeper reset of body and mind, guests at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort can embark on multi-day retreats under the supervision of a seasoned team of therapists, doctors, nutritionists, and personal trainers. Days are spent exercising, meditating, eating well, and relaxing with signature treatments. The sleep restoration retreat even includes a consultation with a sleep specialist and an overnight sleep test. Guests are then prescribed a series of deep relaxation techniques each night for the ultimate sleep.

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Anantara Chiang Mai Resort offers boutique contemporary luxury on the banks of the Mae Ping River, just 15 minutes from the airport. Eighty-four rooms and suites are located on the main grounds, with 24-serviced suites designed for long stays and families just across the road. The 100-year-old heritage house, formerly the British consulate, plays host to elegant evenings of wining and dining. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool by the river, and a fitness center offers yoga, tai chi, and Muay Thai classes. 

About The Author

Julie is the co-founder of Well Defined and a longtime influencer and advocate in the wellness world. Along with her work at Well Defined, she is an executive recruiter and marketing specialist for Hutchinson Consulting. She is also a consultant and content strategist for numerous wellness brands. She is the former editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa and was named a 2019 Folio Top Woman in Media in the Industry Trailblazers category and a 2018 winner of ISPA’s Innovate Award. She is also a seasoned journalist, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, sustainability, and beauty. She has been published in Departures,, E! Online,, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.