Joy, my massage therapist, rolls the hot rocks gently over the back of my legs, sending a jolt of electricity through my body.
I’m laying, face down, staring at a bowl full of flowers, breathing the aromatic scent of lavendar and other essential oils, as she slowly works the stones into my muscles, using them as a replacement for the kneading her hands would normally do.
Deciding to try the hot stone massage was easy. The day before my appointment at Amari’s Breeze Spa, I took a few minutes to sip a sugar-rimmed tropical drink, sit with a spa consultant and fill out a quick form to narrow down what treatment would be best for me.
After less than five minutes, it is decided: I want to relax (naturally, I’m on vacation) and come away from my treatment feeling rejuvenated. She gave me two choices for a massage, and I opted for this one.
As an expat living in Thailand, I get massages all of the time. I’m not exaggerating. During lunch breaks at the office, I’m known to skip lunch and head to a local massage joint to get an hour-long head, neck, back, shoulder and arm pit stop. At night, you can find me at the open-air massage shop on Loi Kroh. I live for these massages.
Breeze isn’t like these though, it is a true spa versus a place where you go and lie down on a mat and put your head on a pillow.
As relaxing music fills the dimly lit room, I let myself go. I clear my mind of everything — elephants, Chiang Mai, America, you name it — and I give in to the overwhelming calm that begins to envelop my body.
The massage isn’t all hot stone. A good portion of it utilizes just Joy’s powerful hands.
Towards the end of my treatment, the stones go away and she begins to work on my head. Applying just enough pressure, she provides the best head massage I have ever gotten. To say it is the crowning glory of my treatment is an understatement. It is perfection.
At the end of the treatment, I head back down to the reception area of the spa and am handed some hot water lilly tea and a marshmallow dipped in chocolate and covered in coconut.
A sweet ending to an even sweeter treatment.
Editor’s Note: My time stay was courtesy of Amari Palm Reef, however all opinions are my own. If you have questions regarding this, please read my disclosure policy.
14 thoughts on “Rejuvenation at Breeze Spa”
Okay so as a dedicated spa lover myself THIS IS KIND OF SPA PORN FOR ME. I know what I’m doing this afternoon now, though. Off to get a massage on the beach! I love Southeast Asia 🙂
Me, too!! Wish we could go and get massages together!!
I miss fancy Thai massages!
marshmellow dipped in chocolate and cocomut say whaaaaat!
It’s been a while since I was in Thailand! I miss the country, food, people and yes, the massages too…
The massages are such an easy indulgence!! I cannot get enough of them.
YES. I became addicted to spas at a trip I took a few months ago. This looks so lovely.
It is amazing!
I am moving to Chiang Mai in early August and was wondering if you have a favourite “non-spa” massage place/person. Last month when I was visiting CM I had a wonderful 3 hour spa time RarinJinda resort and it was absolutely fabulous. I did have several thai massages i.e. just walking on the street and popped into a place but they can all vary so much….some were just okay and some were really good. I will be staying in the old city not far from Thai Phae Gate.
Also I will be looking for longer term rental options and am considering Smith but do you know of any other places that would be similar in price?
Thanks so much!!
Hi Bella, I like to go to Lila for massages. There are also some other spots, but I’d have to show you because I don’t know the names. There are heaps of western-style apartments in the city to choose from. Some are less than Smith. It depends on what you want and what you want to be near. Feel free to shoot me a message and we can delve into this a bit more!
I Need This. This place looks absolutely amazing!
It IS! When you come visit, we will go!